Followers, not fans.

Today’s blog is going to be short. It’s a pretty simple message from Jeremiah chapter 35 but I am so inspired. In chapter 35, there are these people called Rechabites and their ancestor told them to never drink wine and to not build their own houses but live in tents all the days of their lives. The Rechabites listened and obeyed those commands. It’s inspiring that these people submitted to these commands and it seems like they were happy and eager to do so. So, if they obeyed their ancestor, why don’t we obey our God? I think the Rechabites probably trusted in their ancestor’s wisdom. I believe we just need to trust in God and that His commands are for our benefit too. He does not command us for no reason, God commands us so we may have a better world and to love each other. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteouness and all these things will be given to you.

 The command that Jonadab the son of Rechab gave to his sons, to drink no wine, has been kept, and they drink none to this day, for they have obeyed their father’s command. I have spoken to you persistently, but you have not listened to me. I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, sending them persistently, saying, ‘Turn now every one of you from his evil way, and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to you and your fathers.’ But you did not incline your ear or listen to me. (Jeremiah 35:14-15)

slavery

I would like to talk about being set free as slaves today. In Jeremiah chapter 34, the slave owners were supposed to free their slaves and they obeyed and repented at first but then turned around and enslaved those they already set free yet again.

When we accept Christ into our lives, we are to live like overcomers and not be slaves to our sins. We are to be set free from the bondage of sin and not be enslaved by those that take away our joy in Christ.

A lot of us, including myself, obey for some time then go back to the way we were. God does not like that. We must keep on and keep trying. I know it’s not easy but with God, all things are possible. Lean on God to help you walk uprightly every day. And if you stumble, ask for forgiveness from God and do not give up. Remember that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. He loved us when we were sinners but loves us too much to let us stay the same. Fix your eyes on the cross. 

You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty, each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name, but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves. (Jeremiah 34:15-16)

My sins

Hi everyone! I am back! I think only one person read my blog yesterday but I still want to write because I already know that the road is narrow and only a few will hear. But that should not stop me from reaching out to the very few who want to. Today, I will be talking about Jeremiah chapter 33. 

First, I would like to say that we are all imperfect people. We have flaws, we make mistakes. I have made many mistakes in my life. I’ve committed sins against God. To this day, God is still working in me. I am far from perfect and that’s okay because Jesus took my place on the Cross. Jesus committed NO sins but died for OUR sins so that we as sinners may join Him in His righteousness. 

I am aware that non-Christians watch how Christians act and then call us hypocrites because we are not perfect. As a Christian, I know our human nature and how hard it is to fulfill all God’s commands on my own. I fail every day to be perfect. Christian or not, we all make mistakes. But God is so amazing because He says:

I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it. (Jeremiah 33:8-9)

God offers us forgiveness every day and no matter what we’ve done. And even though we sinned, God still loves us and provides for us. We are forgiven and free from guilt because of what Jesus has done on the Cross. As I mentioned earlier, we have righteousness through Jesus alone. Not because of our works, but because of our faith in Jesus. 

In those days and at the time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’ (Jeremiah 33: 15-16)

Jesus died for our sins then He resurrected. He is alive! We can have new life by coming near to Jesus. 

Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to estabish it—the LORD is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:2-3)

And with that, I will end this blog post with one more verse :)

Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Jeremiah 33:11)

We are His people

Today, I read Jeremiah chapter 32. I love the book of Jeremiah because it shows us how God uses justice and judgment but also His unconditional love and grace. Some people say that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament. They say God in the OT is an angry God, but the God in the NT is all loving. 

For me, the God of the OT is the same as in the NT. God has always been loving and He showed His love even in the OT. Even when people angered Him, He still had a plan to bring them back to Him. Just as we are sinners today, God still loved us even when we do not deserve it. Jesus Christ came down from Heaven to save us from eternal damnation. God draws us to Him and makes us His children. 

Jesus sacrificed Himself in our place. In the OT, the people suffered because of their sins, they would offer sacrifices to God for their sins. But now, Jesus Himself bore our sins. Can you believe that? That our own all-powerful God would humble Himself to be a man and then let us put Him on the Cross to die so we can be saved. 

In the times of Jeremiah, there were false prophets and priests, and the people turned to false gods. God instructed them to turn away from their sins through the prophet Jeremiah but they did not listen. This angered the Lord but then He says:

"Behold, I will gather them from the countries to which I drove them in my anger and my wrath and in great indignation. I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them." (Jeremiah 32:37-40)

Brothers and sisters, come to Jesus. No matter what you’ve done, God can give you the grace and love that you need. He is our Creator and He knows best. He will keep you safe. 

A new start

Hey everyone! New year, new me! Just kidding. (I know how you all hate when people say that.) We like the start of a new year. I think we like the start of anything, but the new year means a new start in our lives. I found my new start when God opened my eyes and heart to Him. By the grace of God, my sins are washed away. This unconditional love drives me to want to be better and follow Him. I was reborn. Born again. This term means that my old life has passed away, and I have a new life through Jesus Christ. He died so I may become alive in Him. 

I am currently reading the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible. I would like to share the chapter I read. It is the longest chapter I have read from Jeremiah but it was filled with so much hope, grace, and love from God. I am so excited to talk about them and share them with you all. To make this a little bit shorter, I am only going to talk about parts of the chapter that really spoke to me. So here it goes, for the new year, always remember:

1) Whatever tough situations we go through, grace will always be found and that is all we really need. 

"Thus says the LORD: "The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness. (Jeremiah 31:2)

2) God will never leave you no matter what. He is always faithful even when we are not, and He will always love you. Trust in His love and His plan for you always.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. (Jeremiah 31:3)

3) We should always proclaim God’s name, give praise to Jesus, and ask Him to save us. May we have the heart to hurt for the lost. Let us share with the world who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us. 

"proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel." (Jeremiah 31:7)

4) As we go through pain and suffering, call on God and He will always provide for our needs. He is our Father and He will take care of us.

"With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn." (Jeremiah 31:9)

5) Don’t forget to read the bible. The Word is the lamp for our feet. The bible is there to teach us how we should live in this world. Sin hurts us. Sin might feel temporarily enjoyable but its lasting effects are terrible. There is always a consequence to our sin. Listen to God’s commands because He just cares for us. If you are having problems with controlling  your sin, ask God for help and don’t give up. Keep praying and keep asking for help. You might feel like you can’t overcome your sin, but God is bigger than your sin.

"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as shephered keeps his flock.’ For the LORD has has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him." (Jeremiah 31:10-11)

6) Pray always. God hears everything. We might not feel like anybody cares, but God does. He made you, He loves you. And don’t forget that God is all we need. Only He can satisfy us.

"I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow." (Jeremiah 31:13)

7) Sometimes we might feel like our efforts are wasted, but do not worry. God always sees everything we do. Every tiny good act is seen by God and He will reward you. Your reward could be here on earth and/or it could be in Heaven. Also, always remember that rewards in eternity will always surpass our earthly rewards.

"Thus says the LORD: "Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is reward from your work" (Jeremiah 31:16)

8) Always hope for the future. God will always bring you out of trouble in the end. It might be tomorrow, next month, next year, or so on, just stay strong and seek God first in your current situation.

"There is hope for your future, declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 31:17)

9) Ask God to discipline you and correct you when there is something He does not like. Ask Him to not let you go away from the right path. 

"bring me back that I may be restored, for you are the LORD my God." (Jeremiah 31: 18)

10) God may convict you but He also offers forgiveness. Listen to the conviction and ask for mercy.

(For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:20)

11) Seek God first and His righteousness. You will see that He is all we need and only He can satisfy our soul. 

"For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish." (Jeremiah 31:24)

12) When God disciplines us, we can rest in knowing that His plans are not to harm you but to teach you something. His plans are to make you a better stronger person. 

"And it shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring harm, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 31:28)

13) Remember that when God forgives our sins, He does not keep a record of your sins. He remembers them no more. 

"For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:34)