Coffee with the Preacher

You cannot live your best until you have been weaned

1 Samuel 1:23–24 (NLT)

23 “Whatever you think is best,” Elkanah agreed. “Stay here for now, and may the Lord help you keep your promise.” So she stayed home and nursed the boy until he was weaned.

24 When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. They brought along a three-year-old bull for the sacrifice and a basket of flour and some wine.

To be weaned is to be separated from that which you have become accustom to and feel you cannot manage life without.

To be weaned is to separate from that which you dependent on and that can be something or someone.

To be weaned is to be separated from that which you have grown fond of.

That which has a strong influence on your life for a long time or from an early age.

As an adult it can be:

  1. Public opinion
  2. Past Success
  3. Past failure
  4. Fear of Failure
  5. Fear of Change
  6. Fear of just moving Forward
  7. Fear of Separation

Matthew 14:29 tells us …

In the storm Peter got out of the boat and walked on the angry sea walking toward Jesus.

Let’s put our thoughts on walk. After you have been in a situation for a long period of time without seeing any improvement have you considered getting up and just walking.

John 5:8

The man by the pool was making excuses about not getting heal until Jesus told him to just take up his bed and walk.

Separate yourself from whatever been keeping you from doing your best.

When you are weaned, your desire will change.

1 Peter 2:2–3 (KJV 1900)

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

1 Corinthians 3:1–3 (NLT)

Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ.

I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready,

for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?

1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT)

 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

Paul said he was weaned from things that keep him from doing his best for the Lord.

When you are truly weaned your distance and difference change.

2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV 1900)

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

I had to be weaned from four type people in my life.

  1. Negative talking people
  2. Negative thinking people
  3. People who discourage me from walking
  4. People who we unequally yoked to me

I had to wean myself of these personalities.

  1. Self-defeating thoughts
  2. Unforgiveness
  3. Uncontrol anger
  4. Holding grudges
  5. Negative feeling
  6. Looking in the rear-view mirror of life
  7. Looking to far in the distance
  8. Worry
  9. Depending on self and others men

Once I was weaned, I had to live on the word of God.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT2)
11  For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Genesis 50:19–20 (NLT)

19 But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, that I can punish you?

20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Romans 8:28 (NLT)

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Psalm 37

 Don’t worry about the wicked

or envy those who do wrong.

For like grass, they soon fade away.

Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good.

Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

Trust him, and he will help you.

Jeremiah makes it clear when he says the Lord knew him before he was born and the Lord had an appointment on his life before he was born.

Jeremiah just had to wean himself of something so he just like Samuel could do his best!

Closing:

Psalm 139:14 (KJV 1900)

14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:

Marvellous are thy works;

And that my soul knoweth right well.

When I figured out how God made me many of my problems were solved.

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