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Jeremiah 6:16-8:7 ~ Colossians 2:8-23 ~ Psalm 78:1-31 ~ Proverbs 24:26
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Old Testament – Today in Jeremiah chapter 6 verse 16 we read – “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” I love these verses! It reminds me that on a daily basis each of us is standing at a crossroads. A crossroads of where the world would have us go and where God would have us go. Too often I am afraid we take the worldly path and not the ancient path. “Ask where the good way is” – Do you do this in your life? How often? I think we can best do this through prayer. “Ask, and you shall receive” we have learned from Jesus. Do we ask Jesus in prayer where the good way is? Then, do we walk in it? And the reward for walking in it is – “you will find rest for your souls.” I like this a lot! Who doesn’t want rest for our souls?
Did you catch the 3 “If’s” in Jeremiah 7:5-7? If, If, If… Here are the verses in this beautiful image below.
New Testament – Colossians chapter 2 verse 8 is a teaching from Paul that reminds me so much of our modern world today… “Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ.” Have you ever heard anyone in our world today offer you empty philosophy or high-sounding nonsense? I know I have… There is stuff out there today that does indeed come from human thinking – not divine thinking – and from the evil powers of this world – not from Christ. I think we need to prayerfully be so vigilant to protect ourselves from these empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense.
I absolutely love the imagery Paul uses in verse 11 today: “When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. It was a spiritual procedure–the cutting away of your sinful nature.” The cutting away of your sinful nature! Isn’t that profound to think about? Our old sinful nature was an old beast of a thing that bogged us down. Doesn’t this thought of cutting away the sinful nature make you want to never want to put on that old musty moldy deadly suit of sin ever again? Let us be free instead!
Psalms – Psalm 78 verse 4 is a wonderful reminder that we have an important opportunity to disciple and teach others in the generation coming up behind us – “We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD. We will tell of his power and the mighty miracles he did.”
Proverbs – We read an interesting Proverb in chapter 24 verse 26 today – “It is an honor to receive an honest reply.” This is an interesting Proverb to me because it almost seems to be inferring that it is rare to receive an honest reply! It wouldn’t really be an honor to receive an honest reply if that was standard operating procedure, would it?
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8 NIV
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