Jeremiah 11:6-11 and 21:1-10
Jeremiah 21:8 says … Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: see I am setting before you the way of life and death.’
Let’s look closer into Jeremiah 21:8 and dissect it to grasp the deeper meaning.
**This is what the Lord says: See, I am …
LOOK, LISTEN, PAY ATTENTION. God is all knowing, all powerful and ever present. He is the creator os the heavens and the earth.
Isaiah 40 tells us that God sits enthroned over all the earth, its people are like grasshoppers and who can compare? He has no rival or equal.
Revelations 1:8 says “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Our job is to pay attention, listen to His voice and be aware of His holy presence.
**This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you …
God has given us free will, the choice is ours to follow and obey Him or go our own ways.
God sets before you the way of life and prosperity & death and destruction. (Deuteronomy 30:11-20)
“Free will is a precise gift from God, for it lets us love Him with out “whole heart”- because we want to.” Matthew 22:37
**This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life …
In the Gospel of John we learn who Jesus is by the 7 I AM statements He makes. We are going to look at two of those statements to understand how our free will is a sacrifice.
- the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)
- the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
Jesus is the only way to eternal life and a life full of abundance on this earth. Through God’s amazing grace we have the opportunity to reign in this life through Jesus. (Romans 5:17) In John 4, Jesus offers the Samaritan woman life giving water that nourishes the soul from deep within, wells up inside and bubbles over with an abundant, fruitful life. Jesus’ manifested presence in our lives is the sources of freedom.
**This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and death…
Death entered this world through sin. All people have sinner and fall short of the glory of God.
The mistake the Israelites kept making was to turn their heart away from God, disobey His commandments, and worship other gods.
What do you worship? Just look at what you spend your time, energy and money on and you’ll find the object of your worship.
Research & Define
Questions for Reflection
- Has there ever been a time when you unintentionally allowed your devotion to slip away from God?
- What did you do to get back to Him?
- What is taking first place in your life today? What are you worshipping?
- How does this scripture help you see God and what He values?
- What are you worshipping in place of God today?
- What changes do you need to make to live a life of worship instead of a life influenced by this world?
1 Peter 1:14-17
Memorize & Meditate
Write out Romans 12:2.
Meditate on this Truth.
Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.
We are living sacrifices to God by the way we live and honor Him.
Father God, I honor you today and humbly submit myself to you. I love you and want to live a life that pleases you. I am on fire for Jesus and choose to be alive to You and dead to the world around me. Nothing means more to me than pleasing You, Jesus. Every day of my life, I live to serve You. Holy Spirit, if there is any part of me that has been influenced wrongly by this world, I ask you to please reveal it to me and help me change my ways. I choose to worship you above all other things, above my life, above my dreams, above my desires.
In Jesus’ name! Amen.