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I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness. Jeremiah 2:2

As I flipped through a box of my old wedding photographs, my fingers stopped at a picture of my husband and me, newly christened “Mr. and Mrs.” My dedication to him was obvious in my expression. I would go anywhere with him.

Nearly four decades later, our marriage is tightly threaded with love and a commitment that has carried us through both hard and good times. Year after year, I’ve recommitted my dedication to go anywhere with him.

Dear God, help me to keep the promises I’ve made to You. I will follow You anywhere.

In Jeremiah 2:2, God yearns for His beloved but wayward Israel, “I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me.” The Hebrew word for devotion conveys the highest loyalty and commitment possible. At first, Israel expressed this unwavering devotion to God, but gradually she turned away.

Despite the undeniably powerful feelings in the early stages of commitment, complacency can dull the sharp edge of love and a lack of zeal can lead to unfaithfulness. We know the importance of fighting against such a lag in our marriages. What about the fervor of our love relationship with God? Are we as devoted to Him now as we were when we first came to faith?

God faithfully allows His people to return (3:14–15). Today we can renew our vows to follow Him—anywhere.

Dear God, help me to keep the promises I’ve made to You. I will follow You anywhere.

You don’t need to know where you’re going if you know God is leading.

By Elisa Morgan 

INSIGHT

Jeremiah is sometimes known as the weeping prophet. He’s saddened by the messages God has asked him to take to the people of Israel. In essence, the Lord is asking the people of Jerusalem, “Why don’t you love me like you once did?”

Sometimes familiarity can create complacency. What can we do to keep our flame of passion for the Lord burning bright?

J.R. Hudberg


I SURRENDER, You Won, I’m Done | REMEMBER The Devotion Of Thy Youth!

 

Adopting The Spirit Of Caleb

Caleb brave and courageous

To be spiritually successful requires having the right spirit. If you’re looking for a Biblical hero to emulate, Caleb is an excellent choice. God gave him this glowing endorsement, “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him, and has followed me fully, I will bring into the [promised] land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it” (Num. 14:24, NKJV). The Living Bible reads, “Caleb is a different kind of man.” Several times the Bible mentions how he “wholly followed the Lord.” Caleb was not only different from the Canaanites (the heathen); he was also different from most of the Israelites (God’s people). You see, we are not called to follow the crowd or even the crowd who calls themselves “Christians;” we are called to follow the One who is called the Christ.

Caleb was one of the twelve spies Moses sent to scout the Promised Land. A leader of the Tribe of Judah, his name means “bold” or “impetuous.” Someone who is impetuous has a tendency to act or attack. In other words, Caleb was a doer not just a talker. This trait made him a great asset to Joshua during Israel’s conquest of Canaan. Strangely, Caleb can also mean “dog” or “raging with canine madness.” Apparently he had a dog-like tenacity that made him a ferocious fighter, something we all need to resist temptation, overcome evil and fight the good fight of faith.

• The spirit of Caleb looks forward not backward.

When the majority of the Israelites wanted to go backward to Egypt, Caleb wanted to go forward to Canaan. He said, “If the Lord delight in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land which flows with milk and honey” (Num. 14:8). Many people live in the past and, as a result, forfeit their future. One author noted, “The past should be a guidepost not a hitching post.” We can learn from the past, but we can’t live there. Neither can we change the past. No wonder Paul wrote, “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14). You can’t drive a car very well staring in the rearview mirror. If you do, you will certainly run off the road and crash. We must look ahead. God has greater things in store for us, but we must stop looking backward and, like Caleb, start looking forward.

• The spirit of Caleb reacts with faith not fear.

Ten of the spies brought back a negative report fostered by fear. Only Joshua and Caleb gave a positive report fueled by faith. As preachers like to say, “Ten brought back gripes; only two brought back grapes!” Caleb saw grapes and promises; the other spies saw giants and problems. Caleb saw milk and honey; the others saw calories and cholesterol. Fear will paralyze you, but faith will energize you. Caleb boldly declared, “Let us go up at once, and take possession; for we are well able to overcome it” (Num. 13:30). Caleb focused on the opportunities while others focused on the opposition. Consequently, only Joshua and Caleb inherited the Promised Land of their generation. The doubters all died in the desert. Perched on the threshold of Canaan, God made Israel make a U-turn and wander in the wilderness on a spiritual treadmill for the next forty years. If only they all had the spirit of Caleb and reacted with faith instead of fear. As one author aptly put it, “Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.”

• The spirit of Caleb is aggressive not passive.

At the ripe old age of 85, Caleb was still not ready to retire. You’d think he’d settle down in a corner of Canaan, sit in a rocking chair and tell war stories to his grandchildren. Not this grizzled warrior. He boldly told Joshua, “Now therefore give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said” (Jos. 14:12). Joshua blessed him and granted Hebron as part of his inheritance. According to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, Hebron was situated nineteen miles southwest of what became Jerusalem. It was later designated as one of the cities of refuge (Jos. 20:7) and served as David’s capitol for the first seven years of his reign over Judah (2 Sam. 2:11). At 3,040 feet above sea level, Hebron was the highest town in Palestine.
Because Caleb had the right attitude, he became a man of high altitude! He was not satisfied living in the low land, he wanted the high ground. He claimed and conquered a mountainous region inhabited by the Anakims, a clan of giants. Can you imagine this 85-year-old man wielding his sword against three overgrown sons of Anak (Jos. 15:14) and driving them off their own property? Inspiring isn’t it? That’s what I call aggressive! Incidentally, Hebron means “alliance, league, or confederacy.” Why was Caleb so victorious? He was in alliance with God and His purpose for his life. “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

We must all resist the “I’ve arrived” mentality. The spirit of Caleb is to keep learning, growing, reaching, pressing, and advancing. Paul, after thirty plus years in ministry, said, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Phil. 3:12). Keep pressing on, child of God. Don’t allow yourself to become passive or complacent. The spirit of Caleb is expressed in bold, aggressive faith. We can’t afford be spiritually passive, because God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). If we want to walk in God’s promises, we should adopt the spirit of Caleb—the courageous champion who proved, both literally and figuratively, that your attitude can help determine your altitude.

 

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The Danger of Drifting

Proverbs 14:15-16

One fine afternoon, my best friend and I came upon an abandoned boat floating in the river. The paddles were broken, but that wasn’t a deterrent for a pair of teenage boys. We shoved off and drifted downstream talking, joking, and carrying on. I’m not sure how much time passed as we floated aimlessly along, but we knew we were in trouble when a loud roar reached our ears. Up ahead, water was rushing over the dam. Panicked, we grabbed the broken paddles and pulled hard against the current. We managed to get close enough to the shore to safely jump out into shallow water, but the boat went over the edge. What started out as pure fun nearly ended in disaster.

That’s happens to many people today. What begins as fun and pleasure ends in shipwreck because people drift along, neglecting to think ahead or notice how fast they’re moving away from the safety of the Lord’s plan. According to the prevailing attitude of modern society, God isn’t needed as long as the stream runs smoothly. In other words, when income is good, the family is safe, and health is stable, going with the flow seems fine. But in reality, a drifting man is being swept along by the world’s currents, which are dangerous without Christ.

Today’s passage reveals that the wise look to the future to avoid ruin. Let me put it another way: Drifting is foolish. In countless arenas of life—including marriage, family, vocation, and finances—we need to have a goal and navigation plan if we expect to be successful. Thankfully, God provides both in His Word. (See Prov. 3:6.)

God Really Knows What We Don’t Know

I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” (Psalm 119:75)

One of the most perplexing aspects of the Christian life is trying to understand God’s purpose when defeat or affliction comes into our lives, thereby hindering or even halting our ministry and testimony for Him. Many have been the servants of God who were sincerely working for Christ, seeking to obey His will and His Word as best they understood them, but then suddenly were laid aside by sickness, or had their ministries stopped by the enemies of God (sometimes even by fellow Christians), or for some other reason, and could not discern why God allowed it.

What then? When affliction comes, we must simply trust God, knowing that whatever He does is right and that our affliction is invested with His faithfulness. He is our Creator and, through Christ, has also become our heavenly Father: “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?” (Hebrews 12:9). He knows what we don’t know, therefore we can “know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

This verse (Romans 8:28) is one of the most familiar and most wonderful promises in the Bible, but it is one of the most difficult to believe in time of affliction or loss. Nevertheless, it is God’s promise, and “all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

God knows the end from the beginning, and in that wonderful day when Christ returns, “then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Until then, we must simply trust Him. HMM

My words shall not pass away

Matthew 24:15-35

Our Lord gave his disciples warning as to the destruction of Jerusalem, so that they might escape from the slaughter.

Matthew 24:15, 16

This advice the disciples followed, and as soon as the armies surrounded Jerusalem, they escaped to the little mountain of Pella while the inhabitants of Jerusalem were slain by the Romans.

Matthew 24:17, 18

They were not to linger to save their property, but flee for their lives at once.

Matthew 24:28

So far our Lord spoke of the siege of Jerusalem. After this he referred to the last great day.

Matthew 24:29, 30

This is the glorious appearing of our Lord at the last. No sun or moon will be needed when he shines forth; his glory will be brighter than the sun in the heavens. He will find the nations still unsaved, and horror will be their portion. If he were to come now, should we have to mourn, or could we meet him in peace?

Matthew 24:31

They shall be saved from the terrible destruction, and as soon as they are removed, wrath shall break forth on the ungodly. Our Lord then returned to speak of. the overthrow of Jerusalem, and gave his disciples warning to watch the signs of the times.

 

When the gospel race is run,

When the Gentile day is done,

Signs and wonders there shall be

In the heaven, and earth, and sea.

 

Lo! mid terror and mid tears,

Jesus in the clouds appears,

While the trump’s tremendous blast

Peals, the loudest and the last.

 

East and west, and south and north,

Speeds each glorious angel forth,

Gathering in with glittering wing

Zion’s saints to Zion’s King.

 

Man nor angel knows that day;

Heaven and earth shall pass away;

Still shall stand the Saviour’s word,

Deathless as its deathless Lord.

 

God does Touch Our Emotions

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

I have heard people say that “Only doctrine is important.”

Would they leave no room for Christian experience?

Consider the preaching and the example of the famed Jonathan Edwards, used so mightily by God in the Great Awakening throughout New England in the 18th century.

But, you say, “Jonathan Edwards was a Calvinist!”

I know—and that is my point. Edwards was acknowledged by society to have been one of the greatest intellects of his time. Yet he believed in genuine Christian experience so positively that he wrote a well-accepted book, Religious Affections, in defense of Christian emotion.

Charged by some that his revivals had too much emotion, Edwards stood forth and proclaimed that when men and women meet God, accepting His terms, they experience an awareness that lifts their hearts to rapture.

What higher privilege is granted to mankind on earth than to be admitted into the circle of the friends of God!

 

Complete Deliverance

But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.” Jer. 39:17

When the Lord’s faithful ones are suffering for Him, they shall have sweet messages of love from Himself, and sometimes they shall have glad tidings for those who sympathize with them and help them. Ebed-melech was only a despised Ethiopian, but he was kind to Jeremiah, and so the Lord sent him this special promise by the mouth of his prophet. Let us be ever mindful of God’s persecuted servants, and He will reward us.

Ebed-melech was to be delivered from the men whose vengeance he feared. He was a humble black man, but Jehovah would take care of him. Thousands were slain by the Chaldeans, but this lowly man could not be hurt. We, too, may be fearful of some great ones who are bitter against us; but if we have been faithful to the Lord’s cause in the hour of persecution, He will be faithful to us. After all, what can a man do without the Lord’s permission? He puts a bit into the mouth of rage, and a bridle upon the head of power. Let us fear the Lord, and we shall have no one else to fear. No cup of cold water given to a despised prophet of God shall be without its reward; and if we stand up for Jesus, Jesus will stand up for us.

 

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