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If a man divorces his wife
and she goes from him
and becomes another man’s wife,
will he return to her?
Would not that land be greatly polluted?
You have played the whore with many lovers;
and would you return to me?
declares the Lord
– Jeremiah 3:1 (ESV)

 

Recap of Week #2: God expects us to go and proclaim what He has set aside for us as our assignment.  God expects obedience from us in doing so.

Reflection on Week#2:  Jeremiah was called on to do some hard work.  He was to deliver a controversial message to his own people.  Not many men could do so in the face of rejection and ridicule.

God speaks in a straightforward tone and gets straight to the point. You have played the whore with many lovers (v. 1).  God does not pull any punches.  He just comes out with a metaphoric scenario about divorce, and then calls His people the equivalent of harlots.

If God calls you names like that. You need to rethink your next move with God.

This was not the first time God called out Israel, though.  He used Gomer to demonstrate the harlotry of the people of God and their strained relationship with Him.  In Isaiah, the Lord’s accusation against Israel is clear: How the faithful city has become a whore (Isaiah 1:21, ESV).  Don’t be shocked at the language.  God was in a rightful position to call out Israel.  After all, He knew them well and the ways of men were beneath Him.

Do you repent and turn back to God again? Or, do you simply take it all in and spend a moment alone with the thought of what God really thinks of you?

Make sure you review the Week #3 Bible Study Guide.

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Devote Yourself to Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

Check your devotion level.

Are devoting yourself to prayer?

One of the Strong’s Concordance definitions for such devotion stems from the King James usage of the word continue.  It simply states the word may be used in the sense of the ability to persevere and not to faint. 

Could that be the state of your commitment to prayer?

Are you persevering?

Are you continuing without fainting?

Imagine if you had such devotion and commitment to prayer that you continued, persevered and never fainted.  Don’t dig into the other definitions of adherence, constant readiness and steadfastly attentive.  Just focus on the perseverance and not fainting at the task. 

Do you want to devote yourself to prayer?

  • Focus on what you have been called to do.
  • Focus on what God has equipped and empowered you to do
  • Focus your energy on tapping into God’s power, not relying upon your own resources
  • Focus on having faith, being watchful and thankful
And he spoke a parable to them to this end,
that men ought always to pray, and not to faint – Luke 18:1 (KJV)

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He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire…

Ps. 40:2 (NIV)

Deliverance is divine.  The Bible speaks of God in heaven doing as He chooses.   He does as he chooses and delivers in the same manner.  He can deliver us immediately or after a while.  What we may have to learn is to be developed and devoted as we await our deliverance.  David said that he waited patiently on the Lord.  We, too, must be able to wait patiently and hold on, awaiting on the Lord to come through for us.  Yet, as we wait, we must wait with hope and expectancy, trusting the Lord the whole time.  God may use this time to develop us, to grow our faith.  He also can use this time to increase our devotion to Him, expanding our perspective on growing closer to God as we wait on Him.  Try it this way.  As you wait on Him, put your whole weight on Him.  Trust Him to do what is right and just.  Deliverance is divine, and it comes from God in heaven who does as He chooses.

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