Text: Jeremiah 17:5–8
Title: The Postman (Trials)
Introduction: Have you ever found yourself frustrated at the one who brought you bad news rather than trying to understand the one from whom the news originated? In other words, have you ever been frustrated with the postman?
I. Look beyond the Postman, Package, or Problem—Job Saw the Providence of God
II. Look past the Delivery to the Deliverer
III. God Knows Exactly What Package You Need, When You Need It
Conclusion: What giant of a postman are you facing today? Has he arrived carrying a package that you are unwilling to accept? Maybe that package remains even today at your front door and God is asking you to sign for it, to receive it, and to bless God for sending it, whatever it may be.
Article by: Dr. Jeff Redlin
Senior Pastor, Front Range Baptist Church
Enduring For Christ
INTRODUCTION: When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, some changes should have taken place. Some within our hearts and some that were visible to others.
Another thing would should have learned is that it is our job now to glorify God, win souls to the Lord, and endure to the end.
That is what I want to take about today, enduring, remaining stedfast loyal to our God the Father in Heaven and our Saviour Jesus the Christ.
I. Endurance (v 1-7)
A. Be Strong In Grace (v 1)
1. As Christ is toward us
2. God's grace has been given,
i. We cannot earn it,
a. Yet we try to earn at it.
B. Be Committed (v 2)
1. Commit yourselves to faithful people
C. Be A Suffering Soldier (v 3-4)
1. As a Godly person
i. Do not entangle yourselves with
a. Worldly ways or
b. Worldly things.
D. Be A Disciplined Athlete (v 5)
1. (strive = contending for the game; trying to
2. We as Christians are to strive lawfully,
i. Not to cheat.
ii. To play by the rules.
iii. The Bible is the rule book.
iv. God is the Rule Maker
E. Be An Industrious Farmer (v 6)
1. We, must plow,
i. We must sow
ii. So the harvest may be gathered
F. Consider Doing Right And Following These Enduring Patterns.
II. EXAMPLES OF ENDURANCE (vv 8-10)
A. Jesus Raised From The Dead (v 8)
1. He suffered and endured to the Cross,
2. He still endures for us
B. Paul's Suffering (vv 9-10)
1. Paul endured all kinds of horrific beatings,
i. Imprisonment and
III. PRINCIPLES OF ENDURANCE (vv 11-13)
A. We Are Dead To Sin (v 11)
1. We live with Him
B. If We Suffer (v 12)
1. We will reign, however,
C. If We Deny (v 12)
1. He will deny
D. If We Believe Not (v 13)
1. He abides faithful
2. He cannot deny Himself
CONCLUSION: As I hope you have seen the task before those of us who are saved, is to endure for Christ.
Those of you who do not know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you died today are you certain Heaven would be your home?
Are you hell bound, why?
Who wants to go to hell, a place of torment, a place of burning totally separated from the love of Christ, totally separated from our loved ones. No place to go, no one to talk to a lonely place.
All will be cursing God, and blaspheming His name, total darkness, no one to turn to, for advice, the words that you last said to the last person who tried to lead you to the Lord will haunt you forever.
 ELIJAH ON
INTRODUCTION: There Are Only Two Religions:
1. The Religion of Man;
Man's religion may have much that is attractive and pleasing to men, but it lacks power and authority. It is a lifeless body.
2. The Religion of God.
The religion of God is attested as Divine by miraculous fire from Heaven in answer to believing prayer
We have here-
I. THE RELIGION OF MAN (v 19)
A. Its Followers
1. There is many.
2. A depraved religion will always be popular
i. With a depraved humanity
B. They Were Earnest.
1. They cried aloud and
i. Cut themselves with knives,
ii. With zeal,
a. But not according to
iii. Is like a train on the wrong track.
a. Obviously misdirected.
b. Extremely dangerous
C. They Were Deceived.
1. The favour and power of God
i. Cannot to be purchased with works
ii. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit
iii. Washed by the Holy Spirit
iv. It is always God’s Mercy
2. The Holy Spirit will not
i. Cause us to leap upon the altar and
a. To cut ourselves
3. It is by faith
II. THE RELIGION OF GOD AND HIS WORSHIPPERS.
A. It Cannot Be Said Of Christians
1. What they worship
i. They know not what
B. They Are Comparatively Few.
1. Here is but one against four hundred and fifty, i. That one is not Elijah,
a. It is God,
b. Who Elijah trusted.
ii. The battle is the Lord's
C. They Are Deliberately Faithful.
1. See the calmness of Elijah.
i. No “leaping and cutting” with him.
ii. He doesn’t move hastily
a. Because he believes in God
iii. To have such faith
D. They Are Divinely Favoured.
1. Our God is a consuming fire.
2. When He comes
i. He consumes the hard heart,
a. Licks up the dust of sin
III. THE CALL OF ELIJAH FOR A DECISION.
A. That There Are Two Opinions.
1. God's and man's.
2. They are as wide apart as light and darkness.
i. Which do you follow?
B. That There Are Many Who Halt Between Them.
1. The choice is between the "wisdom of man"
2. The “wisdom of God”
1 Corinthians 1:19-30
i. Between sin unto death and
ii. Obedience unto righteousness
C. Only Those Who Have Decided For Jesus Are Safe
1. When the people saw it they said,
3. The prophets were slain at the brook
CONCLUSION: Have you ever been to Mt Carmel, thought you were the only one who cared. Felt so alone, discouraged because you were just alone?
I have, many times since I became a believer. Many times while here at this church. Many times I wanted to call down the fire of God on my heart, to sear it from my desperation. To help me just carry on in God’s work.
How many times I have put out the fleece, to determine God’s will. There have been those times, however, there are also all those other times where God has blessed not only me, but this church and individuals within this church. It is great to see the rains of blessing shower down on droughts of blessings.
Elijah hid in a cave to hide, because he feared for his life, because he felt he was all there was for God. God reminded him that He had many more just like him.
So, what valley are you in? Are you hiding from God, afraid to worship as you could, because of some sin?
God knows where you are and He knows why you are withdrawing from Him. So, look to:
God requires one thing from you, and that is you must decide what you will do. It is your decision, not mine, nor is it God’s responsibility. It is yours, to renew your mind, to not be conformed to this world. God want you to make the right decision. Joshua said: