Category Archives: David Jeremiah

February 20 Life-Changing Moments With God

He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.

Jesus said, “It is finished!” Bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. Father God, You made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for me, that I might become righteous in Him.

This people You have formed for Yourself; we shall declare Your praise. Now Your manifold wisdom might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which You accomplished in Him, Christ Jesus my Lord. In the ages to come You might show the exceeding riches of Your grace in Your kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.

Having believed, I was sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of my inheritance, to the praise of His glory. I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Your own special people, that I may proclaim the praises of You who called me out of darkness into Your marvelous light.

When Jesus’ work on the cross was finished, hope for life eternal with You, my Father, became reality. Thank You for sending Jesus to die and make this relationship possible. May my life proclaim Your praises.

Isaiah 53:11; John 19:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Isaiah 43:21; Ephesians 3:10–11; Ephesians 2:7; Ephesians 1:13–14; 1 Peter 2:9[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 61). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 20 The Energy to Wait

Romans 4:20–21

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief … being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

One of the hardest things for us to do is wait on God. Sometimes God’s promises don’t materialize as soon as we would like, and we wonder if God has forgotten us.

What God has promised He is able to perform. Think of the many wonderful promises He has made. How do we know He is able to do what He has promised? Because He is the Almighty God. As we wait for the fruition of God’s promises, we can find confidence in knowing God is not only in charge of the event, but He is in charge of the timing. What energizes us as we wait for Him is this thought: God has never promised anything to any of us that He is not able to do; and He is faithful to do what He has promised.

God will not prostitute His power to give us desires that will in the end be destructive to our walk with Him. But if we are consumed with a passion to find God’s will through His Word and His Holy Spirit, we can always be in the place where God can shower down His power upon us.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 53). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 19 Life-Changing Moments With God

The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Enable me, Lord, to trust in You with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding. If I lack wisdom, let me ask of You, God, who give to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to me. The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. You, God, have chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise. That no flesh should glory in Your presence.

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

All bore witness to Jesus, Your Son, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. No man ever spoke like this Man! Because of You, Lord God, I am in Christ Jesus, who became for me Your wisdom—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

May I always look to You, Lord God, for wisdom and understanding, that I might live in a way that pleases and glorifies You.

Proverbs 2:6; Proverbs 3:5; James 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:25; 1 Corinthians 1:27, 29; Psalm 119:130; Psalm 119:11; Luke 4:22; John 7:46; 1 Corinthians 1:30[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 60). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 19 One Day at a Time

Matthew 6:11

Give us this day our daily bread.

Every day I try to pray, “God, I want Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Please meet my needs today.” To trust Him daily presupposes that you talk to Him daily. Praying week to week is not in the Lord’s Prayer. The challenges of life come daily, not weekly. For us to remain free of worry, we have to pray and trust Him daily.

It’s not wrong to think about tomorrow, to plan for tomorrow, or to make provision for tomorrow. It’s just wrong to worry about tomorrow. I believe God expects me to plan as if it all depends on me but pray as if it all depends on Him.

The only way we get through crises with our kids is one day at a time. The only way we get through sickness is one day at a time. The only way we get through times of financial stress is one day at a time. Why? Because God has ordained that life moves at the pace of one day at a time. All He wants us to do is be in step with Him—to trust Him for today.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 52). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 18 Life-Changing Moments With God

You are my hope in the day of doom.

Loving Father, there are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. I will sing of Your power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.

You hid Your face, and I was troubled. I cried out to You, O Lord; and to You, Lord, I made supplication: “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”

You say, Lord God and my Redeemer, that for a mere moment You have forsaken me, but with great mercies You will gather me. With a little wrath You hid Your face from me for a moment; but with everlasting kindness You will have mercy on me. Sorrow will be turned into joy. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

What hope I have in You, my Redeemer—

in You who brings joy after sorrow, who offers mercy after wrath,

who serves as my Refuge in trouble.

Jeremiah 17:17; Psalm 4:6; Psalm 59:16; Psalm 30:6, 8–10; Isaiah 54:7–8; John 16:20; Psalm 30:5[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 59). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 18 God’s Always There

Psalm 142:3

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.

A friend of mine likes to tell about the time his granddaughter told him what she learned in Sunday school: that God never says, “Oops!”

There is profound theological truth in that little girl’s remembrance of her lesson. God didn’t look down from heaven surprised to find David in a cave in a fit of discouragement—and David knows it. He says to God, “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.” God knew right where David was the whole time—all the time David was discouraged, deserted, depressed, and defeated, God was there the whole way.

For some reason, we are greatly tempted to think that because no one else is around, God isn’t either; because no one else knows how we feel, God doesn’t either; because no one else is willing to listen, God isn’t either. God is always there, and to recognize that is the first step toward meeting His solutions to our dilemma.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 51). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 17 Life-Changing Moments With God

The whole bull he shall carry outside the camp to a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire.

They took You, Jesus, and led You away. And You, bearing Your cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified You. The bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore You also, that You might sanctify the people with Your own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let me go forth to You, outside the gate, bearing Your reproach, the fellowship of Your sufferings.

I rejoice to the extent that I partake of Your sufferings, Jesus, that when Your glory is revealed, I may also be glad with exceeding joy. My light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Your death was brutal; Your suffering, excruciating; Your love, immeasurable. May I willingly suffer on Your behalf, my King and my Lord—and then may I joyfully celebrate Your future glory.

Leviticus 4:12; John 19:16, 18; Hebrews 13:11–13; Philippians 3:8–10; 1 Peter 4:13; 2 Corinthians 4:17[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 58). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 17 Alone with God

Psalm 88:13

In the morning my prayer comes before you.

I believe the best time to get alone with God is early morning—it sets the tone for your entire day. He’ll show you things and tell you things that will make the difference at crisis points during the next twelve hours or so. After you talk with the Lord and walk with Him through the schedule that lies ahead of you, He’ll strengthen and encourage you to make every point of your day an act of worship.

Another advantage to a morning time with God is that He’ll plant His word in your heart. You’ll be amazed at how often the very verse you studied over your morning coffee will have key significance a few hours later. Ask the Spirit to illuminate your study, and then go over your Scripture passage reflectively. Try to take that verse with you the rest of the day, so that it’s never far from your mind. The Word of God is essential to the worship of God, and there’s simply nothing so encouraging as His timeless and powerful Word. One little verse is enough to give you a divine perspective throughout the day.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 50). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 16 Life-Changing Moments With God

Your name is ointment poured forth.

Jesus Christ, You loved me and gave Yourself for me, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Therefore, to me who believes, You are precious. God also has highly exalted You and given You the name which is above every name, that at Your name, Jesus, every knee should bow. In You dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

If I love You, I will keep Your commandments. The love of God has been poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to me. The house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. They realized that they had been with Jesus.

O Lord, my Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, You who set Your glory above the heavens! Immanuel … God with us. Your name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Your name, Lord, is a strong tower; we who are righteous run to it and are safe.

I praise Your name, Lord Jesus, and bow before You, marveling at Your love and grace!

Song of Solomon 1:3; Ephesians 5:2; 1 Peter 2:7; Philippians 2:9–10; Colossians 2:9; John 14:15; Romans 5:5; John 12:3; Acts 4:13; Psalm 8:1; Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 9:6; Proverbs 18:10[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 57). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 16 The Peril of Religion

Luke 18:11

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men—extorters, unjust, and adulterers, or even as this tax collector.”

One of the terrible possibilities suggested by the Pharisee’s attitude in prayer is this: A person can be religious and not be right. This man’s religion became the cause of his ruin. He did everything right from a religious perspective—in fact, more than right! His problem was that he had totally excluded God from the picture of his life. His religion was all about him.

Every Sunday, people attend houses of worship with other worshipers. They sing hymns, recite liturgies, pray prayers, listen to sermons. And they will leave feeling better about themselves than when they went in. Unfortunately, they will still be deeply rooted in their sins. If our religion does nothing more than make us feel better about our sin, then that religion has doomed us, not saved us.

The Pharisee was a religious man who was lost in his religion. Along with everything else we learn in this story, we learn about the dangers of religious pride. And that doesn’t mean we are to go to a church where we leave feeling bad. It means we are to leave feeling good about the Savior whose mercy has saved us from our sins. We leave feeling good about God’s justification, not our own.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 49). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 15 Life-Changing Moments With God

Who can say, “I have made my heart clean”?

You, Lord, look down from heaven upon us children of men, to see if any understand, any seek You. We have all turned aside, we have together become corrupt … none does good, no, not one. We in the flesh cannot please You, God.

To will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. I am like an unclean thing, and all my righteousnesses are like filthy rags; I fade as a leaf, and my iniquities, like the wind, have taken me away.

Your Scripture confined all under sin that Your faith promise in Jesus might be given to me. God, in Christ, You reconciled the world to Yourself, not imputing our trespasses.…

If I say that I have no sin, I deceive myself, and the truth is not in me. If I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.

Thank You, Lord God, for cleansing all my unrighteousness through Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 20:9; Psalm 14:2–3; Romans 8:8; Romans 7:18–19; Isaiah 64:6; Galatians 3:22; 2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 John 1:8–9[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 56). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 15 Listen to Jesus

Revelation 1:17–18

I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.

Who is Jesus? He’s the Son of God and the Son of Man. He is the God-man and the man-God. He is Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. He is God walking around in a body. He is God forever enthroned in heaven now at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is God.

One of the greatest illustrations of who Christ is and why we should listen to His words is found in the pro-logue of the Book of Revelation. John was in exile on the Isle of Patmos, and he saw this One to whom we are appealing and said, “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen’ ” (Revelation 1:17–18).

There is no one like Jesus Christ. He is the only one who has ever lived or ever will live who has a true grasp of the future. Because the Lord Jesus Christ as God lives in the time about which He speaks, He views all of time as if it were the present. He is the Eternal One, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 48). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 14 Life-Changing Moments With God

Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.… I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.

Jesus did not come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. He did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, Jesus said, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. You, Lord, are well pleased for Your righteousness’ sake; You exalt the law and make it honorable. Unless my righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, I will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

What the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, You, Lord God, did by sending Your own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of my sin: Jesus condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to fulfill the Law so that Your righteousness might be mine.

Matthew 3:15; Psalm 40:8; Matthew 5:17–18; Isaiah 42:21; Matthew 5:20; Romans 8:3–4; Romans 10:4[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 55). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 14 Only Love

1 John 4:11

If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

A famous psychiatrist once said, “Love, true love, is the medicine for our sick old world. If people can learn to give and receive love, they will usually recover from their physical and mental illnesses.”

Before Christ, the concept of love was a love for the best. If something was deemed worthy of love, it was loved. Christ dying on the cross changed all that, for He offered a love for which we are completely unworthy. Christ revealed God’s love. He lavished that holy love on people with no thought of whether they were worthy or not. Now when a Christian wants to know what real love is, he looks to the cross. Having experienced God’s love while yet a sinner, and having been transformed by that great love, the Christian recognizes the people around him as the objects of God’s love. They are love-starved, in need of the transforming power that only Christ’s love can bring.

Jesus set an example by giving Himself totally in love, with no thought of receiving anything in return. We, as Christians, are called by God to reflect that love to our spouses, our families, and our world. And the more we reflect it, the more we give it away to others, the more we experience it in our own lives.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 47). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 13 Life-Changing Moments With God

On the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.

Christ Jesus, You came in my likeness. You were, in appearance, as man. Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, You Yourself likewise shared in the same, that through death You might destroy him who had the power of death.

You are He who lives, and was dead, and You are alive forevermore. You, having been raised from the dead, die no more. Death no longer has dominion over You. For the death that You died, You died to sin once for all; but the life that You live, You live to God.… Should I see You ascend to where You were before? God raised You from the dead and seated You at His right hand in the heavenly places. In You dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Though You were crucified in weakness, yet You live by the power of God. I shall live with You, Jesus, by the power of God.

Risen and ascended Jesus, Victor over death, You are King of kings and Lord of Lords! I stand in awe of You!

Ezekiel 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:5; Philippians 2:7–8; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 1:18; Romans 6:9–10; John 6:62; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 13:4[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 54). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 13 The Best Love

Philippians 2:4

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

There is an inscription on a small tombstone in an English village that reads: “Here lies a miser who lived for himself. He cared for nothing but gathering wealth. Now, where he is or how he fares, nobody knows and nobody cares.”

The root of all evil in human nature is the desire to have one’s own say. Self-centeredness is the exact opposite of agape love. Agape love is love that seeks the best interest of the one loved. Selfishness seeks the best interest for one’s own self, so the two are exactly opposite. It is not possible to have agape love and to have self-seeking or self-interest. R. C. H. Lenski, the well-known commentator, has said, “If you can cure selfishness, you have just replanted the Garden of Eden.” It was selfishness that caused Adam and Eve to reject God’s way in favor of their own desires. Self replaced God in their hearts and they determined to go their own way. Love, on the other hand, is not interested in its own way, but is preoccupied with the interests of others.

Love does not seek its own. Love considers the other person and gets excited about seeing that their needs get met.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 46). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 12 Life-Changing Moments With God

“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “on the day that I make them My jewels.”

Jesus, You have manifested God’s name to all whom He has given You out of the world. We were His, He gave us to You, and we have kept His word. You pray for us … not for the world but for us whom God has given You. All Yours are God’s, all God’s are Yours; to glorify You. You desire that we also whom God gave You may be with You where You are, that we may behold Your glory which God has given You; for He loved You before the foundation of the world.

You will come again and receive me to Yourself. You will come, in that Day, to be glorified in Your saints and admired among all of us who believe. Then those of us who are alive and remain shall be caught up in the clouds to meet You in the air. And thus we shall always be with You, Lord. I shall also be a crown of glory and a royal diadem in Your hand, my God.

I am Yours—and always will be! What amazing love and hope and joy! Thank You for choosing me and loving me.

Malachi 3:17; John 17:6, 9–10, 24; John 14:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Isaiah 62:3[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 53). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 12 Finding Real Love

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love.

I’m convinced that what we need most in our world today—in our churches, in our homes and in our personal lives—is a great outpouring of agape love. It is not an accident that God has put love at the top of the list of the fruit of the Spirit, because when that is right, everything else has the greatest potential to fall into place.

How can we get this love in our lives? By finding out how much God really loves us. We love Him because He first loved us.

If your heart is filled with bitterness, resentment, and hard feelings, God loves you just as you are in spite of that. But when you go to His Word and contemplate His love for you, when you see the price He paid that you might have Him and His love, when you drink deeply of His love and thank Him for loving you, the wonder of it all begins to break in on your consciousness.

Then real love, agape love, God’s love, can begin to develop in your life. Get caught up in how God loves you and watch your life respond. The more we know about God and His love for us, the more that love begins to fill our being until we become like Him.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 45). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

February 11 Life-Changing Moments With God

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

So it was, while the two believers conversed and reasoned, that You, Lord Jesus, drew near and went with them. Where two or three are gathered together in Your name, You are there in the midst of us … Your fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

May Your Word, Christ Jesus, dwell in me richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing others in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in my heart to the Lord. May we believers exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of us be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Every idle word I may speak, I will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by my words I will be justified, and by my words I will be condemned. Behold, it is written before You … You will repay.

Make me sensitive to Your presence with me today, Lord Jesus, that I may honor You with my actions, my words, my thoughts.

Malachi 3:16; Luke 24:15; Matthew 18:20; Philippians 4:3; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 3:13; Matthew 12:36–37; Isaiah 65:6[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 52). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

February 11 No Quality without Quantity

Deuteronomy 6:7

You shall teach [God’s commands] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

It’s not the quantity, but the quality of time that really counts.” Simply defined, the statement means that one can make up for having minimal moments with his family by making certain that the time he does have is quality time.

On the surface, this concept seems to make a lot of sense. It is possible to spend much time with one’s family that is seemingly meaningless. All of us experience times when we are at home physically but our minds are wand-ering miles away. I can remember days with the family that could have been “scratched” in terms of “quality.”

So what is the “quality time” myth? It’s as phony as the fake diamond in a one-dollar ring. The fact is, there is no quality without quantity.

Too many parents live with the regrets of abandoned moments. It takes time to be silly, to share a secret, to heal a hurt, to kiss away a tear. Moments of uninhibited communication between child and parent cannot be planned; they just happen. The only ingredient we bring to that dynamic of family life is our availability … and that is spelled T-I-M-E.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 44). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.