Some special specific verses that have been life-giving to me in recent weeks; apply them to your life and situation.

Jer. 2:2 – “I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, and how you followed me in the wilderness.” This is the Lord speaking to His people regarding their past love and devotion, and how they followed Him in the past; as I read this, I was stirred to remember the early days of my Christian walk, and how fresh and real it was; I prayed this verse as I read it recently, asking the Lord to give me that newness again.

Jer. 2:8 – “Those who handle the law did not know me.” One of the great problems in the American church is simply this–preachers and pastors don’t know God, either at all or in any deep way; many are either lost or are so shallow, they don’t even know what it truly means to truly know God.

Jer. 2:17 – “Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the Lord your God?” Concerning any nation, when a nation declines and is being destroyed by disasters, major issues, and severe problems, the fact is, God is turning that nation over to its sin and allowing more severe judgment to occur; even our Republication presidential candidate recently was asked if he had ever asked God for personal forgiveness, to which, he replied, “I don’t think I have ever needed to ask forgiveness for anything.” To that, Jer. 2:35 speaks: “Behold, I will bring you to judgment for saying, ‘I have not sinned.’ Whether DT was saying he had never sinned, I don’t know, but his was a pagan answer, at best.

Again, Jer. 5:24-25: “They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rain . . . your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have deprived you of good.”

Jer. 14:8, Jeremiah’s view of God and name for God- “O You hope of Israel, its Savior in time of trouble.” He has always been, and will always be, the Savior of His people in times of trouble.

Jer. 15:16 is wonderful– “Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” This is our need and provision, to eat His words and find them give us fresh joy and delight.

– Mack T.

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