Pastor Tim Romero

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Jeremiah 12:15-17

Jeremiah 12:15–17 (ESV): 16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, 'As the Lord lives,' even as they taught my people to swear by Baal, then they shall be built up in the midst of my people. 17 But if any nation will not listen, then I will utterly pluck it up and destroy it, declares the Lord."

What is the key to getting back on track with God? To place your whole trust in Him alone. God promises that anyone who puts their trust in Him shall not be put to shame (Ps 25:3).

God speaks to Jeremiah about the remedy for the nation of Israel here. They have gone after the idols of man and put their trust in Baal. They swear by his name rather than the Lords. This resulted in nationwide judgment. God is now telling the children of Israel and any nation for that matter that they can be healed if they turn back to God and trust in Him alone and learn the ways that were taught by Him to Israel. This will lead to revival and restoration.

All of us are guilty at times of bowing before false gods. We know what it's like to trust in something other than the God of Israel. Perhaps it's money you bow down to, or pleasure or relationship, whatever the case may be the remedy is the same. Turn from your idols and turn to God. Walk in His wisdom and commands putting all your trust in Him and He will revive, restore, and renew you. The nation of America has hope! All we have to do is turn from idolatry back to God. It all starts with you. Return to the Lord and ask God to heal our land. He promises to do so but equally promises to destroy a land that will not repent. Turn to the Lord and put your trust in Him alone and watch and see what He does. Amen?

Father, we thank You for reminding us of Your true heart for us. Its reconciliation, not condemnation. You desire to save! May we learn Your ways and walk faithfully in them. Help our nation to turn back to You. Forgive us for placing our trust in Mammon, Baal, and the like. We renounce those false gods and ask You to strip our land of anything that doesn't represent You. Start with me, Lord. Strip my heart of any idols I have let in. My trust and dependence are in You I pray in Jesus name, amen!
Jeremiah 15:19
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