Where Do You Put Your Confidence?

SERMON NOTES
Run with the Horses
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Jeremiah 52:12-16

 “Where Do You Put Your Confidence?”

 We have learned through the life of Jeremiah if we want to run with the horses, we must be grounded in our identity as a child of God. We also learn that if we want to run with the horses it will take risk, perseverance, trust, obedience, faithfulness and hope. Our last lesson from Jeremiah will be about confidence, not the confidence we put in our own strength or external circumstances but a confidence that comes from Christ living within us.

Theme: Often we seek confidence from external clarity when what we really need is to find our confidence from internal clarity.

External Clarity – trying to get confidence and assurance from our external circum-stances, the things we can see.

Internal Clarity - described by Eugene Peterson, it is confidence that comes from with-in, from the Holy Spirit in spite of external chaos.

Jeremiah’s story was faithfulness through one disaster after another. Jeremiah never got to see the fruits of his labor. Jeremiah’s confidence did not come from external clarity there was none in his life. His confidence came from the promises of God.

 2 Corinthians 4:18 - because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

 Hebrews 11:1 -Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

 Martin Luther - Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a person could stake his life on it.

 Corrie Ten Boom -Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

 Martin Luther King Jr. - Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.