"Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth!"
- By R. Stanley
- Published 09/4/2010
Brother R. Stanley, an Indian post-graduate in Soil Mechanics and
Foundation Engineering, born in 1947 and born again in 1962 is in fulltime Christian service since 1975. He has been honoured with a Doctorate in Divinity by the Hindustan Bible Institute, Chennai in 2000. Notes, outlines and sermons born out of the personal Bible meditations of R. Stanley can be read at www.StanleyOnBible.com Materials from this website, launched on 31 August 2002, can be copied for private circulation, but not for publication.The books authored by Brother Stanley in English and translated to a number of Indian languages, and tapes, are available from the Blessing Youth Mission (BYM), www.BlessingYouthMission.org an inter-Church revival and missionary-evangelistic organisation in India.
Then God called Jeremiah, he replied, "Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth" (Jeremiah 1:6).
But God corrected him, "Do Not Say, I Am A Youth."
God gave seven reasons why Jeremiah should not hesitate to accept His commission.
We have thousands of young men and women today who are excusing themselves under one pretext or the other. May be you are one of them. Read through the entire first Chapter of Jeremiah and see if you can still excuse yourself!
1. Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth—
for I have CHOSEN you!
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations" Jeremiah 1:5
2. Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth—
for I am SENDING you!
"You shall go to all to whom I send you" Jeremiah 1:7
3. Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth—
for I am ACCOMPANYING you!
"Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you" Jeremiah 1:8
4. Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth—
for I am TEACHING you!
"Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: Behold, I have put My words in your mouth" Jeremiah 1:9
5. Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth—
for I am AUTHORIZING you!
"See I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant" Jeremiah 1:10
6. Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth—
for I am GUIDING you!
"The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a branch of an almond tree.’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word’ " Jeremiah 1:11-16
7. Do Not Say, I Am Just A Youth—
for I am STRENGTHENING you!
"Behold, I have made you this day a fortified city and an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land... They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you to deliver you" Jeremiah 1:17-19