Align With God Alien To This World

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.
John 6:35‭-‬38 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.6.35-38.MSG

Every person who believes that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One who conceives the child, we’ll surely love the child who was conceived. The reality test on whether or not we love God’s children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his commands? The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.

1 John 5:1‭-‬3 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1jn.5.1-3.MSG

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

  Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

1 John 5:18‭-‬21 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1jn.5.18-21.NIV

Because we Love Him there may be those in this world that Hate us, alienate us…

Jesus said,

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

John 15:18‭-‬19 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jhn.15.18-19.NIV

“In this world but not of it, not part of it’s philosophy,  adgenda,  goal.”

Jesus also said,

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Matthew 10:22 NIV

http://bible.com/111/mat.10.22.NIV

I fund comfort in this, no matter how out of place we feel we are loved & welcomed by God. He prepares a place for us far beyond this world  (John 14).

Jesus instructs us,

Blessed are you when people hate you,   when they exclude you and insult you   and reject your name as evil,   because of the Son of Man.  

  “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.    

“But woe to you who are rich,   for you have already received your comfort.    Woe to you who are well fed now,   for you will go hungry.

   Woe to you who laugh now,   for you will mourn and weep.    Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,   for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.    

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 6:22‭-‬28 NIV

http://bible.com/111/luk.6.22-28.NIV

Go with God, Beetle 


Inventory (Jeremiah 5:1-9)

“Patrol Jerusalem’s streets. Look around. Take note. Search the market squares. See if you can find one man, one woman, A single soul who does what is right and tries to live a true life. I want to forgive that person.”

 God ’s Decree.

 “But if all they do is say, ‘As sure as God lives . . .’ they’re nothing but a bunch of liars.” 

But you, God , you have an eye for truth, don’t you?

 You hit them hard, but it didn’t faze them.

 You disciplined them, but they refused correction.

 Hardheaded, harder than rock, they wouldn’t change.

 Then I said to myself, “Well, these are just poor people. 

They don’t know any better.

 They were never taught anything about God . 

They never went to prayer meetings. 

I’ll find some people from the best families. I’ll talk to them. 

They’ll know what’s going on, the way God works. 

They’ll know the score.” But they were no better! Rebels all! Off doing their own thing. 

The invaders are ready to pounce and kill, like a mountain lion, a wilderness wolf, Panthers on the prowl.

 The streets aren’t safe anymore. And why? Because the people’s sins are piled sky-high; their betrayals are past counting. 

“Why should I even bother with you any longer? 

Your children wander off, leaving me, Taking up with gods that aren’t even gods. 

I satisfied their deepest needs, and then they went off with the ‘sacred’ whores, left me for orgies in sex shrines! 

A bunch of well-groomed, lusty stallions, each one pawing and snorting for his neighbor’s wife.

 Do you think I’m going to stand around and do nothing?” 

God ’s Decree. 

“Don’t you think I’ll take serious measures against a people like this?
Jeremiah 5:1‭-‬9 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.5.1-9.MSG

Listening,  in Christ, Beetle 

Don’t sow among thorns & Prevent Fire (Jeremiah 4)

This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: 

“Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.

 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord , circumcise your hearts, you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done— burn with no one to quench it.
Jeremiah 4:3‭-‬4 NIV

http://bible.com/111/jer.4.3-4.NIV

As I continue to read Jeremiah and write blog post on it I thought the 1st part of Chapter 4 was enough to chew on in one setting but later looked over the rest of Chapter 4 and wanted to include it.

The more I read the more I begin to understand how God cares for His people and how their response makes all the difference on if He is with them or if they determine to have Him against them.

Extra :

Here’s another Message from God to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow your unplowed fields, but then don’t plant weeds in the soil!

(Look at Matt 13:1-30;36-43 now back to Jer. 4)

 Yes, circumcise your lives for God’s sake. Plow your unplowed hearts, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem.

 Prevent fire—the fire of my anger— for once it starts it can’t be put out.

(Hebrews 12:29 describes Our God as a consuming fire…

Also Hebrews 9:27-28 tells us Christ will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are waiting for Him.

Now back to Jer. 4)

 Your wicked ways are fuel for the fire. 

“Sound the alarm in Judah, broadcast the news in Jerusalem. Say, ‘Blow the ram’s horn trumpet through the land!’ Shout out—a bullhorn bellow!— ‘Close ranks! Run for your lives to the shelters!’ Send up a flare warning Zion: ‘Not a minute to lose! Don’t sit on your hands!’ Disaster’s descending from the north. I set it off! When it lands, it will shake the foundations. 

Invaders have pounced like a lion from its cover, ready to rip nations to shreds, Leaving your land in wrack and ruin, your cities in rubble, abandoned. 

Dress in funereal black. Weep and wail, For God ’s sledgehammer anger has slammed into us head-on.

 “When this happens” — God ’s Decree— “King and princes will lose heart; priests will be baffled and prophets stand dumbfounded.”

 Then I said, “Alas, Master God ! You’ve fed lies to this people, this Jerusalem. You assured them, ‘All is well, don’t worry,’ at the very moment when the sword was at their throats.” At that time, this people, yes, this very Jerusalem, will be told in plain words: “The northern hordes are sweeping in from the desert steppes— A wind that’s up to no good,  a gale-force wind. I ordered this wind.

 I’m pronouncing my hurricane judgment on my people.” 

Look at them! Like banks of storm clouds, racing, tumbling, their chariots a tornado, Their horses faster than eagles! Woe to us! We’re done for! Jerusalem! 

Scrub the evil from your lives so you’ll be fit for salvation. 

How much longer will you harbor devious and malignant designs within you? 

What’s this? 

A messenger from Dan? 

Bad news from Ephraim’s hills! 

Make the report public. 

Broadcast the news to Jerusalem: “Invaders from far off are raising war cries against Judah’s towns. They’re all over her, like a dog on a bone. And why? Because she rebelled against me.” God ’s Decree.

 “It’s the way you’ve lived that’s brought all this on you

The bitter taste is from your evil life.

 That’s what’s piercing your heart.”

 I’m doubled up with cramps in my belly— a poker burns in my gut. My insides are tearing me up, never a moment’s peace. 

The ram’s horn trumpet blast rings in my ears, the signal for all-out war. 

Disaster hard on the heels of disaster, the whole country in ruins! 

In one stroke my home is destroyed, the walls flattened in the blink of an eye. 

How long do I have to look at the warning flares, listen to the siren of danger? 

“What fools my people are! 

They have no idea who I am.

 A company of half-wits, dopes and donkeys all! 

Experts at evil but klutzes at good.” 

I looked at the earth— it was back to pre-Genesis chaos and emptiness. 

I looked at the skies, and not a star to be seen. 

I looked at the mountains— they were trembling like aspen leaves, And all the hills rocking back and forth in the wind.

 I looked—what’s this! Not a man or woman in sight, and not a bird to be seen in the skies.

 I looked—this can’t be! 

Every garden and orchard shriveled up. 

All the towns were ghost towns. 

And all this because of God , because of the blazing anger of God.

 Yes, this is God ’s Word on the matter: “The whole country will be laid waste— still it won’t be the end of the world. 

The earth will mourn and the skies lament Because I’ve given my word and won’t take it back. I’ve decided and won’t change my mind.” 

Someone shouts, “Horsemen and archers!” and everybody runs for cover. They hide in ditches, they climb into caves. The cities are emptied, not a person left anywhere. And you, what do you think you’re up to? Dressing up in party clothes, Decking yourselves out in jewelry, putting on lipstick and rouge and mascara! Your primping goes for nothing. You’re not going to seduce anyone. They’re out to kill you! And what’s that I hear? The cry of a woman in labor, the screams of a mother giving birth to her firstborn. 

It’s the cry of Daughter Zion, gasping for breath, reaching out for help: “Help, oh help me! I’m dying! The killers are on me!”Jeremiah 4:3‭-‬31 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.4.3-31.MSG. 

Even so I cry out to God, seek Him and Him alone for my source of life & salvation after this life.

In Christ,  Beetle 

Source of Truth

“The One that God sent speaks God’s words. And don’t think he rations out the Spirit in bits and pieces. The Father loves the Son extravagantly. He turned everything over to him so he could give it away—a lavish distribution of gifts. That is why whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever! And that is also why the person who avoids and distrusts the Son is in the dark and doesn’t see life. All he experiences of God is darkness, and an angry darkness at that.”
John 3:34‭-‬36 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.3.34-36.MSG

Ya know the devil talks a lot of trash and my own mind has a way of distorting what is really and true SO, I ALWAYS go back to God’s work to get the one true picture straight from God the creator,  our Father,  not from the Father of lies.

Here is a verse very similar to what John 3:34-36 tells us.

I have memorize and internalized the verse to battle any doubt that try to discourage me.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:11‭-‬12 NIV

http://bible.com/111/1jn.5.11-12.NIV

In Christ,  Beetle 

Really Come Back (Jer. 4:1-2)

“If you want to come back, O Israel, you must really come back to me. You must get rid of your stinking sin paraphernalia and not wander away from me anymore. Then you can say words like, ‘As God lives . . .’ and have them mean something true and just and right. And the godless nations will get caught up in the blessing and find something in Israel to write home about.”
Jeremiah 4:1‭-‬2 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.4.1-2.MSG

Repentance involves  not just turning away but forsaking. God help me to keep turning away from anything that tries to pull me out of fellowship with you. 

In Christ,  Beetle 

Come Back (Jer. 3)

I’ve been looking at Jeremiah’s conversation with The Lord,  or should I say, “The Lord’s conversation with Jeremiah.”

Right away God lays on Jeremiah some heavy things to tell GOD’S people. 

We can take  this personal as well, if we’ve divorced ourselves from the world and let Christ crucify our old man…

Then God told me, “Fickle Israel was a good sight better than flighty Judah. Go and preach this message. Face north toward Israel and say: 

“‘Turn back, fickle Israel. I’m not just hanging back to punish you. I’m committed in love to you. My anger doesn’t seethe nonstop. Just admit your guilt. Admit your God-defiance. Admit to your promiscuous life with casual partners, pulling strangers into the sex-and-religion groves While turning a deaf ear to me.’” 

God ’s Decree. 

“Come back, wandering children!” 

God ’s Decree.

 “I, yes I, am your true husband. I’ll pick you out one by one— This one from the city, these two from the country— and bring you to Zion. I’ll give you good shepherd-rulers who rule my way, who rule you with intelligence and wisdom.
Jeremiah 3:12‭-‬15 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.3.12-15.MSG

Hear HIM.

In Christ,  Beetle 

EXTRA –

I’d like to add something here. I woke the next day after writing this and I thought about our perspectives,  our individual perception of things.

We all see things differently and yet, we are all human, created by God.

He didn’t favor Israel or Israelites because He was prejudice. They, like Noah, found favor in the eyes of The Lord because they had a love relationship with Him. From their end they loved Him and committed themselves to Him.

Look back at these verses:

Jeremiah 3:12‭-‬15 

God addresses Israel as fickle because at this point they were turning away from Him.

He pleads, “‘Turn back, I’m not just hanging back to punish you. I’m committed in love to you. My anger doesn’t seethe nonstop. 

Then He pleads, Just admit your guilt. Admit your God-defiance. Admit to your promiscuous life with casual partners, pulling strangers into the sex-and-religion groves. He accuses them of  turning a deaf ear to Him.’” 

God’s Word, here through The Prophet Jeremiah, gives the correct perspective of how things really were/are. 

As i read His Word I do a personal inventory and make sure I am in love with Him as much as humanly possible. He up holds His end of the relationship and wants me to be and remain faithful to Him.

As we read the New Testament we discover He sent Christ & The Holy Spirit to help us do what we can not do, sealing this love relationship. 

Amen.

Sin Projects (Jeremiah 2:20-37)

Sometimes we put such effort into things that don’t really matter and yet fail to acknowledge God for who He is and take time to simply thank Him and enjoy all He has given us.

This is nothing new, people have seeked to please themselves more than please God for years.

Let’s look at what God asked Jeremiah to tell God’s people and hear what He is saying to our hearts.

Consider the track record of God’s people and be determined to live more dedicated to Him.

“A long time ago you broke out of the harness. You shook off all restraints. You said, ‘I will not serve!’ and off you went, Visiting every sex-and-religion shrine on the way, like a common whore.

 You were a select vine when I planted you from completely reliable stock. And look how you’ve turned out— a tangle of rancid growth, a poor excuse for a vine. 

Scrub, using the strongest soaps. Scour your skin raw. The sin-grease won’t come out. I can’t stand to even look at you!” God ’s Decree, the Master’s Decree. 

“How dare you tell me, ‘I’m not stained by sin. I’ve never chased after the Baal sex gods’! Well, look at the tracks you’ve left behind in the valley. How do you account for what is written in the desert dust— Tracks of a camel in heat, running this way and that, tracks of a wild donkey in rut, Sniffing the wind for the slightest scent of sex. Who could possibly corral her! On the hunt for sex, sex, and more sex— insatiable, indiscriminate, promiscuous. 

“Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? Just what are you after anyway? But you say, ‘I can’t help it. I’m addicted to alien gods. I can’t quit.’ “Just as a thief is chagrined, but only when caught, so the people of Israel are chagrined, Caught along with their kings and princes, their priests and prophets. They walk up to a tree and say, ‘My father!’ They pick up a stone and say, ‘My mother! You bore me!’ 

All I ever see of them is their backsides. They never look me in the face. But when things go badly, they don’t hesitate to come running, calling out, ‘Get a move on! Save us!’ Why not go to your handcrafted gods you’re so fond of? Rouse them. Let them save you from your bad times. You’ve got more gods, Judah, than you know what to do with. “What do you have against me, running off to assert your ‘independence’?” God ’s Decree. 

“I’ve wasted my time trying to train your children. They’ve paid no attention to me, ignored my discipline. And you’ve gotten rid of your God-messengers, treating them like dirt and sweeping them away. “What a generation you turned out to be! 

  • Didn’t I tell you? 
  • Didn’t I warn you? 
  • Have I let you down, Israel? 
  • Am I nothing but a dead-end street? 
  • Why do my people say, ‘Good riddance! From now on we’re on our own’? 
  • Young women don’t forget their jewelry, do they?
  •  Brides don’t show up without their veils, do they?

 But my people forget me.

 Day after day after day they never give me a thought. 

“What an impressive start you made to get the most out of life. 

You founded schools of sin, taught graduate courses in evil! And now you’re sending out graduates, resplendent in cap and gown— except the gowns are stained with the blood of your victims! All that blood convicts you. You cut and hurt a lot of people to get where you are. And yet you have the gall to say, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong. God doesn’t mind. He hasn’t punished me, has he?’ 

Don’t look now, but judgment’s on the way, aimed at you who say, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’ “You think it’s just a small thing, don’t you, to try out another sin-project when the first one fails? 

But Egypt will leave you in the lurch the same way that Assyria did. 

You’re going to walk away from there wringing your hands. I, God , have blacklisted those you trusted. 

You’ll get not a lick of help from them.”
Jeremiah 2:20‭-‬37 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jer.2.20-37.MSG

Seeking God.

His will,  His good pleasure.

Now, in Christ,  Beetle 

Moment by Moment 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6 NIV

Link:http://bible.com/111/mat.6.34.NIV

I believe God, our creator & Father is in control.  He’s got one eye on the sparrow and the other in the eye of a hurricane.

What happens,  regardless of how we view it, is planned and has reason.

Trusting Him, I will take each moment as is comes.

In Christ,  Beetle