Today you should read: Jeremiah 25:1-14
I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.
4 “Again and again the Lord has sent you his servants, the prophets, but you have not listened or even paid attention. 5 Each time the message was this: ‘Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the Lord gave to you and your ancestors forever. 6 Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’
7 “But you would not listen to me,” says the Lord. “You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer. (v. 3-7)
These verses are such a good reminder for us today!
1. God has given us a great option to hear from Him: His Word. If you ever struggle to hear the voice of God, simply pray for God to give you wisdom and open God’s Word to hear His voice. Sometimes it’s helpful to have godly friends, pastors, or counselors who can help you understand what God’s Word says about particular problems, but the answers are found in His Word. We must simply have a heart that is willing to trust and obey God no matter what.
2. Repenting from worshipping things other than God should be a consistent discipline for us. In a fallen world, in which we still struggle with sin and Satan, we need to have a clear vision of repenting of our sin, entrusting the power of the gospel to renew our minds, and for grace to put on the godliness that has already been purchased for us in Christ. The goal expressed in Ephesians 4:21-23 is simple:
22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
The hope is that the gospel would change us to no longer desire selfish or worldly things, but to be satisfied in God in all things.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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