Jeremiah 23:17 False Speaking

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They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ Jeremiah 23:17 

Everyone loves to hear good news, when it comes to news about themselves. They do not want to hear any news that things will be bad for them, whether it is true or not. No one wants to be told that things will get worse.

It is common for people to say that everything is good and will remain good, when things are not always good. They blind themselves to the truth of what is actually happening or what is going to happen as a result of certain actions.

During the time of Jeremiah, God had stated that the nation of Israel was going to go into Exile in Babylon because of the worship of false gods. Yet, many false prophets were saying that everything will be at peace and there will be no harm.

Times are not much different today. The world is talking about having peace, when there is coming destruction. Jesus is coming back to judge the world. When He returns there will be great destruction and judgement against all sin.

Those in the world are living as though everything is good and will remain so. There are believers who are living in the same way and not mentioning that when a person is living in sin and rebellion against God, there will come a day of reckoning and judgement. On that day there will be no peace, but only harm for those who refuse to follow God with all of their heart.

Following the ways of this world and one’s own heart will only bring about harm and judgement. Believers must follow Jesus and turn from all sin.

In order for you to know true peace and know that harm will not come in the end, you must believe and follow Jesus with a sincere heart. This begins with turning away from all sin.

As you strive to follow Jesus and be like Him, the judgement upon your head will be removed. God’s peace will come upon you despite the troubles of this world. When Jesus returns you will be brought into eternal peace with Him in heaven.

Without Jesus, or when refusing to obey Him, all you have to look forward to is judgement and harm.

Whose heart are you following? Your own? Or God’s?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn towards God and away from all sin; that you will know the true peace of God in your life; and that your life will be patterned after that of Jesus. 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 The Blessed Person

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But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 

The majority of people in this world feel that they are blessed when they have a lot of possessions and no troubles in life. When everything is going right, they feel blessed. When they have everything that they want or desire, they feel blessed.

During times of trouble or loss of possessions, most of these same people feel that they are no longer blessed, but are being cursed.

God describes the one who is blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. He is blessed even in the hard times.

Believers who put all of their trust in the Lord will not lose confidence or begin to fear when troubles arise. The heat will rise at times in their lives, causing trouble and pain in life, but they will still know that God is in control and trust Him with no fear.

In life there will be times of drought, when things are lost and God seems quiet, but the trust will still be there. The true believer will continue to bear the fruit of his trust in God. The fruit of the Spirit will show forth in his life, touching the lives of others for God. He will always be thriving in God, despite what is happening around and to him.

Knowing and trusting God brings about a peace that the world does not know or understand. It removes health issues of worries and fear. This is a real and lasting blessing.

Allow yourself to put all of your confidence and trust in God. He has never failed anyone, nor will He every fail anyone. God will not start to fail you today.

During the times in life, when troubles rise up and create havoc and heat in your life, trust in God. Allow your roots to go deep into His word and Holy Spirit, knowing God and knowing He will take care of you.

In those times of drought, when God appears to be silent and troubles are great, know that God is still there with you. Be the fruitful tree planted by the water.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will trust God in every area of your life; that you will have deep roots in God; and that you will bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit every day. 

Isaiah 37:20 Prayer For God’s Honor

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Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, Lord, are the only God. Isaiah 37:20 

Desire for deliverance from a problem is desired by all people. No one really wants to go through a struggle or tough time. Even more so, most people do not want an enemy.

Yet, in life there are many struggles that face every person on a regular basis. As troubles occur, people seek out ways to overcome or stop that trouble that is in their life. The will seek self-help books, friends, astrology, doctors, religion, lawyers, drugs and many other people, places and things.

The entire reason for searching for help is for selfish reasons. It is all about making life better for self.

Hezekiah was being attacked by the enemy. As he prays to God for some help, he tells God to deliver them from the enemy so that the world may know that there is only one God and that He is that one.

Along with the rest of the world, believers have many struggles and enemies in life. They may be physical human enemies, or spiritual ones, habits, thoughts, or beliefs. Most will seek God for help against these enemies and struggles that they have.

While there is nothing wrong in seeking God for help against the struggle, many are only seeking it for relief in their own life. They are seeking it to help self, rather than to help others or be a witness of God’s great power.

Every believer is to be a witness of who God is. This is something that is to occur day-to-day with everything that they think, say and do in every situation.

The prayer of the believer should be for relief so that God may be glorified and honored. The answer to the prayer is to be a witness to others of who God is and what He can do, not just for personal relief.

As you are struggling in some situation in your life, go to God for help. As you seek His help, also seek ways to use that answer as a tool to be a witness of His great love and power. Be willing to use that answer to build His kingdom, rather than just hoard it to yourself.

The answers to your prayer are not to just make your life better, but to build you and His kingdom up.

What is your motivation in your prayers?

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will have a desire to pray to God daily; that you will use all answers of prayer to be a witness of God’s great love and power; and that God will help you remove all selfishness in your prayers.