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

Hello My Friend,

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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Friday, August 05, 2016
Getting God’s Attention

KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Friday, August 05, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 57-59
Message: Getting God’s Attention

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People who do not know God take a look at the Bible and it is usually their reading of the Old Testament that they draw some conclusion that He is a mean, cruel, and evil God who strikes you down if you do not do as He says. This is a false narrative, yes, He is a just God and sometimes did strike down some rebellious, arrogant fool who was trying to cause trouble in order to put fear in others to keep them from following them, but He is also a merciful God. To understand God you have to think as if you were a creator, nothing gives you more joy than to see something You created evolve into something great, but what happens when one person decides to taunt you and destroy your hard work? I imagine, you get like I do, angry, disappointed, and in many cases, withdraw yourself from your work. Remember, we are created in God’s image, so, what we feel, He feels. What separates us from God, whether saved or not? Sin. And it always will.
“Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” - Isaiah 59:1,2.
The world sees all the evil taking place and who do they blame, God, they do not have to even believe in Him, but they believe He is mean and cruel if He allowed such evil things to happen. Do you know who walks right along side of the world who rejects God? Christians, well technically they are people who believe in God, living in sin, claiming they know God, but do not. We may not realize it, but God protects His people in many ways, and sometimes that means taking them out of their comfort zones, putting them in unfamiliar places, and in some cases even death. Through Isaiah, God gives the reason He was about to judge Judah, and send the majority of them to Babylon.
“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.” - Isaiah 57:1,2,16-18.
“none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” You have to think about this, how bad was it in Jerusalem for God to want to take His people out of their comfort zone and put them in Babylon, which was known for its idol worship? It must have been pretty corrupt. And by the way, God does not create wicked evil, man does, but He does do whatever He can to protect His own from suffering more than they have to. Those who really know God are those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and walk with Him daily, not when it is convenient, and not just to justify their sin. “For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” - I Peter 2:15,16.
Now, to the true and faithful, God is always ready to listen and hear us, He takes care of us in many ways that even we do not see, but we too have to be careful in how we approach God. Fasting may be one of the easiest and most effective ways to get God’s attention, but He even knows whether or not we are doing it for the right or wrong reason. Through Isaiah, He confronts those who seek Him for the wrong reasons.
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.” - Isaiah 58:1-4.
“ye fast for strife and debate,” Did you ever witness people going on a hunger strike? They protest something and vow not to eat until they get what they want? There is not a person in the world that does not wish evil upon someone who has wronged them, but that is not how God does things. If someone is doing us wrong, God wants us to take it to Him, and He will deal with it, when the time is right. I do not talk about this often because I do not want to boast in someones suffering, but my ex-boyfriend goes through more suffering than anyone I know, and I believe that it is God chastening him for all that he not only did to me, but also in using Him to keep deceiving me. God does want us to fast to get His attention, and He explains exactly fasting is for and how we are to fast.
“Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;” - Isaiah 58:5-9.
“the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.” Rereward, to gather for any purpose; hence to receive. When we fast to get God’s attention in matters that we just need His grace, comfort, wisdom, and guidance on, we not only get the answers we are looking for, we find the glory of God. Fasting is a way to shine the light of Christ on all we are in contact with, to stop thinking of our flesh and remember how merciful, gracious, and loving He is toward us while we are asking Him for something in particular, and taking care of others as well.
“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” - Matthew 6:16-18.
Every person here on earth is capable of doing something evil, no matter how good we were brought up, we all have some wickedness in us, and this is why we can never do enough good to measure up to God's standard. Through Isaiah, God explains this to the believing Jews who had gotten themselves caught up in the world, but also reminds them that He is always there for them.
“Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.” - Isaiah 59:7-12,16.
“therefore his arm brought salvation unto him;” God is longsuffering, meaning patient in waiting for the very last soul to accept His Son before He sends Him to judge the world. God will save anyone who believes in His Son, and while He will never go back on His promise to redeem a save soul from hell, He will let them suffer in their sin. It is a painful life to live in sin being saved, but God's mercy endures. “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” - I Corinthians 15:56-58.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” - Isaiah 57:15.

Today's Prayer: God, I cannot fathom the amazing grace that You gave me and still give me every single day, to take a life that was a complete mess and turn it into one that has meaning is truly a miracle that only You can produce. Thank You, for seeing something in me that is of good use to you, thank you for your grace and mercy and never giving up on me. Lord, as I humble myself before You, be merciful to me, a sinner, lead me and guide me, help me to never cease from wanting Your attention on a daily basis, and when I fast, let me do it for Your glory. I love You Lord and ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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