Daily Bible Verse:              Psalm 112:7

‘He need not fear a bad report, for his heart is unshaken, since he trusts in the LORD.’

- Sometimes bad news is part of life, but we do not need to fear it.
- Our confidence in God means that our hearts do not need to be shaken.
- Trusting in the Lord allows us to believe that He will take care of things.
- Let your heart and mind rest secure in the knowledge that the Lord has your back.

Prayer: Lord, I will not be shaken, even as I see and hear of things that are taking place. My hope is not in the ‘plans of men’, but my hope is in You. I will trust and not be afraid. Amen.


Daily Bible Verse: Psalm 112:7
‘He need not fear a bad report, for his heart is unshaken, since he trusts in the LORD.’


Daily Bible Verse: Habakkuk 3:17-18
‘Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God m

Notes - A BREAKTHROUGH IS POSSIBLE!

A BREAKTHROUGH IS POSSIBLE!

By: Andrew W Roebert

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  • A BREAKTHROUGH IS POSSIBLE!

    A BREAKTHROUGH IS POSSIBLE

    Introduction:

    - Many people are battling with discouragement, despair, hopelessness and depression.
    - Perhaps you are feeling like this today.
    - You are not alone.
    - Even the great people of God went through experiences like this.
    - Like Moses, Abraham, Joseph and David.
    - The prophet Jeremiah also faced difficulty and discouragement.

    1. EVEN THE GREAT GET DOWNHEARTED

    - Jeremiah was a great prophet who had been used by God.
    - He was the one who brought us these great scriptures:  
    - Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.  They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.' 
    - Jeremiah 33:3 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'

    - These are some of the best-known and loved scriptures, yet there was a time when Jeremiah was discouraged.
    - We find it in: Jeremiah 15:18 'Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?  Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain?' 
    - Can you see the doubt and discouragement?

    2. GOD'S RESPONSE

    - God responds to Jeremiah in his discouragement.
    - God gives him some advice to help him out of the hole that he had found himself in.
    - Jeremiah 15:19 'Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): 'If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair), then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwanted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness - you shall be My mouthpiece. (But do not yield to them). Let them return to you - not you to (the people).'  
    - Let's look at God's response:

    a. RETURN TO GOD

    - The first thing that God does is to offer him the option of returning.
    - Oftentimes when we are discouraged we become self-focused and self-orientated.
    - We begin to feel sorry for ourselves.
    - This self-orientation needs to be replaced with a returning to God and becoming God-orientated. 

    - We need to become God-conscious and remind ourselves that God is all-powerful and limitless.
    - We must stop limiting God and return to a pace of faith in God.
    - Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah):  'If you return'

    b. A MISTAKEN TONE
    - Have you ever discovered that when we are going through a hard time we can begin to sound like we are going through a bad patch?
    - Jeremiah had begun to develop this tone.
    - It was a tone of distrust and despair.
    - Perhaps he was saying things like: 'God has forgotten about me' or 'God does not have a plan for me', or 'trusting God is not really helping me'. 
    - Moaning or distrust and despair do not move God, God is moved by faith.
    - When we develop this tone we need to take decisive steps to give up and let go of this attitude so that God can begin to use us again.
    - Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah): 'If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair)'.

    c. GET RID OF THE DOUBT
    - When we develop doubt, we set ourselves up for disaster.
    - Doubt and suspicions about God and His faithfulness are unacceptable and vile to God.
    - Jeremiah 15:19 'and if you separate the precious form the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness)'. 
    - Our doubt concerning God is unworthy and unwarranted.
    - Don't let it get a foothold in your life.

    3. THE REWARDS

    - If we do these things and get rid of the doubt, questions or suspicions then God can begin to use us.
    - While we are full of doubt and negativity, God cannot use us or bring about His plan and purpose for our lives.
    - But if we can deal with these things, then the way is open for God to work in our lives and to use us.
    - Jeremiah 15:19'Therefore thus says the Lord (to Jeremiah); If you return (and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair), then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile (cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness), you shall be My mouthpiece.' 

    - Note the rewards:
      1.      A settled place of quiet and safety
      2.      You will be My minister
      3.      You will be My mouthpiece
    - As we read on we see that God has even greater things in store.
    - We can apply this story to our lives.

    Jeremiah 15:18 - 21

    18 'Why is my pain perpetual and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you indeed be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail and are uncertain?

    19 Therefore thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah]: If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God's faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece. [But do not yield to them.] Let them return to you - not you to [the people].

    20 And I will make you to this people a fortified, bronze wall; they will fight against you, but they will not prevail over you, for I am with you to save and deliver you, says the Lord.

    21 And I will deliver you out of the hands of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the palms of the terrible and ruthless tyrants.'

    By: Andrew W Roebert
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