God’s Promises usually mean little to a person until they are personally affected.

1. It becomes evident, even if people don’t admit it.
**Certain promises are more like verdicts – i.e., it doesn’t matter what you do
about them, they will still happen. Rom. 4:21, Titus 1:2, Heb. 6:12, 10:23, 12:26

A. To Ebed-melech. (Jer. 39:16-18)
B. To the children of Israel.
– To the dead rulers. (Jer. 39:6)
– The remaining soldiers. (Jer. 40:6-8)
C. To the Believer, Jeremiah. (Jer. 39:11,12)
D. To the enemies of Israel. (Jer. 40:1-3)

2. God doesn’t always answer immediately. (Jer. 42:7)
A. This provides the lost and weak a reason to doubt. 2 Peter 3:4
B. Daniel’s 21 day fast. Daniel 10:3-5

3. God doesn’t always answer according to our will, but according to His promises.
Phil. 4:19 *Paul finally came to know this. 2 Cor. 12:9

4. God’s promises are reliable to the end.
*He doesn’t want us to be foolish in our dealings with the world – accepting
their views but not God’s.
– Must know what the enemy does and can do.
2 Cor. 2:11…Creates imitations. Matt. 13:25
– Must deal wisely at all times. Matt. 10:16 “Wise as serpents”
Cautious, always looking, but confident, not paranoid.

– Part 2 –

Depending on our intellect, sight, and abilities to discern all circumstances will result in severe problems and the chastening hand of the Almighty !

1. Gedaliah’s assumption.
**That everyone in the same boat had the same goals.
A. His rejection of more bad news. (He had “heard enough already”)
(Jer. 40:14-15)
B. His disbelief in the corruption of a fellow survivor. (Jer. 40:16)
Luke 10:3, 1 Cor. 11:19

2. Johanan’s assumption.
*He prayed for God’s help – (Jer. 42:1-3) – But was he willing to accept it in the
way God wanted to give it ?

A. Chaldeans – the enemy – can’t be trusted. (Jer. 43:3)
B. God’s Word couldn’t be true. (Jer. 43:2) Luke 1:37, 18:27
C. He assumed that his own logic was more truthful than the Word of God
coming through another man.
– This is a sign of pride. (Jer. 43:2) Proud men. Pro. 16:18, 1 John 2:16

3. Your assumptions (?)
A. In prayer – God can do anything, but I don’t know if He will.
B. If a person says they are saved, they must be.
C. Things are so bad in the world that nobody is interested in getting saved.

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