Presentation on theme: "Jeremiah 18:9-10 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant."— Presentation transcript:
Jeremiah 18:9-10 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
Jeremiah 1:5 a prophet of the nations. They deal exclusively with the proposition that all of God's promises, or prophecies, whether of punishment and destruction, or of blessing and honor are absolutely and eternally controlled and conditional. God made of them a vessel of dishonor who would indeed continue to serve God, but who would never be of any use whatever in the nobler purposes God had intended. Romans 9:21 “Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use?”.
Psalm 33:12 which says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” Abundant natural beauty can be found all across our land, including tropical beaches, green valleys, rich farmlands, towering mountains, and the Great Plains. We have a godly heritage. Fifty-two of the original fifty-five founding fathers who wrote our Constitution were Christians, and they established our country on Judeo- Christian values. Our land is blessed with plentiful natural resources, including water, oil, ore, and fertile farm land. America’s free enterprise system allows almost anyone the opportunity to rise from poverty to wealth. Imaginative entrepreneurs have created all kinds of inventions to improve our lives. Compared to most nations in the world, the United States has a high standard of living.
Psalm 33:12 which says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” We enjoy the liberty to speak our minds, worship as we choose, and live undisturbed, private lives. Our spiritual heritage is strong. We have been blessed with intellectual spiritual giants such as Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, John Wesley, and Charles Finney. Through the years, pastors, evangelists, and Bible teachers have sustained that godly heritage.
Why would God bless America as He has? I believe the reason is that He intends for us to influence the nations of the world. Not only are we an example of liberty and democracy, but we also have the resources and manpower to take the gospel around the world—and in many respects, the church has done just that. But what about the country as a whole? Sadly, we have taken God’s hand of blessing for granted, declining to bless Him in return. We have: Removed prayer and the Word of God from our schools. Legalized the murder of our unborn children. Tolerated all types of sexual immorality in our citizenry and elected officials despite Leviticus 20:13 (If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.) Allowed sex and violence to dominate our entertainment industry.
…….Sadly, we have taken God’s hand of blessing for granted, declining to bless Him in return. We have: Exported pornography to the world. Financed the lazy and irresponsible. Used our citizens’ hard-earned tax dollars to bribe dictators, who have then turned around and attacked our nation. Allowed sex and violence to dominate our entertainment industry. Tolerated liberalism from spiritual leaders who doubt the inerrancy of the Bible. Lived reckless and undisciplined lives, satisfying our desires in unrighteous ways. Finally more and more, the name of Jesus is a forbidden word. Scripture says the Father gave Him "the name that is above every name" (Phil. 2:9). Can God continue to bless this nation if we refuse to honor the One who gave His life so we might truly live?
This law affirms that we reap what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow.
What are our scriptural responsibilities? 1.Stand up. We need to stand up and live out the godly life we profess. Recall Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 2.Speak up. As individual believer’s don't be ashamed of the name of our Savior. One day, "every knee will bow... and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Phil. 2:10-11) so there is no reason not to name the name of Christ publically and frequently. Be identified with Jesus; 3.Stay up. To be faithful is to be reliable, steadfast and unwavering, and the Bible speaks of this type of faithfulness in four ways: as an attribute of God (1 Kings 8:56: “Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant); as a positive characteristic of men like Silas (1 Peter 5:8: Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour), Tychicus (Ephesians 6:21), Epaphras (Colossians 1:7), Onesimus (Colossians 4:9), and Moses (Hebrews 3:2); as a characteristic that many men lack (Proverbs 20:6: Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find?; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 26:75); and as a gift of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,). When a person walks consistently with God, in humble service to Him, he or she can be called “faithful.”
The Prophet Jeremiah had a most difficult message to deliver. Jeremiah loved Judah, but he loved God much more. As painful as it was for Jeremiah to deliver a consistent message of judgment to his own people, Jeremiah was obedient to what God told him to do and say. Jeremiah hoped and prayed for mercy from God for Judah, but also trusted that God was good, just, and righteous. As American believers, we too must obey God, even when it is difficult, recognizing God’s will as more important than our own desires, and trust that God, in His infinite wisdom and perfect plan, will bring about the best for His faithful children (Romans 8:28).