Sunday, July 17, 2011

Learning My Name

Jeremiah 1:4-10
God sent Jeremiah a letter when he was about 20 years old. What God said to Jeremiah may help us to better understand what He has in mind for our lives.
 Three things we will learn today:
1.       For every person born there is a special spirit and soul.
2.       For every life there is a purpose, direction and reason.
3.       God will work out His plan in our lives.
The greatest waste of life is to live it all and then wonder "why" at the end.
Purpose answers the question of "Why?"

  I.       Things to Know

A. God is the Giver of Life. - v.5a

B. God has a Purpose for the Life He has Given us. – v.5b-c

When you Speak for God:

1.       Speak from His Word - v.9
2.       Speak with His Authority - v.10a-b
3.       Speak with His Purpose - v.10c

C. God will Enable us to Fulfill our Life’s Purpose. - v.7-8

II.       God's purpose ...

A. May be character changing.  Genesis 35:9-15, 32:28

In the Old Testament, name was equal to character.

Knowing your name does not always mean you will accept your name.

B. May be bigger than you think you can handle.
Exodus 3:4-5, 4:1, 10-11, 13-14

C. May not be heard by others.  I Samuel 3:3-5, 9-11

God speaks TO men as well as THROUGH men.
Nobody can make you inferior without your permission.

D. May not be understood by others.  Luke 1:30- 32

E. May cause a redirection of your whole life.  Acts 9:4-6

F. Will be completed in God’s Time.  Philippians 1:6

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