A close encounter of a spiritual kind


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Two Great Days – the day we are born and the day we discover why

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  • The crisis in Jeremiah’s time is similar to the crisis of our time: Spiritual decline begins with the toleration of ungodly practices, the systematic assimilation into these practices, the imitation of spirit, the consolidation of all aspects of life into these practices, and finally the outright rejection of God Even as time changes, truth does not The cost of disobedience is severe, desertion, defeated, discouraged, destitute, and finally depressed
  • Talk@ battery power on the laptop when it is disconnected…there is something that God has given us that only works when we disconnect
  • Milking Cow Story A fellow who had been reared in the city bought a farm and several milk cows. In the feed store one day he complained his best cow had gone dry. "Aren’t you feeding her right?" asked the store owner. "I’m feeding her what you’ve been selling me," said the man. "Are you milking her every day?" "Just about. If I need six or eight ounces of milk for breakfast, I go out and get it - I just let her save it up." The feed store owner had to explain it doesn’t work that way. With cow’s milk, like God’s presence, you take all that’s there, or you eventually have nothing.
  • We have been given Divine Authority, a Divine Anointing, and Divine Accompaniment He will change your life Renew your spirit Revive your praise Restore you position Overrule decisions Overpower legislation Overturn thrones Override judgments Overcome principalities Burdens into blessings Cares into comforts Defeats into victories Problems into praise Sorrows into songs Troubles into triumphs Grief into glory Blemishes into beauty Turmoil into peace Anxiety into assurance Misery into glory Fear into faith Nothing into something Heartaches into hallelujahs
  • Two Great Days – the day we are born and the day we discover why
  • A close encounter of a spiritual kind

    1. 1. A Close Encounter of a Spiritual Kind Jeremiah 1:4-5, 10
    2. 2. <ul><li>Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NIV) 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 &quot;Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Jeremiah 1:10 (NIV) 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.&quot; </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Jeremiah – his name probably means “the Lord throws”, though the sense could be “the Lord loosens.” When you look at the ministry to which the Lord called him, it does not take long to discover that he did not fit the stereo type for being a successful prophet of God. He was thrown into his culture during a time of great turmoil to deliver a very unwelcomed message to a people that had wandered far away from God. Jeremiah was called to ministry to aid this last heroic effort to change the direction of Judah. While the king was attacking the external and public aspects of idolatry, the preacher would attempt to root out idolatry from the hearts of the people. </li></ul><ul><li>With this in mind, Jeremiah experienced an encounter with God. In today’s message we will discuss some of the elements of his encounter with God. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>What is an encounter? </li></ul><ul><li>Encounter </li></ul><ul><li>to be faced with something difficult to deal with; to meet somebody or something, usually unexpectedly and briefly </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Why do we experience encounters with God? </li></ul><ul><li>God intentionally desires to meet with us </li></ul><ul><li>There is a great time of personal and or corporate need </li></ul><ul><li>God desires to tell and show us something about Himself </li></ul><ul><li>God desires to educate us about ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>God desires to prepare us for a specific task </li></ul>
    6. 6. Highlights of Jeremiah’s Encounter <ul><li>God begins to deal with a spiritual crisis, long before it develops. God prepared Jeremiah. &quot;Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee&quot; (v.5). </li></ul><ul><li>When there is a crisis of evil, God uses a person to deal with it. &quot;I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me&quot; (Ezekiel 22:30). </li></ul>
    7. 7. Highlights of Jeremiah’s Encounter <ul><li>God prepares and calls a person to deal with a spiritual crisis. &quot;God . . . separated me (Paul) from my mother’s womb, and called me&quot; (Galatians 1:15). &quot;The Lord . . . formed me (Isaiah) from the womb to be His servant&quot; (Isaiah 49:5). </li></ul><ul><li>The place you are born is not the place you will serve. Jeremiah was born a priest, but became a prophet. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Highlights of Jeremiah’s Encounter <ul><li>Never underestimate the power of God at work through a leader. &quot;The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will&quot; (Proverbs 21:1). </li></ul><ul><li>An encounter with God makes bold people out of weak people. (i.e., Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Rahab, Gideon…) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Highlights of Jeremiah’s Encounter <ul><li>The house of God must be cleansed first before revival returns to the social and political life of a nation. </li></ul><ul><li>What was cleansed for God’s house? (II Kings 23:4-20) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Baal (v.4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>idolatrous priest, (v.5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>nature worship (v.5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>prostitution, (v.7) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>high places, (v.8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>child sacrifice, (v.10) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>houses dedicated to the sun, (v.11) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>altars to other religions, (v.13) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;Judgment must begin at the house of God&quot; (I Peter 4:17) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Highlights of Jeremiah’s Encounter <ul><li>The Word of God is the key to the work of God. &quot;Moreover the Word of the Lord came to me&quot; (2:1). </li></ul><ul><li>An encounter with God makes us much more influential than we ever realize. &quot;I have this day set thee over nations, and over the kingdoms&quot; (v.10). </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>When do we experience personal encounters? </li></ul><ul><li>Our situation warrants the presence of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah 57:15 (NIV) 15 For this is what the high and lofty One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: &quot;I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) 9 But he said to me, &quot;My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.&quot; Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>When do we experience personal encounters? </li></ul><ul><li>Our situation warrants the power of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psalms 30:5 (NIV) 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psalms 34:19 (NIV) 19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>When do we experience personal encounters? </li></ul><ul><li>Our situation welcomes the providence of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Habakkuk 2:3 (NIV) 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Isaiah 35:10 (NIV) 10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeremiah 31:12 (NIV) 12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD-- the grain, the new wine and the oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Are you ready for an encounter? <ul><li>My situation warrants the presence of God </li></ul><ul><li>My situation warrants the power of God </li></ul><ul><li>My situation welcomes the providence of God </li></ul>