A short devotional for the week of July 9 to July 15 is provided. Our these for the week comes from Jeremiah’s second sermon to Judah, where he speaks of circumcision of the heart.
Jeremiah 4: 3, 4 This is what the Lord says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done – burn with no one to quench it.
Prayer: Lord God, may our hearts be right before you.
Thought for the day: Spontaneous combustion starts within.
Jeremiah 9:25, 26 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh – Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places.” For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.”
Prayer: Lord God, may all we who call ourselves your people honor you in spirit and in deed.
Thought for the day: Obedience is not only a matter of principles but also a matter of consequences.
Deuteronomy 10:16, 17 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. For the Lord you God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great god, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.
Prayer: Lord God, may we be ready to serve you.
Thought for the day: The willow tree that sways in the wind can survive many storms.
Ezekiel 44:9 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites.
Prayer: Lord God, by your mercies prepare our hearts to worship you in holiness.
Thought for the day: Some go to sanctuaries to admire the architectural creation and others go to sanctuaries to admire the Creator of architecture.
Colossians 2: 11, 12 In [Christ] you were also circumcised, in the putting of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through you faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we give thanks that you have prepared us for fellowship with God.
Thought for the day: Spiritual surgery is subcutaneous surgery.
Romans 2:28 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.
Prayer: Lord God, in faith we would claim to be your people, your children.
Thought for the day: God’s DNA paternity testing never produces a false-positive.
Philippians 3:3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh – though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
Prayer: Lord God, without the pretense of worldly prestige we worship you in spirit and truth.
Thought for the day: Prayer provides the dress and address for our worship.
Thought for the day: Why do some actresses insist that they never be photographed without their makeup?
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