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THE FAITHFUL WILL

THE FAITHFUL

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astor Tim P. Blaisure – 09/03/23 – Morning Message


Foundation Scriptures: Jeremiah 35:1- 19 NLT

“This is the message the Lord gave Jeremiah when Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah:

2 “Go to the settlement where the families of the Recabites live, and invite them to the Lord’s Temple. Take them into one of the inner rooms, and offer them some wine.”

3 So I went to see Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah and grandson of Habazziniah and all his brothers and sons—representing all the Recabite families.

4 I took them to the Temple, and we went into the room assigned to the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah, a man of God. This room was located next to the one used by the Temple officials, directly above the room of Maaseiah son of Shallum, the Temple gatekeeper.

5 I set cups and jugs of wine before them and invited them to have a drink,

6 but they refused. “No,” they said, “we don’t drink wine, because our ancestor Jehonadab son of Recab gave us this command: ‘You and your descendants must never drink wine.

7 And do not build houses or plant crops or vineyards, but always live in tents. If you follow these commands, you will live long, good lives in the land.’

8 So we have obeyed him in all these things. We have never had a drink of wine to this day, nor have our wives, our sons, or our daughters.

9 We haven’t built houses or owned vineyards or farms or planted crops.

10 We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed all the commands of Jehonadab, our ancestor.

11 But when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked this country, we were afraid of the Babylonian and Syrian armies. So, we decided to move to Jerusalem. That is why we are here.”

12 Then the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah:

13 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: Go and say to the people in Judah and Jerusalem, ‘Come and learn a lesson about how to obey me.

14 The Recabites do not drink wine to this day because their ancestor Jehonadab told them not to. But I have spoken to you again and again, and you refuse to obey me.

15 Time after time I sent you prophets, who told you, “Turn from your wicked ways, and start doing things right. Stop worshiping other gods so that you might live in peace here in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you would not listen to me or obey me.

16 The descendants of Jehonadab son of Recab have obeyed their ancestor completely, but you have refused to listen to me.’

17 “Therefore, this is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Because you refuse to listen or answer when I call, I will send upon Judah and Jerusalem all the disasters I have threatened.’”

18 Then Jeremiah turned to the Recabites and said, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘You have obeyed your ancestor Jehonadab in every respect, following all his instructions.’

19 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Recab will always have descendants who serve me.’”


Intro:

To be faithful is to be reliable, steadfast, and unwavering.

When a person walks consistently with God, in humble service to Him, he or she can be called “faithful.”

The Bible also warns us of the consequences of unfaithfulness.

Faithfulness and unfaithfulness affects every relationship we have.

It hurts deeply when someone has been unfaithful to you.

It hurts God when we have been unfaithful to Him.


I. FAITHFUL BECAUSE OF YOUR UPBRINGING: Jeremiah 35:6-10


· Genesis 17:1-2

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.

2 I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”

· 2 Timothy 1:5

“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.”

· We don’t drink wine, because our ancestor Jehonadab son of Recab gave us this command: ‘You and your descendants must never drink wine.

7 And do not build houses or plant crops or vineyards, but always live in tents. If you follow these commands, you will live long, good lives in the land.’


II. FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE: Jeremiah 35:13-16

· ‘Come and learn a lesson about how to obey me.

· The Recabites do not drink wine to this day because their ancestor Jehonadab told them not to.

· “But I have spoken to you again and again, and you refuse to obey me.

Time after time I sent you prophets, who told you, “Turn from your wicked ways, and start doing things right. Stop worshiping other gods so that you might live in peace here in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you would not listen to me or obey me.”

· James 1:2-3

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

· Israel faced disaster for unfaithfulness to God.

· Recabites faced God’s favor for holding up during pressure to change their beliefs.


III. FAITHFULNESS BRINGS REWARDS: Jeremiah 35:18-19

· “Then Jeremiah turned to the Recabites and said, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘You have obeyed your ancestor Jehonadab in every respect, following all his instructions.’

19 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Recab will always have descendants who serve me.’”

· 1 Samuel 26:22-24 – Honor God’s anointed

“Here is your spear, O king,” David replied. “Let one of your young men come over and get it.

23 The Lord gives his own reward for doing good and for being loyal, and I refused to kill you even when the Lord placed you in my power, for you are the Lord’s anointed one.

24 Now may the Lord value my life, even as I have valued yours today. May he rescue me from all my troubles.”

· Hebrews 11:6

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”


Conclusion:

Our choices to listen or not listen to the Lord our God and our Godly ancestors determines our life’s course and the rewards or lack thereof.

If we choose to ignore God and those who have given us godly instructions, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

If we listen to those who are instructing us in the ways of the Lord and the Lord, our God and follow close to Him we will see things turn around for us and in the end great rewards.


1 Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV

“Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,

2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”


PRAYER TO BE FAITHFUL

Lord Jesus, I ask you to help me listen to your Word, my godly ancestors, and the Holy Spirit in living a pure and right life through Jesus who is strengthening me. I will not ignore His Word or directions that will lead me into right choices, but I will listen and obey them for the rest of my life so that I will be pleasing to you and an example for others.

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