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Rise Above The Tide       Jer. 15:10-11; 15-21       June 26, 2011


Introduction

Jeremiah had such sorrow he even wanted to tell his mother it might have been better if he had not been

born. He is having himself a Apity-party,@ and is troubled even to a point of distress about not deserving this kind of treatment from the people. He did not lend at usury or fail to pay but he is being treated as if he had done both.


1.   Rise Above The Tide . . Relating To Others; The Lord Cares. Jer. 15:10-11

       A.   Relate To Your . . Mother The Lord Cares. 15:10

       10 Woe is me, my mother, that you gave birth to me, a man who incites dispute and conflict in all the land.

       I did not lend or borrow, yet everyone curses me.  


       B.   Relate To Your . . Master The Lord Cares. 15:11

       11 The LORD said: I will certainly set you free and care for you. I will certainly intercede for you in a time

       of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.  


Right in the midst of his depression God reminds him that He cares, and will intercede for him and eventually set him free. Have you ever been in the midst of doing what the Lord told you to do and received unkind treatment from the people God asked you to serve? When I was a new Christian I was told about some men who did not like the new pastor and when he went of vacation one man asked the deacons to send this man a telegram saying your fired. I was told one deacon stood up and said, AI would not treat a dog that way much less the man who is my pastor. All of us need people to stand up for us and we need to stand up for others.


2.   Rise Above The Tide . . Remembering; The Lord Knows. Jer. 15:15-18

       A.   Remembering The Lord Knows And . . Reminds Of His Call. 15:15-16

       15 You know, LORD; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your

       patience, don t take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor. 16 Your words were found,

       and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name,

       Yahweh God of Hosts.


B.   Remembering The Lord Knows And . . Reassures Of His Call. 15:17-18

17 I never sat with the band of revelers, and I did not celebrated with them?. Because Your hand was on me, I sat alone, for You filled me with indignation. 18 Why has my pain become unending, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You truly have become like a mirage to meC water that is not reliable.

 

Most Christian who experience the call into God=s service need to be reminded of that call. The definite knowledge of a call from God and the reassuring of that call will be a very strong force to keep the minister on the front lines depending on God to work through the conflicts to His satisfaction. God told Jeremiah when He called him, AI set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant."(Jer 1:10 NKJV). That kind of ministry will not be received with open arms from the people he preaches this message. Does your ministry have to confront some issues of sin? Sadly some churches do not want sin confronted especially if some of their family members are involved.

 

3.   Rise Above The Tide . . Recognizing; The Lord Strengthens. Jer. 15:19-21

A.   Recognizing The Lord Strengthens and . . Restores Those Who Return. 15:19

19 Therefore, this is what the LORD says: If you return, I will restore you; you will stand in My presence. And if you speak noble words, rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman. It is they who must return to you; you must not return to them.


       B.   Recognizing The Lord Strengthens and . . Redeems His Returning People. 15:20-21

       20 Then I will make you a fortified wall of bronze to this people. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you. This is the LORDBOL 61 \f "WP Typographic Symbols" \s 12s declaration.

21 I will deliver you from the power of evil people and redeem you from the control of the ruthless.


The Lord promises to restore those who return to Him. Jeremiah must continue with the Lord=s message and in response the people must obey the Word and hold up His high standard. Some ministers join the unrepentant people rather than standing strong for the Lord. I have seen groups of ministers who were elected because of what they said they believed when it came time to stand to turn the flow of liberalism refuse to be counted and voted with the more liberal crowd. Jeremiah lives in a time when his life is threatened but He stood for the Lord. The Lord promised redemption and to make Jeremiah a fortified wall of bronze. Jeremiah took a stand and is know for his Rise Above The Tide. Amen? Amen!