Tag Living in the Truth

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Does This Describe You?

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis) Does this passage from Jeremiah 5 describe you? Listen, you foolish and senseless people, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp with eyes that do not see &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp and ears that do not hear. Have you no respect for me? &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Why don’t you tremble in my presence? I, the LORD, define the ocean’s sandy shoreline &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp as an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp but they can never pass the boundaries I set. But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp They have turned away and abandoned me. They do not say from the heart, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp ‘Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp assuring us of […]

Wayward Children

Do you ever wish your children would just make the right choices? You teach, you beg, you plead, but still they insist on their own way! God teaches, and begs, and pleads too, for His wayward children to stop following after gods that are no help at all. Jeremiah 3:12-25 (NLT) recounts His heartache. Although this passage was written with Israel as the example, it applies to us too! Therefore, go and give this message to Israel. This is what the LORD says: “O Israel, my faithless people, &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp come home to me again, for I am merciful. &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp I will not be angry with you forever. Only acknowledge your guilt. &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Admit that you rebelled against the LORD your God and committed adultery against him &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to listen to my […]

Which God Will You Choose?

(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis) Those who choose to receive God’s truth and enter into Christ’s redemptive process will move to repentance. Repentance is that place where we turn from our philosophy of self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness. It is opting to live and do life God’s way and giving up our self-sufficiency. Those who continue in deception may attempt a ritual of repentance. With no true heart change, they may go through the motions commonly deemed consistent with repentance such as crying, revealing sinfulness, asking for forgiveness, going to the altar, making promises to be different, or even a renewed religious fervor. But these actions are merely playing “good” as these individuals attempt to feign something they do not possess. They are not actually seeking to be free from the domination of sin, but merely free from the consequences of their sin. Deceptive individuals hope […]