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Today's Reading: Jeremiah 9
Please read Jeremiah 9 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
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"The days are coming," declares the Lord,
"when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh-
Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert
in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised,
and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."
Jeremiah 9: 25-26
"Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears!" (v. 1)
"Let them come quickly and wail over us till our eyes overflow with tears
and water streams from our eyelids." (v. 18)
Jeremiah often is called the "weeping prophet" (9:1, 14: 17)because of all the tears he shed for people who were so spiritually stubborn and rebellious that they could not even comprehend how much they had defied God. They knew that was the reason why destruction was going to come but they did nothing spiritually to prevent it which means they did not repent at all!
Instead they boast in worldly knowledge, human ability and earthly riches(v. 23). That's why Jeremiah says they were not baptized in heart. So, what does it means that we are being baptized in heart? The answer is in verses 23 to 24. "Boast" means you take that as your best of your life. So, if uncircumcised in heart means the boasting of our wisdom, strength, riches. Then circumcised in heart means verse 24, taking the best of you as your daily intimate personal relationship with God! So simple, right?
We don't have to be circumcised but we do have to be baptized. So, "circumcised in heart" means the same as "baptized in heart".
Are you baptized in heart?
My Spiritual Journal
What I receive from Jesus is: Not baptized in heart!
What I heard from Jesus today is a sigh from Him because He knows well that many Christians have not been baptized in heart.
That's why we spend time and boast everything we treasure most like our wisdom, strength, riches and many more but rarely our daily intimate personal relationship with Jesus!
That's what Jeremiah means and that's what I heard from Jesus challenging you today.
Have you been baptized in heart?
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to make sure whether we have been baptized in heart so that we don't boast in the wrong things. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
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