How do you move your faith forward? Or how to do you live a life from a place of faith? Where it’s at the forefront of everything you do… everything you are. And why would or should you? That’s the subject of todays Faith Check message “Faith Forward”.
Let’s look at the gold standard of faith from Jeremiah.
When I discovered your words, I devoured them.
They are my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name,
O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
Step 1: Search and discover His Word for today, for now, for this season… always.
Step 2: Devour them like a good taco. Take it in and chew on it, absorb the life giving qualities.
Step 3: My Joy and Heart’s Delight = They bring mental health, emotional health and spiritual health.
Step 4: I bear Your name = Because I’m called by Jesus; I can call on Jesus
We’re always talking about looking at the scriptures in context – Let’s do a faith check on Jeremiah…
Jeremiah chapter 15… the “gold standard of faith” verse is found right in the middle of this chapter; right in the middle of a gripe session from Jeremiah to God. “I have to deliver Your word to these people. Jeremiah is upset…And now…. They don’t like me. They hurt me. And where are You? ”
The best verse in this chapter is:
Jeremiah 15:20 nasb
Therefore, thus says the Lord,
“If you return, then I will restore you—
Before Me you will stand;
And if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become My spokesman.
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them.
“Extract the precious from the worthless”
***Doing life in the comments.***
What are worthless thoughts you can ditch and some Word you can put in their place?
Jeremiah 15:20 (The Message)
“Take back those words, and I’ll take you back.
Then you’ll stand tall before me.
Use words truly and well. Don’t stoop to cheap whining.
Then, but only then, you’ll speak for me.
Let your words change them.
Don’t change your words to suit them.
Break down this verse…
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
15. Romans 8:6
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
16. Romans 12:2
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
- Repent of the worthless, cheap, pointless words that you have used
- Replace with living, encouraging, fulfilling words.
“Let your words change them…. Don’t change your words to suit them.”
NEXT STEPS: Use your words with the authority of God.
Let’s take an audit of our words this week and make sure we are sifting through for the life giving, fulfilling words; and letting go of the worthless, cheap, useless stuff.