Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thurs.’s Devo - Call Unto Me

Read: Jeremiah 33:1-34:22; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Psalm 89:1-13; Proverbs 25:23-24
Jeremiah 33:3 is a take everywhere scripture. It says, “Call unto me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” If you see 3:33 on the clock often or see these numbers you will know that God is trying to get to you ask him questions so he can answer them. God was telling Judah that he was about to destroy it and they needed to know why. They had brought it upon themselves so they could not blame him. Once their time of discipline was over, God would restore joy and prosperity to their land. He gave them the promise of the Messiah as a righteous Branch.
The armies of Babylon came against Jerusalem and as they were fighting them God sent word to King Zedekiah that he would not die by the sword but would die peacefully and be honored by the people.
Zedekiah had told the people to free their Hebrew slaves but as time went on they had enslaved them again. God had Jeremiah remind them of the year of Jubilee where all the slaves were to be free. They had broken this law and because they did this they would die by the sword, plague and famine. King Zedekiah would be taken to Babylon then the Babylonians would return to Jerusalem and waste it.
Paul warned them again about deceiving false teachers and doctrine. The way you stay away from being deceived it to study the truth; then the counterfeit will be obvious.
Lord, help us to sing of your great love and remember your faithfulness.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wed.’s Devo - There is Hope

Read: Jeremiah 31:27-32:44; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 25:20-22
Judgment is only for a set time then it is time for restoration. God could hardly wait to tell them about the good times ahead instead of dwelling on the time of discipline. This is the heart of God - it is always looking for the good and wanting to bless his people. Jeremiah speaks of a day when God will write his laws on their hearts and not just stone. In this day, they will all know the Lord.
Zedekiah asked Jeremiah why he prophesied that the Babylonians would come and destroy them and they would go into captivity, as if Jeremiah could say what he wanted to say. God’s response to his question was to buy a field that would be his inheritance. He was to put the deed in a bottle to be kept until they returned. So his answer was not one of doom but of hope. The Babylonians would come and destroy their land and take them captive, but a day would come when they would return because God is good and wants only what is good for his children. This was not the answer King Zedekiah wanted to hear but it was the truth. Sometimes we don’t want to hear the truth either because it is convicting and uncomfortable. But we can rest assured that God’s plan is for our good and prosperity. God always wants us to live in hope. Hope is knowing that he is love and his plans for us are always good.
Timothy gives us the requirements of a leader. With power and position there is much responsibility. We are to be accountable for our actions and an example of what is right and honorable.
Lord, help us to walk in your light and your truth.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tues.’s Devo - Jacob’s Trouble

Read: Jeremiah 30:1-31:26; 1 Timothy 2:1-15; Psalm 87:1-7; Proverbs 25:18-19
Judah was in what they called “Jacob’s trouble”. It was the time of great persecution, bondage, oppression and fear. It was a picture of Yom Kippor, the time between when the church is raptured and Jesus comes back. In the land of captivity, God offers hope. God promised to bring an end to the nations they had been scattered to and punish them. Their pain looks incurable and their situation hopeless but God promised to one day bring them out and restore and heal them. In the end, God will punish every nation that has refused to honor him and restore his kingdom on earth, but it will be hard for those left behind.
At the same time there is great turmoil and unrest on the earth, God will save his people that turn to him. A remnant will be saved. Jacob will be redeemed and saved. There is hope for their end because God will bring them back to their land.
Jeremiah received all this in a dream.
In Timothy, we are exhorted to pray for the people God puts in authority over us so that our lives might be full of peace, godliness, and honesty. His desire is that every man be saved and come to truth so we need to pray for everyone.
Lord, truly all our fountains are in you!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Mon.’s Devo - The Kingdom is Advancing

Read: Jeremiah 28:1-29:32; 1 Timothy 1:1-20; Psalm 86:1-17; Proverbs 25:17
Hananiah, the prophet, prophesies that they will only be in Babylon two years then they will return to Jerusalem with all the articles that were taken from the temple and Jehoiakim will return with the exiles. This is the opposite of what Jeremiah had prophesied. When Hananiah and Jeremiah met, Jeremiah had a wooden yoke on his neck to show the people that they would be under the yoke of the Babylonians 70 years. Hananiah took this yoke and broke it to prove his point of their breaking their yoke of slavery in two years. Jeremiah returned with a yoke of iron to prove his side. He also told Hananiah that since he prophesied lies that he would die within the year. He died in the seventh month, which was two months later. The seventh month is always a feast month of deliverance. They were delivered from the lies of the enemy.
Jeremiah sent a letter to those in exile encouraging them to settle down in Babylon because they would be there for a while. He also told them to beware the false prophets and to not listen to their words. After 70 years, God would bring hope and bring them back from captivity. He had wonderful plans for their future but now they must endure the hardship they brought upon themselves.
To the people who didn’t go into exile,and the king of Judah, God was going to send sword, famine and plague against them and they would be severly punished for not listening to what the Lord told them to do. Then Jeremiah called out the false prophets: Ahab and Zedikiah, and Jeremiah of Anathoth, and Shemaiah. They would receive their just reward.
We will always have false prophets. Paul also had to fight the lies of these men. In his day the false prophets taught the people about myths and genealogies. They promoted controversy instead of unity and love. There is so much out on the internet about what was going to happen in September and it is now October and none of it happened in the natural. It is not the time of destruction but of building for our churches, our nation and our Lord. We are advancing the kingdom on the earth so let’s not get distracted by wanting to beam out of here. We have a work to do and the fields are ripe unto harvest!
Lord, help us to see the kingdom and walk in it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sun.’s Devo - Recompense

Read: Jeremiah 26:1-27;22; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18; Psalm 85:1-13; Proverbs 25:16
God sent Jeremiah to the courtyard of the temple to tell them one more time to repent or destruction is coming on their land. The priests and the prophets seized Jeremiah and would have killed him had not the elders spoken up for him. The elders reminded them of other prophets who had said the same thing and of the kings that heard their words. Hezekiah had repented and God saved them. Jehoiakim killed the prophet Uriah. Now they had a choice and they chose to let Jeremiah live.
God then told Jeremiah to make a wooden yoke and wear it on his neck. He was to send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon. God was king of the earth and he was going to hand them over to Babylon to serve Nebuchadnezzar also. Any nation that did not bow its knee to Nebuchadnezzar, he would bring sword, famine and plague to destroy it. He warned them not to listen to their prophets and mediums when they told them that they would not serve Babylon because they would not be speaking the truth.
To his own people he said the same thing and added that the articles of the temple would not return now. Even the articles that have not been taken to Babylon would be taken and they would not return until God came for them.
Jeremiah and Paul were both trying to make the people responsible for their own actions. Paul told the people not to associate with people who refused to walk in truth and pulled their own weight. He told them to warn them like a brother but not to associate with them.
Lord, prepare us to walk in blessings and prosperity and may we always live with the kingdom in mind.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sat.’s Devo - The End.

Read: Jeremiah 23:21-25:38; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-1; Psalm 84:1-12; Proverbs 25:15
Jeremiah mourned for the prophets and the priests who were both corrupt and evil. They caused Israel to sin, so they would be held responsible. They lied to the people and told them that their words and dreams were from the Lord when they were false and did them harm and not good. They should have warned them to turn from their sins but the leaders were doing worse sins than the people.
They didn’t believe that God could see them in their secret places doing hideous sins. This shows us that they didn’t understand God at all. They didn’t know him as the Omni-present God.
They didn’t believe the prophets God sent them like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Hosea just to name a few. God had given them plenty of chances to repent and they refused them. So God would send Nebuchadnezzar from Babylon to come against them and destroy their land, take their joy and hold them captive for 70 years. After that 70 years, God would punish Babylon and repay them for their evil.
Paul ends his teaching on the end of time. Since before the world was created there has been an Anti-Christ and his name is Satan. He has put his spirit in man and in every generation he rises up all over the world. After the church has been taken, he will appear on earth embodied in the last Anti-Christ and he will hate God and deceive man. We are called out of darkness to share in Christ’s glory so we have nothing to be afraid of.
Lord, encourage our hearts and strengthen us in every good deed and word.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fri.’s Devo - Retribution

Read: Jeremiah 22:1-23:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 25:11-14
After prophesying to the priests, Jeremiah went to the king’s house and prophesied to the king. He told him to start giving out righteous judgment and to stop sinning and oppressing the innocent. God was going to make this wonderful city a wilderness which would be barren and lifeless because they had forsaken the covenant of the their God.
In verse 10, Jeremiah told them to weep, not for the righteous King Josiah who died and would never see the evil to come, but to weep for the living like Shallum and Jehoahaz, Josiah’s sons who were evil and had been carried away by Pharoah-necho into Egypt. They would never see their native land again. God’s people who die are to be envied, but living sinners are to be pitied. Shallum means “retribution”and Jeremiah is applying it to Joshiah’s fourth son. His first son, Jehoahaz had only reigned three months before he was taken to Egypt and the people put in his fourth son to rule. Pharoah-necho replaced him with Jehoiakim, the second son. Sadly, none of them lived like their father who did judge the poor and the needy with righteousness.
Jeremiah mourns the hypocrisy of the prophets who were to be a beacon of truth and righteousness but instead were the worse of sinners.
How refreshing to read 2 Thessalonians! Paul is so grateful to the church for their growth in the Lord and their love for each other. They were commended for how they endured the trials of life and the persecution they were faced with. All their trials would be worth it in the end. There will be a righteous judgment on the earth!
Lord, thank you for reminding us that we don’t endure trials for nothing, but a reward is awaiting us and it will be worth it all!God’s retribution is holy and righteous.