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Overcoming Low Self-Esteem - Jeremiah 1:4-10 (Sermon)

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem - Jeremiah 1:4-10 (Sermon)

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Based on Jeremiah 1:4-10, this sermon provides a biblical view on overcoming low self-esteem. In contrast to the value we place on ourselves (as Lady Gaga advocates), the biblical approach to self-esteem is to understand the value that God places on us. Jeremiah felt inadequate for the task set before him, but God assured him of his value and purpose in life.
Based on Jeremiah 1:4-10, this sermon provides a biblical view on overcoming low self-esteem. In contrast to the value we place on ourselves (as Lady Gaga advocates), the biblical approach to self-esteem is to understand the value that God places on us. Jeremiah felt inadequate for the task set before him, but God assured him of his value and purpose in life.

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Overcoming Low Self-Esteem
Jeremiah 1:4-10Today, Id like to share from Jeremiah 1:4-10. This message will build up your self-esteem. The Bible has a great message for self-esteem, but its a little different thanwhat you find elsewhere. Everywhere else, the message is that you should loveyourself. God says that you should love yourself because He loves you.Lets read together.
4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. 6 Alas, Sovereign LORD, I said, I do not know how to speak; I am too young. 7 But the LORD said to me, Do not say, I am too young. You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I amwith you and will rescue you, declares the LORD.9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant. 
Jeremiah came from a family of priests. God called him to become a prophet at avery young age, and he served God as a prophet for more than 40 years. He spokeGods words during the reigns of three kings and witnessed the nations destructionby the Babylonians.He is called the Weeping Prophet because he also wrote the book of Lamentationsafter Jerusalem was destroyed, including the Temple, and its people carried off intocaptivity. He was also a suffering prophet who was persecuted by kings and rejectedby his people because of his forceful condemnation of idolatry and social injustice.Eventually, according to Jewish and Christian tradition, Jeremiah was killed in Egypt by his countrymen who had fled there.
v. 4-5
4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. 
 
To be known.
Here, God says that He knows Jeremiah, and has known him sincebefore his birth. This is an amazing thing. The desire to be truly known andunderstood is an incredibly powerful human motivation. Ancient and modernpeople have done famous and infamous things mainly because they wanted to beremembered by those who came after. The Pharaohs built giant pyramids as theirtombs so that people four thousand years later would know that a great king wasburied there. In 400 B.C., a Greek man burned the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus,one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, because he wanted to beremembered forever.Everyone has this basic desire to be acknowledged, not just as an entity, but as aperson with unique thoughts, dreams, loves, hates, and motivations. When we areborn, we cry out, Aaaahh!!! Here I am!Paul writes in 1 Corinthians, Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; thenwe shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I amfully known.
To be accepted.
The second thing we see here is that God accepts Jeremiah. He choseJeremiah from before he was born. Jeremiah had someone who not onlyacknowledged him, but accepted him not despite his uniqueness but exactly becauseof his uniqueness. God shaped Jeremiah for a particular purpose.Our society today is full of people who are unsure of their value. Many of us aredeeply insecure. If we fell off of the face of the earth, would anyone miss us? Do webelong?We desire people to affirm our value. So we make sure we have the right body shapeor wear the right clothes. Commercials tell you that when you have this product,youre going to have fun, be beautiful or suave. And of course, the unspoken messageis, Oh, and by the way, dont you see your own inadequacy?Lady Gaga actually has a pretty good message to counter this. In an interview, LadyGaga said this about her teenage years in highschool: I used to get made fun of forbeing either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn't fit in, and I felt like a freak. Now, her message is that however you are is all right. Hernew album is Born This Way where she sings, God doesnt make mistakes. Shesso close to the truth with this message. God loves us and He has made us eachunique for a good purpose. But, were also deeply flawed people, not because of Godbut because of our sinful nature.But God is passionate about restoring His relationship with us. He did and is doingeverything possible to pull us back into a relationship with Him. So, on the one hand,God created us and knows us. He has wonderful plans for us, including Lady Gagaand all the rest of us little monsters. But, on the other hand, the reality is that weneed to choose to return to the relationship that He made possible again.
 
St. Augustine, in his
onfessions
, wrote: You awoke us to delight in Your praise; forYou made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless, until it rests in You. Dont seek to be known and accepted by others, but by God only. When you have a right relationship with God, then youre going to have a right relationship with people.
v.5
5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. 
G
od has a purpose for our lives.
God told Jeremiah, I set you apart and I appointedyou. God has a unique purpose for each of our lives. Everything that we are, all ourexperiences, successes and failures, God can use for His purpose. Before he was anapostle for Jesus, Paul hunted Christians down so that he could have them put todeath. But God had a plan for him. Paul writes in Galatians, But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in meso that I might preach Him among the Gentiles Each of us are set apart by God for some purpose. He not only wants us to return toHim so that we have that relationship, but also so that we can assume again thepurpose for which we were made. Each tool in the toolbox has a specific function.You dont use a flathead screwdriver to drive a nail. You dont use a 10mm ratchet head to take out a 12mm bolt. Each utensil in the kitchen has a specific function. Godshaped each of us uniquely for a reason.
v. 6
 
Ah, Sovereign Lord, I said, I do not know how to speak; I am only a child. 
 Jeremiah was surprised at the plans God had for him. His dream was not to be aprophet. But God told him that he was made for this specific purpose. We each areassigned unique work to do on Gods behalf. Jeremiah was assigned to be a prophet,Paul an apostle, but God also has specific plans for each of you. As you grow in yourrelationship with Him, Hes going to challenge you and put things in your heart.Dont ignore that! Respond to it!
I do not know how to speak; I am only a child. 
Jeremiah responded like many godlymen and women in the Bible. He deeply felt his own inadequacy. It is good, when weare given an important task, to be afraid of not doing our best or of causing harmbecause of our weakness. Thats not an entirely bad feeling if it makes us rely on Godand mistrust our own abilities. But, its no excuse to beg off doing what God hascalled us to do.1 Peter 4:10-11 says, Each of you should use whatever gift you have received toserve others, as faithful stewards of Gods grace in its various forms. If anyonespeaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyoneserves, they should do so with the strength God provides 

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