Jeremiah 29:10-14 MORE THAN A PLAN

This is one of those parts of scriptures we like to read PART of and take the fraction for the whole.

The reality is that there are a few AWESOME declarative statements and promises found here. This text has given hope to millions. As it should!

But just as you have a promise to receive; you have a part to play!

1. There are times in our lives when we feel lost
a. Like we are wandering and no direction feels right
b. We may be hurting or broken
i. Maybe/usually by our choices
ii. Maybe by the actions of another
iii. Maybe because the enemy of our Lord is buffeting us
iv. Maybe because God is bringing conviction
c. Any way it happens, we sometimes feel bound
i. like slaves to the situation
ii. Strangers in a Strange land living a STRANGE life
iii. Unable to break free as we look anywhere EVERYWHERE for hope
2. I think God has some GOOD NEWS in the declarative statements of this text:
a. He knows your pain and struggle
b. He proclaims this time is TEMPORARY
c. There is a time of renewed relationship with Him coming
i. He has not abandoned you
1. He is close enough to know
2. Remember that it is sin that separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1 – 2)
ii. This time of loneliness is almost over and you will find Him right there
d. He WILL keep His Word
i. Every single word, letter and punctuation mark
e. He will restore you to your RIGHTFUL PLACE
i. One of the KINGS KIDS
ii. With Him, not a LITTLE – but COMPLETELY
f. He HAS PLANS for you – PLANS – plural
1. You have purpose
2. There is a reason for you being here
3. Even this time of hurt can and will be used for God’s Glory
a. Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” ESV
4. PLANS for Wholeness/Peace/Welfare/GOOD
5. Not plans for EVIL/Disaster
a. The evil in and around you is not God’s plan
b. The disaster you are facing is not God’s plan and HE WILL DELIVER YOU FROM THIS DISASTER if we SEEK Him
6. God PLANS to GIVE you a Future
7. God Plans to give you A Hope – CONFIDENT EXPECTANCY
a. We do not hope on many things (like the world)
b. We hope on ONE – GOD ALMIGHTY
i. Problems are MANY – ONE ANSWER
8. When we submit to God’s Plans GREAT THINGS HAPPEN
a. THEN:
i. You will CALL on Him
ii. You will COME to Him
iii. You will PRAY to Him
a. HE WILL HEAR YOU [God listens]
iv. You will SEEK Him
v. You will FIND Him
1. WHEN you seek Him with ALL YOUR HEART
9. There is the rub for most of us
a. We may go about this whole “Christianity” business half-hearted, half bakes, half prepared, NOT READY
i. NOT COMMITTED
10. He will RESTORE your fortunes
a. We think MONEY
b. God thinks RELATIONSHIPS
c. God brings us back into a real and fruitful relationship WITH HIM
i. That where we are, there He will also be – WITH US.
ii. More than a place – A STANDING

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