Summary: Exhortation to young people not to be limited by their age.
Say not that I am a child
Text: Jeremiah 4:1-10
Nothing to offer
I feel like someone needs to here the Words of God and “ say not that I am a child”. Sometimes the Devil lies to us and would say that as young Christians that we do not have anything to offer to our church, family, community. Devil says that you cant preach, you cant sing, cant testify, lay on the hands of healing etc… he would talk you into saying you know that I am just a child . Just as the Lord told Jeremiah I tell you tonight, say not that I am a child!
Knew you before the womb
The Lord told Jeremiah even before I formed you in the womb I knew thee. I want to tell you that before you took your first breath God saw you, before you told him for the first time to come into your heart God knew you. He knew the problems you would face and the temptations that would test you and even the times you would fall, but above all that God knew that he would ordain you and call you, that you would be a over comer and a conquer a warrior in Christ Jesus.
Pre-game or Scrimmage
Sometimes as young people we are fooled to believe that because we do not have children or sometimes jobs etc….. that every thing we do doesn’t matter that somehow until we reach that magic number 21 or 25 or 18 whatever the mile marker is to you that until then our life is just a pregame or a scrimmage if you will and later we will begin our real life. Right now it doesn’t matter if I chance getting hooked on drugs or thrown into jail doesn’t really make a difference if I dabble a little in pornography or some R rated movies or date this person of questionable character. It will all be OK because I am just a child and later all this will go away and I will suddenly be a Man of God or Woman of God a good Father or Mother etc…. Brother and Sister I tell you now the decisions you make now will shape and mold the person you will be tomorrow and the world of tomorrow.
Old Men from Great Depression
I have heard stories from the elders that grew up during the “Great Depression” of how they would work all day and never get a chance to play like most kids for the simple reason of survival for themselves and their family. You would ask them but elder when did you get a chance to be a child? They would smile and say strongly we didn’t have time to be a child. Church I am telling you in this day and this hour we don’t have time to be children we don’t have time to spend time running in the world and experience all the fun but sinful things. Why? Because the world is dying and going to hell.
We have a responsibility we represent God, don’t listen to the lies of the Devil, say not that I am a child!!!
He touched my mouth
Apostle Paul said,” when I was a child I spoke as a child but when I became a man I put away childish things”. I believe that just as he did Jeremiah God has touched the mouths of some tonight, I am talking about when he filled you with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues. I am telling someone tonight that you can preach, you can sing, you can testify in this world and be not ashamed why? Because these words are not your own but Gods Word. If this world is offended they are offended by God not you.