It’s a matter of the heart!

Where are you at today? What is the state of your heart? What has been allowed in? What’s stuck in there? What needs to be cleaned out? What are your options? Have you asked Jesus in to help create a new heart in you?

Is your heart hardened? Is your heart softened? Is your heart damaged? Is your heart healed?

What heritage do you want to have? What legacy do you want to leave? Will you stand up for something? Will you fall for anything? Will you keep going it your own way? Will you turn around and seek God’s face, God’s will, God’s desire, God’s plan for your life?

Where does your trust come from? Are you trusting in man? Are you trusting in self? Are you trusting in God? Do you realizes the pros and cons of each of these?

Are you able to tell the difference between good and evil? Are you able to tell the difference between right and wrong? Is your heart so hard that you can’t? Why not give your heart up to God and allow Him to create a new heart in you? Why not focus on renewing your mind?

Want to be blessed? Put your trust in God! Put your confidence in God! Then there will be no need to fear because you know God and your trust and confidence are in Him, no matter what comes your way! When fear or anxiety tries to show itself, you can give it up to God!

Don’t be fooled by emotions! Don’t allow things to mess with your heart that don’t belong! God will search your heart to know the basis of your life! God will try your mind to understand where you are rooted! So what would you expect the outcome to be based on your ways and the fruits of your works? Will you do things legally? Will you do things properly? Will you live justly? Will you live righteously? Let’s put our hope and trust in God! Let’s build upon the solid foundation provided by Jesus! Let’s keep things straight by lining up to Jesus as our cornerstone!

God never ran away, so if you are feeling far from God you need to turnaround and turnback to Him!

God will never leave you nor abandon you! Will you leave and abandon Him? Have you left and abandoned Him? Will you turn back to Him as the lost son did and be received?

Are you willing to receive correction? Are you willing to listen and receive and accept correction? Are you too stiff necked?

Will you be moldable in God’s hand? Will you allow God to recreate you? Will you ask Jesus into your heart and become a new creation? God has incredible plans for you! God’s plans are good! Will you turn back to Him and align with those plans? Will you allow Him to transform you from the inside out? We are but clay in God’s hands! If a nation is heading away, He is able to uproot, to pull down, and to destroy it! If a nation will turn from its wicked ways, God can relent from destroying it, or even rebuild it or plant it!

So if we consider where we are at today as a nation…how will the nation respond to a message like this…

“I am about to bring calamity against you, and devise disaster against you. Turn back now—everyone from his evil way—and amend your ways and your doings.

–from Jeremiah 18

Would you respond like this…

‘It’s hopeless! So we will walk after our own plans, and each of us will act in the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

–from Jeremiah 18

Do you realize the setup that is making? Do you realize the consequence of such a move? God gave you an option! You have freewill to choose! And you are deciding to walk away and deal with the consequences of your decision! Do you know what happened or what was said back in Jeremiah’s time? Do you realize the pendulum of history? people going towards God and away from God? Well consider this warning as a warning for us, right here and right now facing this dilemma…

13Therefore thus says Adonai: “Ask now among the nations, whoever has heard such things? The virgin of Israel has done a most terrible thing.
14Does the snow of Lebanon abandon the rock of the field? Or is the cold water flowing from afar pulled back?
15Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to a delusion and stumble in their ways— off the ancient paths— to walk on side-tracks, rather than a built-up highway.
16Their land will become a horror, a perpetual hissing— every one passing by will be stunned and shake his head.
17Like an east wind, I will scatter them before the enemy. I will see their back, not their face, in the day of their calamity.”
–from Jeremiah 18

Don’t shoot the messenger or you will just stop getting messages! Knowing the message gives you the opportunity to respond! Do what it says! Do the opposite of what it says! Do nothing! How will you respond? Will you be part of the remnant who will call on God and trust in God and follow after Him? Will you be rebellious and do the opposite of what He said? Will you sit on the fence and do nothing? The result will be based on your obedience or disobedience! Partial obedience is still disobedience! Will you choose to do what God is asking and telling you to do?

Put your hope and your trust in God!

There is an answer to it all and His name is Jesus! He was the answer to all God’s promises and all the prophecy of the Bible! In His life and death, He fulfilled 353 prophecies. Paul who was originally against Jesus and The Way had a revelation on the road to Damascus where He had a divine encounter with Jesus and it transformed the rest of his life and provides us with a large portion of the Bible. He declared it before king Agrippa! He is letting those in authority know! As God gives him favor and brings him before kings, Paul testifies of Jesus and life transformed! Paul is able to share the good news no matter his circumstances! At home, on the road, in prison, before the authorities…As we share, as we testify what Jesus is doing and has done in and through our lives, people may not be ready to receive it right away, but it is planting the seed and in some cases watering a seed that others have planted and then it is in God’s plan to make it grow!

So let’s not be about tearing down people, let’s be about tearing down strongholds that are holding them back! Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood, but rather against powers and principalities of this dark world! Our weapons are no man made, but through God they are spiritually powerful in order to tear down strongholds! They allow us to tear down false arguments! They allow us to tear down things that are trying to exalt themselves above God and against the knowledge of God! We need to take every thought captive in obedience to Jesus! We need to be able to do what is right in obedience to God! Will your words speak truth? Will your presence speak in action? Let’s be humble servants as we lead! Let’s be bold in proclaiming the truths of God! It’s not about pumping ourselves up but giving it all over to God!

Today’s reading is from: Jeremiah 1718, Acts 26, and 2 Corinthians 10.


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