Your Sins Shall Not Be Found

Jeremiah 50:20 – 20 In those days and in that time,” says the Lord, “The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none; And the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; For I will pardon those whom I preserve.
We live in a world today where we are afraid of things being erased. You don’t know what you would do if your hard drive crashed and you lost all of your documents. You would go crazy if your phone acted up and you lost all of your contacts.  We try very hard for things not to be erased. In fact, we try so hard that we often forget that it is good for somethings to be erased.
In today’s scripture, we are reminded that when we truly repent and ask for forgiveness from our sins, then the Lord promises “The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there shall be none; And the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found; For I will pardon those whom I preserve“.  It is true, if you sincerely repent, your sins will not be found. May you fully live in that freedom and grace from Christ Jesus.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

Don’t Forget to Get Dressed

Jeremiah 46:3-5 – “Order the buckler and shield, And draw near to battle!Harness the horses, And mount up, you horsemen! Stand forth with your helmets, Polish the spears, Put on the armor!
 
I have been fortunate to serve as a chaplain to a local police agency for the past 4 years. During that time, I have learned a lot of what it takes to be a police officer, the challenges they face everyday and how much it takes to prepare for duty.  Before an officer begins their shift, they must first prepare for any and all situations they may face that day. They must make sure they have the proper equipment on for protection. They must make sure that the armory they will carry on them and in the car are ready and in working order. They must make sure their vehicle is functioning and ready to go. It takes a lot for an officer to be ready for their shift.
As I was reading this scripture today, I was reminded of all of the brave men and women that serve our local communities by protecting us every day. I also began to think that the preparation that officers go through each day is similar to what we as Christians must do. We will all encounter daily “battles” because of our belief in Jesus Christ. We are called to “mount up, you horsemen! Stand forth with your helmets, Polish the spears, Put on the armor!”. We will never be successful in our walk unless we are prepared, equipped and ready for what lies ahead that day. As you wake in the morning and prepare to leave the house, don’t forget to get dressed with the armor of God.
 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

All Things Work Together

Romans 8:28  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

This is a verse that is often misquoted.  It is most often quoted as God will work all things together for good — so do not worry.  The portion about “to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” is dropped off. 

Loving God means living according to His Word and living to please Him in all areas of your life. Please him with your words, your actions, your finances, your time . . . While I realize we are an imperfect people, we still need to strive to be Christ like in all areas of our life.  Trying to live without sinning and if we do, we are truly repentant.  We don’t wake up day after day saying sorry for the same sin, because that is not repentance.  When we really come to the point in our life where all we are is “in for Jesus” we can rest assured that no matter what challenging circumstance comes our way in life — He will work it for good.  There is a comfort and peace in that beyond anything this earth can give us.

God is God

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

This is an encouraging word to those who love him and keep his commandments. The word covenant means a promise to this People.  The word steadfast means that his love to His People is loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, and solid.  Wow! I want every bit of that love and I want every promise fulfilled in my life, not just for me, but for my children, and their children, and their children . . . for generations may His promises and love surround my family. 

I know that my actions today effect my children and generations in my family line.  I pray that we all seek to love God with every part of our life and that we all seek to live according to His Word. When we do, we can take great comfort in knowing we have the Mighty Hand of a faithful and great God covering us and our family.

Peace I Leave With You


John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Sometimes in life we are faced with situations that we cannot change. The attitude and conflict of the lost, bad decisions by others with serious consequences, the rejection of Christ when you have tried to deliver the good news, a terminal disease, living in daily pain either in your heart or body . . .  The list goes on and on.  Often our first response is to desperately search to find a way to deal with the circumstance on our own, in our own humanness.  We quickly find there is no rest, the burden is heavy and we are left with no peace. And then, the light goes on! Go to the light!
 
When our heart is deeply troubled by circumstances beyond what we can control, there is only one place to turn to make us feel better — that is to Jesus.  May his peace and comfort be yours today.

Them Bones, Them Bones

2 Corinthians 4:16-18  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

As I have gotten older, I have seen different parts of my body start to fail me.  It is scary because in the larger scheme in life, I am relatively young.  When I read this verse, I feel encouraged.  For this “light momentary affliction” I feel today in my knees, my eyes, my body . . .  is my preparation for eternity.  I don’t think I ever looked at my bodily failings as such. Lets start looking at our life that way.  Not just when our body fails us, but when life fails us — remember it is transient — it will all surely pass in time and we are being prepared for something far greater! Amen! May the joy of the Lord be yours today in all circumstances!

How Often Do You Read the Word of God

Jeremiah 36:10 – 10 Then Baruch read from the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the upper court at the entry of the New Gate of the Lord’s house, in the hearing of all the people.
We all have schedules in our lives — the things we do daily. We have coffee in the morning, eat lunch at noon and watch TV at night, for example. Schedules are good because they can keep us on track and make us more productive. Unfortunately, schedules can also be bad if we do not have the “right” tasks on our agenda. For example, when was the last time you read the Word of God?
In today’s passage, we read that “Baruch read from the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord“. In other words, he read the Word of God. It is important that each of take time each day to read the Word of God, study the Word of God and pray over the Word of God. Not just with ourselves, but also with our families. We can’t truly love God if we do not know God.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

I Will Perform the Good Thing

Jeremiah 33: 14-16 – 14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:  15 ‘In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 16 In those days Judah will be saved,And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called:
 
I think it is safe to say that we have all been burned by promises. I remember, when I was young, going to the dentist and having him tell me “I promise, this won’t hurt at all”. Unfortunately, he did not use novocaine when he filled cavaties. Well, he was partly right. It may have not hurt him, but I experienced enough pain for the both of us. Or, have you ever heard the phrase, “I promise, I will be there” or “I promise I won’t do that again”.  It is hard to feel confident when people say “I promise”…..
Some of us may feel that same lack of confidence when it comes to God. The Bible is filled with His promises to us, but during trials, it is very easy to forget about them. Regardless of how much pain you may be in, how long you have struggled, God has promised that He will “perform that good thing which I have promise”. God and only God is the One that we can trust when He says “I promise”. If He promised it, He will make it happen.
 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

It Still Hurts

Jeremiah 32:36-39 – 36 “Now therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence’: 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. 38 They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.
 
I cannot think of one sin in my life that has not come with a consequence. No, maybe not right away, but eventually, it happens. Even if we have repented, we must still deal with the consequence. Many might be confused as to why it happens. “If God forgave me, they why did this happen?” We often forget that it is through the consequences that the Lord corrects us and gets us right with Him again.
In today’s passage, God told Jeremiah that He would destroy a city to deal with the sin of Israel and Judah. No, not because He wanted to punish them, but because He wanted to perfect them. “; 39 then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.” Don’t look at consequences as God punishing us. Look at your consequences as God perfecting us. It is His desire that we have ; “one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.”
 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

 

Make Big Problems Small

Jeremiah 32:26 – 26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
 
Our mind can play terrible trick on us. It can make something that is harmful (sin) seem good for us. It can get us to think that people do not like us when they really do. It can even make problems seem much bigger than they really are. How many times have you been faced with a “small” problem that, as you think more and more about it, grows in your mind to be the biggest issue ever known to man kind. No, it might not have grown in reality, but thanks to your mind, it felt like it grew exponentially.
 
Today’s reading reminded me of how we can make sure our problems do not grow out of control. When we take them to the Lord, He asks, “Is there anything too hard for Me?“. I have heard a saying that goes, “the bigger you make your problem, the smaller you make God”. How true. What may seem very big to us is still very small for the One who created the universe. Would you rather handle a “big” problem, or let God take care of a “small” problem?
 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!