LIVING ABOVE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES

2017-11-12
Preacher:
Passage: Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

INTRODUCTION

  • Two types of people: Those who live ABOVE their circumstances and those who live UNDER their circumstances
  • Some here who are on top of your circumstances and some are feeling like things are on top of you. Not everything but in some areas.
  • Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  • God is good and great to each of us and has good plans a good future for us

1.     GOD’S GRACE

  • 2 Timothy 2:1 (NIV), “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
  • Be strong in the grace that is given to you. Not strong in yourself
  • Grace = God’s favour and God’s enabling
  • Ephesians 6:10 (TLB), “Last of all I want to remind you that your strength must come from the Lord's mighty power within you.”

2.     GOD IS COMMITTED TO US AND OUR FUTURE

  • Romans 8:28 (TLB), “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.”
  • God will commit Himself for your entire future
  • We pray, “God change my circumstances” but He says, “No” I want to change you first so that they won’t be able to rob you of your joy & peace & confidence. Nothing will wipe the smile off our faces.
  • Romans 8:29 (NLT), “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

3.     DON’T WORRY - PRAY

  • Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT), “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
  • 1 Peter 5:7-8 (NLT), “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.VsStay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

4.     FOCUS ON GOD’S PROMISES

  • Isaiah 43:2-3 (NLT), “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.”
  • The 3 Hebrew lads and Nebuchadnezzar. “I see 4 men”
  • Life is tough and life is rough but God is always enough
  • Life is tough. There come times of concern but God will be with us
  • Hebrews 13:5-6 (AMPL), “Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God]Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not,[I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?”

5.     GOD’S KNOWS OUR FUTURE

  • Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT), “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
  • Isaiah 65:24 (TLB), “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!”

6.     GOD WILL GUIDE US IN TOUGH TIMES

  • E.g. Elijah and the brook Cherith, a tributary Of the Jordan. He’s there until the last drop. Then Zerephath
  • Psalms 32:8-9 (NIV), “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.”
  • Bad things happen to Christians
  • 1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT), “Suffering for Being a Christian Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.”
  • Romans 8:31 (NIV), “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
  • Learn to forgive

7.     KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON GOD AND OFF PEOPLE

  • Hebrews 12:2 (NIV), “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
  • Isaiah 46:3-5 (NIV)?“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?”
  • John 10:27-28 (MSG), “My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand.

CONCLUSION

  • Leave here on top of your circumstances
  • Life is tough and life is rough but God is enough

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