Jeremiah 12:15 Uproot And Rebuild

But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. Jeremiah 12:15

God states that He will uproot all the nations that came against Israel. The people had expected this. Those nations were considered wicked nations because they had taught Israel to follow false gods. Most people expected God to completely destroy these nations, however, God states that He will have compassion on them and restore them also, when they choose to follow Him.

The expectation of the wicked being destroyed is a common thought, even to this day. Many Christians go around talking about how the wicked will be destroyed and that there is no hope for them. God does not work that way. He does not want anyone to be destroyed.

God’s compassion runs very deep for every person on this earth. Christians need to remember where they came from. At some point in their life, every believer was a wicked person. They may not be wicked in comparison to some people, but when compared up against God, every person is extremely wicked. God has never sinned in any way or at any time. How many sins has every Christian made, since becoming a believer?

As you look around you in life, you will see people doing very wicked things. From man’s point of view it looks as if it is hopeless for those people. You may desire for God to come down and destroy all the people. Seek God to know and understand His compassion for those people.

Rather than destroy them, seek to restore them to God. God has created every human being on this earth. Since He created them, they came from Him and are His. All have walked away from Him and need to be restored back to Him.

Take time today to work at restoring some person back to God. Do this by showing His love and compassion to them. They do not need to be destroyed, but loved. Instead of condemnation and showing them how they are wrong, show them who God is and how great His love is. Show them what living for God really looks like. Show them the joy and peace that can be found in Jesus. This will go a lot further, then just condemning them.

I pray today that you will know God’s compassion and love for the lost people; that you will have God’s love for the lost people; that you will seek to restore people to God; and that you will not condemn people because of their choices or actions.

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Isaiah 63:7 Tell Of His Kindness

I will tell of the kindness of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7

A lot of Christians are willing to talk about the God, but not always in the best way. Many are very quick to point out sins in the lives of non-believers and condemn them for the way they are living. All the commands of God are quickly remembered and brought to the attention of those who do not even follow Him.

The ones who speak this way feel as though they must be quick to point out the sin, so that they the person will know that they need God in his life. One of the problems with talking this way is that it does not show the kindness of God very well.

God does not just show up into a person’s life and point out all of his sins. He shows up into the person’s life to show love and kindness. As the person sees and feels God’s love and kindness, he is drawn towards God. God’s love and kindness causes a desire in a person for more. It helps the person realize that what he has is not working and really does not fulfill his life.

If you look at your own life, you should be able to see the many ways God was kind to you over the years.

How many times has God forgiven you when you sinned?

How many times has God shown you love instead of beating you down?

These are the things you should be talking about to non-believers. Point them to the many ways God is kind and loving. As you do this, God’s love and kindness will draw them towards Him.

Who wants to start following some dictator who is just out to destroy and kill because of something done wrong? No one.

As you go through your day think about all the kindnesses God has shown you. Now share it with someone else. Share it with other believers and share it with non-believers. It is a great testimony that will draw many to Jesus.

I pray today that you will see the kindness God has given you; that you will show God’s kindness and love to others; that you will praise God for His kindness; and that His kindness and love will shine in this world through you.

Job 20:29 Harsh Words With No Hope

Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God. Job 20:29

Zophar begins to speak to job and is upset. He believes that Job has been living in sin, because of the trouble he is going through. Zophar lists all types of things that will happen to a non-believer, the troubles that he will go through when refusing to follow God. At the end he also lists what God will do to the one who lives a wicked life. It is considered the wicked person’s heritage with no hope of anything different.

It is very easy to see someone else’s faults and to point them out. Faults stick out very clearly in the life of a person. Think of looking at a large blank white sheet of paper. It is clean. Now put one small black dot somewhere on the paper the size of a period. As you look at the paper now, where are your eyes drawn to? That black dot. It sticks out, just as sin also sticks out in the life of a person.

People love to point out the faults in another person, because it makes the one seeing them appear to look better. Pointing out faults in others happens in the workplace, on the streets, in the stores, in the government, and everywhere else in this world. People want to feel better about themselves, so they make others look worse.

This type of action not only occurs in the world, but also inside the church and by the church in the world. Believers are very quick to point out sin in other believers lives or in people of the world. Often, they do not add in the offer of salvation in Jesus. They do not offer any forgiveness or hope for change.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. Zophar was right in some of what he was saying, but he did not offer any hope of change. If you see sin in your life or in the life of another person, it can be pointed out, but then also show what Jesus can do about it. Show that Jesus is willing to remove it and bring life to the person.

Give people hope, not just condemnation.

I pray today that you will see the salvation Jesus provides; that you will show God’s love to those at fault; and that you will provide the hope in Jesus to every person you meet.

Genesis 18:32 A Heart For People

“Then he said, May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there? He answered, For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” Genesis 18:32

God had come down to meet with Abraham. After telling him that he would have a child, He revealed that He was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. These are the cities where his nephew Lot lived. Abraham called on God’s grace and mercy to save the people.

He starts off asking if God would destroy the city if fifty people could be found. Then Abraham keeps lowering that number down to a final number of ten people. Each time God agrees that if that number of people could be found who follow Him, He would not destroy the cities.

This shows the love and mercy of Abraham. These cities were full of extreme corruption and sin that it would have been easy to justify destroying the cities without question. In fact, God was already set to destroy those cities, and He is full of mercy and grace.

Looking around you can see places of extreme sin. It is easy to want to call judgment down upon them and allow God to destroy those places. Many Christians pray for God to destroy sinful cities, countries, and areas. They want to see sinners killed off or put away. However, Jesus did come to destroy, but to save.

When you see these places what does your heart feel? Is it anger against them, wanting to call down judgment on them?

Or is it compassion for their lost souls? People living in sin usually do not know anything different. It is what they were raised to do.

Your prayer should be that God would have mercy on them. You should be seeking God to find ways to be a light to them. Seek ways to show them who Jesus is. Pray that Jesus would be revealed to them, before it is too late and God destroys them. Do not just bring condemnation down on them. Have the heart that Abraham did.

I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will have the love for all people as Jesus does; that you will seek ways to bring the gospel message to all people; that you will have love and compassion for all people; and that you will have the heart of Jesus in your heart.

Hebrews 10:17-18 No Sacrifice Needed

“Then he adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.’ And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.” Hebrews 10:17-18

In this passage, the author of Hebrews quotes Jeremiah about God stating He will no longer remember the sins of the people. This quote came from a time when the temple still existed and the priests had to offer sacrifices. It was looking forward to the time of Jesus, when Jesus would remove the sins of all the people.

In most of the world the idea of offering animal sacrifices to cover or remove sins is virtually non-existent. Yet the practice of sacrificing because of sins happens a lot.

Many believers in the church know that they have sinned against God and have repented of those sins. However, they live their lives as though Jesus has not forgiven them.

It is often seen of a person who believes in Jesus, who has committed a sin, continue to ask God forgiveness for the same sin. When he prays he asks for forgiveness for a sin that has been repented of and forgiven two years ago.

Others will also punish themselves for the sin they did a long time ago. They might state that they cannot teach Sunday School because three years ago they did some “great” sin and therefore are not worthy to teach. Others will put themselves into some kind of hard ministry to make up for their sin, trying to please God.

Still others will try to give extra-large amounts of money in the offering to please God since they had sinned. Some will suddenly feel they must be a missionary to Africa, to pay God for their sins.

These are just some ways that people sacrifice today to God for their sins. God does not need your sacrifice for your sins. God just wants your repentance and obedience. Jesus paid for your sins. You do not need to pay for them again. What Jesus did was enough.

Be willing to accept the forgiveness that Jesus gives you and forgive yourself. Now work at living for God in what He has done for you and given you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus has given you; that you will no longer condemn yourself; that you will not try to pay for your sins; that you will turn from your sins; and that you will live your whole life for Jesus.

2 Corinthians 3:12 Why Be Bold

“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” 2 Corinthians 3:12

Paul described the ministry of Moses as being very great. When Moses came out from being before God he had to wear a veil over his face because it shown so much with the glory of God that the people could not look at his face. The covenant that Moses was revealing was one that brought only condemnation and no salvation, and was for a short time. Yet, there was very great glory in it because God had made it.

Next, Paul compares that to what Jesus had done. Jesus died and rose again to bring eternal life. There was no condemnation being handed out. His work was to last for eternity.

Think about the implications of this. Moses was in great glory with a ministry that brought about condemnation and death, Jesus brought about a ministry that brought about eternal life with forgiveness instead of condemnation.

Since you have been filled with God as a believer, you now have the glory of God in you. With that glory of God in you, you can be very bold.

Being bold is being willing to do the ministry God has called you to do. At a minimum you must be willing to tell others about Jesus and what He has done for you and them. Further ministry may be reaching out to show love to those who are unlovable, or those that are living in sin hating anything to do with God. It is showing love to those who persecute you. It is showing praise to God when things are not going correctly in your life.

Many people are afraid of what other people may say or do. Do not fear them. God is in you and will shine through you. You do not have to put a veil over your face and hide your belief. Be open about being a believer in Jesus. Moses had only death and condemnation, you have real life and a real future.

Your hope is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus, are you living in that hope?

I pray today that you will know the glory of Jesus in your life; that you will have the hope of His salvation in your heart; that you will not live your life veiled behind a mask; that you will boldly show Jesus to every person; and that God will build His kingdom through you.

Romans 8:1-2 No Condemnation

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 7:1-2

Believers feel a lot of self-condemnation when they sin. They look at themselves as worthless, horrible sinners that can never get things right. The longer a person is a believer, the more this belief can set in.

Will believers sin? Yes, because they are sinful humans that Jesus is saving and changing.

Yet, when you are in Christ Jesus, you are not being condemned for the sin. Being in Christ Jesus means that you are striving to be like Him. You are willing to accept what He has done and is doing for you. You love and obey Him as much as is within your knowledge and abilities.

Very often, believers are only half-heartedly following Jesus. They follow Him on Sundays and forget about Him the rest of the week. They will then feel the hard conviction of the Holy Spirit in their lives for the sinful life they are living.

This is not condemnation, but conviction. It is God trying to get you back onto the right path. The devil will use it to condemn you. He will try to tell you that Jesus did not really forgive you and will not forgive you anymore because of your sin.

Jesus has given you the Holy Spirit to set you free from that condemnation and the bondage of sin and death.

Keep your heart open to the leading of His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide you into His truth and right ways.

Are you willing to follow the Holy Spirit? Are you willing to obey Jesus?

As you follow the Holy Spirit and obey Jesus, you will not be condemned. There is no longer any judgment against you that will stand up before God. You have been set free.

Live the free life Jesus has given you. Live to follow and obey Jesus. Live to be more like Jesus. Trust His forgiveness and power to keep you.

I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will know that Jesus does not condemn you; that you will reject the condemnation of the devil; and that you will obey the convictions of the Holy Spirit.