SELECTIVE AMNESIA – Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Jeremiah 50:20 KJV
In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord , the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.

I was forced to remember the ease with which I recall the things people do against me. Sometimes it gets so registered in my mind that the very sight of these ‘friends’ make me re-live the pain of what they did.

I know a lot more people find themselves in this place, and thanks to the gift called memory, we’re unable to just erase the past experiences from our heads or wish them away.

God remembers more than you and I do, and last time I checked He inspired the creation story. That happened way back yet he remembers, He doesn’t forget!! He choosing to forget our sins therefore to me, is a clear case of selective amnesia.

God simply chooses to forget, period.
So then I must choose to forget these bad experiences I’ve had with people and so must you. Let’s make the effort together.

Have a blessed day.
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DRINKING FROM THE WRONG CUP – Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Jeremiah 49:12 KJV
For thus saith the Lord ; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it .

The proverbial cup of suffering is usually meant for only those who are supposed to drink from it. So that once you taste from such, your fate is guaranteed.

But how about those who were not meant to drink from such cups and yet are found taking sips and mouthfuls, flirting with trouble? This was the fate of the descendants of Esau, Jeremiah points out.

Many more people, in fact Christians, drink from cups they are/were not supposed to drink from and have brought much much trouble into their own lives.

If I’m to paint different scenarios for which this applies, you’d agree with me that we could go on and on.
Be wise my friend, you don’t need to drink what you must not drink.

Have a blessed day.
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NO GOING BACK – Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Jeremiah 42:15-16 KJV
And now therefore hear the word of the Lord , ye remnant of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

[16] Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.

These were some very strong words from Jeremiah to the remnant of Jews who consulted Him to seek God’s face on their behalf. This particular scene happened just after the Babylonian Siege, when governor Gedaliah, who had been left to take care of the Jews left, was murdered.

Clearly, God was never in favour of a return to Egypt no matter how bad the situation in Israel was. He totally abhored the idea. I believe to Him, it meant the people were never truly emancipated.

All these years after exile in Egypt, God’s people had Egypt in mind for security. How unfortunate!!! God won’t promise a life of complete rossiness, but He wouldn’t expect you to go back to what He delivered you from. That is an absolute abomination!

We have been translated into His wonderful light and do find Grace in time of need. Let’s hold on to the faith we profess and never once think of a return to the darkness, no matter how tough things are.

Have a blessed day.
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NO COWARDICE – Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Jeremiah 38:24 ESV
Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “Let no one know of these words, and you shall not die.”

Indeed Jeremiah was a prophet, but with death staring at him in the face would you expect him to consider a small window of opportunity to escape presented to him by the king, OR embrace death instead?

Certainly not. I’d have done same if I was Jeremiah… and note that God didn’t judge him for wrongdoing!
I believe no matter who you are, when the situation demands it, you may have to bend the rule in a positive way, so you make progress.

This should neither be misconstrued for ‘double standards’ nor critiqued as cowardice. We read that at a point in his ascent to the throne, David did same yet God didn’t hold it against him.

Jeremiah did the king’s bidding and he lived. Paul ‘played his cards well’ with his citizenship when it mattered. Christianity is not foolishness. Be wise, live and progress.

Have a blessed Friday.
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TEST THEM – Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Jeremiah 37:18-19 KJV
Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?

[19] Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?

As I meditated on these two verses I could not help but sympathize with a king who had been ‘fooled’ by his own prophets. They had prophesied victory for him, though they knew very well that God hadn’t decreed such.

Given the circumstances, the prophets were too terrified to tell King Hezekiah otherwise, probably that is why they did what they did. However, Jeremiah spoke what was from God, yet his words were not given the attention it required. The end was disastrous, to say the least.

Beloved in the Lord, I wish to drum home that not all prophesy is true. In fact, scripture states 1 John 4:1 that…”Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

I know the economic conditions of our time are very harsh now, perhaps much harsher than before, but that shouldn’t make us so gullible ‘any word of prophesy.’

You cannot receive a visa stamp if you have no passport, and you can’t have a baby without having sexual relations with a partner. Of course God can do anything, but please let’s be circumspect, for the days are evil. Eph 5:15-16

Have a blessed day.
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WHERE ARE THE JEREMIAHS – Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Jeremiah 36:32 KJV
Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.

Sometimes I wonder what the difference is. I wonder why we are unable to have prophets like Jeremiah, who blatantly told the government of the time, exactly what God wanted to tell them, without mincing words.

Are the prophets of our time afraid?
Or is it because of democracy?
Has God stopped speaking in that manner to men of God? Or probably the grace of God is too abundant so all things are permissive.

Whatever the answers to these questions are, one thing is for sure, that God is very much aware.
Jeremiah was equally scared.  In fact, he was even incarcerated at the time he got these words written, yet he had chosen a path he couldn’t refrain from.

At a time when kings were more powerful than they are today; when kings could determine who should live or die, Jeremiah still stood for God and spoke against them.
Where are the Jeremiahs of our time?

Have a blessed day.
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SONS OF RECHAB – Tue, Mar 15, 2016

Jeremiah 35:18-19 KJV
And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you:

[19] Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before me for ever.

Today we come across a group of people called the Rechabites, who had dedicated themselves unto Holy Living through the instructions of their father. They had never had any wine in their lives, amongst a number of things.

God was very impressed with this. In fact He is always impressed with those stand for a good cause and follow through with it, without any compromise whatsoever.

“Even if Rechabites would obey their earthly father to this extent, how much more wouldn’t they obey Me?” This was God’s argument to Jeremiah. He sees everything we do and what is more, He judges our motives.

Never relent in whatever good cause you’ve chosen. Keep your motives clean irrespective of whatever whoever says, albeit, the blessing God released to the sons of Rechab (v19) shall be yours.

Have a blessed day.
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