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The 'No Matter What' Prophet
by Travis Wiginton
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While pastoring Bethel Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma, I preached for 5 months from the Book of Jeremiah (my favorite of the Old Testament books....and by the way, our eldest grandson is named Jeremiah).

My first website article (10-24-04) was 'Mastering Our Moods' from Jeremiah.
In this article today, we want to see some 'Jewels From Jeremiah'.
In so many ways he was fragile, but he was a person of faith 'no matter what'.

Read Jeremiah 20 and see for yourself.
There was self pity, blame game, thought about quitting and mood swings.
His home was in the tiny village of Anathoth, 3 miles north of Jerusalem.
He prophesied in Jerusalem during a period of political decline and decay.
His ministry extended from 626-586 BC.

He has been called the 'weeping prophet', the 'rebel prophet' and sometimes the 'reluctant prophet'.
I'm sure that you (like we) can identify with this because we too, are sometimes 'reluctant' in our spiritual lives.

I) At times, the cause of his reluctance was that his eyes were on the people and their problems....more than on the presence and power of God.
He did his best to bring the people and God together.
Here are some of the problems that the people had (and many people today have):

Jeremiah 2:13:
"My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken God, the fountain of living waters and have gone to the old wells of this world to satisfy their thirsts."
Have you ever left God for a time and found that the world's wells did not satisfy?
(Some of those can be mud-holes anyway)
What direction are you moving....and with whom?
They were backsliding.....and you never backslide closer to God.

Jeremiah 6:15 and 8:12:
These verses indicate that there was little conviction among the people....
and no shame or remorse at doing wrong. They no longer could blush!
There is so much on TV today that degrades, instead of uplifting.
Much of reality TV is not really real-life.

Jeremiah 10:3-5:
The people turned to idolatry. You become like the god you worship.
Jesus showed us God and that we are to worship Him, walk in His way, do His will, and follow the example of Jesus.

Jeremiah 23:12:
Because of what we've been talking about here, the people's way was like a 'slippery way in a dark place'.
Is your way on a slippery way....or the Solid Rock? (Matt.7:24-27)

Lamentations 1:12:
"Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow which is done unto me wherewith the Lord has afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger."
I listed this verse to show that as great as Jeremiah was, he did have times of deep despair or disappointment.

We too, can find ourselves in this attitude sometimes, but Lamentations 3:22-26 tells us that Jeremiah did not STAY there. "It is by the mercies of God that we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning and great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore will I Hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him. It is good that a person should both hope and quietly wait for victory in the Lord."

II) We may identify with Jeremiah's 'human-ness'....
but also let us identify with his 'special-ness'.

The POSSESSION we are: (Jeremiah 1:4-9)
Out of all of my 74 website articles, the 2 that have been read the most are article #1 ("Mastering Our Moods") which has been read 364 times and...
article #28 ("You Are Special") has been read 350 times.

At times Jeremiah used excuses as did Moses...
but to God, an excuse is a 'reason with a hole in it'.
God sees through the hole every time and sees your worth!
We must realize WHO we are and WHOSE we are!

I Cor. 6: 19-20: "You are not your own...you're bought with a price."
You are God's twice....created at birth and re-created at your new birth!
If so, you are blood bought....grace gifted....and Holy Spirit in-dwelt.

The POTTER we need: (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
When you let God mold and make your life, there will be:
vs. 2) Dependence: Totally dependent on the Potter
vs. 3) Design: We are a 'work of God'...a vessel of honor, containing God's wisdom and willing to empty the contents for the good of others.
vs. 4-6) Direction, Determination, Discipline:
All of these are needed as the Potter works with the clay.
The Potter is Sovereign and the clay is submissive.
This is how we are to be in our relationship between us and God.

One of the songs that La Moyne sings on our CD is entitled:
'He Didn't Throw The Clay Away'.

'Empty and broken, I came back to Him,
A vessel unworthy, so scarred with sin.
But He did not despair...He started over again
And I bless the day, He didn't throw the clay away.

Over and over, He molds me and makes me
Into His likeness, He fashions the clay.
A vessel of honor, I am today
All because Jesus didn't throw the clay away.

He is the Potter and I am the clay...
Molded in His image, He wants me to stay.
But when I stumble and fall and my vessel breaks,
He just picks up the pieces, He doesn't throw the clay away.

Over and over, He molds me and makes me
Into His likeness, He fashions the clay.
A vessel of honor, I am today
All because Jesus didn't throw the clay away.

The PASSION we need to enjoy: (Jeremiah 31:3)
"The Lord said, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness, I have drawn you."
Because of this passion that Jeremiah had (and so must we), the following should happen:
A committed cause (20:12)
A habit of praise (20:13)
A powerful presence (20:11)
A burning heart (20:9)

Jeremiah (like we) knew that God's everlasting love will:
never let us down, never let us go and will never let us off.
This is why we need THE Redeemer, for until your faith/religion is a PASSION....
it will be a boring habit.
Remember in Revelations, the Ephesus Church had left it's first love....
and the Laodicea Church was lukewarm.

The PRAYER we need to experience: (Jeremiah 33:3)
"Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you know not."
Above all other prayers, we MUST pray the 'Prayer of Relinquishment' ...
and let go and let God have His wonderful way!

The PROSPECTS that are our's: (Jeremiah 32:6-9)
In the worst of times, Jeremiah was instructed by God to buy a field.
This would let the people know that he had faith in God....and confidence in the people.
Do people see your faith in God....and feel your confidence in them?

Please don't study this paper and think that 'that was then....this is now'.
The God of the Old is the God of the New, plus we have Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
God's power has not diminished....
God's promises have not ceased....
God's program (missions) has not changed...
God's provisions have not lessened.
He is the God of more than enough!

When people ask what is our favorite Old Testament Scripture, we usually say that we have too many to name.
But Jeremiah 29:11-13 is probably at the top of our list of 'most favorites'.
"For I know the PLANS I have for you, declares the Lord, PLANS to prosper you and not to harm you, PLANS to give you
hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

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Keith Thomas 20 Mar 2006
WOW! Best article yet and that's saying something. I will copy this one and keep it on my desk for quite a while. I pray that God will continue to bless you and Lamoyne.


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