Jeremiah chapter 1:1- 8 Message bible “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you. A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.”But I said, “Hold it, Master God! Look at me. I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!” God told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’ I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there. I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it. Don’t be afraid of a soul. I’ll be right there, looking after you.”God’s Decree”.
In the text, God tells Jeremiah that he was chosen to do something great. He says to him,” I have holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—that’s what I had in mind for you.” He informs him that even before he was formed in his mother’s womb, he knew him, and had chosen him. However, Jeremiah became nervous and fearful. He gave excuse why he could not do what God was instructing him to do. He said to the LORD, I’m only a boy. In other words, I lack the experience and skill to do this. Despite assurance from the Creator himself Jeremiah shank back. The real problem was Jeremiah had an underlying issue, a poor self image. He lacked the confidence to believe that he could do anything significant. God never expected Jeremiah to accomplish this alone. He promised him his presence, but a result of the way Jeremiah perceived himself, he didn’t believe he could do it.
Like Jeremiah, you too have been called to do something amazing. You too are apart of God’s plan for revival and restoration! He is raising up many people to draw people into his kingdom and its not about having a long title or sophisticated degree. God is using everyday ordinary people like you and I to accomplish great things. To show signs and wonders in the earth, that will ignite people to believe again. But you have to see yourself the way God sees you or the desired result can not be achieved. For years I did not want to speak publicly, pray out loud for someone or even speak one on one with someone of importance. I struggled with being shy and feeling insignificant. I had a false sense of humility, that later I found out to be, inferiority complex disorder. As I began to study what it was and the traits of a person who struggled with it, it opened my eyes to see myself! I immediately came out of agreement with it. I could not effectively accomplish anything feeling this way about myself. Truthfully, it would not have matter what great plans God had for me. It would not matter what big thing he chose me to do. If I fail to rise up in my mind, and to be confident, believing I could do it, then it would all be in vain. God takes no pleasure in those who shrink back. Hebrews 10:38. I needed to be healed and set free from it. After partnering with God, doing some self awareness and inner healing, today I am free! Free people free people. I am here to let someone know that it time for you to be free as well. God has plans for restoration and change for the world and it will began with you.
We are living in a society, where a lot of people have turned away from church, they have no desire to pray or even talk about God anymore. People hearts have been totally turned away from God. Why? Well, let me attempt to answer that, the way Holy Spirit ministered it to me. It is not because of God himself. It is mainly because of the people who are suppose to be representing him. The main reason most people have turned away from God is because of bad religion, untruthful teachings and the church, that does not always represent him well. So many churches have gotten of course with God’s intended purposes. The message bible puts it better that I ever could. Here is what it says in Matthew 23:1-10
“The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer. “Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’ “Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and he’s in heaven. And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.
Many people have turned away from God because he has been misrepresented, by individuals, that Jesus describes above . These people have packaged God into rules and regulations, along with dos and don’ts, then, condemn you when you can’t follow their rules. It’s no wonder no one want to be apart! The truth is, Christ coming back just as he promised. Peter 3:9 King James Version (KJV)
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
The reason the Lord has stayed his coming is because he desires for all to come to him. The individuals misrepresenting God, has push many away from God, but he wants them back! Therefore, just as many as there are misrepresenting him, he is awakening those that will represent who is properly! Those that will share Kingdom wisdom in government, those he can trust in high places that will properly influence (such as businesses, community and education). Those who will show love and random acts of kindness thus drawing people into his Kingdom. He is raising up truth tellers who will tear down the lies that we have been taught. This is what our God is ready and prepared to do. However we must partner with him unafraid. We must have confidence and assurance. In order for you to move into this position you must rid yourself of a poor self image and lack of confidence!
As I conclude, understand the time in which we are living. Many of you reading this have been chosen to do great things. As I was writing this, I said to my daughter who works as a CNA at a major hospital in the city. I said to her, what if the Lord lead you to share some insight or wisdom with some of the doctors or the mangers at the hospital. What if you felt it, real strong in your heart and knew it was God. “What would you do?”, I asked her. “Would you shrink back like Jeremiah did at first”? “Or would you stand boldness and give what was was given to you”. You see, some of you are called to the nations, some chosen to speak to mayors and government officials. Some to presidents and CEO of major corporations. Some of your have been called to start small groups that pray and handle community issues. Some of you are even called to be kind to someone that you would normally overlook, to feed someone who is hungry or to offer a smile to a stranger. The greatness is not about how big it is or how small the act it is. The greatness is that YOU were up chosen to do it and you did it with confidence and unafraid. I pray that you will seek the Lord concerning what he is leading you to do. I pray in that moment that he reveals his plans for you, that you move in that direction with boldness and fearlessness! Amen