“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:19
Battles and wars are being fought all over the world. Some of these are nation against nation, but the majority are individuals against others. People are constantly fighting against other people. Some of these are physically fighting, while many are with words.
These battles occur because someone does not like someone else or what that other person is doing or has. It is often done in rebellion to change something.
God calls Jeremiah to speak to the people of Israel, who were living in rebellion against God. He tells Jeremiah that they will hate him and fight against him, but will be unable to overcome him. God would be with Jeremiah and protect him in the end.
Several centuries after Jeremiah had spoken Jesus had stated the same things to His disciples. He promised that people would fight against His followers and there would be trouble, but Jesus also gave the same word God did to Jeremiah, that He would be with them.
When a person is speaking the truth and it goes against what others believe, they will fight it. Very few people want to hear truth about something wrong in their life. All they want to hear is good news. They do not want to hear that they are wrong.
It has not changed to this day. Believers who stand up and speak the truth are often persecuted and ridiculed. In some places this includes physically and in all places it is verbally abused. The world will strive hard to take a believer out, to discredit and destroy him.
Yet, God is with the believer and will bring him through it. One may go through a lot of problems, but in the end wins eternal life with God.
God has given you a word to speak to this fallen world. It is your testimony of who Jesus is and what He has done. It is a word showing the destruction of sin in a person’s life. It is showing the path that most people are on is leading to death.
People will not want to hear that message. They enjoy where they are and so they will fight you and try to bring you down.
Don’t forget that God is with you. He will bring you through it as you follow and obey Him. Don’t be afraid to speak His truth everywhere you go.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the message God has for you to speak; that God will give you the boldness to speak His message; and that God will remove all fear of man as you trust Him.