Saints & Struggles: Jeremiah
Pastor Jeff Wallace
“The God of the universe promised that He has a plan and purpose for our lives. When we believe this, we’ll begin to minimize our fears and excuses and maximize our faith and destiny.” In this message, Pastor Jeff Wallace walks us through the promises that Jeremiah discovered by fully trusting God. Today we can lay down our excuses and pick up these promises from God!
- To be a Saint is to be in the struggle.
- God wants us to know these struggles because their struggles of yesterday are our struggles today.
- We overcome our struggles through the power of Jesus Christ.
- Struggles (bad things) can and will happen to good people.
- May people look great on the outside but are struggling on the inside.
Today we will learn from the Old Testament in the Book of Jeremiah.
Much of the struggles that Jeremiah faced thousands of years ago are the same struggles we face today.
The name Jeremiah actually means “the One whom Jehovah anoints.” Jeremiah was born a priest but became a prophet by the will of God.
Jeremiah was called by God to do hard things, namely tell God’s truth, even of it went against what was popular and culturally acceptable.
We often do the same thing by creating excuses and reasons why we can’t tell God’s truths.
We all our “Masters of Excuses” and self-serving procrastination.
“I’m too busy, I’m not made for that, I just don’t know how, I’m too old, I’m too young, I’m not sure, I don’t have the money for, …and so on and so on.”
Truth be told all of us come up with excuses for most of what God tells us to do and some of us come up
with excuses for EVERYTHING God tells us to do.
James 1:22 New International Version
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
“He who is could at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” -Benjamin Franklin
Jeremiah struggles with what God was asking him to do, much the same as we all struggle today.
Like his father and grandfather, he was a priest but God spoke to him and made him a prophet.
Being a prophet is filled with the responsibility of changing the present and transforming the heart of a nation or people.
Prophets were not believed because people didn’t like what they revealed or didn’t want to change.
They were often beaten and persecuted.
Most were violently killed.
Jesus was the ultimate prophet.
Life is hard, there is no doubt.
Three Modern and Common Excuses.
God’s Promise and solution.
Your Excuse: The task is too difficult
God’s Promise: “Trust in Me.” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version
2 Timothy 1:7 New International Version
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version
11 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.
Philippians 1:6 New International Version
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Your Excuse: I am inadequate.
God’s Promise: “Come near to Me and I will come near to you.
Just the same as Jeremiah God has chosen you. He knows you and has plans for you even before you were knitted together in your mother’s womb.
Walk in the truth that the God of the universe has a plan for you. You belong to God and He has a plan – trust Him.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 New International Version
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Jeremiah 1:9 New International Version
9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.
What does this mean? It means that the Lord has given you all the tools necessary to complete what He has asked of you.
Matthew 19:26 New International Version
26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Never underestimate the touch of God.
Your Excuse: It’s not my time.
God’s Promise: “You are not alone; I am with you always.
Jeremiah 1:8 New International Version
8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
There is a condition to this promise from God.
God requires total surrender.
If God calls you to it He will be there to see you through it.
Romans 8:38-39 New International Version
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All of us have two choices; we can continue to struggle alone with all that we do and continue in fear or
We’re going to experience freedom and peace through the Lord our God.
Trust God and obey His commands.
God knows you. You were born on purpose with a purpose.
Say yes to God today.
Matthew 6:33 New International Version
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Be bold, be courageous. Stop listening to the darkness and know that you are worthy and by the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ you have been redeemed.
Always and forever, God Loves You No Matter What!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
The week of 10-10-21 through 10-17-21
Wednesday, October 13th, Not Your Mama’s Bible Study presents J.D. Greear
The Book of Ephesians
Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.
Pastor and author J.D. Greear walks through the powerful words of Paul. In 9 sessions, J.D. digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it’s going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.
Complimentary dinner starts at 6pm, study starts at 6:30. Be our guest.