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The 43rd day – The New Covenant

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God and they shall be my people. — Jeremiah 31:33

‘In Jeremiah 31:31-34 we stand on one of the greatest mountain peaks in the Old Testament. It is the only reference to a “new covenant” in the Old Testament, and is no doubt the most significant of Jeremiah’s sayings. The LORD God will write His law on the heart of the individual. It has been observed by many scholars that this is one of the most important passages in Jeremiah and contains “one of the deepest insights in the whole Old Testament.” This passage finds its fulfillment only in the true believer in Jesus Christ and His covenant with sinful man.’

I have listened to this song in this video again and again, there is nothing more powerful than the promises from God the Father himself. Amazing and wonderful!

31Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

33But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 

— Jeremiah 31:31-34

Additionally, there are some encouraging words from the same chapter which means a lot to me:

3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

13 “ Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, And the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, Will comfort them, And make them rejoice rather than sorrow.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength in your life forever! The Lord bless you!

The 42nd day – Plans to give you hope and a future

“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

The prophet Jeremiah, known as the ‘Major Prophets’, was active in Jerusalem during the tragic period of the city’s destruction by the Babylonians. Despite the fact that Jeremiah is referred to as “the weeping prophet”, his prophecy in today’s verse 29:11 is FULL OF HOPE.

Jeremiah 29:11 is a part of the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

“God knows the plans he has for his people and they are for a hope and a future. Whenever believers face hardship, there is always something for them to hope for.” — Mark Stibbe

We’re all encouraged by a leader who stirs us to move ahead, someone who believes we can do the task he has given and who will be with us all the way. God is that kind of leader. He knows the future, and his plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill his mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship, but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion.

God bless you!

The 41st day – To my heavenly father – Happy Daddy’s Day!

The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
 — Zephaniah 3:17

Zephaniah is the most well-known Biblical figure, he the son of Cushi, and great-grandson of Hezekiah, ninth in the literary order of the ‘minor prophets’. He prophesied in the days of Josiah, king of Judah (B.C. 641-610), and was contemporary with Jeremiah, with whom he had much in common. Zephaniah is the only one of the few prophets whose chronology is fixed by a precise date in the introductory verse of the book

The Book of Zephaniah contains only three chapters long but the overriding theme is one of impending judgement – Chapter 1: Judgement for Judah and Jerusalem for their sins. Chapter 2: Judgement for the nations of the world. Chapter 3:1-8 The Prophet focuses once again on Jerusalem: The severest reckoning will be required of the leading classes of the civil community, and of the Prophets and priests as the directors of public worship. 3:9-20. With a prophetic glance at the Kingdom of God of the future, in which all the world unites and turns to God, the prosperity of the Messianic Kingdom will be enjoyed.

‘On the day of the coming of God’s kingdom, God’s presence will be felt and his delight over Jerusalem will be known. He will refresh his people with his love and will spin around and sing for joy over them, like a deliriously happy Father.’ — Mark Stibbe

This seems like the happiest moment that I can ever imaging. The lord, my heavenly father will be with me, he is mighty to save, he is happy with me, and delights in what I do. He silence me with his abundant love, we will sing for joy as we are spinning and dancing together. Could you imaging any better relationship with the Father? 

Since it is the Father’s Day, I have a Father’s love letter for you, must watch!

The 40th day – The little town of Bethlehem

 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” — Micah 5:2

Today we are on the book of Micah, The author of the book is “Micah of Moresheth” (1:1). The word “micah” means “Who is like Yahweh?” Micah is a prophet lives in Judah during the reign of King Hezekiah. He lived at a time of Instability in his region.

Micah prophesies the birthplace of Jesus, the Messiah

Micah 5:2 is a prophecy about ‘A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem.’ it is one of the clearest indicators given in the Hebrew Scriptures for identifying the Messiah, a prophecy which both pinpoints the exact birth location of the Messiah, as well as telling us much about the charactre and power of this Anointed One. In Matthew 2:1-6  we see this prophecy fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. 

What amazed me the most is, this tiny little details in the Christmas Nativity scene MATTERS ENOUGH TO GOD FOR HIM TO DELIVER HIS PROMISES. It is in the little town of bethlehem not Roman or any other big cities that Jesus was born. It says to me that God takes care of DETAILS. There is no details in our life so small that God doesn’t care. Also there is nothing so big in our life that God can not handle. 

Give your worries, problems, concerns or anything you can not handle to God today, because He cares!

The 39th day – You are The Potter and I am the clay

But now, O Lord, thou art our father, we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  — Isaiah 64:8 (KJV)

In Isaiah 64 illustrates how the people of the southern kingdom have departed from God’s ways, though God has acted on their behalf in the past. Yet God is the one who forms and fathers his people. He formed his people as a potter forms a lump of clay. He fathers his people as a loving Father should. 

The Lord our father is the Potter and we are the clay, He takes us, moulds us, and polishes us to perfection. He calls us, guides us, lead us and walk beside us as a father with his children. We are beautifully and wonderfully made by this hands, and dearly loved by him.

“The potter’s hand”, by Darlene Zschech, is a very special song for me, it touches my heart everytime when it plays. In my opinion, it illustrates such a beautiful picture of the intimate relation between the Heavenly father and us.  It is my deep desire to be shaped for this perfect will and be guided by the hands of God in my life.

God bless you!

The potter’s hand (by Darlene Zschech)

Beautiful Lord, Wonderful savior
I know for sure all of my days are held in your hands
Crafted into your perfect plans

You gently called me into your presence
Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord to live all of my life
Through your eyes

I’m captured by your holy calling
Set me apart. I know you’re drawing me to yourself
lead me, Lord. I pray

Oh Take me, mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the potter’s hand
Oh Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the potter’s hand

The 38th day – We are the reason that He suffered.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. — Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

Today’s chapter (Isaiah 53) is the most important of all Isaiah’s prophecies for Christians. It tells the story of a Suffering Servant of God, whose mission was to help men and women discover a loving and satisfying relationship with their Creator, the heavenly Father! 

As I was doing my research on today’s verse, I came across a website that is totally devoted to this single chapter – Isaiah 53. Moreover, you can even get an amazing book for Free that explains this life changing chapter here: http://www.isaiah53.com.

Let’s find out a bit more about this chapter in this innovative video below:

3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain 
   and bore our suffering, 
yet we considered him punished by God, 
   stricken by him, and afflicted. 

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
   he was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
   and by his wounds we are healed.  

                                     — Isaiah 53 :3-5

And it gets better, here is a testimony:

“This is Our God” album Artist, Michael Gugliemucci, who has battled his own health crisis against cancer for two years, walked confidently on stage, with his oxygen tank in hand, declaring the promise of God from Isaiah 53, and boldly singing the words to his song ‘Healer’.

“On the Cross, Jesus took our punishment, he made the supreme sacrifice, so that we might be reconciled to our Father in heaven. Jesus suffered terribly to redeem us all from our sins. ” — Mark Stibbe

The 37th day – The Best Gift of All

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.

About 600 years before Jesus was born, this verse above was prophesied by Isaiah, the messenger of God. For to us a son is given and this son would reign on King David’s throne and His kingdom will be everlasting. Also the prophet Isaiah declared that Jesus is the Light of the World in Isaiah 9:2

 2 The people walking in darkness 
   have seen a great light; 
on those living in the land of deep darkness 
   a light has dawned. 

In a time of great darkness, God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone living in the shadow of death. He is both “Wonderful Counsellor” and “Mighty God”. This Message of HOPE was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of his eternal Kingdom. He came to deliver all people from their slavery of sin.

Furthermore, Isaiah uses four names today’s verse to describe the Messiah. These names have special meaning to us:

Wonderful Counsellor – He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer, the one who gives the right advice
Mighty God – He is God himself.
Everlasting Father – He is timeless, he is God our father.
Prince of Peace – His government is one of justice and peace.

Though there is still a long way till Christmas (my favourite time of the year), I thought I would still play something Christmasy because of today’s verse if you don’t mind.