Boast about this:
23 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,
24 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 is declaring another warning to his people. Our situations are different, however the concept is the same – REPENT! Turn from your sinful ways. Disaster is coming.
Father, let us not be like Your people who paid no attention to the warning that were sent by You. Let us be a people who hear Your Word, Your warnings and heed them no matter what. Give us strength and courage to do what is right before You. Be blessed, honored, and exalted in our lives. In Jesus Name.
God makes His way known again and again, but are we listening?
Let us not be like the people in this passage who constantly ignored the Word of the Lord time and time again. Let us be people that obey and walk in the ways of the Lord, then it will go well with us. God gives us a choice and what we get is a result of the choices we make.
Father, help us to make good choices and wise decisions for the good of Your Kingdom. Help us to obey Your Word and walk in Your ways. In Jesus Name.
The requirements: Word of the Lord:
Change your ways and actions; reform.
*deal with each other justly
*do not oppress others
*do not shed blood – murder of any kind. All life is precious including aborted babies.
*do not follow gods or honor them
*do not steal
*do not commit adultery
*do not commit perjury
Father, show us where we need to change our ways and actions so that what we do will be pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus Name.
Repent! Disaster is coming! It’s a time of judgment. This word goes out to every single person – call on the One who saves, the One who is, the One who was, and the One who is to come – Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ). Repent! Turn from your evil ways. Judgment is coming. The Lord God Almighty declared it, so it is so. No one knows the time or the day. Turn from your evil ways and be saved. It is the desire of the Mighty One that none should perish but have everlasting life.
Father, open our eyes to see what we need to see in order to be saved. Purify our hearts so that we are in right standing with You, God our Saviour. Bless and strengthen Your people. Thank You.
This is how to repent:
Break up unplowed ground – those things left undone in your life, where hardness has come in, things not wanting to deal with, wild ways, self-will instead of God’s will.
Sown among the thorns: those things that choke the life out of a person – worry, fear, anxiety, and deceitfulness of wealth. The Bible states in Hebrews 6:8 that those things sown among thorns are endangered of being cursed; becoming worthless. Repent and ask God’s help to cut you free from the thorns that are around you & in your life.
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I ask You to plow the hardened areas in my life. Dig up all the rocks, roots and remove all the debris that does not belong in my heart. Purify my heart and make it clean.
Remove all the thorns in my life along with all the weeds and set me free to live and to love.
Thank you. Bless Your holy Name.
In order to come clean there are two sins mentioned here that need to be dealt with:
1. God is forsaken
2. Idols; idolatry
Repent of your sins. Don’t say I (we) have not sinned. Repent and come clean – no more doing evil, but following the Lord. Then God will forgive you and bless you; no longer frowning upon you. When we repent God will give us shepherds to lead us with knowledge and comprehension.
Lord, show us where we have forsaken You and Your Word and if we have committed idolatry. Lead us into repentance and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank you. In Jesus Name. Amen