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Monday, December 28, 2015

Plan and Will

The most famous two verses in Jeremiah are found in Chapter 29.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13
Chapter 29 contains two letters to the captives in Babylon:
1. The first letter recommends them to be patient and composed. (1-19)
2. In the second, judgments are denounced against the false prophets who deceived them. (20-32)
We do find Restoration and Hope in Jeremiah 29:10-14
God’s Word - 10 This is what the LORD says: 
Completion of exile (consequence of sin) - “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, 
God’s promise - I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 
God’s plan - 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, 
God has our future in mind - “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
Our response to God’s goodness - 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Cause and Effect - 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 
Godly outcome -  14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Always accept all God has for you and apply it to your life. Amen?