Jeremiah 24:7 God Will Work In You

Seeing a mountain

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:7 

It is a easy for people to know about someone, but it is a totally different thing to really know a person. People know about people all the time. They see people every day in the workplace, at the store, in the community that they recognize, but really don’t know who the person is. They do not know their character or their heart, only what they physically look like.

Some people feel that they know famous people, such as actors or singers, because they follow them. Yet, all they know is the public surface of those people.

God tells Jeremiah that there will be a group of exiles who He will give a heart to know Him. They will return to Him and follow Him with all of their heart.

Thousands of people go to church every week. They claim to know God, yet, do not really live for Him. They purposefully live in sin, never read the Bible, and rarely pray. Their heart is not running after God. Knowledge of God is only on the surface, but not deep in the heart. People know about God, but do not know Him.

Those who allow God to soften and change their heart will get to know God personally. He will no longer be a God who they go to church to hear about, but will know Him themselves.

God wants to give every person a heart of flesh, one that can know and love Him. However, the person must be willing to accept that heart change and seek God with all of his heart.

You may already know about God, but how well do you know God? Are you seeking to get to know everything about God on a personal level?

Allow God to work in your life and change your heart. He is willing to make Himself known to you beyond just the written word. He wants to walk and talk with you daily in every situation in your life, not just on Sundays or around a meal time or during bad situations. God wants all of your heart.

You can be one of God’s chosen people, if you allow your heart to be changed. Be the new creation God wants you to be and know Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a new heart to seek Him; that you will seek God with everything in you; that you will have a personal relationship with God; and that you will live your life sold out to God.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 What To Boast About

Looking at mountains

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24 

Boasting is rampant among people in all areas of society. It is not just with the wealthy or the poor, but most people boast about something. Often it is a boasting when they have something or do something better than someone else.

People want to look better in the eyes of others, so they boast about themselves.

God tells the people to not boast, unless they are boasting about knowing and understanding Him and who He is.

Strength and wealth are temporary things of this earth. The wisdom of man is worthless compared to the wisdom of God. Yet people will boast about themselves in these three areas on a regular basis. It makes them appear as though they are something, when in reality they are nothing without God.

Boasting like this can even occur inside the church. Some will boast about their being a member of a certain group, or boast about their position in the church, or how much they give.

God does not like boasting in this way, because without Him, none of these things would be possible. It is God who gives a person strength, wisdom and wealth.

Believers need to boast about knowing God and who He is. There can never be enough said about who God is and what He is like. When Jesus is lifted up, He can then lift the believer up and reach the world for the lost.

While you may have accomplished many things, none of them were accomplished without God’s help in your life. You do not even have the ability to breath without God giving you the breath.

Take a moment to think about what you are talking to others about. Are you boasting about yourself and things you have accomplished? Are you boasting about other people? Or are you boasting about God?

Think about all the things God has done in your life. Count all the blessings He has already given you. Now talk about these things. Boast about His great love, mercy, and grace in your life. Lift Him up, not yourself.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love in your life; that God will help you remove all boasting about yourself in your life; and that you will lift God up every chance you get.

Psalm 63:5 Fully Satisfied

Satisfied girl

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:5 

Eating food is something that people love to do. Eating a meal that is cooked to near perfection is a desire many have. People will find that restaurant that usually will cook a meal to near perfection. When they sit down to eat the meal they are fully satisfied, until they eat too much and gain a stomach ache.

People search for satisfaction in many things. They want to be filled with everything that they want and need to find complete satisfaction.

Finding full satisfaction is not very common. People will find fault in nearly every thing that they touch or use. Things of this earth will fail or fall apart. The satisfaction is temporary.

David found great satisfaction with one thing, that is to praise God. He likens it to eating the best food possible.

In order to praise God, one must think about what God has done and who He is. When these thoughts are brought up, then praise becomes a natural by-product of it. One begins to realize how great and awesome God is.

The effect of knowing how great and awesome God is, is the overflow of praise to Him. One will want to praise God for all that God is and has done.

This brings about a satisfaction that nothing in this world can bring. It is a knowing that God is in control, that God is providing all that is needed, that God is loving, that God is merciful, that God is with the person, and much more.

All of these things brings complete peace that this world does not know. There is peace, because nothing else is needed or important. The things of this world grow dim and meaningless in light of God’s greatness and glory.

Take time to realize how great God is and what He has already done for you. With that begin to give Him praise. Find the satisfaction that David had in praising God.

God has already given you everything that you need and more. Be satisfied with that and now give Him the praise that He is worthy of.

Keep a song of praise on your lips at all times in order to keep your focus on God. This will bring about complete satisfaction for all that you need or desire.

I pray today that you will know God’s provision in your life; that you will know God’s character; that you will sing praises daily to God; and that you will find satisfaction in praising God. 

Psalm 27:8 What To Seek

Hide and seek

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8 

People everywhere are always looking, seeking for something. Sometimes it is something that they had lost, but more often it is something that they do not have and want.

Every day billions of searches are made on Google of people seeking something. People are seeking ways to make more money, ways to be happier, ways to make life easier, ways to make one’s self look better, and many other searches.

It is commonly thought that ‘if I just have…’ or ‘if I just do…’ then one will be happy and life will be so much better. However, all those things that a person can have or do is temporary. There is only One that is eternal and never ending.

David’s own heart told him what he needed to search for. What he needed to search for was God’s face. David, then, chose to seek out God’s face.

Seeking God’s face is finding out who God is. It is finding out what God wants. It is wanting to see His face smiling because one is doing what he is supposed to be doing. It is pleasing God.

Many do not want to seek God’s face, because they fear rejection, condemnation, or a revealing of sin in their lives and hearts. They want to know God, but from a distance because they really do not want to change.

In order to get to know God, one must read His word daily and find out what it says about Him. The Bible reveals God’s character and love.

One must also take time to talk with God on a regular, daily basis. Open his ears to hear what God has to say. And then obey what one has read or heard.

You may be searching for something right now. It may be an object you need, but you may be also searching for something in this life for joy, happiness or peace. While the object will meet a temporary need, the real need is in the eternal.

True joy, happiness and peace comes only from God and knowing God. It is getting close enough to Him that you can see His face and hear His voice all the time.

Focus your time and efforts on seeking God and His face, and then take time to obey what He is showing you. In that you will find contentment and all of your real needs met.

Will you seek His face today?

I pray today that you will seek God’s face; that God will reveal Himself to you in new ways; that you will know God’s heart for you and others; and that you will know and obey what God wants of you.