1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3
Jeremiah 16:17 – God is watching! God is watching our ways, and He sees our actions. My wife is very observant, but I can hide stuff from her. The CIA may be tracing my laptop – but there’s ways with torrents and proxies to hide my internet traffic. But nothing is hid from our God. “Neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.”
Jeremiah 17:5-8– I just talked to the desk clerk at the hotel I’m staying tonight. He enjoys learning and philosophy – yet due to tragedy in his family, He seems to think that if there was a loving God He would have prevented it, and so instead of trusting in God, he trusts in the potential of mankind. (Pray for him that God would reach him and heal his hurting heart – Jeremiah 17:14).
Sadly God warns us against trusting in man. He gives a vivid contrast between trusting in man (like a heath in the desert) and trusting in God (a tree planted by the waters).
Jeremiah 17:19-20 – Jeremiah the street preacher! Yes today we can speak on the sidewalks of America and warn the nation about the sin in our country.
Jeremiah 17:25 – God had offered to protect the city from invasion for ever if they would obey. Yet 700 years later, the people would crucify the king who entered into the city by the Eastern Gate in Luke 19:37.
Jeremiah 18:9-10 – During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin said:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”
Jeremiah 18:19-23 – Notice the abrupt change from the beginning of this chapter where we hear the word of the LORD, to v.18 where the people are plotting revenge against Jeremiah, and then this personal, impassioned, private imprecatory prayer to the LORD.
I Thessalonians 4:3 – God tells us what His will is for our lives – as we’ve seen in the Old Testament – obedience!
I Thessalonians 4:16-17 – This is a great promise that God has given us -we will not miss the rapture of the church!
Psalm 81:13 – What blessings in your life has God withheld because of your disobedience?
Proverbs 25:7 – Humility is a valuable virtue to follow.
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