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Properly Aligned

When the Lord called Jeremiah, he faced much the same dilemma Moses faced when God called him. When Moses offered his fourth of four excuses (“I am not eloquent”) as to why he was unfit to approach Pharaoh, the Lord commissioned his brother Aaron to be his spokesman. The big difference between the two men was in their age. Moses was 80 years old when God called him, having walked through the palaces of Egypt and rubbed shoulders with royalty.Jeremiah, on the other hand, was a mere teenager, aged 17, when God called. 

Jeremiah had a similar reaction when the Lord told him he was (1) KNOWN of God before he was formed in the womb, (2) SANCTIFIED [set apart] before he departed the womb, and (3) ORDAINED a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). Mighty big shoes! God’s word must have come as a heavy dose of spiritual reality for this young man inasmuch as God used past tenses to describe what he had already set in motion for Jeremiah's future.  

Jeremiah’s response: “Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child” (1:6). The Lord’s response: “Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak” (1:7). Translation: “Jeremiah, I’m aware of what you THINK you are. But I’m telling you what you REALLY are and will become—a one-man wrecking crew to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (1:10). 

A child of God makes a huge miscalculation when he envisions his future based on prior experience. Neither Moses nor Jeremiah had any prior experience to qualify them for the role of prophet. Yet they became two of the greatest figures in biblical history. The challenge for both men was to align themselves properly with the mind of God. And that need is as great today as it was in Jeremiah’s day. Why do we think so little about ourselves when God has a superior mindset? 

Genuine feelings of inadequacy can transform themselves into a false humility when God tells us WHO we are in Christ and we refuse to believe and act upon it. The believer in Jesus is a joint-heir with Christ, a son of the Living God, one having access into the holiest by the blood of Christ, able to pull down spiritual strongholds, already in possession of his petitions in prayer when he asks anything according to God’s will and God hears him. 

Jesus said the gates of Hell cannot prevail against his Church. The OT Lord of hosts [heavenly armies] is the NT Jesus of Nazareth. He’s our battle-tested, undefeated Commander-in-Chief! No matter what we might THINK we are, it’s a continual challenge to align ourselves properly with what God DECLARES we are, and order our steps accordingly.


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