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Jeremiah 1:1-2:30

Jeremiah is such an intense book and one I can relate too. Here we have a man who loves his country and countrymen but God gives him an assignment to deliver a harsh message to the people he loves, judgment. All truth is confrontational and Jeremiah has been called before the foundation of the world to deliver this confrontational message. If we desire to be used by God according to what He has purposed within us, we will have on-the-job confrontations.

One of the things I have taken note of is the consequence of sin. Reaping and sowing, cause and effect, which is one of the laws God has set in place upon the earth so sin, just like righteousness, has its own rewards.

This is what the Lord says: "What possible fault could your ancestors have found in me that they strayed so far from me? They paid allegiance to worthless idols, and so became worthless to me. .. Your prophets prophesied in the name of the god Baal. All your leaders worshiped idols that could not help them…. "… my people have committed a double wrong: they have left me, the fountain of life-giving water, and they have dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water." … You brought it about by leaving the Lord your God, even while he was leading you along the way.
(Jer 2:5-17 NET.)

We would only be fooling ourselves and in deep deception if we think this Word is only for “those back there in Israel” No, this Word is for us today because God’s Word, like Him has no beginning nor ending. And it would behoove us to remember this Word was given to Jeremiah by God to speak to “Church folk.”

Philippians 4:1-23
6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

In Paul’s letter to Ephesians, in the six chapter, Paul lists the Spiritual Armor we should always cloth ourselves with. Do we really know what the shoes of peace, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the spirit, etc, are. Do we know what they are analogous too? Or do we just recite the pieces and say “That’s nice.”

Too often I find myself giving mental assent to what the text is saying, yet I don’t really have a “clue” of what is being said or one iota of understanding of how the text relates to my life, much less understand how to apply the text. But I had the light turned on today in understanding what the “Helmet of Salvation” really is. (Eph 6:17). The soldiers’ helmet protects the head and thus the brain, where our thought processes take place. This spiritual helmet is the Peace of God that guards and blocks every thought that is not of God. It is the peace of God that makes up the helmet and that protects my thoughts and guards all that has been transformed by my renewed mind. (Romans 12:2)


Psalm 75:1-10

2
God says, "At the time I have planned,
I will bring justice against the wicked.

For all of us that try to sneak in our licks against those who have wronged us, this second verse should stop us in our tracks. If it is not God’s time, we will never be successful in extracting our pound of flesh; besides we would be stealing from God. (Rom 12:19 Do not avenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God's wrath, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord.)

Proverbs 24:17-20

Enemies and the wicked, God has given us guidelines to follow in dealing with them that are difficult to follow in the flesh. But in the Spirit, all things are possible. The downfall of our enemies and the seemingly prosperity of the wicked should drive us to the throne of God when we are tempted to celebrate our enemies downfall or when we desire the putrid and decaying fruit of the wicked.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

FYI - a word for you to use in your vocabulary

jeremiad - a doleful complaint or lamentation; a list of woes.
Example: His jeremiad on the sorry state of the world pushed me deeper into despondency.

Even though we are tempted to be depressed reading Jeremiah, I want to see the other side of the coin. Look at verse 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you….” God has given us lives of direction and purpose. He appointed some to be prophets, some to be teachers, pastors, evangelists, farmers, florists and mom’s. Our very existence is precious.

In my case, for the last 30 years my wife and I have been inn keepers. With all the experiences, I could write a book or make a TV show. Faulty Towers comes to mind. We have seen the full spectrum of people’s lives from the down and out to the brilliance. I have used the gift I have been given as a facilitator by helping them move from one place to another. Good and bad but almost always prayer to pave the road. I retire January 1, 2022.

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