Trust God No Matter What Comes

The children of Israel were in captivity because they listened to the false prophets instead of the True God. King Nebuchadnezzar, enemy to the children of God, became an instrument in the hands of God in order to discipline the Lord’s children. The same thing is happening today. God is using the enemy to humble this country so that we will turn our faces back toward God.

While in Babylon the children of Israel started looking for a word from God. So they went to false prophets, but God sent a word by the true Prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah 29:10-11, For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.


I. God’s Time Limit


A. You’re not coming out until God says you’re coming out.
B. If it is a lesson to learn, the class must finish or if it is sin, you have to reap the harvest of the sins you’ve sown.
C. No matter what you do, you cannot escape the training of God or the judgment of God.

II. God’s Words

A. It’s been said that God whispers in our joy, but he yells in our pain. He had to get their attention.

B. He said, ‘I know the plans that I have for you.’

C. The reason some of us are in a mess today is because we thought we could plan our own lives.

D. Now we’re like Israel, in a strange place that has become our dwelling places.

E. God has to remind us that he knows what’s in front of us. In fact he’s gone before us, so when we get to the problem He’s already there.

F. Verse eleven isn’t just a reference to God’s Omniscience but it is a reference to his Omnipotence.


III. God’s Description of His Plan for Us

A. A Peace Plan
1. …with our enemies. …with God himself. God is literally saying I’m going to give you more of Myself. And I will be your peace. I will cause you to prosper.
B. A Plan without Calamity.

1. Calamity means disaster and misfortune.
2. Understand that the people of Israel during this time had gone through a lot. God had allowed the enemy to make them slaves. God knew that the people had a distorted perception of who he was. Trouble can make you see God in the wrong way. So the Lord says, the plans that I have for you does not include calamity, and if you go through something evil it will work for your good.
3. Some of us are still not trusting the Lord because of what happened in our past.


C. A Plan with a future and a hope.

1. God does not deal with his people based solely on their past or present condition but he consoles them and tells them that He’s working on their future. 2. God says I’m going to cause you to hope again. I’m going to cause you to believe again. And I’m going to bring you to an expectant end. Its not over just because it looks like its over, but theirs still time for me to connect you with what I have for you. But in the meantime, just hope.
3. In the meantime, have patience. So the Lord says, be encouraged in spite of your present situation, for I know the outcome. And don’t let anyone tell you differently.

IV. God’s Plan Unfolded

He says when you pray and come to me I will listen.


1. When you seek me and search for me with your whole heart I shall be found.
2. When you find me, I will restore you.
3. I will restore your fortunes.
4. I will pick up the broken pieces and put you back together.
5. I will bring you back unto myself.

God wants you to understand the need to;

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.

2. That He alone is God and knows the set time for your deliverance.

Rebuild The Wall and Hang The Gates

When Nehemiah got word that the walls around Jerusalem were destroyed, it greatly grieved him. The walls were destroyed 150 years earlier. No doubt he had known that the walls were down. He just thought surely someone had put them back up. He wept! This produced a passion within him to rebuild those walls and hang the gates.

Romans 15:4 (NKJV)
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

1 Cor. 10:11 (NKJV)
Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.


So what is the wall? Our wall is our relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. A believer can’t lose his wall but you can neglect it to the point that the wall becomes weakened! Nehemiah had to lead a team to remove the rubbish first before he can rebuild. Confess any known sin and get rid of it…that is rubbish and you can’t rebuild the wall until it is gone!

Rebuild it with the right ingredients…read the Word daily; pray daily; verbally express your faith daily; and exercise your spiritual muscles by serving God!

Don’t get distracted…when Sanballat asked Nehemiah to come down and let’s talk, Nehemiah said no for he was involved in a great work! Don’t let good things distract you from great things.

Why is this important? The wall of Jerusalem protected their treasures…everything that they valued. Your wall protects your treasure: your personal purity, your name, your reputation…but also as a dad or mom, that wall protects your children from an onslaught of Satan!

Passion pays off! Nehemiah had a great passion that produced a great plan and that led to an accomplished work! They finished the wall in 52 days! Wow! With great determination, you too can turn your life around. You can put your spiritual walk on firm footing. Determine that nothing will stop you until you have a wall up that the enemy can not break through.

Hang the gates! The gates and doors were the place where people and things would come and go! Some things were not allowed to get into Jerusalem. The gates and doors represent your personal convictions based on the absolute truths of Scripture. Some things you do not need to allow access to your home or to your personal life. Be careful the movies you watch, the music you listen too, or the books you read. List your convictions and go over them with your family.

Work your plan! Express your faith out loud: I trust you God for…! Pray using the ACTS fromula: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication. Read one chapter a day from scripture: start with Phillippians. This is your goal: 21 minutes a day for 21 days.

 

If Need Be….

The call comes that ushers you into the worst crisis of your life. Over time, hope begins to disappear. You are well aware of your utter helplessness. It is time to stand still and consider your God.


If need be, God can speak and hang the sun and the moon.


If need be, God can operate, remove a rib, and create a helpmate.


If need be, God can cause it to rain for 40 days and nights.


If need be, God can send confusion to a mis-directed building crew.


If need be, God can direct you to a land you do not know.


If need be, God can provide a sacrifice when one is needed.


If need be, God can cause a womb to flourish even when it is past the time of child bearing.


If need be, God can bring you out of prison and give you the position of Vice President.


If need be, God can protect a baby in a crocodile infested Nile.


If need be, God can speak from a burning bush that is not consumed.


If need be, God can cause a rod to turn into a snake.


If need be, God can send frogs, flies, boils, gnats, locusts, darkness, disease, and death to our enemy.


If need be, God can cause our enemy to give us his gold and silver.


If need be, God can part the sea.


If need be, God can dry up muddy ground so we can walk on it.


If need be, God can drown the whole advancing enemy army.


If need be, God can give water from a rock.


If need be, God can send manna in the morning every day for 40 years.


If need be, God can cause clothes and shoes not to wear out for 40 years.


If need be, God can speak from the darkness.


If need be, God can give us the land occupied by others.


If need be, God can defeat our enemies and drive them out of the land.


If need be, God can send angels to surround us.


If need be, God can raise up a righteous judge.


If need be, God can bring down the house using a blind strong man.


If need be, God can stop the rain.


If need be, God can use a 17 year old boy to slay a giant.


If need be, God can remove a king.


If need be, God can shut the mouths of lions.


If need be, God can cause the sun and the planets to stand still.


If need be, God can rescue a prophet out of a well.


If need be, God can provide plenty of food for two widow ladies.


If need be, God can arrange a wedding for you with your kinsman redeemer.


If need be, God can provide food for you during a famine.


If need be, God can take your last container of oil and flour and fill it up again and again.


If need be, God can restore life to your son.


If need be, God can remove the reproach of barrenness and give you a child who will bless God.


If need be, God can cause a whale to swallow you to get you back on course.


If need be, God can send fire to consume a soggy altar and sacrifice.


If need be, God can stand with you in the fire, insuring that not even your hair gets singed.


If need be, God can turn a king into a crazy man in order for the king to give God glory.


If need be, God can give you a dream.


If need be, God can interpret the dream.


If need be, God can feed you with ravens.


If need be, God can pay taxes from a fish you catch.


If need be, God can make the lame walk.


If need be, God can calm the sea.


If need be, God can cause writing to appear on a blank wall.


If need be, God can make a donkey talk.


If need be, God can multiply fish and bread.


If need be, God can heal a leprous hand.


If need be, God can touch a little girl and restore life.


If need be, God can roll the stone away.


If need be, God can knock the hell out of the grave.


If need be, God can do anything He wants to do.


So why do we ever worry?


2 Chron. 20:12-18 (NLT) O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.” As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph. He said, “Listen, King Jehoshaphat! Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” Then King Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord.


We love yall. Let us know how we can pray for you.


Billy and Sheilah Daws


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