Jeremiah 9:23-24 What To Boast About

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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.

Isaiah 40:28 Hearing And Knowing

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Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28 

Hearing things is easy to do. There is a lot of news and information being passed around all the time. Billions of pieces of information are available at the fingertip of people all over the world.

Having all of this information available does not necessarily mean every person knows that information. In reality, each person knows very little of the extreme amount of information that is available.

Some of that information appears to be worthless, while other pieces are invaluable and needed by everyone.

Isaiah asks the question of whether the people know or have heard about God. He points out that God is the Creator and does not every grow weary or tired and that no one can fully understand His understanding.

It is easy to hear something, but not really hear it. The information is heard with the ears, but it never makes it to the heart and soul of a person.

Many people have heard about God, but don’t realize who He really is. The don’t see Him as THE Creator of everything who has unlimited strength.

God does not grow tired or weary of doing what is right. He doesn’t grow tired or weary of reaching out to draw more people to Him. He doesn’t grow tired or weary of building people up in Jesus.

For the believer, this can be the greatest news ever. Many think that God has given up on them or cannot really help. They do not understand God’s thinking and great love.

Knowing who God really is can give one strength and hope that will endure through every trial in life.

Take some time to think about the fact that God is THE Creator of everything. Now take some time to think about how much God loves you and wants you to be His child.

God will never grow tired or weary of working with you, as long as you keep reaching out to Him and listening to Him. Hear what He has to say to you and obey it. You may not understand why God says and does what He says and does, but you know you can trust it. Set it deep in your heart.

Have you not heard? Don’t you know?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love for you; that you will know God’s great power; and that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus.

Proverbs 2:11 Protection And Understanding

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Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:11 

As a person goes through life, he will have many choices to make. Some of these choices will be large ones, while many will be smaller choices. Some will be easy to make, while others will be very difficult to decide which way to go.

In the process of making a choice there will be times when the person can just somehow ‘know’ which one is the better choice or which one he should not choose. There will be an inner feeling of what is the wrong choice.

However, many people will refuse to follow that feeling and make the wrong choice. They will throw out all discretion in favor of pleasure at the moment. This then will lead to trouble and danger.

Solomon states that discretion and understanding is what helps a person. They protect and guide a person.

While the world will call that inner feeling a person’s conscience, in reality it is God’s Holy Spirit. It is God who is trying to direct and guide a person on the correct path in this life.

Looking at the paths that are in life, they show many different things. A path may look nice and clean and easy to walk, but is right on the edge of a dangerous cliff and a spot where many rocks come tumbling down the hillside unexpectedly. Falling off the edge or being hit is a very high probability.

Discretion will see the dangers and keep one from going down that path. Understanding will know that it is better to walk another path to stay safe from harm.

These cliffs and rocks are temptations and sin in this world. While a person is free to do what he wants, being led by the Holy Spirit will bring discretion and understanding to do what is best. Please take a moment to fill out an Apple Feedback to let me know how I am doing. I look forward to the next class with ___. Have a wonderful night! Teacher Tom

Just like every other person you are on a path in this life. You will have choices to make that can help or endanger you. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to give you discretion and understanding as to what is before you on the path in this life.

Be willing to be led by God to make the correct choices. Do not allow yourself to be selfish and in the moment only to where you make foolish choices that put you in danger.

God loves you and will only guide you in the path that is best for your life. Trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit guiding you; that you will trust God’s leading in your life; and that God will fill you with discretion and understanding as you walk with Him.

Psalm 147:5 Limitless Understanding

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Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:5 

Desiring to be understood is the desire of most people. Every one has something to say and want to be understood in what they are saying, but often are not. This crosses all nations and every person on this earth.

Young children get frustrated because they cannot say what they are thinking. Teen-agers feel as though their parents do not understand them and their struggles. Parents feel as though their children do not understand why they want what they want. Workers feel as though the bosses don’t understand their struggles. And the list goes on of misunderstanding.

With misunderstanding, there has been many fights and wars. Loss of friendship and relationships occur over not understanding.

The author of this psalm realizes how great and powerful God is. With this great power, God also has limitless understanding.

It is easy for a believer to think that God does not understand his struggles. God is God and is perfect and Jesus never sinned, so how could He really understand?

Even though Jesus was perfect, He walked on this earth like every other person–as a human being that could fall, yet He did not. Jesus was tempted just like every person, yet, He chose not to sin. He felt hunger, pain, suffering, ridicule, rejection, hate, violence, temptation and everything else that a person can feel and experience. His understanding is without limit.

God understands what every person is going through, but He also knows the path to take to get through every situation. He is all powerful and can work all things out for the good of those who love and follow Him. There is nothing so difficult that God cannot bring a person through it.

You, just like Jesus and every other person, will have to go through tough times. These tough times can be just simple temptation to great difficulties in life. You are not alone in this.

The best part about it is that God is with you and understands what you are feeling and going through. Lean on Him for strength and guidance to keep moving forward.

If God has the understanding to create this world and sustain every living molecule perfectly in order, then He can understand what you are going through. Tell Him what you are feeling. He already has a plan for your life, trust Him in understanding you and follow that plan.

I pray today that you will know God’s great power in your life; that you will tell God all that is on your heart; that you will know God understands you perfectly; and that God will remove all fear of misunderstanding.