Jeremiah Chapter 23

family devotional week two: faith for the present

Day Four

Acting on the Promises

William Tyndale was perhaps the most important person in the illustrious history of the English Bible. He was, in fact, not only the father of the modern English Bible, but the father of the modern English language. His translation, first published in 1525, and used in virtually every other major translation for hundreds of years to follow, was the new standard for English expression. By quoting the Tyndale, Shakespeare quotes Bible more than 5,000 times!

William Tyndale did not live an easy life. He was hunted, persecuted, and eventually killed by those who considered his work evil. Putting the Scriptures in a language common people could read? Preposterous! Yet he pursued this goal because he was motivated to communicate what he considered the “lost message of the church” — the message of faith. Tyndale defined faith as “acting on the promises of God.” It’s doubtful that we could come up with a better definition.

As you consider that phrase — acting on the promises of God — how are you exercising faith today? What promises are you claiming, and how are you living out that reality? For today, identify one specific promise of God that is especially important and significant. Share that promise with others, and consider how you can act on its certainty.

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Jeremiah 23

1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.

And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the Lord, and because of the words of his holiness.

10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.

11 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord.

12 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.

13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.

16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.

17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?

19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.

20 The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

23 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;

27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord.

29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.

33 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the Lord? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith theLord.

34 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of theLord, I will even punish that man and his house.

35 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother, What hath theLord answered? and, What hath the Lord spoken?

36 And the burden of the Lord shall ye mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God.

37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the Lord answered thee? and, What hath theLord spoken?

38 But since ye say, The burden of the Lord; therefore thus saith the Lord; Because ye say this word, The burden of the Lord, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the Lord;

39 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence:

40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

42 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 23

  1. 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

    THE WORD IS HARD

    I like this the word of the Lord is like a hammer, also the word of the Lord is like a fire. The fire of the word, if we allow the word, to burn out the
    chaff and all things that are not like God. The fire of the Holy Ghost will work but the fire of the word will burn.
    When the man of God is preaching we should allow the word he is speaking to become alive in our hearts and burn out the things that are there unlike him. Then we can repent and allow those things to be removed from us.
    He then said it was like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces. We know that some things hardens our heart and takes more beating and working to remove from us. Such as rebellion, this takes something very hard like a hammer, The man of God will take the word and keep pounding like a hammer on the rebellion that is in our hearts so it can be removed. The word said it right the hammer breaketh the rock in pieces. If we want to repent God will send his man with the message that keep beating until it can break the hardness in our hearts in pieces where we can be delivered!!

    PRAY FOR THE MINISTERS THAT GOD WILL KEEP THEM EVERYDAY AND GIVE THEM WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE AND BOLDNESS TO PREACH THE WORD!!!!!

  2. 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

    24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

    We can’t hide anything from God, not even ourselves. If we run or we hide he will still be there, so instead of running from God we should be running to God

  3. I love to eat the Word

    We must visit the sheep

    Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people ; Ye have scattered my flock , and driven them away , and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings , saith the LORD .

    The Lord was pretty angry with the leaders of Israel because they were not taking care of those way faring sheep. Lord, help us to reach out to those in need and not push them down.

  4. So you want to be a Pastor
    Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:1, 2 KJV)

    Further down in the text it talks about God did not send them, but they ran to their position. There see several reasons that I can think of for this woe.
    Dis-Unity
    Pride
    Selfish gain
    Dis-unity comes when they spread their own vision. If they had unity, they would be speaking the same visions that Jermiah had. They would be turning people back to God.
    Pride is there because they wanted to put themselves in a place where people would look up to them. They made up dreams and “shared” them with others so they would be elevated.
    Personal gain is when they deceived they were going to go without being sent. Now they get things that prophets get, like food and stuff from the people. The only problem is THEY WERE NEVER SENT! God didn’t tell them to go so they had no business going. It didn’t matter how many people told them they sounded good, they should not have gone.

    Jesus came to get the lost. We should too. We should have faith, submission and unity to truely accomplish this goal.

  5. 17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

    This sounds like some of the so-called (and I use this term loosely) ‘spiritual leaders’ we have read about in the news lately that say everyone can go to heaven, no matter what their preferences or lifestyles are. Wrong! What God hated then, He still hates now. A sermon that makes you popular doesn’t make you right. Thank God for a Pastor who ‘tells it like it is’ and doesn’t say, “Thus saith the Lord” unless the Lord said it!

  6. God doesn’t need us, we need Him. We should run to Him not only in times that we need but just to worship and thank Him for what He’s done is going to do!

  7. The Lord knows and sees all. We must be sure if we are to say that the Lord said it that he really did. All things must line up with his word. He will not say something today that does not line up with his word yesterday. His word is already settled in heaven.

  8. 2 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
    3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
    4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.

    A broken heart is hard to heal. I know of many people who have been hurt by a pastor. My thoughts ,as I was reading this, was the story about the five loaves and two fish. And how Jesus has blessed it and broke it and multiplied it. The fragments were taken up and twelve baskets were left over. It was blessed. Just as it says here ,God will send pastors to help those that are lost due to their former shepherd. I believe in these last days that God has given us a pastor of this magnitude. Let us keep out pastor in prayer that God will be able to use out church in the healing of the broken hearted.

  9. Sugar Coated Preaching

    39 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence:
    40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

    Nothing good comes from sugar coating preaching not for the preacher and not for the congregation. Why do it? They compromise God’s principles and teaching for political popularity. Some churches have given too much power to the congregation putting Pastors in a position that they are intimidated by their voting power. I am not a Pastor and don’t think I will ever be, but I think I will fear my Lord all mighty more than the vote of a congregation. I am so very thankful for a Pastor that when is black he says it is black and when it is white he says it is white; there is no wishy washy with him, no gray area, he speaks the word of God just like it is given. Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

  10. Feed my Sheep

    Then I will appoint responsible shepherds who will care for them, and they will never be afraid again. Not a single one will be lost or missing. I, the Lord, have spoken! (Jeremiah 23:4 NLT)

    Lord, thank you for appointing RESPONSIBLE shepherds to care for the sheep. What a responsiblity. 

    We must be full of compassion & love, know how to be a servant, full of judgement & protection against the enemy- know what and how to pray and war for their souls until Christ is formed in them and finally we mush know how to celebrate victories with the sheep. 

    He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:17 KJV)

  11. “For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the Lord.Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the Lord. And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.” (Jer. 11-14)

    Just because they say they are of God, doesn’t mean they are doing God’s work.

    “In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.” (Isaiah 11:6)

    “The wolf and the lamb will feed together……” (Isaiah 65:25)

    As sheep we must keep a watchful eye out for “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. Those who really are at work for the devil, using deception and half truths for personal gain. If were are not careful, we can become like the people in Ezekiel –“Your leaders are like wolves who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people’s lives for money!”(Ezekiel 22:27).
    We must know the word for ourselves, so that way we don’t fall victim to half truths. We find strength in his word, not only to get us through the day, but to make us stronger warriors of God, who will be armed: thus making us stronger sheep when the enemy comes to attack with false teachers. We have been warned that in the end day’s false teachers will raise among us. Its our job to make sure will don’t fall victim to them.

  12. 16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.
    17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

    Cloudy Vision

    I have learned, by watching Pastor and others that he has brought in, that to say “Thus sayth the Lord…” or “God said…” is a mighty heavy responsibility. Many times I have been in churches wherre people would come in and would start to tell the congergation something, leading into their statement with one of these phrases. So far many of their prophesies have not came true. Some have came true however, and so they are able to claim that they are prophets, and people cannot see past their own desires to see the deciet, and the inaccuracies, to recognize that they are prophets, but according to Biblical standards, they are false prophets.

    I must be careful to call sin sin, and keep my own vision clear, before I can hope to help others to see clearly. As the church, we too must seek to align our vision for Fort Worth with Pastor’s vision, which in turn aligns our vision with God’s vision.

    We need to tell the truth! We need to stand up against the deceptive clouding that the emeny does to cause not only us, but also the lost to loose vision, therefore also loosing hope.

  13. Vs.1-4, “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.”

    Their are so many pastors out there today leading the flock of God astray. Teaching falsely, doing it for money, or doing it so they can have a great name.

    I’m so thankful for the shepherd God has put over the flock of POFW, Pastor Watts. He feeds us with the Word of God; he protects us with the power of Prayer; and watches over us. When danger is coming our way, he stands in the gap for us.

    We need to pray for Pastor that God would keep him humble, and give him wisdom and strength as he leads us into all truth and knowledge and understanding.

  14. 39 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence:

    We must be very cautious when we say “the Lord said” or “the Lord said for me to tell you…” We can cause God to withdraw from us and remove His spirit from us and our city. God desires a relationship with us and we will know His voice (my sheep know my voice) and we will learn to follow Him, but we must be cautious that we do not interject our own feelings and desires into what we say the Lord says.

    If we see something amiss the best thing we can do is pray! God knows how to move in every situation. Instead of manipulating with our words and our mouth, talk to the Lord about it. Let Him work it out. We can cause things to become in an uproar, where He can move things around to bring peace.

  15. THE HAMMER

    29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

    The HAMMER is a very unique tool. It is a tool that can BUILD or DESTROY. With a HAMMER you can Build a house and you can tear down that same house. The HAMMER requires wisdom, knowledge, discipline and WORK.

    Hammer – a hand tool consisting of a solid head set crosswise on a handle and used for pounding.

    At times the WORD of GOD appears to be POUNDING on us, HITTING us hard or cutting us deep.

    HAMMER in Hebrew – 6360. pat-teesh´; intensively from an unused root meaning to pound; a hammer:—hammer.

    ROCK in the Hebrew – 5553. seh´-lah; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; a craggy rock, literally or figuratively (a fortress):—(ragged) rock, stone(-ny), strong hold.

    Interpretation: As the BLESSING and FAVOR of GOD covers our lives it is easy to become proud, puffed up, arrogant and lofty and strong holds are formed in our spirit. We become hardened toward correction and instruction and we NEED a HAMMER, a WORD from GOD to BREAK the ROCK (Hardness in our Heart in pieces).

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  16. v4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

    If we follow JESUS at a distance most likely it will seem unpleasant and loaded with personal sacrifice .
    ( As we saw in Peter )
    We should all move forward by faith and obey HIS HOLY WORD. This could be our invitation to feed from a full net.
    Trusting HIM with our future, weather good or bad is the ultimate expression of love to HIM

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  17. Message 35-36 “Instead of claiming to know what God says, ask questions of one another, such as ‘How do we understand God in this?’ But don’t go around pretending to know it all, saying ‘God told me this . . . God told me that. . . .’ I don’t want to hear it anymore. Only the person I authorize speaks for me. Otherwise, my Message gets twisted, the Message of the living God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

    Be carefull of the materials you read like from the internet. Like Bro Collins said, dont believe everything from the internet. Just because books contain bible versus, the interpretation can be misleading. Always pray and ask God for understanding of the material your reading.

  18. In his days judah shall be saved,and israel shand this is his name shall dwell safely:and this is his name whereby he shall be called. the lord of righteousness

  19. SANTO SANTO SANTO!!!
    23 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?
    24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord
    HALELUJAH!!! GOD SEES EVERYTHING!!! PEOPLE TEND TO FORGET ……….
    2 Chronicles 16:9
    For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
    IS MY HEART PERFECT TOWARD HIM??? JESUS!!!
    Zechariah 4:10
    For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
    MY DADDY SEES ALL THINGS!!! I LOVE YOU JESUS!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!! HALELUJAH!!!

  20. In this scripture, we can see the severity of the role of a Pastor, and/or the prophets. God is very protective of his Word, and also his flock who have been deceived in this scripture. Jesus warned us that their would be false prophets and/or teachers, or wolves in sheep clothing, so beware and give thanks for our Pastor we have now. He preaches from the Word, and is a good Pastor and is definately led by God.

    1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.

    2 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.

    3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

    4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord.
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    God always honors his word, and not always the individual who teaches it. You see, it’s the matter of the intent of ones heart or the annoiting, Because the Word is Pure/Perfect and will not return void, but the instrument or person preaching the word could be unclean, and have selfish motivations, fame, money, title, as you have seen this many times in Hollywood or in the Movies. So, always keep that heart and self in check with God. We all must maintain ourselves, with the power of the Holy Spirit it is possible. We all have dreams and inspirations…………

    29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

    God can break you down…………

  21. 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?
    24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

    You are only fooling yourself if you think you can or are hiding from God. He knows all and sees all; He is always there with you. Think about it, if God was physically present following us around we all would be “on our best behavior” trying to please Him in every way right…? Well, umm, news flash! He is always there with you, so don’t think that just because you can’t see Him, He can’t see you.

  22. Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:31, 32 KJV)
    Do not be deceived, make sure your ears are only listening God’s voice.

  23. This chapter illustrates deceitfulness. There were many that were spreading falseness. One must be careful as there are those that would cause one to veer from the truth; “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  24. So thankful for a pastor that’s going to tell me when I am going down the wrong way. A pastor is someone that is going to pray for you and with you and that being said we should also pray for and with our pastor.

  25. 27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

    This is the way I read this scripture. “Their fathers have replaced my name with Baal”

    Could it be that when they thought of God they thought of Baal.?They had gone so far into idolatry that they attributed their knowledge of Baal to God.

    This misrepresentation of God was infuriating. They had thrown him into a camp of demons, and imps. Now the holy sat beside the profane while The Lord looked on, and accepted their actions.

    I believe God wants us to be real with him, and with others. Hypocrisy is destructive because it misrepresents our savior. We must not only ask “what would Jesus do?” But also ask “Am I reflecting the light of Jesus?”

  26. 21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

    Romans 10:15
    And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

    Everyone wants to hear good news and peaceful, easy messages. It is evident in today’s society even and those that take it upon themselves to bring those good messages only they are promoted and elevated in the eyes of the people. When God speaks to His people it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, sometimes it hurts and it’s hard to swallow. But it’s for our own saving and help. Beware those that weren’t sent and listen to the ones who were. Test the spirit behind the man/woman.

    1 John 4:1
    Chapter 4
    Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

  27. This chapter is all about the false prophet. Pastor is always warning us not to say “God Said” when you are not for certain that it was God. I have had a couple of “Gid Said” moments but they were never in time with what was going on around me or when I expected them. Your mind is creativly imaginative and will produce thoughts that seem like God or that sound like God or what you want God to say because we are made in his creative image. The problem is that we are warped by this world. Gods thoughts are pure and holy. His word will shine through and there will be no question if it was God or not. If you are unsure just measure it up the way we have been tought. Measure the word with the word it cannot condridict it’s self. If it doesn’t line up its not God. Tell Pastor what’s left after that first measuring and he can sort out the rest. Be careful of what you say and who you blame it on! God is not mocked and you will answer for false prophesies.

  28. Therefore, behold, I am against the

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    prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

    Behold, I am against the prophets, saith

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    the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

    Behold, I am against them that prophesy

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    false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.

    all it takes is reading these three verses to know how God feels about false prophets!He is against them!!! I believe the biggest reason why God was against the false prophets is because not only did they hurt themselves but they negatively affect those who hear them.
    it is important for every preacher or teacher to make sure they are speaking the Word of God

  29. 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

    30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

    31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

    32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the Lord.

    This reminded me of some that raise up themselves, self acclaimed prophets, preachers and teachers. Some even move masses and are head of great mega churches… But what are they teaching? Is the Lord with them? What doctrine are they teaching their congregation? Just recently pastor gave an example of one ministry. At the cost of who? Whose blood? This is why we must EAT This BOOK the WORD OF GOD. I also remember an example on a preaching by bro Chavis, when he spoke about how to tell the fake from the real. The example was that the people that test the us dollars know how to tell a counterfeit from a real only by studying so close the Real one. They don’t even look at the fake. Their concentration is on the real that when something comes they immediately say hey that’s not right!! That’s not what the real is like. Same with doctrine and the Word of God. It is our job for our own benefit to study the Word. It is a command to teach it, the ways of the Lord, to our children and future generations, it is our source of life. For our own good that we may not be deceived especially in these days.

    Mathew 24:24
    Matthew 24:24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

    John 5:39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.

  30. God is watching

    God knows every false prophet and every lie that is uttered from their mouth. He will give them what they deserve. Let the truth be known and let God’s word prevail.

  31. 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

    24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

    Who can hide from the presence of the Almighty, Omipresent, Holy God!!?

    Psalm 139:7-12 Where can I go from Your Spirit?Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there;If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning,And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me,And Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,But the night shines as the day;The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

  32. This chapter talks about false prophets who were misleading, wicked and evil. We must be alert as to whom and what we are receiving of. If your not rooted in and know God’s word, you can be easily mislead. It is easy to hear and receive words that you want to hear; but, receiving discipline, instruction or correction shows the direction of your heart. Trying to hide things or being deceptive, will not only hurt you; but, those close to you and many you don’t even realize that have been looking up to you. You can’t hide from God, so why not look to Him? He has always been there, waiting for you to acknowledge that you need Him.

  33. The Survivors

    3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

    The Israelites who have endured wars, pestilence and famine fully understand the remant (survivor) concept. Though burdened with catastrophies to the point of near extinction, God continually preserves them. The prophets clearly speak to Israel’s remnant: 2Ki 19:31 and Isaiah 37:32 refer to the survivors after the Assyrian invasion; Amos 9:11-15 and Micah 2:12 mention the survivors after the Babylonian exile.

    Here Jeremiah also tells of the Sheperd who will reunite his people after the Babylonian captivity. God will even bring back “a few fugitives” who scatter to Egpyt (Jer 44:14). No matter how often they disobey, or how far they stray, God compassionately longs to gather wanderers back to Himself.

  34. True or False?

    Several false prophets promise the people peace and prosperity. These prophets are popular; Jeremiah is not. He declares the purity of God’s Word all the while these religious forecasters “follow an evil course” (vs 10). God warns the people to discern between the message of these immoral deceivers and that of His chosen spokesperson.

    God’s Word gives several guidelines to follow in discerning true from false prophets. First, no matter what a prophet may accomplish, if he or she tells the people something contrary to God’s Word, that prophet is false (Ro 16:17; 2 Pe 2:1). Also God tells His people to judge whether a prophet’s words come true or not, using that measure to discern, truth from falsehood (Dt 18:21-22). Finally, the character and the fruits of the prophets’ lives will reveal who is a true prophet of God and who is not (1 Sa 3:19-20). God assures us that we can rely on “the Spirit of truth” to “guide [us] into all truth” (Jn 16:13).

  35. I pray that I listen to the pastor and sis watts because right no that’s ho I trust. to be all about Gods truth. Thank you Jesus. and the pastor ho has been called to teach me.

  36. Leading

    1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord.

    Few pastor a church, but if we are in leadership, we share in the role of under-shepherding people. We may lead many or few but we still hold a very special responsibility and opportunity in the Kingdom. When it comes down to it, our leadership often has not nearly as much to do with official title as it does relationship, and so we can be influencers and Kingdom servants beyond position or lack thereof.

    This also means we must we mindful of where we lead people, even if we don’t “have a title.” If people follow us, we’re leading, and God holds us responsible. Just because we don’t hold the office of senior pastor doesn’t mean we aren’t held responsible for scattering sheep and misleading them. Our role may be different but we still have responsibility in the overall picture of under-shepherding through leadership.

    True leading is not limited to title but surrenders to the heartbeat of God; it does not clock in and clock back out but is a 24/7 lifestyle. It starts with us being transformed by God, as we will be held accountable for leading others to either be conformed to the world and transformed into the image of Christ.

    Romans 12:1-2
    1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    Ephesians 4:11-16
    11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

  37. The God of all

    Am I a God at hand , saith the LORD , and not a God afar off ?
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    Do you people think that I am some local deity and not the transcendent God?” the LORD asks.

    The thought that is expressed here must be viewed against the background of ancient Near Eastern thought where gods were connected with different realms, e.g., Baal, the god of wind, rain, and fertility, Mot, the god of drought, infertility, and death, Yam, the god of the sea and of chaos. Moreover, Baal was worshiped in local manifestations as the Baal of Peor, Baal of Gad, etc. Hence, Baal is sometimes spoken of in the singular and sometimes in the plural. The Lord is the one true God (Deut 6:4). Moreover, he is the maker of heaven and earth (Gen 14:12; 2 Kgs 19:15; Ps 115:15), sees into the hearts of all men (Ps 33:13-15), and judges men according to what they do (Ezek 7:3, 7, 27). There is no hiding from him (Job 34:22; Ps 139:7-12) and no escape from his judgment (Amos 9:2-4). God has already spoken to the people and their leaders through Jeremiah along these lines (Jer 16:17; 21:14). Lurking behind the thoughts expressed here is probably Deut 29:19-21 where God warns that one “bad apple” who thinks he can get away with sinning against the covenant can lead to the destruction of all. The false prophets were the “bad apples” that were encouraging the corruption of the whole nation by their words promoting a false sense of security unconnected with loyalty to God and obedience to his covenant. The first question deals with the issue of God’s transcendence, the second with his omniscience, and the third with his omnipresence.

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