Thursday, May 31, 2012

DAY 1016 - Press You to The Limit So That You Can Return to Me!

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Today's Reading: Jeremiah 10

Please read Jeremiah 10 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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Please click the links below to Jeremiah 10:

Grab your bags,
all you who are under attack.
God has given notice:
"Attention! I'm evicting everyone who lives here,

And right now—yes, right now!
I'm going to press them to the limit,
squeeze the life right out of them."

Jeremiah 10: 18

Bible Study

Jeremiah told the Jews that they foolishly depended on the idols, astrology and all kinds of evil practices by ungodly people from the surrounding nations because they fear of the invasion of the Babylonians. But in reality, they are being captured by the demonic powers that one day will destroy them.

The invasion and disaster will certainly come and Jeremiah voiced the same words of sorrow and grief that people would cry out after they were captured and scattered throughout the empire.

Jeremiah prays that the invaders would themselves experience God's anger and judgment that they so deserved.

My Spiritual Journal

What I receive from Jesus is: Press you to the limit so that you can return to me!

What I got from Jesus today is verse 18 from the Message.
Both translations, the Message and NIV, give us some important inspiration. In NIV the translation is "I will bring distress on them so that they may be captured." Captured by whom? Captured by God? Or, captured by the Babylonians? We as human beings always want to take God's position to lord and to capture so many things but never want to be captured by God so that He can be our Lord and King. That's why God will soon let us down so that we are being captured by all those things we do not want to happen in our lives in order that He can capture us and be our Lord and King.

That's how it means in the translation of the Message that God sometimes will press us to the limit, to squeeze everything out of us so that we can return to God! How sad! Do we have to insist in doing "my way" that God has to press us to the limit and squeeze everything out of us in order that we can do things in His way? "His way" is salvation and life, "My way" is destruction and death!

Which "way" are you going to choose?

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to understand how much you love us that you want to press us to the limit so that we can return to you. Lead us to follow you each day and to help others to follow you each day that we can be in your protection and provision. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

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The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, III (Margaret)

The Rt. Rev. John Miller (Joyce)

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Jericho Road Church, Port Alberni
Rector/Senior Pastor: Rev. John Cox (Sheryl)
Pastoral Assistant: Rev. Dave Dejong (Megan)

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Bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng (Michelle)

Network Leader: Rev. Peter Klenner (Jenny)

Network Leadership Team: Rt. Rev. Dr. Silas Ng, Rev. Peter Klenner, Rev. Ed Hird (Janice),

Bishop's Chaplain: Rev. Ed Hird (Janice)

Bishop's Assistant: Mrs. Michelle Ng (Silas)

Treasurer: Mr. Andy Li(Amy)

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