Text: Jeremiah 29:11; 1-32. Jeremiah was writing this text to people who had lost everything and were living in a foreign country. He wrote a letter which is recorded in 29:4-14. God took ownership of their deportation to Babylon. He told the people to multiply and to pray for the place where they were to thrive, and then they would thrive, too. Pray for your workplace. God told them they would be there for seventy years. They were to plant, marry, have children, and pursue the welfare of the city: prosperity, abundance, and peace. Put others first. God said that His purpose for them was to give them a future and a hope, when it looked hopeless. Daniel found the words of what to do when the seventy years were done, and that was to fast and pray (Daniel 9:1-2). Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). He will surely do Jeremiah 29:11 for us because of His redemption. He is over every ruler and authority. He erased the certificate of debt with its obligations (Colossians 2:9-10). We are redeemed from the self-inflicted curses, when we repent. All blessings will come and overtake you because you obey the Lord (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). He will bless everything you do. The Spirit of God did not live in the Jews during this time, and yet He called them holy. Condemnation is a curse. The Lord keeps His promises. The blessings of the Lord are the plans and future of the Lord (even in evil times). Be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor (Ephesians 6:10-19). Feed on God’s promises. Pastor Syd encouraged us to pray for one another by name in the Spirit and in English.