Christian Devotional – August 3, 2013


Jeremiah 35:13–Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘ Go and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “Will you not receive instructions by listening to My words?” declares the Lord.”


How do we know what God would have us do? We receive instruction by listening to God’s word. As we read, study, and meditate on the Word of God, the Bible, we see God’s character and His commands clearly before us as God speaks to us through His word. Are we listening?


Father, Your Word is the revealing of Yourself to me. I will treasure Your word and study Your word. You never cease to provide me with exactly what I need each day from it. I will choose to receive instruction from Your word.


  • Abdulla

    We listen to God’s word through His Prophets. Unfortunately, the Prophets in the Bible are disgraced: Noah is alcoholic, Lot committed incent with his daughters, David assassinated one of his army leaders in order to marry his wife and (the worst) God wrestled with Prophet Abraham and Abraham defeated Him. How come?!
    By God, I don’t want Chridtians/ Jews to lose their faith. Friends you need to read the Holy Quran or one of the authentic translations by Muslim scholars. May Allah guide us the right path!

    • Kristi Burchfiel

      You bring up an interesting point that we should focus on, and that is forgiveness. All humans are disgraced and have done things that are in direct disobedience to the commands of God. That is why God gave the law in the Old Testament, so that the people would realize they could never live up to it on their own. They are in need of a Savior. God does not have to forgive us, yet He promises to forgive all the wrongs of anyone who comes to Him in repentance. 1 John 1:9 indicates this, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is faithful to forgive us if we will only confess to Him that we have done wrong. Nothing we do can bring us salvation. We cannot possibly be good enough to earn God’s favor on our own, the law confirms that for us. Yet because of God’s mercy, He sent Jesus Christ who was completely God and completely man, to live the perfect life that we could not live on our own, die the death we deserved, and then be raised again from the dead, victorious. Through God’s grace, God offers us to replace our sinful, disobedient life with the life of Jesus Christ, if we will only ask. That is the only way to be assured of God’s favor, if God sees Jesus Christ in us. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved, through faith, not by works, lest any man should boast.” and also 1 Peter 3:18 “Christ died, once for all. The just (Jesus) for the unjust (us) so that we might be made right with God.”

      My prayers for you, my friend, that you may see and understand God’s mercy and forgiveness, and then come to God so that you might experience that in your own life.

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