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Keep Walking 

  
Jeremiah preached to the people in hopes that they would turn from their wickedness.

Instead of being appreciative for Jeremiah looking out for them they ridiculed his efforts and completely rejected his warning. 

Jeremiah talked to the Lord about how their rejection made him feel: dejected and angry. 

Here’s the thing the Lord reminded me of: he didn’t hold Jeremiah accountable for their response. He kept using Jeremiah, he kept speaking through him. And Jeremiah kept doing as the Lord said. 

People won’t always respond as we hope but we need to keep preaching the gospel, keep sharing the love of God. 

Scripture taken from:

Jeremiah 18:18-20

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Thrive

Proverbs 29:18

Jeremiah 29:4-14

The Israelites could’ve died out in Babylon. They could’ve seen their captivity as the end of them. They could’ve given up all hope.

Instead they chose to listen to their God and grow.

They built houses, they grew gardens, they expanded their families. They made the best of the situation because The Lord told them that this wasn’t their end. He told them to multiply….to become strong because in seventy years they wouldn’t be captive any longer.

God gave them something to work toward.

Sometimes we feel misplaced. But God knows exactly where we are. He can use your situation for good. Look at it as an opportunity for growth. Ask for a vision to get you through the difficult period. Ask God to give you a goal to reach for.

Make the best of every season of life.

Fruit Inspector

Galatians 5:22-23

Jeremiah 28:1-9

Hananiah, a false prophet, stood before the people of Judah and told them a lie. He said it convincingly. Enough so that the people believed him.

Jeremiah, a true prophet of God, stood after Hananiah and reminded the people that Hananiah would be either proven as a true prophet or false prophet based on the result of his prophecy.

How can we tell if we should be taking advice from someone? Following after someone’s teachings? Looking to someone for guidance?

Check their fruits. Are the fruits of the Spirit evident in their life? In what they do?

Hananiah was proven to be a false prophet because the prophecy he gave wasn’t fulfilled.

God has given you the knowledge to discern between a true leader and false leader.

Wisely, prayerfully, decide who you attach yourself to.

Looking For A Blessing

Jeremiah 17:7

Want to be blessed?

Trust in The Lord.

Hope in The Lord.

Tough Times?

Matthew 10:22

Jeremiah 27:21-22

Do you feel like you’ve been misplaced? Are you at a loss as to why you’re experiencing the things you are? Maybe you feel like God has no idea what is going on in your life.

But He does. He knows exactly where you are. He knows exactly what you are going through. He is completely aware of your situation.

He’ll bring you through it. Trust in Jesus.

Heart Matters

Colossians 3:16

Jeremiah 17:9

Do you trust in the feelings of your heart?

Or do you trust in the Word hid within it?

Choose Jesus every time.

Eternally Optimistic

Matthew 7:7

Jeremiah 31:15-17

As the mother wept for her wayward child God spoke peace to her soul…telling her not to give up hope, because it wasn’t over yet.

God is still working on you. He is still hearing your prayers. He will give you your heart’s purest desire.

Don’t give up hope.

Find Rest

Jeremiah 6:16

II Thessalonians 2:1-5

Are you searching for the newest, next best thing in Christianity?

Do you spend your bible study time trying to unlock a never before known mystery in the Word?

I’m sure you’re restless with this approach.

The Thessalonians had followed after the belief that Christ had already come back and that they had been left behind. They had hopped on this bandwagon, allowing themselves to forget what Paul had already preached to them concerning this matter.

They had known the truth but chose to follow after something new.

Paul reminded them of this.

Then peace prevailed amongst them again.

The bible teaches that we are supposed to acknowledge what The Lord has done for us now and in the past. We’re supposed to seek out the old ways and then walk in them.

This is how we will find rest for our souls.

Don’t make light of what The Lord has already revealed to His children through the years. Instead study it, learn from it and apply it to your life.

Guaranteed Victories

Jeremiah 29:11

Joshua 8:1-29

God gave Joshua the plan to defeat Ai.

He was to sneak some of his men behind the city of Ai to prepare for an ambush. Joshua and some others would lure the men of Ai to pursue after them, leaving their city unprotected. When the men were gone from their city the ambushers were to set the city on fire. The people of Ai would turn to save their city and be met by the ambushers or turn again to be met by the people with Joshua. Either way the people of Ai would be trapped by the Israelites. Victory was in the hands of Joshua.

All he needed to do was to follow the strategy The Lord had given him.

God could lay out this plan for victory and guarantee a win because He was already there. He knew each move the people of Ai would make. Because of this He was able to come up with the perfect plan to counteract them.

The same is true with your life.

God already knows your entire story. He knows each situation you’ll face. And since He has seen what you’ll come up against He knows how to lead you through victoriously.

You just need to follow His strategy.

Joshua did and he won, just as The Lord said he would.

Follow the plans God has for you. Allow Him to lead you to victory.

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