Category Archives: David Jeremiah

December 2 Life-Changing Moments With God

You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

Lord God, You anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. It pleased You that in Him all the fullness should dwell. Of Jesus’ fullness I have received, and grace for grace.

You, Lord God, anoint my head with oil. The anointing which I have received from You abides in me, and I do not need that anyone teach me but as the same anointing teaches me concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught me, I will abide in You.

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom You, Father God, sent in Jesus’ name, He will teach me all things, and bring to my remembrance all things that He said to me.

The Spirit also helps in my weaknesses. For I do not know what I should pray for as I ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for me with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Lord God, thank You for Your Spirit who teaches me Your truth, helps me remember what He has taught me, strengthens me in my weaknesses, and prays for me!

1 John 2:20; Acts 10:38; Colossians 1:19; John 1:16; Psalm 23:5; 1 John 2:27; John 14:26; Romans 8:26[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 361). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 2 The Missing Jewel

Psalm 45:11

He is your Lord, worship Him.

Once A. W. Tozer called worship the “missing jewel” of the modern church. There are too many churches, too many Christians that do not know how to worship God, or even why worship is our primary responsibility before Him. We have churches that emphasize preaching, churches that stress evangelism, and churches that highlight body fellowship, but worship is the priority commandment from God. We are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and we develop our love for Him in worship.

Our lives are changed and our spiritual walk is strengthened as we come before God and worship Him. It is the priority commandment in His Word. We will never truly know God until we worship Him, and we will never really worship Him unless we know Him. He is sitting on the throne in heaven, worthy of honor and glory and praise, awaiting our worship. He inhabits the praises of His people and can be found there with them as they worship Him. He is a great God, a King above all gods who will be gloriously worshiped throughout all eternity. And He wants you to know Him.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 353). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

December 1 Life-Changing Moments With God

A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest.

As I have partaken of flesh and blood, Jesus Himself likewise shared in the same. “The Man who is My Companion,” says the Lord of hosts. Jesus said, “I and My Father are one.”

I who dwell in Your secret place, O Lord Most High, shall abide under Your shadow. There will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. You, Lord, are my shade at my right hand. The sun shall not strike me by day, nor the moon by night.

When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble. You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

In times of need and during the struggles of everyday life, Lord, You provide shelter and strength. Thank You, Father God.

Isaiah 32:2; Hebrews 2:14; Zechariah 13:7; John 10:30; Psalm 91:1; Isaiah 4:6; Psalm 121:5–6; Psalm 61:2; Psalm 32:7; Isaiah 25:4[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 360). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 1 One Plus God

Ezekiel 22:30

I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

When Frances Havergal, author of the hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be,” was a teenager, her parents moved to Dusseldorf, Germany, where she was placed in a German school. She was the only Christian among 110 pupils. The others made fun of her, teased her, even persecuted her. Her response? “It was very bracing,” she wrote. “I felt I must try to walk worthy of my calling, for Christ’s sake. It was a sort of nailing my colors to the mast.”

You might be the only Christian in your school, on your ball team, at your office, or in your family. What an opportunity! Christians are the “salt of the earth.” It doesn’t take a lot of salt to season the whole pot. The presence of even one believer can hinder sin, delay judgment, prompt conviction, and extend the kingdom of God.

Paul and his two companions were apparently the only believers on the storm-tossed ship in Acts 27. But their presence saved all 276 people on board. The odds against Elijah on Mount Carmel were 450 to 1, but one plus God is a majority. The feeblest light is best seen in the thickest darkness. Don’t be afraid to nail your colors to the mast.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 352). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

November 30 Life-Changing Moments With God

The Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

Thank You, Lord, for peace from Jesus who is and who was and who is to come. Your peace, Lord God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

The resurrected Jesus Himself stood in the midst of His disciples, and said to them, “Peace to you.” Peace He leaves with me, His peace He gives to me; not as the world gives does He give to me. I will let not my heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Jesus gave us the Helper, the Spirit of truth. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace. The Spirit Himself bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God.

God, You said to Moses, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to You, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us?”

All praise to You, Father God, who gives us—by Your presence with us—peace beyond description!

2 Thessalonians 3:16; Revelation 1:4; Philippians 4:7; Luke 24:36; John 14:27; John 15:26; Galatians 5:22; Romans 8:16; Exodus 33:14–16[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 357). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 30 Problem or Pulpit?

Philippians 1:12

The things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.

Samuel Rutherford attended Edinburgh University as a young man and began teaching there at age twenty-three. But desiring to preach the gospel, he assumed the pastorate in Anwoth, Scotland, in 1627, and served faithfully for ten years. In 1636, he was called before the High Commission Court to defend his Puritan views. He lost the case and was exiled from his congregation.

On July 13, 1637, he wrote to his church from exile: “Next to Christ, I had but one joy, the apple of the eye of my delights, to preach Christ my Lord; and they have violently plucked that away from me. It was to me like the poor man’s one eye; and they have put out that eye, and quenched my light in the inheritance of the Lord.” But all this actually furthered the gospel. While in exile, he wrote many letters which were later compiled into one of Christian history’s greatest classics, The Letters of Samuel Rutherford.

Whenever you experience a reversal in life, look around for an opportunity to share the gospel. Problems have a way of becoming pulpits in the overruling providence of God.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 349). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

November 29 Life-Changing Moments With God

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house.

One thing I have desired of You, Lord, that I will seek: that I may dwell in Your house all the days of my life, to behold Your beauty, and to inquire in Your temple.

I am blessed when I hunger and thirst for righteousness, for I shall be filled. You have filled the hungry with good things, and the rich You have sent away empty.

You satisfy the longing soul, and fill the hungry soul with goodness. You are the bread of life. He who comes to You shall never hunger, and he who believes in You shall never thirst.

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore we children of men put our trust under the shadow of Your wings. I am abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give me drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light I see light.

The goodness of being in Your presence,

Lord God, satisfies now and will satisfy forever.

Great is my love for You!

Psalm 65:4; Psalm 27:4; Matthew 5:6; Luke 1:53; Psalm 107:9; John 6:35; Psalm 36:7–9[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 356). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 29 Prayer Makes Us Better

Ephesians 5:18

[Give] thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is not new truth to many of us that prayer is a great comfort in uneasy times and a mighty warrior against worry. I am convinced, however, that we are confused about the way prayer actually works for us in such stressful and difficult days.

Does Paul’s call to prayer mean that when we pray, all the things we worry about will be straightened out for us and that our trouble will be gone? Not necessarily!

If prayer does not always change our situation so that it no longer worries us, then what is the value of praying? Here is the answer! Prayer does not always change the situation and make it better, but prayer always changes us and makes us better.

Prayer, especially prayer accompanied by thanksgiving, is the perfect answer to a heart that is overridden with anxiety.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 348). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

November 28 Life-Changing Moments With God

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Heavenly Father, not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does Your will. I pursue holiness, without which I will not see You, Lord. I will add to my faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are mine and abound, I will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For if I lack these things I am shortsighted, even to blindness, and have forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, I will be even more diligent to make my call and election sure, for if I do these things I will never stumble.

By grace I have been saved through faith, and that not of myself; it is Your gift to me, Lord God, not of works, lest I should boast.

Guide me in the works You would have me do—works that reveal my living faith in You so that You might be honored.

James 2:26; Matthew 7:21; Hebrews 12:14; 2 Peter 1:5–10; Ephesians 2:8–9[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 355). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 28 Compared with What?

2 Corinthians 10:12 niv

We do not care to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

I’m always a little surprised when I hear someone comment that they cannot understand why God would do something for Mr. and Mrs. Someone and not for them. But the comment that shocks me is when they say, “It isn’t fair.”

The hard truth is, we ought to be asking why God would ever do anything for any of us. As Jeremiah wrote, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not” (Lamentations 3:22).

The only thing we “deserve” is His wrath. Whatever talent or ability we may develop or position we may achieve, it is only because of God’s great grace.

I love Paul’s gentle sarcasm when he writes: “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise” (2 Corinthians 10:12 niv). Today, thank Him for who you are and every blessing He has provided. [1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 347). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.