Jer 7:23 (Not Lukewarm!) by Kimberly Martinez

31 Mar Jer 7:23 (Not Lukewarm!) by Kimberly Martinez

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).

“Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.” Jeremiah 7:23 (full readings)

Kimberly’s Reflections: We have some days at the Alpha Center (pregnancy help center) when it takes everything inside you to hold it together. In fact, you know that apart from Christ, everything would fall apart. We face women who seek to kill their unborn child. This sometimes comes in forms of extreme mockery from the enemy of life. One woman said to me, “Look, abortion is murder. It’s killing a child. I am prepared to kill my child.” In moments like this, you search your heart for compassion to give this person who has so lost their way. (Thankfully, that compassion is never far away with Christ.) In those moments, you wonder, “Lord, how is it we’ve come to such a low place? When will this end?” Jeremiah 7 was apparently also written for us today as it shows the warnings and truth that are available to God’s people and the consequences to those who don’t listen. We must all stand strong on God’s side. We can’t have one foot in the world and one foot with the Lord. Jesus was clear in Luke 11:23, “Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.” Are you with Him or against Him? Are you doing your part to end abortion: praying, volunteering, giving? Will you follow His life-saving lead when He stretches you into an uncomfortable situation (like someone telling you she wants to kill her child)? Say “yes, Lord” before it is too late. For all who said “yes, Lord”, THANK YOU! There will come a day when abortion will be put to an end.
* Kimberly Martinez is a wife/mother and the executive director for the Alpha Center (pregnancy help center) in Sioux Falls, SD.

Faith Challenge: If not you, WHO? If not now, WHEN? There is no room for lukewarm. “I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other” (Rev 3:15). Be on fire for Christ and His precious unborn! 
Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action 
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.

Feast Day: Blessed Joan of Toulouse.

Faith Quote: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” ~ Mother Teresa

Through Christ Our Lord,
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A poverty to decide that a child must die so you may live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.

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