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"Those who have the disease called Jesus will never be cured" ~Old Russian Proverb

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Ramping Up To Sunday

I've been reading thru the first 9 chapters of Jeremiah this morning, sort of prayerfully getting thoughts together for Sunday morning's message. (For those of you who like an advance look, I plan to consider Jeremiah 9:23-25 & John 17:3 on Sunday morning.) It is unmistakable in these chapters I've been reading that God desires a relationship with His people. It's also clear that His people weren't desiring a genuine relationship with Him, but rather that their devotion was nothing but lip-service. He rebukes them for showing up to worship exclaiming, "The Temple! The Temple!" as if their presence there would bring them safety and blessing (7:2-4).

Consider these: "My people have committed two sins: they've foresaken Me - the living water, and replaced me with cisterns of their own making." (2:13) "Although you wash yourselves (by being religious), your guilt is always before Me." (2:22) "You have other gods... but when trouble arises you turn to Me..." (2:27-28)

This is all leading to a point we will consider on Sunday, "Don't boast in your talents or in your self-sufficiency, rather boast in this: how well you know Me." (9:23-25).

I'm feeling the weight of these truths this morning. How often I've 'played religious'. How often I've deceived myself into believing that being religious helps me be 'right with God'. How often I have grown enamorred with my own little gods, only to run back to God when real need arises crying, 'Save me!' How foolishly I have wanted to rest on my own self-sufficiency. It's going to be a good Sunday!

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