God is not a heavenly genie

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

Ray Stedman on Jeremiah 20-22:

So it is a number of years later, and Zedekiah, weakest of all the kings of Judah and the last of the line, is now on the throne. Nebuchadnezzar is sending up another army against Jerusalem, the city is under siege, and king Zedekiah now sends a hasty word to Jeremiah the prophet, asking him to intercede with God on their behalf:

This is the word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchiah and Zephaniah the priest, the son of Maaseiah, saying, “Inquire of the Lord for us, for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon [This is merely another spelling of Nebuchadnezzar; both are used in Scripture.] is making war against us; perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds, and will make him withdraw from us.” {Jer 21:1-2 RSV}


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Pharaoh And His Two Dreams.

Life In Parables.

In Genesis 41, we see the Pharaoh of Egypt learn the importance of recurring dreams.

Genesis 41

When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.

He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted — thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.


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Abiding in the Flames

Reflecting the Son

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How do you surrender when you want a certain outcome?

How do you submit when you don’t understand?
How do you lean in when you want to run?
How do you push on when you want to fall back?
How do you fight when you have no strength?
How do you abide in the flames?

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Can I have “perfect peace” on earth?

The Question Box Blog

On earth, can I obtain perfect peace?

This question comes from this verse:

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

A few weeks ago I taught on a Biblical definition of peace. “Perfect peace” as seen in this verse could be literally translated as “peace peace” or “peaceful peace.” It’s the Hebrew word “shalom” twice in a row.

I talked about what I thought this “shalom shalom” was. The word “shalom” can mean peace, well, safe, prosperous, or complete depending on the context, so I defined the word as “well, whole, or fully healthy.” To be at peace means you don’t need anything, you aren’t striving to gain something. You are safe, healthy and well.

So Isaiah 26:3 seems to be talking about the ultimate form of this peace. It’s about trusting in God for…

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Loving People

Renewing Your Mind

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. ESV 1 John 4:7

I sat yesterday and chatted with a friend. We are roughly the same age. He has four kids, I have five. We have similar height, weight and hair color. In other ways, we couldn’t be more different. He’s single; I’m married. He’s struggling to find a job; I’m employed. Finally, there are ways we are similar–yet different. He’s educated in the streets; I’m educated in school. He’s had a drug problem for 20 years; I’ve had a pride and people-pleasing problem for 20 years. Finally, we both love Jesus and are growing to love Him more each day. In that regard we have a lot in common…loving Jesus, and occasionally falling away from Him…and then getting back into following Him. My friend and…

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A Burning Fire

Relevant To Life

If I say, “I will not mention Him, or speak any more in His name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

Jeremiah 20:9

Let’s just say that life had not been going very well for Jeremiah. He had been beaten and placed in the stocks at the city gate. In other words, his speaking of God’s truth was causing him a lot of pain. Most of us experience times in our lives and situations where speaking our boldly about our faith is not taken well. There are places where others look down on us for believing in God. Sometimes our careers seem to be threatened if we are identifiable as Christians. In far too many areas of the world, proclaiming faith in Christ is a crime, and sharing that…

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Building Godly Trust

During our walk with God, we will face difficult times. When such hardships come our way, our first impulse is to flee from it and seek out comfort. In this devotional from Exodus 16, we will learn that when dealing with pain, there is only one thing to do.

On My Knees

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Brought to My Knees

I am on my knees and trying to figure why I am down here, but God has a way of getting your attention when you least expect it but when you desperately need it.  That is where I am this week, in desperate need of my Father.  He knew it was coming and that I had been unfaithful to him, so he showed up and brought me to my knees.

As I have stopped to reflect on everything that has happened this week, I see God so clearly calling my name, wanting me to seek him first.  The introvert in me turns every more inward to search for what he is trying to say to me.  This past Sunday the sermon was titled, “Nowhere to Hide” from Revelations 2: 18-29.  What did it reveal to me that I was not hiding, but that God was watching me.  I felt it deep down inside…

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Your Silence

The Contemplative Path

Your Silence is profound

And yet It speaks

Any silence in me is sketchy


And hampered

By the noise of life

Help me to enter Your Silence

For It is deep

And beautifully welcoming

As I dive in

It will hold me

Embrace me

Support me

Sustain me

And any small silence in me

May be immersed in You

And in the Infinite Silence

Of Your Love

This day and every day


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