Kingdom Building Through the Life of Jeremiah (Part 6) by Jennifer Kostick

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Kingdom Building Through the Life of Jeremiah (Part 6)
Series: Series: Kingdom Building Through the Life of Jeremiah
Jennifer Kostick
Jeremiah 29:12-14


A prayer for you as you begin today’s study: Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for Your faithfulness to us. Lord, I ask that you would reveal Your faithfulness and the truth of Your promises in those who need you most today. Thank You for every woman who committed to this study and learning Your Word and the principles inside of it. We give You praise for Your goodness and we ask that You help us to be faithful to You, not for what you can do, but just because You are the living God worthy of all praise. In Jesus name, Amen.

Week Six Study Overview:

Today, we will discuss the widely known scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, and the context it comes from. In the process, we will discover what it means for YOU!

Key Point of Struggle:

It’s easy to fall in the trap of feeling there is no future and no hope.

Key Proof of Comfort:

The Word of God is solid truth refusing to collapse. We will find comfort in exploring what we can do to stand on the promise of a secure, peaceful future and hope.

Today is our last day with Jeremiah.  Over our weeks of study, we saw the unashamed prophet weep throughout his calling. Through the Word, we’ve watched him be abused and locked up. We saw him through prison bars and witnessed the internal struggle of wanting to give up on his calling. And then we learned of the fire deep within his bones that could not be extinguished.

Though our callings and struggles are much different from those of Jeremiah’s, we can feel a kindred spirit with this man and his ministry. Like Jeremiah, we’ve been afraid, contemplated running, and cried out to God with questions. And, through it all, we’ve allowed the burn in our bones to propel us onward.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and hope.

- Jeremiah 29:11

Over the years, I’ve seen Jeremiah 29:11 plastered on social media statuses, posters in churches, t-shirts, and even bumper stickers. I love that we can read a scripture and claim it as our own, but at the same time my heart weeps a little at the lack of knowledge where context is concerned. As Christians, I believe we take the verse of the day, and apply it to our struggle of the day. We don’t read what comes before or after it, and usually have very little knowledge of who wrote it and why.

Listen, I know not everyone likes to sit down and search out the history and author of every book in the Bible. I get it. But friend, a little context goes a long way. It gives us insight and opens up the lines of communication allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us on a deeper level. We often long for God to speak, but we don&rsqu ...


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