Archive for the ‘Sacred Reading – Jeremiah’ Category

Our One Purpose (Jeremiah 32:39)

November 9, 2010

“And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.” Isn’t that something? Not only is there’d truly one purpose to our lives, worshipping our Lord, but by just fulfilling that one purpose we secure goodness for our entire family. How you worship our Lord will directly impact their goodness displayed to your children. We all want the best for our families and often must make choices for their future. Do we get them involved in sports to learn good sportsmanship but by doing so we endanger their prayer life (and ours) because practice meets on Prayer Meeting Night? Do we make sure our kids see us worshipping more than any other activity (like watching TV or working late) because we truly believe that our worship is the imperative of our lives?
May we be known by our one purpose: worship. May our worship fulfill what we think is our one purpose: securing goodness for our families. Get the first right and the rest falls into place. Get the worship out of sequence and not matter what we try we will not succeed in protecting and growing our families in goodness.

Influence (Jeremiah 15:19)

November 9, 2010

Jeremiah is told by our Lord to be a person of influence and not a person easily influenced. “You must influence them; and do not let them influence you.” Oh Lord, it is difficult sometimes to be true to speak what you command to people hurting and hopeless and not let their fragile spirits soften the truths you call us to say to them. Let alone being influenced by the technology, the culture, the way of life of our people. Give your saints on earth the power to resist the temptation to water down, to soften the edges of your truth and to proclaim your message to a people on the verge of judgment. May we a make more sacred waves then ride the secular ones for Your glory. Amen.

Past the Hope of Healing (Jeremiah 14:19)

November 1, 2010

Jeremiah 14:19, “Why have you wounded us past all hope of healing?… We hoped for a time of healing, but found only terror.”

Dear Lord, may I have the fortitude of faith to endure when I pray for healing and find none. May I have faith to see in my hurt the profound power of mercy and grace – when the answers to prayers are “no.” My faith will not shatter even in my brittle body for I am not my ailment; I am not defined by the limitations of my body. I am defined as “in your image” and just as your image was marred upon the whipping post and crucifix and from brokenness flowed divine grace and mercy I too can identify with You and from that pull strength of soul and offer that same wholeness to others. My wholeness is not found in my flesh, but in my soul. I am wounded and past the hope of healing, but my soul will then one day be freed from these bonds of sinew and skin and released. So I shall praise you, Lord, even if tattered.

Who is my flock? (Jer. 13:20)

October 13, 2010

“Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?” (Jer. 13:20) Dear Lord, lest I forget, there is a flock you have entrusted to me, and there are those I’d rather run after. Jeremiah is scolding Judah for not protecting its people but rather looking for others for protection and prostituting themselves for that protection. How backwards! How I do the same thing. You have given me a wife and children and a church family but at times I run after those I want to be friends with rather than those to whom you have entrusted to me. Give me courage to accept Your flock and work for their benefit, to spend my time, treasure, talent and talk upon them instead of wooing others to hear me. You gave me people in my life, help me to give back to them. And you have kept me from others, help me to stay focused on the flock before me rather than the desires to join the bandwagon of others. Thank you for my church and nuclear family – help to be honor them lest you embarrass me.

Harming Ourselves (Jer. 7:6)

October 7, 2010

Dear Lord, Your word today says that by following my own desires, by worshipping the idols in my life I am actually harming myself! Your word says to Love God, Love others as you Love Yourself. Oh Lord, the right worship of You is found in not desecrating the image (idol) of God – humans, and I am a human too! By not taking care of myself, I kill and deface the very image of God. Give me strength to see my idols that I worship and in so doing harm myself. And my following lies (idols) to my own gain is just as bad as taking advantage of others to get ahead, for we all are your creatures, your image.

It seems so easy to pick on “foreigners” – who is the foreigner to me? May I not join in the abuse of foreigners of the faith (non-Christians), may I be persuaded to punish those who exploit the true foreigners who are illegal in this country rather than vilify the aliens. Melt my heart for their plight and give me power to do justice upon their behalf in a land where they are exploited, used, abused and cheapened just so others can make another dollar off their backs. the problem is there are jobs for the illegals in the USA – ones where they are abused, but have a better chance than in their own home countries. May You help me shut down the rackets that exploit the alien and therefore in so doing help the alien to enter the country with dignity and honor. My own welfare is connected to how I treat the aliens amongst us. May I do unto them as I would want to be done unto me. Amen.

Obey the First Time (Jer 6:2,9)

October 7, 2010

Dear Lord, as I teach my daughter to learn to “obey the first time” help me to obey the first time as well. Though You see us like Jerusalem, “my beautiful and delicate daughter” (Jer 6:2) You will still bring your destruction upon us if we continue to disobey. I repent and ask that you save me now, lest I cry out and you say, “No, its too late.” And may I not hide my righteousness in a land filled with wickedness, for Your word today is that, “even the few who remain will be picked over again.”

Blessing You, Blessing the World (Jeremiah 4:2)

October 5, 2010

Oh Lord, You call me to throw away the things I put first before You. Boy, that’s hard. Sometimes I think maybe I can just do the things I placed before you a little less, but you say, for me, I should throw it out. Ditch the idol, not, spend less time with the idol. Help me to let go fully and give You all of me.

Your word today through Jeremiah is that blessing You is found by being a blessing in the world. If I turn from my idols, swear allegiance to Jesus and live these three things out: truth, justice and righteousness, that not only would I be blessing and worshipping you, but I would be evangelizing. “As surely as the Lord lives, you could do… truth, justice, and righteousness. Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world and all people would come and praise My name.” (Jeremiah 4:2) If I am truthful, work for justice and live in all ways righteous then I am an evangelist. It isn’t rocket science, it’s righteousness. Oh, Lord, but I think doing truth, justice and righteous can be harmful and difficult for me! Help me to take the blows like a running-back and push forward to honor You and make Your name known by my actions in truth, justice and righteousness. Amen.

Talking Rightly, Walking Evilly (Jeremiah 3:5)

October 5, 2010

“So you talk, but you keep on doing all the evil you can.” (Jeremiah 3:5b). Dear Lord, it seems as if evil is forgetting You. Sometimes it seems that I define evil as vile and heinously¬†wicked acts and consider myself free from such maliciousness. And yet, through Jeremiah, You tell me that when I put other things in front of You, I am acting evilly. Forgive me when I talk like a Christian but act like the heathen.

In the beginning of verse 5 it says, “Surely you won’t be angry forever! Surely you can forget about it!” Oh, but when I’m hurt by someone else I can bear a grudge and have trouble letting it go. So here I am, just thinking that slapping You in the face will be so easily forgiven for You are God – You are Love and Forgiveness. Help me to see how badly I hurt You and how expensive the gift of Love and Forgiveness is that I may not be rash to assume you forgive and I continue to run roughshod over Your grace. Thank you Lord for this word, may I learn what my wickedness is (my unfaithfulness) and not make light of your forgiveness. And Christ Jesus, help me to keep my walk in line with my talk. Amen.

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