Today is Wednesday. I am looking forward to Church tonight as we "Walk Through The Bible" all year this year. Tonight, we are in the book of Daniel and I'm so looking forward to it. I have put each lesson in a powerpoint presentation as I talk and walk through that Book of the Bible. Our people have been very receptive and learning so much about each book of the Bible. Today, I've started the book of Jeremiah. Here are some little nuggets to share with you:
1) TWO EVILS- In Jeremiah 2:13, God tells Jeremiah about two evils: "For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." One evil- They FORSOOK God who is the fountain of living waters! Second Evil: They FABRICATED cisterns to hold their own water so they don't need God... but, they fabricated broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Jesus is a fountain of living water.... a flowing stream. Not a pond or lake of water. That is the thinking of those who build their own cisterns. They want to 'carry' the water, even of God, so that they do not have to keep going back to the stream. But, that is not God's plan. God wants His people to keep going back to the Stream of Living waters! To renew ourselves every day with the LORD Jesus Christ. Remember that Manna was good for a day! God wanted His children to keep looking to Him for provision, protection, guidence, and fellowship. So we ought not to be guilty of these two things.
2) MY GOAL AS A PASTOR- Jeremiah 3:15 says: "And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." That is my goal, my hope, my desire; to be used of God to be a help to the good people I have the joy of being pastor to. I want to give them the knowledge and understanding that God has given me. I want to be a pastor according to God's heart. Please dear Lord, help me to be all that I can be so that my people have all you want for them.
3) HAVE YOU BLUSHED LATELY? In Jeremiah 8:12, it says: "Where they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD." Here we see that though they did great sin... they could not even blush. Have we been so acclemated by sin that we have lost our ability to blush? When is the last time you blushed? You saw someone blush? I'm afraid we are far too familiar with sin so that it doesn't shock us or cause us to blush.
Just three thoughts today. Hope this helps you friend. Pastor Mike Mutchler