“If you’re feeling the weight of this subculture-obsessed world, then come up from being upside down.”~TB
If a smart person is unable to explain a concept to the simplest man, they are not as smart as they claim to be. People are sheep (by design), and seem to enjoy following the loudest idiot in the room until it’s too late to change course.
Faith seems foolish to the modern person living out their best hedonistic life. Yet, people seem to find faith real fast when their corrupt lifestyle comes to a halt. Just remember you can’t find faith when you’re dead.
God is real. As is heaven. As is hell. And yet, people ‘intellectualize’, theorize, and posterize that Truth due to unbelief. Theorize all you want, but don’t act surprised when it’s time to give your account.
Will your cool lifestyle keep you cool after you leave this world?
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1The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
2“This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.
3For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it again. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
4This is the message the LORD gave concerning Israel and Judah.
5This is what the LORD says: “I hear cries of fear; there is terror and no peace.
6Now let me ask you a question: Do men give birth to babies? Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced, hands pressed against their sides like a woman in labor?
7In all history there has never been such a time of terror. It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel. Yet in the end they will be saved!
8For in that day,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will break the yoke from their necks and snap their chains. Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
9For my people will serve the LORD their God and their king descended from David— the king I will raise up for them.
10“So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel,” says the LORD . “For I will bring you home again from distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will return to a life of peace and quiet, and no one will terrorize them.
11For I am with you and will save you,” says the LORD . “I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you, but with justice; I cannot let you go unpunished.”
12This is what the LORD says: “Your injury is incurable— a terrible wound.
13There is no one to help you or to bind up your injury. No medicine can heal you.
14All your lovers—your allies—have left you and do not care about you anymore. I have wounded you cruelly, as though I were your enemy. For your sins are many, and your guilt is great.
15Why do you protest your punishment— this wound that has no cure? I have had to punish you because your sins are many and your guilt is great.
16“But all who devour you will be devoured, and all your enemies will be sent into exile. All who plunder you will be plundered, and all who attack you will be attacked.
17I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the LORD . “For you are called an outcast— ‘Jerusalem for whom no one cares.’”
18This is what the LORD says: “When I bring Israel home again from captivity and restore their fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on its ruins, and the palace reconstructed as before.
19There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply my people, not diminish them; I will honor them, not despise them.
20Their children will prosper as they did long ago. I will establish them as a nation before me, and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
21They will have their own ruler again, and he will come from their own people. I will invite him to approach me,” says the LORD, “for who would dare to come unless invited?
22You will be my people, and I will be your God.”
23Look! The LORD ’s anger bursts out like a storm, a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
24The fierce anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all he has planned. In the days to come you will understand all this.
“It’s better to stab someone in the front than the back, because at least you’re being honest.”~TB
Adam and Eve covering up their bodies after eating the forbidden fruit says a lot about the world today. The issue wasn’t their nakedness. The issue was that they believed they were capable of hiding anything from God. Ironically we do the same thing time and time again. We’re all trying to ‘hide’ our flaws, appear to be smarter, richer, prettier, etc. just to appeal to one another. As I grow older, I find myself walking away from the guise of being ‘better than I am’ and accepting the way God made me, flaws and all. I’ve also found honesty allows me to come before God with all that I am so that I may receive the best answers to my questions, rather than covering them up with manure.
Wolf and Sheep
God has more respect for the person being an adamant heathen than the fake spiritual man. If you are publicly screaming “Praise God”, but are privately devouring your neighbor, well, God knows. He knows the light and the dark, after all it is all His creation. So if we stand to have any sort of relationship with Him, we must stop being wolves and return to His flock as sheep. If being a sheep offends you, then I encourage you to reflect on the choices, perceptions, and decisions you make as they are all influenced by something or someone. Personally, I’d rather be a sheep for God than a mindless slave to man.
Are you being honest or is it a cover up?
1“But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.
2The LORD who made you and helps you says: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, O dear Israel, my chosen one.
3For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.
4They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.
5Some will proudly claim, ‘I belong to the LORD .’ Others will say, ‘I am a descendant of Jacob.’ Some will write the LORD ’s name on their hands and will take the name of Israel as their own.”
6This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies: “I am the First and the Last; there is no other God.
7Who is like me? Let him step forward and prove to you his power. Let him do as I have done since ancient times when I established a people and explained its future.
8Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago? You are my witnesses—is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock—not one!”
9How foolish are those who manufacture idols. These prized objects are really worthless. The people who worship idols don’t know this, so they are all put to shame.
10Who but a fool would make his own god— an idol that cannot help him one bit?
11All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen—mere humans— who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame.
12The blacksmith stands at his forge to make a sharp tool, pounding and shaping it with all his might. His work makes him hungry and weak. It makes him thirsty and faint.
13Then the wood-carver measures a block of wood and draws a pattern on it. He works with chisel and plane and carves it into a human figure. He gives it human beauty and puts it in a little shrine.
14He cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the pine in the forest to be nourished by the rain.
15Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread. Then—yes, it’s true—he takes the rest of it and makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it!
16He burns part of the tree to roast his meat and to keep himself warm. He says, “Ah, that fire feels good.”
17Then he takes what’s left and makes his god: a carved idol! He falls down in front of it, worshiping and praying to it. “Rescue me!” he says. “You are my god!”
18Such stupidity and ignorance! Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see. Their minds are shut, and they cannot think.
19The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, “Why, it’s just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?”
20The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?”
21“Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you.
22I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.”
23Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done this wondrous thing. Shout for joy, O depths of the earth! Break into song, O mountains and forests and every tree! For the LORD has redeemed Jacob and is glorified in Israel.
24This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer and Creator: “I am the LORD, who made all things. I alone stretched out the heavens. Who was with me when I made the earth?
25I expose the false prophets as liars and make fools of fortune-tellers. I cause the wise to give bad advice, thus proving them to be fools.
26But I carry out the predictions of my prophets! By them I say to Jerusalem, ‘People will live here again,’ and to the towns of Judah, ‘You will be rebuilt; I will restore all your ruins!’
27When I speak to the rivers and say, ‘Dry up!’ they will be dry.
28When I say of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,’ he will certainly do as I say. He will command, ‘Rebuild Jerusalem’; he will say, ‘Restore the Temple.’”
“We must look at ALL of our brothers and sisters in the same manner that Christ looks at us. Or have you forgotten when He personally guided you back to the flock?”~TB
Change by example
We are called to share the Good News by living the life of Christ. There is no need to beat the lost with formalities. The light of the truth is how we change hearts and minds. Callous judgment and legalistic Biblical interpretations only damage the hearts of the young or lost. Like a newly rooted plant, your self-righteousness tramples the meek and downtrodden. Don’t be a hindrance, Christ’s stable is big enough for everyone! God does not need us to judge and condemn on His behalf. We must mirror the love, grace, and mercy that Christ imprints on our hearts each and every day.
Keep in mind that you are already set aside, carefully and lovingly tucked inside Christ’s stable. Friends, is that not enough? Why do you grow jealous of His love for the lost? Have you not received the most precious gift– salvation? Are you foolish enough to believe your judgment is better than His? Set your pride aside for your hardened hearts will be encased in the hellish stable of judgment you so foolishly built around yourself.
Friends, rejoice in the fact that Christ is in control and working in the hearts of the lost. Do not feel contempt or envy, but feel encouraged that the eyes of the lost are opening. God’s love is infinite and incomprehensible to man. There’s enough grace for everyone.
Question of the day
Are your actions directing lost sheep to the stable or are you blindly building the case for your impending judgment?
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1May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. Interlude 2May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. 3May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 4Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world. Interlude 5May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. 6Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. 7Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.