Twisted Scriptures Part 5
October 6, 2019

Twisted Scriptures Part 5

Passage: Jeremiah 29:11
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This is the summary of the sermon that Pastor Randy shared Sunday, October 6, 2019. It is part 5 in a five-part series called ‘Twisted Scriptures’. This particular message is titled, “Does the Lord Have Plans to Prosper Every Christian?”. The key portion of scripture is Jeremiah 29:11. Other key verses were: Jeremiah 281-4, 15-17; 29:1, 4-14; Romans 6:19-23; Philippians 4:11-13; and Matthew 6:19-21.

In brief: As believers we know that the Lord desires to bless His children. His Word is filled with promises from Him to us – 7,487 to be exact – and He will keep every one of them, and many of those promises are about the Lord providing provisions, finances, food, clothing, and other material necessities.

But the most important blessings are the spiritual blessings we receive the moment we come to faith: forgiveness, peace with God, justification, sanctification, encouragement, contentment, and the absolute guarantee of eternal life with the triune God and a new glorified body.

Back to God’s promises: Sometimes we take promises that were made for a specific person or people group and try to apply it to our own life. Although there are general promises that have principles that we can snuggle up to, we have to be careful and make sure we are taking the promise or verse or story in its proper context.

So is the case with Jeremiah 29:11 - “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.”

Christians love to take this verse ‘to the bank’ and expect the Lord to prosper them (usually financial) and not ‘harm’ us, but give us a hope and a future. Again, the Lord DOES want to bless His children, but this verse was written to the Israelites of the southern kingdom, who have been taken into captivity by the Babylonians. Not only that, but this promise is not even for the ones who first read this letter from Jeremiah, but for their grandchildren – 70 years later! And it WAS the Lord’s plan to bring them back to Israel, and prosper them as a corporate community – not that they’d all be rich, but they would no longer be in captivity (not harmed) and would be unity as a nation; in their homeland and would now have hope and a future. And as they returned home they worshiped the Lord and things DID go well. Unfortunately, Israel didn’t stay obedient, but the initial promise and results were absolutely on target.

So, the Lord does want to bless His children; but He is more interested in you and I growing in holiness and righteousness – growing in our love for the Lord; in patience, endurance, and all of the other fruits of the Spirit.