Daily Bible Verse:              Isaiah 9:6

‘And He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’

- The gift of our Saviour provided us with all we will ever need.
- Every human need is met in the gift that God gave on that first Christmas.
- He is your Wonderful Counsellor and your Mighty God.
- He is your Everlasting Father and your Prince of Peace.

Prayer: Lord, You have made provision for every need and longing of my heart. Be to me a Wonderful Counsellor, a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father and my Prince of Peace. Amen.


Daily Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:6
‘And He will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’


Daily Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:6
‘For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.’

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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