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I went to Church Sunday and the preacher told a story about a young man who had to go through a beat down in order to be accepted in the gang he joined. Well, sometime later the Preacher got the young man to turn away from the gang and to turn to the Church, well he did this and joined the Church. Sometime later, the young man stop coming to Church and no one knew why, and could not contact him. The Preacher finally caught up with him, and asked him why he stop coming to Church. The young man said, that when he joined the church he thought he would experience the same family love from Christians that he did with his gang, but he didn’t. So he went back to where he felt part of a family.

A good friend reminded me of this Scripture.

Psalm 133:1-3 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is life precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

David stated that unity is pleasant and precious. Unfortunately, unity does not abound in the Church, as it should. People disagree and cause division over unimportant issues. Some delight in causing tension by discrediting others. Unity is important because

(1) it makes the church a positive example to the world and helps draw others to us;
(2) it helps us cooperate as a body of believers as God meant us to, giving us a foretaste of heaven;
(3) it renews and revitalizes ministry because there is less tension to sap our energy.

Under Gods Command

Proverbs 24:10 If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength. 

Times of trouble can be useful.  They can show you who you really are, what kind of character you have developed.  In addition, they can help you grow stronger.  When Jeremiah questioned God because of the trouble he faced, God asked how he ever expected to face big challenges if the little ones tired him out (Jeremiah 12:5).  Don’t complain about your problems.   The trouble you face today is training you to be strong for the more difficult situations you will face in the future.

Under Gods Command

Proverbs 17:5 –He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker, whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. 

 Few acts are as cruel as making fun of the less fortunate, but many people do this because it makes them feel good to be better off or more successful then someone else.  Mocking the poor is mocking the God who made them.  We also ridicule God when we mock the weak, those who are different, or anyone else.  When you catch yourself putting down others just for fun, stop and think about who created them.

Under Gods Command

 Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name.  I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them.  They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. 

 What made the people listen to and support the false prophets?  These prophets said what the people wanted to hear.  False teachers earn fame and money by telling people what they want to hear, but they lead people away from God.  It we encourage false teaching, we are as guilty as they are.

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 Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. 

 If you don’t want to learn, years of schooling will teach you very little.  But if you are to be taught, there is no end to what you can learn.  ‘This includes being willing to accept discipline and correction and to learn from the wisdom of others.  A person who refuses constructive criticism has a problem with pride.  Such a person is unlikely to learn very much.  How does this fit into your life.  Remember,  Same thing, Same Results.  In order to change the results in your life, you have to do something different.

Under Gods Command

 Jeremiah 5:21 – Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but do not see who have ears but do not hear.

 Have you spoken to someone, only to realize that the person hasn’t heard a word you were saying? Jeremiah told the people that their eyes and ears did them no good because they refused to see or hear God’s message.  The people of Judah and Israel were foolishly deaf when God promised blessings for obedience and destruction for disobedience.  When God speaks through his Word or his messengers, we harm ourselves if we fail to listen.  God’s message will never change us unless we listen to it.

Under Gods Command
Proverbs 25:18- Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.  
Lying (false testimony) about someone is as vicious as an act of physical violence.  Its effects can be as permanent as those of a stab wound.   The next time you are tempted to pass on a bit of gossip, imagine yourself stabbing the victim of your remarks with a sword.  This image may shock you into silence.

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Jeremiah 2:2 – I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.
We appreciate a friend who remains true to his or her commitment, and we are disappointed with someone who fails to keep a promise.  God was pleased when his people obeyed initially, but he became angry with them when they refused to keep their commitment.  Temptations distract us from God.  Think about your original commitment to obey God, and ask yourself if you are remaining truly devoted.

Under Gods Command 

Jeremiah 1:5-8 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you and say whatever I command you.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 

 God knows us, as he knew Jeremiah, long before we were born or even conceived.  He thought about you and planned for you.  When you feel discouraged or inadequate, remember that God has always thought of us as valuable and that he has a purpose in mind for us.  If God gives us a specific task, accept it cheerfully and do it with diligence.  If God has not given us a specific call or assignment, then seek to fulfill the mission common to all believers to love, obey, and serve God until his guidance becomes more clear.

 Often we struggle with new challenges because we lack self-confidence, feeling that they have inadequate ability, training, or experience.  Jeremiah thought he was “only a child” to young and inexperienced to be God’s spokesman to the world.  But God promised to be with him.  We should not allow feelings of inadequacy to keep us from obeying God’s call.  He will always be with us.  When you find yourself avoiding something you know you should do, be careful not to use lack of self-confidence as an excuse.  If God gives you a job to do, he will provide all you need to do it.

 God does not keep us from encountering life’s storms, but he will see us through them.  In fact, God walks through these storms with us and recues us.

Under Gods Command

Proverbs 19:18 – Discipline your son, for in that there is hope, do not be a willing party to his death. 

 It is not easy for a loving parent to discipline a child, but it is necessary.  The greatest responsibility that God gives parents is the nurture and guidance of their children.  Lack of discipline puts parents’ love in questions because it shows a lack of concern for the character development of their children.  Disciplining children averts long-range disaster.  Without correction, children grow up with no clear understanding of right and wrong and with little direction to their lives. Don’t be afraid to discipline your children.  It is an act of love.  Remember, however, that your efforts cannot make your children wise; they can only encourage your children to seek God’s wisdom above all else!