NEW COVENANT – Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Jeremiah 31:29-30 KJV
In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.
[30] But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

As a young Christian, I was delighted when I came across a scripture like this. First of all, I did not understand why children should suffer for the sins of their parents, so scriptures like these brought much relief to me.

Today when I read the same thing, I actually see what Jeremiah was trying to put across by making such statements. He was ushering in the NEW COVENANT.

Jeremiah’s words in v29-34 mark a very significant milestone in the life of believers, and in my opinion everyone needs to study and understand them deeply. You owe yourself a duty to know both covenants.

Jeremiah only spoke about what he saw, he didn’t live in it. Thankfully you and I are the ones living by this New Covenant. You need to prove that you know what this means. You need to study the scriptures and prove to God you know what you live for.

Have a blessed Friday.
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NO PULLING DOWN – Wed, Mar 09, 2016

Jeremiah 29:7 KJV
And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

I must say that this chapter is a very beautiful letter Jeremiah wrote to those who were carried into exile in Babylon. Full of hope and goodwill, it emphasizes the point that God truly never forgets His own.

For those of us who find ourselves in very hostile/unfamiliar territories because of one or two reasons beyond your control, God is re-assuring you He hasn’t abandoned you yet.

What is more important, He wants you to pray for the success and peace of your host(s). No matter how intolerable your host(s) is/are, you mustn’t curse them or seek their downfall, you’re rather required to pray for their peace, because in their peace, you may find yours!

These, like a number of other teachings, make Christianity what it is. Seek the peace and progress of others, and pull no one down deliberately. In so doing, you may be setting the path for your own success.

Have a blessed day.
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IT’S ALL MADE UP – Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Jeremiah 28:16-17 KJV
Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord.

[17] So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

Why would a prophet lie to a people? Why would a prophet tell a people what God hasn’t said, and yet claim God has sent him to make such declarations?

So many reasons come rushing through our minds when we begin to ponder on questions like these.
Hananiah the prophet found himself in a difficult time when nothing good ever seem to happen. He went for the jugular

He made up his own prophesy, and I believe he added all the drama and seriousness that came with prophesying in those days, so that everybody believed, even the king did. But God took him out that same year!

Our generation has seen many more lying prophets than in Jeremiah’s time, in my opinion. Christians need to weary of who they allow to lay hands on them, who they receive counsel from and even who takes their tithes. Be wise, the days are evil.

Have a blessed day.
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TRUST ISSUES – Fri, Mar 04, 2016

Jeremiah 24:5-6 KJV
Thus saith the Lord , the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

[6] For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

I was a bit shocked when I came across these words. Till now, I had not read anything of the sort in any of the chapters or books preceding this.

Fast forward this into real-time, it’s as if God told you He was moving you into a very difficult situation just so He could use the opportunity to lift you up and make you a better person.

This is usually not a very pleasant experience and therefore most people would do everything in their power to fight such a move from God should it come their way. This is where most of us have TRUST issues.

Are you truly willing to let God take control of your situation and let go? I don’t refer to self-inflicted torture or difficulty by this.  You may have to exercise your senses to an extent to be able discern His hand in such moments.

Have a blessed Friday.
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CHURCH BREAKERS – Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Jeremiah 23:1, 18, 21 KJV
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.

[18] For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord , and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it ?

[21] I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

I believe this is about the most extensive chapter I’ve ever read rebuking shepherds. Jeremiah had some very strong words for the prophets, pastors, priests and shepherds of his time.

God must really really be pissed off with all the lies He heard from His own men of God; how much they spoke their own minds and attributed it to God. When you read all these 40verses, you may think God’s speaking to only pastors.

But whoever gets the attention of even one person when he speaks, also falls in this domain.
God is not pleased with those who scatter what He has gathered (see v1), so if you go about to setting rifts among believers, you are a false prophet too and He’ll deal with you.

Rumour mongers, gossips, tale bearers and all those whose efforts scatter the church are not from God. Even men of God who do same are a reproach to Him. Prophesy only what you truly hear, not what you feel.

Have a blessed day.
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OF WAGES AND REWARDS – Wed, Mar 02, 2016

Jeremiah 22:13 KJV
Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;

I know a number of people who are quick to give jobs and tasks to people. In fact,  sometimes, some of them never sit down to look at the implications, they just assign jobs.

When it comes to paying for the job done or giving remuneration, then they begin to think again. They begin to find faults with the job done and give excuses why they need not pay part or all of the agreed sum.

This is not the way of a Christian. Whether those who work for us are Christians or not, we owe them a responsibility of showing them the love of the Father, and that love rewards every work that is done.

Jeremiah said in this chapter that “Woe be to any such man… ” We live pretentious lives if we make all the prayers in church and yet continue in some of these practises. May the Good Lord deliver us.

Have a blessed day.
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SIN’S CAPABILITIES – Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Jeremiah 21:4 KJV
Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.

One day you went to a quiet place to pray to God for success in an exam you’re about to write, or for favour in an interview, etc.

But almost immediately the pastor, priest of the place taps you on the shoulder and says, “you’ll fail in what you’re seeking, God will fight against you Himself.” How would this feel?

This is what response met the diplomats the king had sent to Jeremiah to enquire about the impending battle.
At a point, even the merciful God gets sick of our sins. They get so pungent that our mere presence choke Him.

This is actually NOT God’s will for you. His Will is for you to remain in His marvellous light, not to keep living in sin. How I wish we wouldn’t get to this level of depravity. Make peace with Him now, I have so pleeeeease do!

Have a blessed day.
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