Wednesday, August 10, 2016
To Understand And Know God

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Chapters: Jeremiah 7-9
Message: To Understand And Know God

Hello My Friend,

When you read through the prophecy books with an open heart you cannot help, but think about our current state and feel deep sorrow over what is about to come to our nations and even the world. It truly is sad to see how corrupt and immoral society has become, and I am not talking about fornication and adultery, I am talking about nine year old girls dressing like prostitutes, and nine year old boys smoking and drinking. Just this week a bunch of kids were rushed to the hospital after side effects of eating brownies laced with marijuana. This is how corrupt our society is getting, and all I see is a bubbling brew of lava getting hotter and hotter until God has had enough and lets it tip over, as judgment is poured upon the earth.
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” - II Thessalonians 1:7-9.
I had a mother tell me not to explain to her daughter the plan of salvation, in her eyes as long as her daughter was obeying her she thought she did not need to be saved. This is the perception of all those who have the mind set that their good works are what get them into heaven. I get a little sad every time I watch a movie or show that teaches people that heaven is obtainable as long as you are good. While it is true that being good is what is necessary to get to heaven, God does not nor ever has quite worked that way. Why? Because our good will never match up to what God sees as good. Even if the Jews obeyed every one, but one of the six-hundred and thirty commands they had it would send them to hell. Salvation has always been about confessing of sin and the giving a sacrifice, Jesus just made it permanent. Teaching a false doctoring or hiding the truth from others does not save them, it is true today as well as before Christ. Through Jeremiah, God upbraids those trusting the lies of man rather than the truth of His Word.
“Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD. But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.” - Jeremiah 7:8-12,15,16.
“Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.” People do not want to hear the truth, they want the tickling of their ears, their sins sugar coated for them, and they want peace that allows them to keep living the lives they live with no consequence. Let me tell you, the truth does hurt sometimes, especially if we are doing something we ought not be doing, this is actually the Holy Spirit trying to get our attention. Yes, God speaks to us many times before we actually listen to Him and come to know Christ as our Saviour, but there are some people who are oblivious to that fact. As God continues explaining why He was judging Judah, the ones who were supposed to know Him.
“But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.” - Jeremiah 7:23,24,30-32.
“but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,” We all think that the choices we make will not make much of an impact, but the truth is, they not only impact us individually, they impact those around us as well. Take for instance a man that is having an affair, he not only acts out in his guilt others act out at his acting out, and when it is found out, and they are always found out, the repercussions are endless, and the same is true for the woman consenting in the affair, even if she had no idea what she was doing. None of us are perfect, but if we allow sin to creep in, it will eventually overtake us. Of all the creatures God created, we who are made in His image are the hardest to tame, and the reason why, that sin nature. God continues explaining His reason for the judgment, and by the way, God never needs to explain anything.
“Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them? Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.” - Jeremiah 8:7-10.
“but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.” Do you know how many people there are in the world that are “saved”, but do not know the judgments of God? I hate to see the countless people who have died having believed a false doctrine. There are churches proclaiming Christ, yet none of them tell them that unless they admit they are a sinner and confess to Jesus that they need Him to save them from their sins they will not be saved. This goes back to the little girl that never got told the truth because her mother would not allow it. Ignorance does not save us, only Jesus does.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” - Romans 3:10-12,23,24.
“there is none that doeth good,” This does not mean that everything we do is bad, to understand this we have to know what the meaning of word good means, Complete or sufficiently perfect in its kind. No one is complete, no one is perfect, which is why we need Jesus. The people during Jeremiah's day may not have known Jesus Christ personally, but they did know God, and right well knew He was the only way to salvation. The things Jesus spoke were the exact same things God spoke through all the prophets. God warns us over and over again not to trust in our own understanding, but His.
“Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation. For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets. Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them. Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” - Jeremiah 9:20-24.
“that he understandeth and knoweth me,” As much as we like to think that our own righteousness or wisdom is the an option, it is not, there is only one way, one truth, and one life, and that is Jesus Christ. You know, the great thing about the Bible is that we can learn millions of things, all by reading one line of Scripture, and while I am set in my ways, I know I must leave my heart open to learn from other godly men and women who tell of God’s truths. We must also learn to discern truth from lies, while anyone can tell you the Gospel in truth and lead someone to Christ (interestingly Jesus allows this), not everyone teaches the truth beyond that. For the life of me I will never get where some people make up their own conclusions and drag thousands of people into it, but that is why we face judgment today. Nevertheless, God will use anyone to preach His Son, and then it is up to us to discern whether or not the rest of the doctrine is true, if any church or religion gets away from the truth that, then get away from it fast.
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” - Romans 16:17,18.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.” - Jeremiah 8:14. Jesus was given gall to drink before He died, it was a symbol that Jesus had taken on all the sin of man to the cross with Him.

Today's Prayer: God, You make it simple to understand You, and Your ways, we do not need thousands of books written by man, we just need Your Word and the Holy Spirit, He will direct us to the truth, will even guide us to dictionaries and other men and women who know it. Lord, keep me in Your Word so I can discern Your truths from the lies, and not only that, live through it so I can be a witness and testimony that brings the lost to Your Son, who is the only way, truth, and life that brings us to You. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
True Repentance

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Chapters: Jeremiah 4-6
Message: True Repentance

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Repentance, a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God. When John the Baptist walked the earth he preached the need for repentance, to turn away from sin and to God, as a symbol of their turning to God they got baptized, making way for a new law that would soon take the place of the law of Moses, the law of grace. Baptism has never been about the cleansing of ones sin, it is a public profession that they want God in their lives more than the sin. Today, baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and our being spiritually baptized in Christ. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” - Matthew 3:11.
Repent, To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct. Jerusalem and Judah was about to be turned upside down for all the wickedness and abominable acts that had been going on there. God's judgment was coming, in the blink of an eye they would be invaded and the city of God would be destroyed and handed over to heathens. Through Jeremiah, God explains why He will not repent of His judgment, but gives the people a chance to repent themselves before the destruction will take place.
“If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove. And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory. For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.” - Jeremiah 4:1-4.
“and take away the foreskins of your heart,” People place a think skin over their hearts when it comes to letting others in, especially if it happens to be God. If it is one thing I have learned when it comes to relationships it is that there are a lot of keys that must be tried in order to get through the lock on the door of the heart, if a heart has bitterness, anger, or arrogance there may not be a key that will fit. When we humble ourselves before God we remove that foreskin. The fire that John talked about is the same fire that God mentions here, centuries before John was even born. As God continues, He explains the judgment in detail.
“Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities. Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant. For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us. Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled. O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.” - Jeremiah 4:5-8,13-15.
“The lion is come up from his thicket,” Nebuchadnezzar, was called the lion for his fierceness and strength, he had great control of Babylon during that time and had control over many nations. When God gives the green light, another Lion will come and judge the entire earth, Jesus Christ, and what a roaring Lion He will be. God has made up His mind and He will not repent of His decision, but He is giving people time to get saved before that day comes.
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” - Revelation 5:1-5.
I truly believe that had Israel repented the very last second that God would have spared the nation from judgment, but no matter how many warnings they got they continued to reject Him. While God did not repent or change His mind of the judgment He did say He would not destroy it completely. As Jeremiah pleas with God to remove the judgment, God tells Jeremiah why the judgment still stands, but does have some comforting news.
“Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you. And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours. Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.” - Jeremiah 5:18-22,25.
“which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree,” Sand, a mass or collection of particles of stone, it has no control, but God miraculously uses it to tame the sea, it obeys Him more than foolish man. Sin deprives us of God's blessings, it keeps us from more than just earthly things, but heavenly as well. Certainly the things of this world are not the best things, and we are not to think, that, because the wicked prosper that God allows their practices. Though a sentence against evil is not executed speedily, it will be executed, God is just patient in giving all a chance to repent.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.” - Hebrews 6:1-3.
I'm saved and I can do whatever I want, this is the attitude of many Christians, who live in the world. They live among the world as if they do not know Jesus Christ, but they talk about Him, and proclaim Him as their Saviour. Now, we all sin, and we can fall tremendously of we are not walking with Jesus daily, but a life with Jesus is a changed life, one that shows we are not of the world, but are of Him. We are not to be like the world, if we are than we are falsely representing Christ, and there will be judgment for that. Through Jeremiah, God expresses His anger toward the hypocrites and false men of God.
“Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of days. And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD. For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” - Jeremiah 6:11-16.
“We will not walk therein.” They lusted after the things of the world, and took them. There are so many men and women proclaiming Christ, living wicked and immoral lives, yet they do not even see what they are doing is wrong. The problem is, we are lusting over what the world has, some of the most truly blessed Christians are the most ungrateful people you will ever see, which is why God's judgment still stands today. We cannot always have everything we want, but if we learn to be grateful for what we do have, God will bless us with more, much more than we want. Repent, turn away from the sinful lifestyle and return to God, it is not popular, it is not always easy, but neither is life, at least with Him we have eternal security.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” - I John 1:7-10.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.” - Jeremiah 4:2.

Today's Prayer: God, Thank You for showing me that repentance really has nothing to do with my sin, but a changing of my heart toward sin. At times, I know I let the cares of life alter my thinking, I begin to doubt Your presence and even that things will ever change. God, renew my thinking, give me a new way of seeing the blessings that You have waiting for me as I endure my troubles and show the truth to others. Help me to never forget that You are always with me and will help me get through all my troubles. I love You Lord and ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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