For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing. Jeremiah 31:25
The unending joy is coming, wait; don’t give up!
There is no greater rest than the rest that comes when God convinces us after we had gone thru’ all regrets, questioning, remorse and turmoil.
God’s eyes are indeed on the righteous eager to give them rest and refresh their spirits as they go thru’ hardship.
There is none compassionate to forgive us and passionate to restore us like our God. He values us precious even when we lost it all and no one wants us.
Every time God picks us from weariness and give rest, every time God picks us from sorrowfulness and gives us joy – it’s only a shadow of the greater rest and joy that awaits in our Home.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you”. Isaiah 35:4
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you. Psalm 86:11
Purity is being free from adulterated by anything that this corrupt world influence on us, and remaining the way God created us to be.
None of us were close to it, but the Pure from God – His Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all adulteration and has the power to take our hearts to its utmost purity every time we allow His word to pierce our hearts!
Unlike we think a pure heart doesn’t look polished, rigid and vibrant but rather torn, broken and contrite by constant correction, self-denial and submission by the power of God’s Spoken Word.
Nothing honors God like these awful looking, amazing, pleasing hearts!
Now, let’s take a hard look on what type of teaching we inclined to – ear pleasing or heart pricking?
Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. For you know that you ought to imitate us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-7
For God living an idle life is unacceptable and is a corruption.
A believer is called to believe and make believe. A believer is called to constantly move, progress, stay creative, work hard, increase, inspire, motivate, challenge – never being idle – that’s living the life!
Apostle Paul in fact warns us to stay away from those who don’t want to do anything for God but call themselves as believers.
Thank God for His leaders who are all for God’s supernatural works, new souls, healing, restoration, salvation and deliverance. Imitate them and attract believers!
God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
Just the way God didn’t weighed us if we were worthy enough to be saved by the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ, but saved us sinners by grace – He doesn’t guarantee our salvation by our strictest holy works and cleanliness.
But He guarantee by His Spirit breathed in us!
The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. Ephesians 1:14
It is a pride to think we are overcoming temptations and keeping the flesh clean. It will be a trap to fall soon as it exalts above the finished work of the Cross of Christ in our lives.
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let’s boast about our weaknesses not our strengths. You’re far more stable laying flat than standing strong.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit. Jeremiah 17:8
A total weather-proof life, producing non-stop in peak health and remain fresh all the time!
Is it too good to be true? This is the guarantee the Lord gives to each one who trust in Him, put their confidence and hope in Him but not in men!
How’s our actions, motives, intentions and thoughts? Are we in this thriving land of goodness that God has for us?
Is our roots are deep enough in the Lord beyond all the droughts, famines, sickness, recession and persecution?
Place now your complete trust, hope and confidence in God and be blessed.
“Who will feel sorry for you, Jerusalem? Who will weep for you? Who will even bother to ask how you are?
You have abandoned me and turned your back on me,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 15:5-6
It is an undeniable truth that none besides the Lord Himself truly loves Jerusalem, which is His people – you & me.
We were all rejected, failures, hopeless and good for nothing left to sink and decay in miry clay. Then, the Savior came – the One and the only One Who felt sorry for us, the One and the only One Who weeped for us and the One and the only One Who cared for us!
But as he (Jesus) came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. Luke 29:41
Where will I be, without this forgiving Savior, full of compassion and full of mercy! Jesus, how I love you!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5
“If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5
There is none who can train like the Lord to the one who He has anointed, separated and appointed for His cause.
Such calling is great but the price is very steep!
Prophet Jeremiah in Old Testament had such calling. Apostle Paul in New Testament had such calling. These men were constantly picked up, constantly encouraged directly by The Lord Himself.
These men risked their lives, were often in near death, beaten brutally, went unconscious in dungeons, betrayed, mocked – all for one reason: they spoke what the Lord told them to speak without altering one word.
After all they went thru’, the normal human emotions expects pity, soothing words – but the Lord gave a pricking statement that made them to run far stronger than before!
What is this strange love for God! What is this extreme obedience for God!
Prophet Isaiah expressed it, our Lord Jesus exhibited it!
The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. Isaiah 50:5-6
What excuse can we have for our disobedience to His word? How hard is it for us to obey compared with these extreme obedience these men had?
They angered God by building shrines to other gods…
He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens. Psalm 78:58, 70
People think of change in leadership when they are hurt in their pay check, health or education. But God change leadership when His worship and reverence are stolen and people are led to astray.
God has all climates under His total control – natural or political or spiritual. He know exactly what need to be changed and when it has to be changed.
People may rebel, authorities may not submit but God’s will and decision will happen with not a degree of deviation. When it is done, His name will be glorified – then we will prosper.
He (David) cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands. Psalm 78:72
“Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns. Jeremiah 4:3
The first thing to prosper in our lives is our soul.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2
Soul is the one entrapped in lies, doubts, depression, jealousy, anger, lust or pride. Our will, emotions and thought process (intellect mind) which makes our soul is the breeding ground for all filthiness.
Can you imagine the freedom you can bring to yourself by freeing you from your self/soul!
Listening and putting God’s Word into practice is the real freedom. If we aren’t able to obey God’s spoken Word, we are not free.
Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them. Jeremiah 1:17
What if we go and tell them everything that God told us to say?
We would be just like Prophet Jeremiah!
We would never be ashamed!
We will win souls for Christ left and right!
We would never be the same!
We will not regret at the end, but can boldly proclaim that we had finished well!
What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear! Matthew 10:27