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“At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet” (Jeremiah 31:26 NLT).

From: October 17, 2019

JEREMIAH’S SWEET DREAM

While Jeremiah slept, the Lord spoke to him in a prophetic dream of the coming Messiah and of a future time of joy and peace for Jerusalem. When he awoke, he remembered every word the Lord had said and he regarded his sleep as being so very sweet that he no doubt wished he could return to his slumber. For the one known as the Weeping Prophet lived during the time of Jerusalem’s destruction and was commissioned to preach a message of repentance to a people that wouldn’t listen. Yet, on this glorious morning, Jeremiah arose refreshed by the Word of the Lord.
 
I rarely remember my dreams, but there have been times when I have felt that the Lord visited me during the night. I usually have trouble describing such dreams and the details seem to slip away, but there is always a sweetness that remains. I have noticed that these dreams have usually come to me when my waking world was full of trouble or grief.
 
Although Jeremiah’s sweet dream did not change his present situation, it surely comforted him in his waking hours and strengthened him for the work of that day. It caused him to wake up and look around to see the world through the Lord’s eyes.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, at times our minds are so full of worry and our ears so full of noise that You must speak to us in our sleep to get our attention. Teach us to be quiet and hear Your voice. Thank You that You love us so much that You give us sweet dreams and restful sleep to empower us to face another day. Help us to wake up and look around with Your eyes today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4 NKJV).

From: October 17, 2017

God desires that all humanity would be saved. Yet, we know from the Scriptures that only those who believe will receive God’s salvation. The tension between what God “desires” for us and what humanity desires for itself is difficult to ease. We tend to overstate one side or the other, either making too little or too much of man’s free will. However, let us just consider the fact that God “desires” to save us, absent the doctrinal conundrum for a moment. This surely reveals to us something about God. He created us. He loves us. And He wants to save us and be known by us. That God “desires all men to be saved” reveals the loving heart of our God that would motivate Him to send His only Son, Jesus, to actually purchase what He Himself desired.

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” (Jeremiah 31:25 ESV)

From: October 17, 2016

Jeremiah prophesied of a day when Israel would return from being scattered among the nations to the land of promise, a day when their “weary” and “languishing” souls would be “satisfied” and “replenished” by the Lord Himself. And so, Jesus came saying, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt.11:28-30). It is the Person of Jesus that God has given to satisfy our souls.

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5 NKJV)

From: October 17, 2015

Jesus Christ is unique. He is God incarnate, fully human and fully divine. He is the only One able to reconcile us to the Father through His sacrificial death and resurrection. He is both our Advocate and Lamb, standing before the Father in our place of judgment. He took our sin, separation and death. And offers His righteousness, sonship and eternal life in exchange. Without Christ, a great chasm of spiritual separation continues to exist between God and humanity. With Christ this chasm is bridged. Christ is our only Mediator!

“There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5 NLT)

From: October 17, 2014

Jesus Christ is unique. He is God incarnate, fully human and fully divine. He is the only One able to reconcile us to the Father through His sacrificial death and resurrection. He is both our Advocate and Lamb, standing before the Father in our place of judgment. He took our sin, separation and death. And offers His righteousness, sonship and eternal life in exchange. Without Christ, a great chasm of spiritual separation continues to exist between God and man. With Christ this chasm is bridged. This is our message: Christ, our only hope!

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)

From: October 17, 2013

“Mediator” – a person who acts as a “go-between” to bring parties involved in a conflict to a resolution. Jesus is our Mediator. He is the only one who reconciles us to God. Some may cry, “Judgmental, intolerant!” But as John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things.” And the fact is, Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. Like Paul, I have been appointed a preacher of this message. How about you?

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

From: October 17, 2012

Pray for presidents, governors, senators, congressmen, judges, and all those in authority. A good word as the election day approaches.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

From: October 17, 2011

Christians are to pray for those in authority regardless of political persuasion. We should be marked by our identity in Christ, not by donkeys and elephants.