Tag Archive: Truth

So I gave them other statutes that were not good and laws through which they could not live; I defiled them through their gifts—the sacrifice of every firstborn—that I might fill them with horror so they would know that I am the Lord’

Ezekiel 20:25-26 (NIV)

Whenever we read or listen to the Bible we need to do so attentively. If we don’t then we risk misunderstanding what we’ve just taken in, and if we misunderstand something from the Bible then we might also misapply it. This is one reason to use a highlighter when you study your Bible. This is also why, in this season, I listen to the word first and then read it later. Another reason why we need to be attentive is that the Bible is one way that God speaks to us. If we’re not listening then how will we hear what He’s saying to us? Jesus tells us that His sheep know His voice and we get to know His voice by taking in His word (John 10:27).

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Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.’”

Jeremiah 35:19 (NIV)

As I’m reading through Jeremiah this year I’m really enjoying myself. Each day when I come to read I’m excited for what the Lord might bring to me and I’m thankful to be able to share it with you. My daily devotions have become like the best Bible study ever, every day! I always appreciate your comments and hope that you are learning as much as I am.

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In today’s reading, I found several verses that caught my eye for one reason or another, so I’d like to share some thoughts on these with you.

For if you are careful to carry out these commands, then kings who sit on David’s throne will come through the gates of this palace, riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by their officials and their people.

Jeremiah 22:4 (NIV)

When I read this today it just blew me away because God is giving the leaders of Judah another chance to avoid all of the destruction that is coming their way and they ignore it. I wonder how often we see that we’re going in the wrong direction but we keep plodding on, all the while thinking that we’re going the right way. We don’t have prophets like Jeremiah around today to tell us what’s what because we don’t need them. Every Believer who has an ear to hear what God is saying should listen and then do what He says. Since every Believer can hear what God says it sometimes behooves us to seek multiple councilors as we go on our way. We can also learn a lot when we listen to each other.

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If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire, and burned.

John 15:6 (NIV)

When I first became a Christian I remember fretting over Jesus’ parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23). Specifically, the seed that fell among the thorns. The seed that fell among thorns represents “someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22 NIV). Ironic, isn’t it? Although it may be ironic it’s not uncommon for a Believer to read something that has been said in the Bible and be concerned about what they think it means.

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