Stand In Faith

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Do not fear unjust leaders; trust in God (Psm 94:20,21,23). #StandInFaith #TrustInGodAlone

Unjust Leaders Will Shall Not Stand

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Unjust, corrupt and villainess leaders who seek, through power and legislation, to destroy the righteous, will themselves be destroyed by the power of God. All of their sin and evil intentions will be turned against them and destroy them.

By whose hand will their destruction come? By the hand of the Lord our God. Ultimately the righteous have much to watch to look forward (vv12-15). The ungodly have only destruction to which to look forward. Lord, I stand in the traditions of faith looking to you for justice against ungodly men.

Fortified!

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Strength to go on is found in the Rock, our God (Psm 94:16-19,22). #Fortified #GodIsAMightyBulwark #AMightyFortressIsOurGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The Psalmist closes his plea to God for deliverance from injustice (unjust men) by answering his own question, “How long, O Lord, will I suffer?” (vv3,4). He says, I don’t know, “How long,“ but I know WHO…The LORD GOD!

The LORD GOD protects me and stands up for me against evildoers, or I’d be decimated. If I’m close to falling, his unfailing love grabs hold and supports me. When doubts creep into my mind, he is quick to comfort me and renew my hope and cheer. Lord, you are my mighty rock, my fortification (vv22). My strength and hope is in YOU.

Better Think Again

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Trust God to relieve the righteous, avenge the wicked (Psm 94:8–15). #TrustGod #ThinkTwice #ThinkAgain

“Think Again”

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

I remember growing up thinking I could somehow outsmart my parents. I thought I could do things and not get caught. WRONG! Mothers especially seem to have a sixth sense about things. So it is with God. He created man; his eyes, ears and thought processes. God knows the wicked. He knows full well how they mistreat others and ignore him.

The righteous may suffer, but in the end God will instruct, comfort and relieve them. Not so the wicked – all that awaits them is God‘s justice and fury. The wicked ought to “think again” about God’s engagement with our lives. They have nothing to which to look forward. The righteous have everything to which to look forward.

Lord, sustain this old sentry amidst any suffering or injustice. I depend on your comfort and ultimate relief.

Enough Is Enough

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Look to the Lord for your deliverance (Psm 94:1–7). #VengenceIsTheLord’s

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The Psalmist knows well the intensity and earnestness of the one overwhelmed and victimized by the wicked. “How long, Oh Lord?“ will be there cry. Man strains under the load of the wicked, who seem never to be held accountable for their oppression of the righteous. “Enough!” Is our cry

Who among us has not felt some injustice, things over which we have no control?* The wicked, the thoughtless give God or others no thought. They act like God pays no attention or does not exist at all. The righteous cry out for the scales of justice to finally be tipped against the thoughtless and wicked. Lord, avenge the careless wicked ones and deliver your righteous ones from oppression.

* Some things over which we have no control:

Health problems, financial woes, insensitive people, barking dogs, decisions and choices of others, death. All things over which we may seek the Lord‘s deliverance.

The Jeremiah Prayer

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

May voices be lifted up to God in prayer and praise (Jer 16:19-21). #TheJeremiahPrayer #ComeBoldlyBeforeTheThronOfGrace #ThePrayerOfARighteousMan

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Just as Jeremiah prays God‘s strength over Judah, so I pray over my family, my church, community, state and nation.

THE JEREMIAH PRAYER

“Lord you are our strength and fortress, our refuge when trouble comes. Past and present leaders have and are perpetrating on us a foolish heritage. They worship man-made idols and ideologies. Lord, may we see your power and your might. At last we will know and understand that you are the Lord Jehovah.“

Lord, I lift my voice with so many other sentries on the wall, in a chorus of prayer to the living God on behalf of our beloved nation.

Paying Attention To The Signs?

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Pay attention and seek the Lord in uncertain times; know his promise of hope (Jer 16:14-18). #TurnNowToGod #Repent #SeekTheLordNow #PayAttention

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

In the midst of a prophecy regarding the coming remedial judgment (versus final judgment) there is a promise of hope. For those who speak for God, those who are listening to God’s voice and those who are repentant of sin, there is a promise. A promise of hope for better days. In the final judgment there will be no turning back.

There will be those who will proclaim through these days, “God delivered us through the judgment.“ But everyone who defiled the land with worship of pagan idols and evil intentions will be hunted down by evil men. Their punishment will be double for their rejection and defiance of God. But there is yet hope for the recalcitrant who is paying attention and turns to God.

Lord, may we seek you while you may still be found. May we call on you while you are still near (Isa 55:6).

National Hang Up

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

May we see a shaking in the church, revival; an awakening of national proportions (Jer 16:11-13). #Revival #SpiritualAwakening #TurnNowToGod

“Don’t Want To Hear It God!!”

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

When God‘s idolatrous people can’t figure out what has made Jehovah God so angry (v10), God explains clearly. Their ancestors worshiped and served other gods (who are no gods). They abandoned Jehovah. Now this present generation does even worse sin and “stubbornly“ follows their own evil desires; don’t even pretend to listen to Jehovah. They had persisted in idolatry for many generations, till now it has become national apostasy; national defection from the faith.*

It seems very much that in America we have seen a national defection, a disconnect from godly values, from our moral and spiritual moorings. I fear that my beloved nation has crossed the red line of apostasy and defection from faith. The nation has hung up on God. #SpiritualDoNotCallRegistry

Lord, in your mercy, would you send an awakening of national proportions to America and a shaking of the church in fresh winds of revival.

Send Fresh Winds of Revival

* SIGNS OF DEFECTION FROM FAITH

> Twisting and perversion of the truth of Scripture to fit a personal agenda

> Pride, arrogance and division among the people

> More Focus on the things of the world then on things above

In the last days there will be many who fall away from the faith – even some of the best among us. (E.g. 1T 4:1; Heb 3:12).

Struggle For The Soul Of America

The Struggle Is Resl

Joe Biden made the claim that his campaign, yea even his presidency, was/is “a struggle for the soul of America.” But for him, or any other politician, that claim is merely political hyperbole, campaign rhetoric. It is a strategic word game to get votes.

There is in fact a real struggle for the soul of America. But it is not a struggle between the powers of two political parties. It is a struggle between the forces of good and evil.

The only way the soul of America may be won for the good is by a true and national repentance.

Godly Exceptionalism

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Live a godly life made exceptional by the grace of God (Jer 16:10). #GodlyExceptionalism #NoExceptionToTheRule

Exceptionalism Depends On God’s Grace

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Jeremiah was to exhibit extraordinary behavior to act out and explain God’s displeasure with Judah, his people (vv1-9). The people denied God. Yet, in verse 10, they ask indignantly, “Why is God unhappy with us? What have we done – how have we sinned against him?“ They were religious in their outward actions but far from God in their hearts.

Far from being the exceptional people God intended them to be, they thought they were the exception to the rule. They believed God was obligated to protect and provide for them. Exceptionalism does not make one an exception to the rule – in this case devotion to God. Lord may I live my life as a child of God, made exceptional in repentance by the grace of God.

I believe in “American Exceptionalism.” But America is not an exception to the rule, free to live in defiance of God and his Word. Her “Exceptionalism” is a God-given attribute. She needs to turn from her sin and act like it. May repentance be the rule of the day.

Snub God, Pay The Price

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Take seriously sin and drifting from God (Jer 16:1–9). #PainfulSnub #Repent #TurnNowToGod

Really God? Join The Party!

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

There are times when God will ask hard things of his messengers, sometimes extreme things. His purpose is to wake people up, to jolt them into reality. Therefore, Jeremiah was told he could not marry and have children in a culture where this was obligatory. He was not to mourn the dead – unthinkable among the Jews at that time. Nor was he allowed to participate in festivals, joyful events.

All of these things were to show the drastic nature of God‘s intentions to judge a wayward and sinful people. The destruction would be thorough and complete. It would (and did) happen in Jeremiah‘s lifetime (v9). Woe to those who think they can snub their nose at God. Lord, keep old sentry alert to the seriousness of sin and drifting from God.

Fearless Courage

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Be fearless and courageous for God‘s truth (Jer 15:19–21). #Fearless #Courageous #StandForTruth

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Jeremiah bears a gentle but straightforward rebuke from God. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself Jeremiah.“ God challenges Jeremiah to “man up,“ speak truth for God and trust him for the results. In doing this Jeremiah would influence many (more than he knew) and he would not be influenced by them.

Barnes’ Notes – “Flattering prophets will perish with those whom their soft speeches [have led astray]. But those faithfully speaking the truth of God will save them both.“ Lord, I am inspired to stand faithful in/for your truth, to fear no man’s actions against me.

A Broken Bleeding Heart*

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

May the persecuted messengers of God know his comfort (Jer 15:15–18). #TheBleedingHeart #SufferingPersecution #BrokenHeartedWatchman

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The messengers of God, the bold intercessors for righteousness (those watchmen on the wall) may be seen as cold hearted harbingers of judgment. Not so.

Jeremiah, having understood that his intercessions would not change God‘s plan of judgment (vv10-11), he begins to lament. He sees his life as having been fully consecrated to God. But, he has been suffering insult and persecution as God’s messenger of judgment.

Jeremey’s delight had been to consume and be consumed by God‘s word. He reminds God how he has separated himself from the sins of the people, even railed against those sins. Yet, no one listened and still judgment was inevitable. Jeremiah laments, “How can I go on? When will my suffering end?”

Lord, it is clear, you hear the cries of the watchmen on the wall. Comfort our bleeding hearts* for our own beloved country and countrymen.

_________

* “The phrase bleeding heart is used to describe one who shows excessive sympathy for another’s misfortune. [Before it was used as a political barb], the term appears in literature describing sincere emotional outpouring, even taking on a literal association with the heart of Jesus Christ.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

100% – TRUST GOD

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Trust in God – 100% (Jer 15:10-18). #100%TrustInGod #NoPlanB

He Ruthlessly Perfects

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

How many a faithful servant of God does not, at one time or another, come to God with questions about his/her own work or ministry and their effectiveness at either?

Most, if not all, would like to think that their ministry will be the one that notoriously breaks through the wall of darkness. When the work falters, they come to God seeking answers. It may seem like God himself is as unreliable as a dried up brook. But God is able to withstand the questions of the open, sincere and faithful heart.

Lord, you may not always explain why. But you know what you’re about and will always stand with your faithful ones. There is no “Plan B.”

Consider the words of – Dale Martin Stone

How He ruthlessly perfects…

When God wants to drill a man,
and thrill a man,
and skill a man;
When God wants to mold a man,
to play the noblest part,
When He yearns with all His heart
to create so great and bold a man,
…that all the world will be amazed;
WATCH His methods! – WATCH His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
whom He Royally Elects!


How He hammers him,
and hurts him,
…and with mighty blows,
converts him
…into trial shapes of clay
which only God understands.

While his tortured heart is crying,
and he lifts beseeching hands,
How he bends but never breaks,
when His good He undertakes.
How He uses whom He chooses,
and with every purpose fuses him,
…by every act induces him,
to try His splender out;
God knows what he’s about.

Against The Tide

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Stand fearlessly for the truths of God (Jer 15:10,11). #AgsinstTheTide #FearlesslyDevotedToTruth

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Having heard God‘s response to the prayers of God‘s people (which was, God would not listen), Jeremiah dives headlong into a lament of his own with God. “I should have died at birth. It is such sorrow, depressing, to be hated by everyone, everywhere. I have done nothing to deserve the ire of everyone, yet they all curse me.“

Sometimes the man or woman of God must stand alone against the tide of unrighteousness. It is not an enviable position. But, stand you must, if you are to honor God. It is not you the people curse. It is (heaven forbid) God and his truth. God will see you through. In the end they will seek you to plead their case (v11).

Consequences

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Take seriously the consequences of sin; repent now (Jer 15:5–9). #Consequences #Repent #TurnNowToGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

If Judah (the people) were holding out, expecting God to overlook their sin, the words of this passage put that idea to rest. God‘s plan is to severely punish his people. No one will weep for their demise, nor feel sorry for them.

Because God’s people abandon God, he will turn his back on them. They will undergo severe punishment. They will be sifted like grain. Young men and children will die, mothers be left childless, because they refused to change their evil ways. Lord, it is clear. Even the watchman on the wall must take seriously sin’s consequences.

Stand In The Gap

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Stand for godly change; be a catalyst for good (Jer 15:1-4). #StandForGodliness #CatalystForChange #StandInTheGap

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The line of unrepentant sin had been crossed by Judah. It started with king Josiah‘s father (Manasseh). The people of Judah may have thought there sin was no worse than the people of Manasseh’s time. But it was by their own choice that they continued in their sin. Not even the prayers of Moses or Samuel could save them.

Judgment by disease, the sword, famine and captivity was now eminent. Devastation will come by the destroyers. Their bodies would be dragged away by wild dogs, picked clean by vultures and devoured by other animals. In short, the nation would be decimated.

America should take a lesson from history. When the “body politic” perpetuates sin and tolerates godless leadership, the entire nation suffers. Lord, may the godly stand up to the status quo, turn the tide of godless ideologies and be the genesis of change.

Presumed Innocent

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Own your sin; don’t presume upon God’s goodness (Jer 14:19–22). #SinOfPresumption #OwnYourSin #Don’tBlameOthers

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Once again there is a prayer of contrition (see vv 7–9). But it is without true repentance. The people of Judah presume upon God‘s goodness. They say, “Of course we have sinned God – so did our ancestors. Still you saved them – save us. Don’t you have a reputation at stake here? What about your Covenant responsibility? Surely you are the best of the gods…You can send rain.“ PRETTY WEAK.

Is this old sentry (is America) like Judah? Do I take responsibility for my own sin? Do I view God as simply the best among many gods (v22). Do I point my finger and remind God of his Covenant duty (v21), and forgotten my own? Lord, may I (my beloved nation) not presume upon you. My sin is my own and I must own it, humbly repent and appeal to your grace alone for salvation.

Not A Pretty Picture

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Give us a vision of the road ahead paved in unrepentance (Jer 14:17,18). #TheCostOfUnrepentance #TurnNowToGod https://bible.com/bible/1588/jer.14.17-18.AMP

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

The Lord sets Jeremiah aweeping. He envisions Judah – Jerusalem – as a precious virgin daughter, a woman in her young prime, struck down, lying mortally wounded. Oh what sorrow the Father must endure. In the countryside dead bodies are strewn, slaughtered by the sword of war (a judgment blow).

In the city there are more dead and dying in the streets from famine (another judgment blow). Sadly the false prophets and priests are not only still spewing their lies, they are led into a tragic captivity and there they will die. Not a pretty picture.

Lord, it is NOT hard to imagine an America where her leaders (civic and religious) have lied and led a gullible godless people into a place of devastation. There is no hope, UNLESS, there is true and genuine repentance in the land.

Truth Speak

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

May the mouths of God’s genuine messengers clearly speak TRUTH (Jer 14:13-16). #SpeakTruth

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

After being told the third time by God not to pray for Judah’s unrepentant people, Jeremiah reverently speaks up to God. “But God, false prophets have been leading the people astray. They tell the people that you say all is well.“

God speaks to Jeremiah, “I did not send them. [Iimplied here, “I sent you“].” “They speak lies [you speak truth]. They were not sent by me [you were]. Their visions are foolish, made up in their own heads [you Jeremiah have heard straight forward truth from me].“

Then God said, “False prophets will go down in flames. They will be among the first to die in judgment. As for those who listen to them [and not to my true prophets], they to will die in judgment.“

Culture is fond of saying, “Speak your truth.“ THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUTH! Lord, how important it is that the genuine messengers of God continue to speak the truth of your Holy Scriptures.

NonStarters

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Present to God a genuinely surrendered heart (Jer 14:11,12). #Repentance #TrueRepentance #TurnNowToGod #WakeUpAmerica #Awakening

Acts of Worship Alone Mean Nothing

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Again (3rd time), the Lord instructs Jeremiah not to pray for Judah (see also 7:16; 11:14). Implied here, in context, is that their fasting, worship and offerings are no substitute for genuine, sincere repentance. Worship and stone cold hearts toward God are “NONSTARTERS.“

God cannot and will not be bought off by religious activity. Instead God vows to destroy this people with the sword, famine and disease – “three hammerblows of divine judgment” (e.g. 26:23–26; Ezk 5:12).* Lord, there is NO substitute for a genuinely surrendered, yielded, heart to you.

Like Judah, the only hope for America is a genuine turning back to God. America, sitting in church pews across the country, with stone cold hearts is no substitute for genuine repentance.

* Bible Knowledge Commentary of the Old Testament

Sorry, Not =to Repentance

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Express genuine mourning over our sin (Jer 14:7–10). #SincereRepentance #UnqualifiedRepentance

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

So, what is wrong with the apparent repentance of Judah, that God would not withhold his judgment? Well, the people seem to be blaming God for their troubles. In verse (v7) they say, “OK God we’re caught – yes, we have a habit of sin.“ Then, in vv8,9, they essentially blame God for their woes.

They say, “God, you act like you don’t know us. Are you confused? Are you helpless to save?“ Then, they tell God, “We are known as your people, you can’t abandon us now!“ Really? You see, “Sorry“ only works so many times. Insincerity is the height of indifference. Only a genuine morning for sin will bring a merciful God back to the table. Lord, may this old sentry know a genuine mourning for sin. May my beloved country know such mourning.

Heed The Signs

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Walk in humble acknowledgment of God‘s sovereign Grace and holiness (Jer 14:1–10).

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Here we see God sending a drought on Judah for her rejection of him. This should not have been a surprise. God warned them (Deu 28:22-24) this would happen if they turned their backs on him. The drought was devastating the city, the farmers and the livestock. Nobles, who never seem to be without, send servants for water. They returned with empty pitchers because the cisterns are empty.

The people had rejected the Living Water for false empty cisterns (2:13); false gods who offer no life-giving water. Their grief and crying is not for sin but for their own personal comfort. God will not answer. Lord, your warnings are clear. May we pay heed to the signs of judgment. May we acknowledge you as sovereign and humbly repent, while we still can.

Hardened Hearts

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Do not put off repentance before God (Jer 13:24-27). #TutnNowToGod #Repent #DoNotHardenYourHeart

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

God now makes clear his intentions. If there was any doubt before, it is clear now. God will scatter the people of Judah. They will no longer have a homeland. Just as they have done detestable acts of idolatry, shamelessly done acts of prostitution (pagan orgies) in the open for all to see, so God will expose their naked lust for all to see.

It is decreed by God what is to be their lot…their end. Judgment will fall on them. Lord, my beloved nation is guilty of all of this and more. She flaunts her sin in your face. May she turn back to you before it is too late.

Accountable Leaders

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Seek out godly leaders who will rule in righteousness and wisdom (Jer 13:21b-24). #EveryLeaderAccountable #Repent #PrayForGodlyLeaders #InWithTheGoodOutWithTheBad #TrunNowToGod

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

God turns to the people of Judah. He speaks in broad terms. Though there is a remnant who love and follow God, Judah, as a people, had left God behind. They have tolerated unrighteous and godless leaders. They held them UNACCOUNTABLE.

So, now God says the people cannot repent. They cannot repent any more than the African can change the color of his skin or the leopard can remove its spots. For Judah repentance is not an actual impossibility. It is, sadly to say, for them a moral impossibility. They could repent, but they will not.

So for America the question is not will she repent. The question is can she repent. Has she crossed the line of moral imperative. No one but God would know that. It remains for those who still can repent and will repent to continue speaking for God; raising the issue of repentance at every opportunity. Will we, like Jeremiah, now find ourselves weeping for the leaders/shepherds? They have failed to follow God. The sheep are being scattered. Will the remnant hold to a standard of righteousness and hold her leaders ACCOUNTABLE?

Defaulted Shepherd/Leaders

PRAYING FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS, CHURCH AND NATION

Give us righteous leaders who seek God‘s leadership & govern wisely (Jer 13:20,21a) #NeededRighteousLeaders #ShepherdLeaders

MORNING WATCH NOTES:

Jeremiah addresses the leaders of Judah as shepherds. He asks rhetorically – “Where are your beautiful flocks that God gave you?“ That is, where are your people who once loved and followed God? The implication is that these shepherds have ignored their flocks. Leaders, CIVIC and religious, are called into account. They ought to be embarrassed at the question. But they are not.

Judah’s leaders have ignored the people. They have spent more time pandering to allies, padding their own pockets and following other gods (who are no gods) than listening to Jehovah God and leading righteously. The Prophet says these godless allies will become their rulers. They will be the instruments God’s judgment.

There is blatant rejection of God in American politics and in certain segments of religious influence. They have led the people astray. These shepherd/leaders in America should be embarrassed. But they are not. America won’t like the alternative that will surely come. Lord, may my beloved nation have leaders who seek God‘s counsel & govern righteously.