Jeremiah 36:3 Hearing Of Coming Disaster

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Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin. Jeremiah 36:3 

There are times when warnings of coming disaster are declared. Some people completely ignore the warnings and keep going forward as though nothing is going to happen. Others heed those warnings and change accordingly. In the end some will regret their choices and others will be glad for their choices.

The nation of Judah had been living in sin and God was warning them of coming judgement against them. He sends Jeremiah to tell them of the disaster He will bring upon them because of their sin. God hopes that they will change their hearts and repent of their sin when they hear of the coming destruction.

Most people do not like to hear about coming judgement or disaster. They want to hear about good news, that things will get better or continue to be great. They want to hear about prosperity and love and peace, not disaster and destruction.

This type of thinking has also crept into the church. People only want to hear about love and forgiveness, not judgement. However, God does and will judge sin. Those who purposefully live in sinful ways will be judged some day.

There is coming a day when Jesus will return to judge everyone. Some may live to see that day, others will die sooner and see that judgement come sooner.

The one who is repenting of his sins and striving to live for God will not see that judgement hit him. Those who refuse to repent and turn from sin will only see the wrath of God and His judgement upon them.

People in the church and those in the world need to hear this message. But also need to hear that God is ready to forgive them and save them from the coming destruction of eternal death and punishment.

God is willing to forgive you as you turn to Him and turn away from sin. Be willing to repent and turn from sin, so that God can forgive you.

If you choose to live in sin and rebel against God’s commands, you have only one thing to look forward to–destruction in eternal judgement.

When you repent and turn to God, you can look forward to eternal life with God.

What is your choice? What is your message?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you repent of all sins; that you will know God’s forgiveness and love; that you will obey all that God commands; and that you will let others know of God’s love and commands. 

Jeremiah 14:20 Acknowledgement And Admission

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We acknowledge our wickedness, Lord, and the guilt of our ancestors; we have indeed sinned against you. Jeremiah 14:20 

Recognizing or realizing the truth is sometimes a difficult thing to do. Doing so may convict a person as being guilty of something wrong, and no one wants to be in the wrong. No one likes to be guilty of anything.

In order to prevent feeling guilty, people will ignore what is actually being done. They will ignore their actions as though they do not matter in any way. Or they will blame their actions upon someone else or some situation.

Jeremiah admits guilt for himself and all the people of Israel. He acknowledges their wickedness and sin against God.

Most people see themselves as basically a good person, not great, but definitely not bad or horrible. They know that they have some faults, but nothing great in their eyes.

This sounds good, until one measures them up against the standard of Jesus, who was perfect. Every person has sinned against God, in fact, most have sinned a lot against God. Sin is being wicked and evil, even in the ‘smallest’ of sins.

One of the first steps in being a believer and follower of Jesus is recognizing and acknowledging that one is a sinner–wicked in sin. Bringing this into the open with God is acknowledging the truth that He already knows.

Suppressing or hiding the truth of sin in one’s life does not change the truth of it. Repentance can only come when one recognizes and acknowledges his sin.

Once a person acknowledges the sin, he can repent of it and turn to God. In turn, God can forgive the sin and wipe it away, bringing about salvation and life.

Every believer needs to be willing to acknowledge every sin he has, so God can bring about change and forgiveness.

You may already be acknowledging many of the sins in your life. Allow God to examine you and see if there are any other sins you are missing.

How do your thoughts, actions and words line up with those of Jesus? It is easy to sin and then ignore it. Do not ignore it, but bring it before God. He knows about it already.

God is right there waiting to forgive you and help you change, if you will allow Him. Do not try to hide your sin, but admit is and move forward with God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will admit your guilt to God; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will accept God’s forgiveness in your life. 

Jeremiah 5:7 Why Should God Forgive Anyone?

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“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.” Jeremiah 5:7

When a person has had something done wrong to him, most people do not want to forgive. They see that the wrong has given them the right to get vengeance and strike back.

Courts and judges are asked all the time to forgive a person. Yet, they are willing to ask the question of why. They want to know why they should forgive the criminal because he had done something wrong. Most often, they do not forgive and punishment is given.

God asks the people why He should forgive them. The people of Israel had rejected Him and gave themselves to foreign, false gods even while He was providing for them.

It is bad enough when a person does not know to not do something, but it is worse for him when he knows not to do something, but still does it. In cases where the person has been taught better, judges are more lenient on the judgments.

There have been many believers who have purposefully chosen to reject God’s way of living and follow false gods. Gods of money, position, and things. Even while going to church and claiming to believe in Jesus, they give themselves over to sinful ways.

God does not have to forgive a person, but His love demands it when the person repents. Despite all that man has done against God, He is still willing to forgive immediately when a person repents.

The only reason God is willing to forgive is because of His immense great love He has for all people. Immediately upon repentance, God is ready to forgive and build the person back up again.

As you are going through your life, do not give God any reason to not forgive you. Know and understand His great love for you and live for Him with all of your being.

When God points out sin in your life, quickly repent of it and turn away from that sin. No longer allow sin to master you, but be mastered by God.

As you repent and turn away from sin and towards God, He will forgive you. God will restore you and build you up, rather than tear you down and destroy you.

Are you giving God a reason to not forgive you?

I pray today that you will know God’s great love for you; that God will guide you in living for Him; that you will turn away from all sin towards God; and that you will not reject God in any area of  your life. 

Isaiah 59:1-2 Keeping God From Hearing You

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Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2 

When people talk, some will listen and some will not. Those who do not listen, don’t for various reasons. Sometimes they will not listen, because what is being said has nothing to do with them and they have no interest in the information. Others don’t listen because all they hear are lies coming from the person and don’t want to hear lies.

It is common for some people to be ignored because all that is being said is false. Their word cannot be trusted.

Isaiah points out that God is big enough to hear and save everyone. Yet, God is unable to save some because of their sin. Sin is hiding His face from them to keep Him from hearing the person.

Many believers will cry out to God for help or guidance and will hear nothing in return. God appears to be silent and refusing to answer and they wonder why.

As they are crying out to God, they are also living in willful sin. They continue to sin on purpose, with no mind to change. In doing so, they are trampling on what Jesus has done for them and rejecting God, even while claiming to follow Him.

Sin blocks people from God. He cannot be around sin. The first thing a believer must do is be willing to repent of the sin and change. Jesus offers that forgives and removal of all sin.

Once the sin is removed, God can begin to hear the believer’s prayers and calls. His ear is listening for the broken heart that is repenting of sin. Once that is heard, God can move forward.

You may have times when God appears to be silent with you. He does not want to answer you. One of the reasons this may be is for unforgiven sin in your life.

Examine your life and see if you are allowing sin to reign in some area of your life. Be willing to go to Jesus and seek forgiveness. He is willing and ready to forgive you of your sins and remove them. Once your life is clean again before God, He is able to hear your prayers.

I pray today that you will seek the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will repent of all sins; that you will seek to live for God in every area of your life; and that God will be able to hear all of your prayers.