Jeremiah 29 & 30
1 Timothy 1.1-20
Your Thoughts Run Your Life
Are wrong thoughts running your life?
“As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.”
The heart is mentioned 830 times in Scripture, referring to the inner man. It’s who we are—our mind, our will, our emotions, our intellect.
Proverbs 4.23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life.”
And the NASB says:
“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.”
But the NCV says it even plainer:
“Be careful what you think, your thoughts run your life.”
What are you allowing into your heart? What thoughts are you allowing to simmer there? What video tapes are you replaying for yourself, instead of thinking as God wants you to think?
Thoughts are not harmless. What we read and watch is not harmless. Guard your heart with all diligence!
Today’s Other Readings:
An Incurable Affliction
Chapter 30 contains one of the most descriptive pictures of the spiritual condition of the nation of Israel, followed by God’s amazing promise. It’s also a picture of our spiritual condition apart from Christ and the redemption He purchased for us at the cross. Think about each phrase as you reread it:
12 “For thus says the LORD.
‘Your affliction is incurable,
Your wound is severe.
Apart from Christ’s work on our behalf we were totally and completely incurable.
13 There is no one to plead your cause,
That you may be bound up;
You have no healing medicines.
We could not save ourselves. We could never be good enough.
14 All your lovers have forgotten you;
They do not seek you;
All the false saviors we chased after left us abandoned and feeling more empty than before.
For I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy,
With the chastisement of a cruel one,
For the multitude of your iniquities,
Because your sins have increased.
In faithfulness and love He wounded us, so we might come to the end of ourselves and cry out to Him.
15 Why do you cry about your affliction?
Your sorrow is incurable.
Because of the multitude of your iniquities,
Because your sins have increased,
I have done these things to you.
Are you crying out only to get out of the affliction or are you crying out for Him?
17 For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD,
By His stripes we were healed from the worst malignancy—the malignancy of sin that kept us separated from God.
18 “Thus says the LORD.
19 Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving
And the voice of those who make merry;
Jesus said he who has been forgiven much loves much (Lk. 7.47). It should also make us joyful and full of thanksgiving.
I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish;
I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
22 ‘You shall be My people,
And I will be your God.’”
What a great demonstration of His faithfulness to those who will but accept His gracious offer of salvation!
What will you choose?
The psalmist made a choice to believe and to obey God’s Word. He said, “… for I trust in Your word … for I have hoped in Your ordinances … So shall I keep Your law continually … for I seek Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies … I will delight myself in Your commandments … and I will meditate on Your statutes.”
We, too, have a choice whether or not to believe and whether or not to obey.
The Biggest Sinner in the World
Verse 15, “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”
Here was the great apostle near the end of his life and he called himself the “chief of all sinners.”
Earlier in his walk with God he had called himself the “least of the Apostles” and later, “the least of all saints” and now “the chief of all sinners”, not because he was sinning more, but because he understood more and more the holiness of God and how unworthy every one of us is to be called His sons and daughters!
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