Devotional Thought for Today – 11/28/21

The Sin and Treachery of (_ _ Your Country?_ _ ) Judah

Jeremiah 8:9 KJV - The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and

Jeremiah 8-10

CONTEXT: The whole book of Jeremiah is basically a story of the prophet, Jeremiah, relaying God’s condemnation upon Judah for its constant idolatry. Jeremiah records the final warnings to Judah of the coming calamity and implores them to repent. He calls for revival and for them to turn back to their God, (we can read founding principles) before it is too late.

Matthew Henry comments on Chapter 8: The prophet proceeds, in this chapter, both to magnify and to justify the destruction that God was bringing upon this people, to show how grievous it would be and yet how righteous. Chapter Nine is basically an ongoing reproof of sin and the lament for Judah’s no stop participation in it.

Apart from our main text above, which clearly shows the folly of man that depends upon his own wisdom, Jeremiah in 10:17-25 reveals the final judgment against Judah, as it appears to be written after the captivity. Here Jeremiah makes clear if you (Judah and the remnant in Jerusalem) have not learned your lesson from this judgment be prepared for total destruction.

The point of today’s devotional is, what warnings is God pronouncing to your country today? Although many call themselves prophets, clearly the Bible would appear to disagree, and so there are many ways God is showing the nations their sinful and repugnant behaviors. The question is will they turn back to God before it is too late?

National First Responders Day

Welcome to Thank You First Responder #ThankYouFirstResponder

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First Responders in the U.S.

Today Oct 28th 2021 is the day set aside to honor the sacrifice of those who put their lives on the line serving us daily.

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Rejecting hate and division

WalkAway founder Brandon Straka’s political opinions were once wrapped up entirely in his sexual identity. But after a profound healing experience at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, his resentment for heterosexual and conservative people melted away. With a clear mind and open heart, he was soon awakened to the narrative of hate and division that he had bought into. Now free to finally think for himself and honestly investigate the truth, his world turned upside down.

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America’s Crime Reporters Often Seek an Audience Through Sensationalism

We here at FSM have said this before but it is worth repeating now, we are pro-justice but fair and equal justice. Unfortunately in America that is getting more and more difficult to obtain. You are now GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, and media sensationalism is largely to blame. This opinion piece highlights the issue.

Epoch Times Morning Brief


Conrad Black
 October 27, 2021 Updated: October 27, 2021

It is impossible that I am the only person or even in a small minority of random television viewers who finds Nancy Grace’s supposed analyses of crimes deeply unjust and offensive.

I am only an occasional viewer, but without a single exception over many years I’ve found that her technique is to sensationalize whatever aspects of an unfolding crime investigation are known and to attempt to direct viewers towards a conclusion long in advance of a judicial determination of the issues involved…

SOURCE: America’s Crime Reporters Often Seek an Audience Through Sensationalism

Our Faith Under Fire Forms to Defend Religious Freedom in the U.S. Military

NEWS PROVIDED BY, Our Faith Under Fire, Oct. 27, 2021

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 27, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — In response to the increasing attacks on the religious freedom of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Our Faith Under Fire launched today as a defender of that freedom.

“Our Faith Under Fire is the only community benefit organization committed to not only defending the religious freedom of our military service members and their families but also to addressing the issue at its source by supporting members of Congress who defend that freedom and opposing those who would deny our military this constitutionally protected fundamental right,” said the Rt. Rev. Col. Derek Jones (USAF- Ret.), chairman of Our Faith Under Fire…

SOURCE: Our Faith Under Fire Forms to Defend Religious Freedom in the U.S. Military

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/27/21

John Calvin quote: When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them...

That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation. 15The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. 16The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. 17The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 18For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. 19Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. 20Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Psalm 9

CONTEXT: Form C.H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David: The strain so continually changes, that it is difficult to give an outline of it methodically arranged: we give the best we can make. From verses 1 to 6 is a song of jubilant thanksgiving; from 7 to 12, there is a continued declaration of faith as to the future. Prayer closes the first great division of the Psalm in verses 13 and 14. The second portion of this triumphal ode, although much shorter, is parallel in all its parts to the first portion, and is a sort of rehearsal of it. Observe the song for past judgments, verses 15, 16; the declaration of trust in future justice, 17, 18; and the closing prayer, 19, 20. Let us celebrate the conquests of the Redeemer as we read this Psalm, and it cannot but be a delightful task if the Holy Ghost be with us.

The main text v.16 is appropriate for Calvin’s quote and for many nations today. Spurgeon noted on this: Verse 16. Jehovah is known by the judgment which he executeth; his holiness and abhorrence of sin is thus displayed. A ruler who winked at evil would soon be known by all his subjects to be evil himself, and he, on the other hand, who is severely just in judgment reveals his own nature thereby. So long as our God is God, he will not, he cannot spare the guilty; except through that one glorious way in which he is just, and yet the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. We must notice, secondly, that the manner of his judgment is singularly wise, and indisputably just. He makes the wicked become their own executioners. “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made,” etc. Like cunning hunters they prepared a pitfall for the godly and fell into it themselves: the foot of the victim escaped their crafty snares, but the toils surrounded themselves: the cruel snare was laboriously manufactured, and it proved its efficacy by snaring its own maker. Persecutors and oppressors are often ruined by their own malicious projects. “Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves;” the contentious are involved in ruinous costs; the vicious are devoured with fierce diseases; the envious eat their own hearts; and blasphemers curse their own souls. Thus, men may read their sin in their punishment. They sowed the seed of sin, and the ripe fruit of damnation is the natural result

We are believers need to pray that all men, all nations will come to the understanding that David pronounced in v.20: Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men, and repent of their evil ways.

Poll: Majority of Christians shrug off ‘Way, Truth, and Life’

This is what a water down Gospel gets you, the failure to PREACH from the pulpit has ruined the Biblical understanding of these folks. I have said it many times, Jesus was the most dogmatic person ever, His declaration in John 14:6 makes it plain and clear (backed by the whole of scripture). Those who would deny this are not true believers.

A poll of born-again Christian believers found that an overwhelming major believe all roads lead to Heaven, a belief that Christian thinkers consider unbiblical and terribly illogical…

SOURCE: Poll: Majority of Christians shrug off ‘Way, Truth, and Life’

Democrats’ Assault on Religious Liberty Began with an Innocuous-Sounding Phrase

National Review on Prosecutors

Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Sean Spicer’s new book Radical Nation: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Dangerous Plan for America, published this month.

On January 16, 1993, President George H. W. Bush proclaimed the first Religious Freedom Day, commemorating the anniversary of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. That statute was authored by Thomas Jefferson, and it served as a model for the opening lines of the First Amendment. President Bush noted in his Religious Freedom Day proclamation that freedom of religion is the “first of all freedoms enumerated in our Bill of Rights.”

SOURCE: Assault on Religious Liberty Began with an Innocuous-Sounding Phrase

Devotional Thought for Today – 11/26/21

When God Said “Do Not Pray” | Thinking on Scripture

If you are like most evangelical Christians this banner is probably disconcerting right now. After all, we have been taught from the beginning of our conversion that we are to Pray without ceasing, and commanded to pray for everything.

Yet there are three incidents in the Bible when God says or implies “Do not Pray.” The first is when Mosses is banned from crossing the Jordon, the last is in 1John 5:16, and then in the middle, we find Jeremiah 7.

Jeremiah 7

CONTEXT: In Matthew Henry’s Commentary we find: The prophet having in God’s name reproved the people for their sins, and given them warning of the judgments of God that were coming upon them, in this chapter prosecutes the same intention for their humiliation and awakening. I. He shows them the invalidity of the plea they so much relied on, that they had the temple of God among them and constantly attended the service of it, and endeavours to take them off from their confidence in their external privileges and performances (v. 1-11). II. He reminds them of the desolations of Shiloh, and foretels that such should be the desolations of Jerusalem (v. 12-16). III. He represents to the prophet their abominable idolatries, for which he was thus incensed against them (v. 17-20). IV. He sets before the people that fundamental maxim of religion that “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Sa. 15:22), and that God would not accept the sacrifices of those that obstinately persisted in disobedience (v. 21-28). V. He threatens to lay the land utterly waste for their idolatry and impiety, and to multiply their slain as they had multiplied their sin (v. 29-34).

In our text for today the key verse is verse 16, where God tells Jeremiah to stop praying for Judah:

“Therefore, do not pray for this people [of Judah] or lift up a cry or entreaty for them or make intercession to Me, for I do not hear you.

There comes a time in the history of every nation where they decide that they are greater than He who created them. In our text, Judah had again forsaken God, and God was fed up, resolute in His determination to punish that nation he tells the prophet to stop praying for their benevolence.

We in America and many other “civilized” countries around the world are on that threshold, where God will forsake us, where He will give us over, to our own reprobate minds. Are we there yet? I do not think so and it is incumbent upon every believer to pray for our nation until such time as God clearly says “Do not Pray.” Below is a list of prayers for your nation that you may find helpful.

Pray for the Moral Decency and Civility of your Nation

Pray for the Healing of your Nation’s Unhappy Divisions and Success Against your Nation’s Enemies

Pray for your Head of State

Pray for the Educational Institutions and Common Citizens of your Nation

Pray for the Continuance of your Nation’s Outward Peace and Tranquility

Pray Earnestly for National Mercies and the Blessing of the Gospel Ministry in your Nation

Pray for the Nations of the World and for Your Own Nation

Pray for the Safe and Righteous Continuation of your Civil Government

Pray for all who are Employed in the Conduct of Public Affairs

Pray for your Judges and Judicial Rulers