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Kingdom Building Through the Life of Jeremiah (Part 4)
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A Prayer for you as you begin today’s study: Dear Lord, we thank you for creating us, and giving us the opportunity to be used daily to build Your kingdom. Teach us through your Word, and help us to serve You and others well. In Jesus name, Amen.
Week Four Study Overview:
Today we will deal with the inside ache, turned fire in our bones, when we hear from God and are trying to decipher if it’s really Him, or our own desires, speaking.
Key Point of Struggle:
We aren’t always sure if we are hearing the whisper of God or our own desires, and we don’t always want to do what we are called to do.
Key Proof of Comfort:
“And I am sure that God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus Christ returns.” – Philippians 1:6
Last time we were with Jeremiah, we witnessed an honest conversation between himself and God. We then took that conversation and translated it into our own lives. What I love about Jeremiah is that he’s brutally honest. We can read his heart and emotions because he wasn’t afraid to share his story with us. We can learn from him because he cracked open his heart and allowed it to pour out over pages that we can still read to this day. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet because of his honest emotion and outward lament. Thank God for the real ones: the folks who let it all out and confess their struggles. They make me feel less crazy in my own search for purpose.
At the beginning of our study, I mentioned that the book of Jeremiah is not written in chronological order, and that we would be jumping to a few significant moments in his life. Today, I want to look at chapters 19 and 20, but before we get there, I want to talk about the call on our lives.
We learned from Jeremiah 1:5 that we are all called, set apart, and given purpose. We each have a mandate on our life to kingdom build while living abundantly within the call. However, we also learned from Jeremiah’s conversation with God that sometimes we are called to do hard things: tasks we would much rather tell God we’ll pass on and wait for the next job He has in mind. And then there are those of us who love the idea of our calling. We think that because we’ve been called that every path will be covered with favor and blessing. However, the longer we wait without gaining the ground we think we should, we become weary. We are shocked by the amount of battles we’re called to fight. Translating battles into blessings is harder work than we can begin to imagine.
- Has God ever called you to a hard task that you we ...
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