It is always easy to start something…you name it a home improvement project, an athletic competition, a marriage relationship. It is quite another thing to finish and finish well. It is a huge commitment to give your life to Jesus, it is quite another thing to let Him live his life through you. Jeremiah knew this all too well in his challenge to the people of
Today we stand at the crossroads between a life lived for self or for others. Are you ready to stand in the gap? Are you ready to be the life giving, breathing message of God? If you are then be prepared to always remember, always realize and always return.
REMEMBER Jeremiah 2v1-3
When love grows cold they say that with couples half the battle with couples is getting them back to when they first met, the circumstances that were involved and what drew them together…
I will never forget the time that
It was so amazing, the element of surprise,
Can you relate what is what like when you first discovered a real sense of connection with the Lord. What made it special, the wonder ,the joy.
Your service for the Lord must be fuelled by a passion for a genuine love for Jesus or the flame quickly burns out. It is a story that unfortunately happens all too often…
So, what is the downward spiral? Jeremiah 2v13
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water
What kind of cisterns are people digging anyways?
You see the picture -- the incredible foolishness of somebody who has forsaken a living stream of water, with its freshness and its healing, refreshing quality, and has dug a cistern to catch the rain as it runs down the hillside laden with dirt and leaves and bugs and debris, and then stagnates in a broken cistern which leaks and will not hold the water
REALIZE Jeremiah 2 v19, 20
When we choose to satisfy our desires through performance, we're looking for acceptance, applause, love. We're looking for someone somewhere to rise up and say, "You're okay." We're terrified of even one negative remark in a sea of positive feedback. We work hard. We crave accomplishment, success, achievement. We take the performance ethic with us everywhere-into the home, where we seek to be the consummate parents; into the workplace, seeking to put our best foot forward all the time. Performance often leads to perfectionism, because no performance ever wins enough applause.
What are you really addicted to? You name it and be honest with God –you get right to the root of it and stop just trying to cover up the symptoms. Maybe it is bitterness…God didn’t show up when you needed him or at least that is how you felt and you have been given over to complaining and negativity.
RETURN Jeremiah 3:11-13, 22, 25; 4:1 This is what the LORD says:
"Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, 'We will not walk in it.' Jeremiah 6:16
This is what the LORD says:
We need to stop the drifting now.The calling we have is to stand at the crossroads.
We need to stop the drifting now. We need to walk in the good way.
The ancient path is the path that leads to the death of self and becoming alive in Christ.
We follow through when we let the truth of our being loved become fleshed out in everything we think, say or do. It transforms me into the beloved child of God, into one who says ‘Here I am, send me!’
Questions For Discussion and Small Groups:
1. What has become an artificial replacement for the presence of God in your life?
2. When did you feel most alive in your faith in Jesus? What circumstances surrounded that time?
3. Do you find that you are more given to treating the symptoms in your life as opposed to the root cause? What is really the sin that you need to realize and confess?
4. What will it take for you to know that you are a beloved child of God in whom He is well pleased? Is it more about doing or being for you?
5. What road is God leading you on to bring His presence?