Category Archives: David Jeremiah

July 9 Trials in the Believer’s Life

 

Psalm 71:2

Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me and save me.

When in the hospital during my bout with cancer, I awakened in a morphine-induced grogginess with the thought to read Psalm 71. I recall noting the hour—3:00 a.m.—but could not remember who, prior to coming to the hospital, had encouraged me to meditate on that particular psalm. I reached for my Bible and began to read the words of the psalmist, who wrote concerning a dark night he had been through. The words of that psalm were a bright light in a dark night in my life—and can be for you as well.

Regardless of the name of the author of this psalm, we do know this about him: He was thoroughly familiar with the ways and words of God. It is a compilation of truths about God’s deliverance of His saints during times of trouble.

It is not the absence of suffering, but the response to suffering that makes Christians unique. Believers are not exempt from trials in life, but we can be exempt from failure in those trials.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 200). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 9 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.

Father, how blessed I am, for my transgression is forgiven, my sin is covered. I am like an unclean thing. I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.

Having been baptized into Christ I have put on Christ. I have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of You who created me. Not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but the righteousness which is from You, Lord God, by faith.

You bring out the best robe and put it on me. The fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. I will greatly rejoice in You, Lord, my soul shall be joyful in You, my God; for You have clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.

You not only forgive my sins, Lord God, but You make me a new person and clothe me in the righteousness of Christ. What cause for unending joy!

Zechariah 3:4; Psalm 32:1; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 7:18; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 3:9–10; Philippians 3:9; Luke 15:22; Revelation 19:8; Isaiah 61:10[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 8 The Spirit of Encouragement

 

John 14:26

The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things that I said to you.

The Holy Spirit’s other name is Comforter. That is my favorite name for the Holy Spirit. The word “comforter” is a Greek word, paraclete, and it is the same word that is translated “encourager.”

The Holy Spirit is my Encourager. He comes and puts His arm around me when I am discouraged, and He encourages me.

Yes, there are times when this pastor loses his perspective a little and becomes discouraged. I may have actually slipped into depression once or twice (not recently, thank the Lord). It’s the same with anyone in leadership; sometimes you feel as though there is hardly anywhere to run. You just have to get alone with your Bible, get down on your knees in prayer … and then the Spirit of God comes to bring encouragement to your heart. I’ve had that experience time and again. It is almost (almost!) worth experiencing the dark and heavy times, because the encouragement of God’s Spirit is so sweet. I praise God that the Holy Spirit is my Comforter and Encourager and Helper.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 199). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 8 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Father, I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight.

The prodigal arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. So You have blotted out, like a thick cloud, my transgressions, and like a cloud, my sins. I return to You, for You have redeemed me. My sins are forgiven me for Your name’s sake. In Christ You forgave me … that You might be just and the justifier of the one who, like me, has faith in Jesus.

Then Jesus will sprinkle clean water on me, and I shall be clean. May I walk with You in white, may I be worthy.

This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood.

May I always be awed by Your gracious plan of forgiveness, Lord God. You have redeemed me by the blood of Your Son—and I praise You!

1 John 1:9; Psalm 51:3–4; Luke 15:20; Isaiah 44:22; 1 John 2:12; Ephesians 4:32; Romans 3:26; Ezekiel 36:25; Revelation 3:4; 1 John 5:6[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 207). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 7 Jesus’ Final Warning

 

Acts 20:28

Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

If AT&T could establish a direct phone link between earth and heaven on a given Sunday morning and Jesus spoke simultaneously via satellite to congregations all over the world, what do you think He would say? You’re sitting there in your pew, your heart beating fast. What will His instructions be? “You shall be witnesses to Me … to the end of the earth.” And after He said that, I think He would certainly repeat the words He spoke to Peter: “Feed my sheep.”

In other words, “Brothers and sisters in the church, you live in a time of terrible demolition. My eyes miss nothing. I have seen it all. But even while precious things all around you are being torn down and dismantled, you can be in the process of building. Build up My church! Take care of My sheep. Feed them. Tend them. Love them … as I have loved you.”

We don’t need a direct phone line, do we? We don’t need a satellite connection to heaven. He has given us His inerrant Word, which is a light to our feet and a lamp to our path. He has given us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, illuminating the pages of Scripture, reminding us of everything Jesus taught.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 198). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 7 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

Lord God, in the days of His flesh, when Jesus had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to You who were able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. I do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with my weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as I am, yet without sin.

No temptation has overtaken me except such as is common to man; but You, Lord God, are faithful, who will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that I may be able to bear it. Your grace is sufficient for me, for Your strength is made perfect in weakness.

When I face temptation, Lord God, prompt me to remember Your all-sufficient grace and turn to You for strength.

Matthew 4:1; Hebrews 5:7–9; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9[1]

 

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 206). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 6 Keep the Faith

 

1 Corinthians 4:2

It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

God places a high premium on the quality of faithfulness. He says to us by the way of Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:2, “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” We are all stewards of the grace of God. God has given Christians an opportunity to administer part of His kingdom on this earth on His behalf.

If there is anything at all we need in our churches, it is this quality of faithfulness. Sometimes described as fidelity, sometimes defined as steadfastness, it always means the determination to stay by your word and complete your commitment.

How we need the quality of faithfulness in our world today. Contracts mean nothing. Commitments mean nothing. We don’t mean what we say. Sooner or later, like everything else, that kind of thing begins to creep into the body of Christ. We have lost the characteristic of faithfulness.

God is teaching us that we are to be faithful no matter what. What a freeing thing that is! God has given all of us something to do, and He says to us, “Here’s what I want from you in this assignment. Be faithful.”[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 197). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 6 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

Let your speech always be with grace.

Lord God, You say that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear. So let no corrupt word proceed out of my mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. By my words I will be justified. The tongue of the wise promotes health.

Once, those who feared You, Lord, spoke to one another, and You listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before You for those who fear You and who meditate on Your name.

If I take out the precious from the vile, I shall be as Your mouth. But as I abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence—I seek to abound in this grace also.

Lord God, only in Your power will I be able to control my tongue. Teach me to speak words of grace always.

Colossians 4:6; Proverbs 25:11–12; Ephesians 4:29; Matthew 12:35, 37; Proverbs 12:18; Malachi 3:16; Jeremiah 15:19; 2 Corinthians 8:7[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 205). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

July 5 Boast about God

 

Psalm 34:2

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord.

When I feel afraid, I’m prone to pull the blanket over my head and hope it goes away. Or I nurse my fears. The adversary of our souls loves to get our attention focused on ourselves and not on the resources of our God.

What will happen when you praise and worship God? Your praise makes God big in your heart and mind. Soon, your problem falls into perspective. When I worship God, sometimes even with the tears coming down my face, my spirit is renewed as I praise God. My problem doesn’t go away, but all of a sudden I see it in relation to the One who is in charge of everything.

It’s interesting what we boast about, isn’t it? At the last party you went to, what did you boast about? Put the spotlight on the Lord and focus on Him. When we get together with friends, let’s just brag on Jesus. So many good things are happening in our lives as individuals, in our families, and in our churches that we ought to boast on the Lord all the time.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 196). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

July 5 Life-Changing Moments With God

 

We have known and believed the love that God has for us.

Lord God, You who are rich in mercy, because of Your great love with which You loved me, even when I was dead in trespasses, made me alive with Christ (by grace I have been saved), and raised me up and made me sit in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come You might show the exceeding riches of Your grace in Your kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.

You, Lord God, so loved the world that You gave Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. You who did not spare Your own Son, but delivered Him up for me, how shall You not with Him also freely give me all things? You, Lord, are good to all, and Your tender mercies are over all Your works.

I love You because You first loved me.

Blessed am I who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which You told me, Lord God.

Your amazing love and grace truly defy description, Lord God. Thank You for loving me.

1 John 4:16; Ephesians 2:4–7; John 3:16; Romans 8:32; Psalm 145:9; 1 John 4:19; Luke 1:45[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 204). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.