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Under Gods Command

Jeremiah 44:9-10 Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your fathers and by the Kings and queens of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wives in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem?  To this day they have not humbled themselves or shown reverence, nor have they followed my law and the decrees I set before you and your fathers.

 When we forget a lesson or refuse to learn it, we risk repeating our mistakes.  The people of Judah struggled with this; to forget their former sins was to repeat them.  To fail to learn from failure is to assure future failure.  Your past is your school of experience  Let your past mistakes point you to God’s way.


Under Gods Command

 Proverbs 3:21 – My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight. 

 What is the difference between sound judgment and discernment? Discernment (or discretion) is the ability God gives to many people to think and make correct choices.  Sound judgment, however, he gives only to those who follow him.  Sound judgment includes discernment, but goes beyond it.  It also includes the knowledge that comes from instruction, training, and discipline, and the insight that results from knowing and applying God’s truths. 

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Under Gods Command

Proverbs 2:11 Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you. 

 Discretion is the ability to tell right from wrong.  It enables the believer to detect evil motives in men and women.  With practice it helps us evaluate courses of action and consequences.  For some it is a gift; for most it is developed by using God’s truth to make wise choices day by day.  Hebrews 5:14 emphasizes that we must train ourselves in order to have discretion.


Under Gods Command

Hebrews 5:14 – But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. 

Our capacity to feast on deeper knowledge of God (“solid food’) is determined by our spiritual growth.  Too often we want God’s banquet before we are spiritually capable of digesting it.  As you grow in the Lord and put into practice what you have learned, your capacity to understand will also grow.


Under Gods Command

Jeremiah 43:1-2 When Jeremiah finished telling the people all the words of the LORD their God everything the LORD had sent him to tell them.  Azariah son of Hosaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘you must not go to Egypt to settle there.’  But Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us to hand us over to the Babylonians, so they may kill us or carry us into exile to Babylon.”

 Johanan and his tiny band had come to Jeremiah for God’s approval of their plan, not for God’s direction.  This is a recurring problem for most of us-seeking God’s approval of our desires rather than asking him for guidance.  It’s not good to make plans unless we are willing to have God change them, and it is not good to pray unless we are willing to accept God’s answer.


Under Gods Command

 Proverbs 1:8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 

 Our actions speak louder than our words.  This is especially true in the home.  Children learn values, morals, and priorities by observing how their parents act and react every day.  If parents exhibit a deep reverence for and dependence on God, the children will catch these attitudes.  Let them see your reverence for God.  Teach them right living by giving worship an important place in your family life and by reading the Bible together.


Under Gods Command

 Proverbs 28:09 – If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law even his prayers are detestable.

 God does not listen to our prayers if we intend to go back to our sin as soon as we get off our knees.  If we want to forsake our sin and follow him, however, he willingly listens-no matter how bad our sin has been.  What closes his ears in not the depth of our sin, but our secret intention to do it again.  God hears our intentions as clearly as he hears our words.