Come, Let Us Join Ourselves To The Lord

Jeremiah 50:5 “Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.”
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Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord.  Just joining a church is not enough for that does not save us. Joining the fellowship of believers is not enough. That’s like going to a buffet and everyone is eating while you are just watching. We must join ourselves to the Lord.
1. This is a spiritual union which Jesus describes in John 15:5. It is like the vine (Jesus) and the branches (Christians). The vine gives birth to the branches and we are born of His Spirit (John 3:3-6). The branches are joined to the vine and we are joined to Jesus. The branches have the life of the vine flowing in them and through them and we have the life of Jesus flowing in us and through us. As the life of the vine flows through the branches unhindered the branches will bring forth fruit and as the life of Jesus flows through us unhindered we too will bring forth fruit.
2. This is rivers of living water flowing from our innermost being as the Spirit (the life) flows in us and through us (John 7:39) as we saw yesterday.
3. We are partakers of the Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4). To be a partaker is to receive the qualities and characteristics of God’s nature. It is to receive God’s love, God’s joy, God’s peace, His longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). It is to be a channel for the power of God as it flows in us and through us (Acts 1:8). We have this treasure (the Holy Spirit, the Divine Nature) in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us (2 Corinthians 4:7).
In a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.  A perpetual covenant is an everlasting covenant without an end. It covers everything in this life and in that which is to come throughout all eternity. According to the book of Hebrews it is a new and better covenant built on better promises. It is built on the promises of God and produces faith and hope. God has given us His word and He is ever true to His word. He will stick by it and fulfill it. Jesus said, “It is the New Testament in my blood which is shed for you” (Luke 22:20). “Where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives” (Hebrews 9:16-17). When Jesus died He activated this new, better, and perpetual testament (covenant) that God has entered in with us.
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.

True Hearted Seekers

Jeremiah 50:4-5 “Going and weeping: they shall go and seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thither-ward.”
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True Hearted Seekers:
1. They shall ask the way. True hearted seekers understand their need. No one can help them until they see their need. We must show them their need. We can try this by talking but be careful because Christians often push people and unless they see their need we can make them angry with us. The best way is to show them by our life. They need to see things in our lives that they don’t see in their own. Things that are so great and things that they can see help us through the difficult things we face. They need to see the fruit of the Spirit. They need to see a love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13 which is greater than the love of normal people. They need to see the joy of the Lord which is unspeakable and full of glory. They need to see the peace of God which passes all understanding. They need to see the power of the Holy Spirit and the TRUE fellowship of the children of God. Then they will become true hearted seekers and shall ask the way.
2. They shall seek the Lord their God with weeping. If a person sees their sinful life, the love of God for them, and the agony, suffering and the price Jesus paid for their salvation they will be emotionally stirred. If they can glimpse the things God has prepared for them their weeping shall turn to joy.
Let us create a hunger and a thirst for God by living a Spirit filled life. Let us have rivers of living water flowing from our innermost being as the Spirit works in us and through us (John 7:39). We are the salt of the earth to give flavor to the relationships we have with others and to create a thirst in them (Matthew 5:13). We are the light of the world and our light is to “shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven” (Mathew 5:14-16).

Jeremiah 50:5 will be continued tomorrow

Successful Prayer

1 John 5:14-15 “This is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
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This is the confidence we have in Him. The confidence and faith we have when praying results from the knowledge that if we ask anything according to His will, that He hears us and that we have whatsoever we desire and pray for. There are two things mentioned here about successful prayer.
1. The first thing is faith. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:23). Therefore, a prayer which is not of faith is sin. “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6). It is impossible to please God if our prayer is not a prayer of faith. Here we see also that prayer is to be a diligent seeking of God. Diligent means to carefully seek Him with perseverance despite difficulty and opposition. It means to continue and refuse to give up. It is to go to God with determination.
2. The second thing is the will of God. Therefore, before we pray it is necessary that we first determine what His will is about what we desire. People often pray “If it be Your will”. The word “if” is not a word of faith. If we diligently seek God and diligently ask Him to reveal His will then He shall guide our praying.
Activating the Holy Spirit within us. When we pray as mentioned above the Holy Spirit begins to act on our behalf. “The Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27). When we are praying as mentioned above and we feel the Spirit moving in our prayer then we can have faith in our praying.

Overcoming The World

1 John 5:4-5 “Whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
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Whatsoever is born of God. Those who believe on the name of Jesus are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13). Everyone who wants to see and enter the kingdom of God must be born again; born of the Spirit. (John 3:3-5). We have experienced a spiritual birth and the Spirit of Christ dwells within us and bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:9-16). “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:14).
Overcomes the world. The world is traveling on a course and its path is directed by the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. It is a path of disobedience to God and His word and is a path that leads away from God. Because we have been born of God, have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within us, and are led by the Spirit, we are over-comers of this world and the devil.
This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Our victory is in our faith as we walk by faith and not by sight. We face life with all its trials, tribulations, heartaches, sorrows, sickness, etc. with a trust in God and a dependence upon the Spirit of God within us and the victory is ours. Yes, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37). “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Victory belongs to those “that believe that Jesus is the Son of God”.

Our Faith Will Be Rewarded

Hebrews 10:35 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”
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Cast not away your confidence. Don’t lose your faith and assurance. Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). If we are in this world we will have trials and problems. We will have distress, sorrows, and afflictions. All of these will put our faith to the test. Many people blame God for these things and turn from Him. Many stops going to church which is the first step in turning from God. During these times we must hold fast to our faith.
1. Our faith has great recompense of reward: Our faith in God will not be in vain. We shall be rewarded in due time.
You have need of patience. Along with our faith we need to have patience and endure. We must carry on in the will of God. Our faith and patience will result in our receiving the promise. God’s help will come. He will deliver us.
Yet a little while and He will come. Jesus will come again. We know not when, but He will come. This is one of the many exceeding great and precious promises that God has given us. When that time comes, He will not delay. At this time, we will be free from all tribulations, trials, sorrows, and afflictions. We shall experience total deliverance and salvation.

Consider One Another

Hebrews 10:24 “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
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Let us consider each other.  God desires for us to be mindful of each other. We Christians, being many, are one body in Christ, and everyone members one of another.” (Romans 12:5). We are to ever be thinking about the other members of the body of Christ with a purpose in mind. We have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to interact with each other to see that God’s word and will is carried out in the body of Christ and through the body of Christ.
To provoke unto love and to good works:
1. We are to stir each other up to the experience and demonstration of love. Love is the greatest characteristic of the Christian for in the feeling of it and the demonstration of it we fulfill all the law. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14). There are times when circumstances arise that would hinder love in a fellow Christians life and God says we are to step in and stir them up through our words and council to love despite the circumstances.
2. We are to stir each other up to good works. Love and good works go together. Good works are love in action. The Bible says, “Faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20). Love without good works is a cold and/or dead love. Evil would hinder the expression of love in good works. “Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21). Love and good works will keep us from being overcome of evil and are the answer to overcoming that evil. Therefore, we are to be constant in stirring each other up to love and to do good works. “Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed, and in truth.” (1 John 3:18).

Loving God with All Your Heart

Mark 12:30: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.”
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What is your level of devotion to God? How much of your time is given to God? How much does God’s word and will determine your actions? How much of your time is given to things that will not enhance your relationship with God nor make you spiritually productive? The way to determine this is by examining what occupies your time and what motivates your actions.
What do you treasure most? Matthew 6:21: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The heart loves what it treasures. Examine what your heart treasures. What are you willing to give up, to have a relationship with Jesus? For the heart to love Jesus completely, it must treasure Him supremely.
Philippians 3:8: “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.” What did Paul give up for experiencing the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus? Does having an up-close and personal relationship with Christ stir your heart? Is it something that you hunger and thirst for?

Hold Fast The Profession Of Faith

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.”
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Let us hold fast the profession of our faith. We are to continue to confess our faith without fear or doubt. We are to be courageous in our confession and never grow silent or deny it. Through faith “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18). Our faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1). To these things we do testify.
For He is faithful that promised. Our faith stands on God, on His words and promises, and on His faithfulness to fulfill them. He will bring all His promises to pass. We will see and experience all that He has promised. Our faith will become both sight and experience; all to the glory of God.

When He Shall Come

2 Thessalonians 1:10 “When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”
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When He shall come. We are told in many scriptures that He is coming again. When, is a reminder that no one knows the time of His coming. “Of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36). We Shall Behold Him in All of His Glory.
To be glorified in His saints. In His saints speaks of those belonging to Him. “You are not your own for you are bought with a price.” (2 Corinthians 6:19-20). We were redeemed by His blood. “Our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:20-21). “When he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2). Our glorious body which He gives to us will glorify Him.
To be admired in all them that believe. All the saints will admire Him with wonder and amazement. We will marvel at His appearance, at all the angels, and with all that is going on in us and around us. O what a wondrous day that will be.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”  Revelation 22:17; 20

Doing And Receiving Good

Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
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Let us not be weary in well doing. We are not to lose heart or be discouraged in doing good deeds. There are things that would hinder us in this matter such as the way people react to our good deeds. Tribulation and problems, we face can hinder us as well.
In due season we shall reap. Having been born of the Holy Spirit we have a spiritual existence and we are to live by spiritual principles found in God’s word (the Bible). Here is one, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38). This principle applies to more than just money. The measure of good we do to others determines the measure of good we receive. We shall receive it when the time is right.
1. Therefore, let us take advantage of every opportunity to do good. We are to redeem the time and buy up every opportunity. We are to do good to all people but especially those of the household of faith.
2. “He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” This spiritual principle reveals that the degree of our receiving good is directly related to the degree of good we do.
3. Jesus set us an example, “Who went about doing good.” (Acts 10:38).
Let us spread around the good and share it with all. “What goes around comes around.”

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