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The crown of Life!

Scripture reading for October 5th: Jeremiah 17-20, James 1

Key Scriptures: James 1:12-15 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

James writes to the Church of Jesus Christ concerning trials and testing. He encourages believers to count it all joy when trials come because trials produce patience and endurance and lead to eternal reward. He even says that those who stand firm under trials will receive a crown of life, promised by God the Father. We are never to accuse God of tempting us, however. James reminds us that God tempts no one. Temptations occur when our own selfish desires lure us into sin and we give in. Sin fully developed leads to death.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to joyfully accept trials and tests and to resist temptations. I trust You for strength and discernment to identify temptations and cut them off, awaiting my eternal reward.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.””

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Rejoicing in a “Heart” Cure!

Scripture reading for August 22nd:  Jeremiah 14-17

Key Scriptures:  Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?   I, the Lord, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”  

God told Jeremiah and His people that their problem was a heart problem.  Man’s heart is deceitful and cannot be cured through human effort.  But God, alone, searches man’s heart and examines all his thoughts.  He will one day judge mankind for the deeds that come from man’s wicked and deceitful heart.  But God also loves mankind and has provided the cure for the deceitful heart!  Praise His Name!

Rejoicing in God’s Cure: Hearts are made pure by faith in Christ!  “God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us.  He made no distinction between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith.  Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we or our fathers have been able to bear?  No!  We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”  (Acts 15:8-11)

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