~Monday Mornings with Jeremiah~Week 1

Monday Mornings with Jeremiah~ Week 1: Jeremiah 1: 1-19 NKJV

 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

The Prophet Is Called

4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”
And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”

14 Then the Lord said to me:

“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am calling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will utter My judgments
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.
17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”
Jeremiah 1 KJV

Jeremiah 1 NIV

Jeremiah 1 MSG

Week 1 Memory Verse:
Jeremiah 1:19 NKJV

  They will fight against you,
  But they shall not prevail against you.
  For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”
God knew before Jeremiah was even in his mothers womb what he was going to do with Jeremiah’s life. God knew he would call him to become a prophet and that he would question it and need to be reminded who it is that is calling him to do this work. As a parent its so hard for me to look at my kids and not worry about the future. I would love to be able to know what their lives will hold and how God will use them. It may be in great ways or it may be in the simple ways, either way God will use my kids in some way for His plan I just have to learn to trust that His ways are better and He already knows what will happen. I need to just make sure I am guiding these children towards our Creator.
 The memory verse I picked for this week I think is something all Christians forget from time to time. We forget that God is with us and that He will deliver us. I can guarantee you it will not happen in the way you a think it will or even the timing you think, God loves to surprise us like that. You may not be called to be a prophet but we are all called to share Gods word and share the love of Christ. You may be called out on it from time to time, you may even be ridiculed,  and in some areas of the world you may even be punished for it, but remember that God will deliver you from it when He sees fit, when His work through you is done.  


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