Jeremiah 48:36 Weeping For The Lost

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So my heart laments for Moab like the music of a pipe; it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth. The wealth they acquired is gone. Jeremiah 48:36 

People and nations all around the world have had enemies that rise and fall over time. Sometimes the enemy is within their own group of people or nation, while other times they are outside of their group or nation. Some of these enemies are known worldwide, while others are known to just a few.

One common thing around the world is that when the enemy falls, the people rejoice. They are glad and excited to see when the enemy is getting crushed.

God tells Jeremiah of the judgements that will be coming upon various nations around Israel. Each one is going to be brought down and crushed under His judgement. As God talks about what will occur to Moab, His heart is crushed also. He weeps for Moab and their destruction.

Believers often act in the same way as the world does when it comes to an enemy’s downfall. They rejoice and are glad about it, especially when it is the death of the enemy.

Many people, both believers and non-believers, rejoiced when Saddam Hussein was killed. They were glad to see him dead.

This is not a heart after God’s heart. God does not rejoice in the death of an enemy. His heart is to see everyone believe in and follow Jesus. He wants an eternal relationship with every person. God actually rejoices in the death of a believer because it means that person is now with Him for eternity.

Every believer should weep over the death of an enemy, because that person who died no longer has a chance to believe in Jesus. It should be the heart of believers to see everyone be saved, as was Jesus’ purpose on this earth.

Take a look at how your heart measures up against God’s heart. How do you feel when you hear news of a dreaded enemy that has died, whether by natural causes or by a killing?

Does your heart break over the lost chance to become a believer? Or does your heart rejoice at the judgement upon an enemy?

Do not forget that you were a mortal enemy of God’s at one time. It is by grace that you are saved. Have grace upon your enemies and weep for them.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will weep as God does for the lost; and that you will be God’s witness to everyone you meet.

Isaiah 13:9 See What Is Coming

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See, the day of the Lord is coming–a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger–to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. Isaiah 13:9 

Danger can sometimes be seen coming. People can often see signs that something bad is about to happen. Very often meteorologists can predict a hurricane or some other bad storm coming up. They give warning to the people that it will be bad and destructive.

When this occurs, many people will take steps to protect themselves from the danger coming. Others will ignore it and take their chances.

In the end sometimes the meteorologists is wrong and nothing major occurs. Other times the disaster hits and many people are harmed because of the great destruction caused and refusing to not heed the warnings.

Isaiah had a prophecy against Babylon about God’s wrath getting ready to come upon them. It would be a day of destruction and all sinners would be destroyed.

Babylon was later destroyed by God, but His day of wrath is still yet to come upon the rest of the world. Although it appears as if the world is getting away with sinning, there will come a day of judgement. Every sinner will have to pay a price, and that price is death and destruction.

God is patient in waiting for that day of destruction to come because He wants everyone to be saved. He does not really want to destroy everyone, but will if they refuse to follow Jesus.

What does this mean to the believer? It means that he must be willing to go out and be His witness to this world. He needs to tell every unbeliever about Jesus and compel them to follow Him.

Too often believers just condemn the unbeliever or ignore them. There is coming destruction, so this must not happen. God is a God of love and so every believer should love those who are lost and headed for destruction.

As a believer, you also must be willing to share the gospel message with everyone. Open your spiritual eyes and see the destruction that is coming. God’s day of wrath is still yet to come upon this earth.

Allow yourself to see every person as loved by God, yet about to be destroyed because they do not know the truth. Go out and tell them about Jesus and what is about to happen. Every day is getting closer to destruction and death. Don’t waste a minute.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see people with God’s eyes of love; that God will reveal to you the destruction that is coming; and that you will be His witness to this world about Jesus. 

Luke 13:34 Weeping For The Lost

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“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Luke 13:34

Jesus had been told by some of the Pharisees to leave Jerusalem, they did want any part of Him. He, then, wept for the city, longing to gather them up and care for them. Even though they did not want Him there, Jesus continued His mission, knowing they would crucify Him.

When people are treated badly by someone or a group, they usually will leave that person and move on to someone else. People know when they are not welcome and do not want to stick around. Very few people are willing to be hated and hurt by someone else continually.

Looking at things as the world does, it makes sense to move on, to forget the person or people you are trying to reach.

This type of attitude is also common among Christians. A believer is treated badly by someone and so they leave that person on his own. They no longer reach out to that person because of the pain being inflicted.

Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing that they hated Him as a whole. He also knew that they would kill Him the next time He went into Jerusalem. Yet, His hearts desire was to take all of the people of the city under His arm and show them love and care.

His love was greater for them, than their hate was for Him. Jesus knew that He had something that was worth everything to give them. He wanted to give them life, abundant life, despite their not wanting it. Since they did not want what He had for them, Jesus wept over them. He shared His heart’s desire to be with them.

There may be someone or a group of people who treat you badly. Although it is easy to just walk away, it may be that God wants you to continue to reach out to them with His love and compassion.

God wants everyone to know the gospel message and be saved. You may be the only one to reach out to that person. Weep before God for their lost souls and continue to reach out to them. Do not give up on them right away.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lost around you; that you will have God’s compassion for the lost; that you will not fear persecution, but trust in God; and that you spread the gospel message to all you meet.

Acts 2:40 Pleading With Others

“With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Acts 2:40

Right after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and other people in the upper room, things started to happen. Those that received the Holy Spirit started telling others about Jesus. Peter gets some extreme boldness to tell the people about Jesus. He points out that it was the people who killed Jesus, but it was God’s will that it should happen. He also points out that Jesus rose from the dead. In this verse it states that he kept on pleading with the people to be saved.

Peter saw the people as lost and heading to hell. He also saw them with the eyes and heart of God. He did not want any of them to be lost for eternity in hell.

Very often believers will, if they witness at all, will only tell others about Jesus a little bit. It will be mentioned only in passing.

Although there is nothing wrong in this, there does not seem to be any urgency in getting saved. The importance of being saved is not really presented.

No person knows how long he will live or how long someone else may live. Doctors cannot even get diagnosis right on patients with a deadly illness. All any person has is today, right now. There is no guarantee of the next moment.

Every believer must keep this in mind. When you have a chance to tell someone else about Jesus, look at it as though it may be that person’s last chance to be saved on this earth.

When Peter talked with the people he was pleading with them. This was almost to the point of begging the people to be saved. He used many more words than what was recorded to encourage them to be saved.

Are you willing to tell others about Jesus? Do you see them as lost and heading straight to hell? Do you realize you know the solution for them? How much are you going to tell them?

I pray today that you will see the lost as Jesus does; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will be filled with the boldness of Jesus to tell others about Him; that you will plead with others to be saved; and that Jesus will draw many to Him through you.

Luke 15:21 True Remorse

“The son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” Luke 15:21

Jesus was telling the parable about a son who went against his father’s desires and started living a wild life. He chose to move away from home and just party. After everything came crashing down on him and failed, he decided to go back to his father.

His words to his father were ones of great humility and remorse. He knew he messed up badly and was now unworthy of any type of love from his father.

People often state that they are sorry for something wrong they did once they are caught. Very few people come up and admit doing wrong before being caught. This goes for both believers and non-believers. Most people hope to never get caught for the wrong that they did.

Once they get caught and repent of the wrong, it is usually more of a being sorry at being caught, not for what was done wrong.

The boy in the story realized he messed up so bad that his father would have the right to disown him entirely. Yet, the father showed great love to him and accepted him back.

As a believer that is human, every person makes mistakes and sins against God at times. Every time you sin, you must look at that sin as so great that God has the right to disown you and punish you. Do not think of the sin as some little thing, it carries the punishment of a death sentence.

Repent of the sin with the mind that God hates that sin. Know that you do not deserve anything from God. This is true remorse for the sin.

Just like the father in the story, God will open His arms and accept you back with great love. God wants to forgive you. God wants to love you and have a relationship with you.

I pray today that you will turn to God and away from sin; that you will repent of every sin; that you will know the love and forgiveness God has for you; and that you will give your life to serve God.