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Jeremiah – The Weeping, Complaining, Persevering Prophet
Lee Powell, Senior Pastor
July 23 & 24, 2011
What he “DIDN’T” have…
…I knew you before I formed you in your Mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my Prophets to the Nations. JEREMIAH 1:4 & 5
O Sovereign Lord,…I can’t speak for you! I’m too young! JEREMIAH 1:6
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“What sorrow is mine…Oh that I had died at birth! I am hated everywhere I go. JEREMIAH 15:10
Why…does my suffering continue? Why is my wound so incurable? Your help seems as uncertain as a seasonal brook, like a spring that has gone dry. JEREMIAH 15:18
…I curse the day I was born! May no one celebrate the day of my birth. I curse the messenger who told my father, Good news, you have a son!…Terrify him all day…because he did not kill me at birth. Oh, that I had died in my Mother’s womb…why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow and shame. JEREMIAH 20:14-18
What he “DID” have…
A H__________ for G_____
When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. I never joined the people in their merry feasts. I sat alone because your hand was on me. I was filled with indignation at their sins. JEREMIAH 15:16,17
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him… 2 CHRONICLES 16:9
C_____________________ in G_______
…Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost! The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in Him! The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for him. LAMENTATIONS 3:18-25
C______________________ to the C_____________ of God
Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”JEREMIAH 1:10
But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! JEREMIAH 20:9
All Scripture is from the New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.
Living It Out – Discussion Questions
(Discuss these questions in your LifeGroup and/or with your family and friends.)
1. Why do you think God chose to use someone like Jeremiah, who had so many flaws to carry His message to the people of Judah?
2. Read Jeremiah 1:4-6. Have you ever felt that God was calling you to do something but you doubted yourself? What was the result?
3. Read Jeremiah 20:14-18. Have you ever felt this down in the dumps? What promises of God or favorite scripture passages do you turn to during these tough times?
4. Read Jeremiah 15:16-17. What do you see in these passages that show the prophet’s heart for God? Do you believe your heart is in tune with God’s heart? Why or why not?
5. Read Jeremiah 20:7-9. Have you ever had a message from God you felt was like a “Fire in my bones?” Who in your life do you need to share the message of Christ with?
Living It Out – Scripture Memory
(Memorize this verse for the month of July.)
COLOSSIANS 4:5-6 (New Living Translation)
Live wisely among those who are not believers,
and make the most of every opportunity. Let your
conversation be gracious and attractive so that
you will have the right response for everyone.