Jeremiah 26:14 Not Fighting Back

Hands raised up

As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. Jeremiah 26:14 

Having personal rights is a demand most people in America make and many people around the world desire have those rights. People want to be able to have their own freedom to make their own choices without any consequences.

Giving up those rights is not easy for most people to do. They will fight back anyone who fights against their rights or attempts to take them away. Most will just fight back with words, while some will physically try to fight back. Many court cases are all about the loss of some right or freedom.

Jeremiah had a harsh word from God to the people. As he gave the message, the people were very angry with him. Many wanted to kill him. Jeremiah stated that he was in their hands and that they could do with him whatever they felt was best to be done.

Jeremiah had given up any of his rights as a citizen when he spoke before the leaders of Israel. He put himself in God’s hands.

Very often believers will physically or verbally fight for their rights to say or do something. They will get angry with those who fight back or persecute them, rather than just trusting God through the situation and allowing God to get His own vengeance.

Jesus never fought back or talked back to those who came against Him, with the exception of the Pharisees, who were supposed to be the God fearing leaders. He allowed the people to do what they thought was right, even up to the point of the crucifixion.

Today believers still have a message that many will hate to hear. Some will persecute believers because of the message. Instead of fighting back, believers must allow God to be in control and trust Him through whatever happens. All that needs to be done is loving the enemy and sharing God’s message of love.

You will have days when you need to be a witness of Jesus to this world and the world will not like your message. There may come persecution, maybe with just words or physically. Either way it comes you have a choice as to how you react to it.

Put on the character of Jesus and Jeremiah and do not fight back. Keep showing God’s love and trust God to get you through the situation. God is watching and will take vengeance as needed.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fear of this world from your heart; that you will speak God’s message boldly; and that God will give you favor with those you speak to. 

Jeremiah 20:9 Speak It Out Loud

Campfire at night

But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9 

There are times when a person has some really good news or some very interesting news that they ‘need’ to share with someone. He will quickly get on the phone to call some friends to tell them about the news. Everywhere the person goes, he continues to talk about the news.

Watch the newscasts and there are times where there is an article titled with ‘breaking news’. It is very important news to hear about in something that most people are interested in. No one is ashamed to bring out the news or talk about it.

Jeremiah had been given a message by God. As he proclaimed it, he was being severely persecuted. He wanted to stop talking about the news, yet, was unable to do so. The message he had was like a fire shut up in his bones and he just had to tell people about it.

When a believer has a solid connection and experience with God, he will want to tell someone about it. When he realizes the great love of God for all people and how lost people are without Jesus, he will want to tell people about Jesus.

Not proclaiming the message about Jesus will not be an option because it will burn within the heart to tell others about Him. Fear of ridicule and persecution will not be able to keep a person from talking. His great love for God and for others will propel him into speaking more and more with no fear.

The world does not want you to talk about sin or Jesus. They will do what they can to stop you from giving the needed message.

Do not let fear of this world stop you from speaking. Have the heart of God for the lost people in this world. Point people to Jesus every day for every situation in their lives. Let them know that there is a God who loves them and can give them real life that will last for eternity, that God will give them a purpose for this life.

The world needs to hear about Jesus. You have to be one who will tell them. Get the message out today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the love of God for other people; that God will give you boldness to speak His word; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that God will remove fear of this world as you proclaim His word. 

Jeremiah 15:20 Be A Wall

Rock wall in forest

“I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 15:20 

Being determined is a character trait that some people have. It is what keeps them going when the going gets tough. It is what keeps them going when everyone is against them.

Some of the greatest inventors had the majority of people who thought they were crazy and people fought against their inventions. Yet they focused on accomplishing their task and would not let others overcome them.

God tells Jeremiah that he will be a wall to the people. Jeremiah had a message to get out and the people would fight against him, yet he would not be overcome. God would rescue him and save him.

Every believer has a message to give out. There are many people who will fight against the believer because of the message. The world and some people in the church do not want to hear the message, even though they need to hear the message.

Years later Paul would tell the believer to put on the armor of God and then stand. This standing is being a wall. Walls are meant to keep people out or keep the enemy from taking over.

The believer needs to be a wall in that he is standing firm on God’s word and message and not allowing the enemy to gain any ground in his life.

God is with the believer and will not allow him to be overcome as long as he is standing with God and following Jesus. It may be tough and hard, but in the end God will rescue him and save him.

As a believer, the enemy wants to take you out. You have the message of God to deliver to this dark and fallen world. As you draw closer to God and get His message out, people will fight against you. It is not a matter of if they will fight you, but when they will fight you.

Lock yourself down as a wall and be solid in what you believe in and stand for. Know that you can stand upon God’s word and His promises to you.

As you live for God and spread His message to this world, God will take care of you. He will save you in the end, either out of the problem or into eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the message God wants you to spread to the world; that you will stand upon God’s promises and word; and that God will keep the world from overcome your heart. 

Jeremiah 1:19 They Will Fight, But Also Will Lose

Tigers fighting

“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. 

The Fruit Of The Spirit: Faithfulness

Faithfulness word

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

Thank you for returning with me to this study on the fruit of the Spirit. I am sorry I had to miss a study last week due to busyness of things in life with my family.

We have already looked at the fruit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness and goodness. Today I want to look at faithfulness and what that looks like in the life of a believer.

Faithfulness is being true to one’s word in both word and action. It is being able to be trusted in every way.

In this fallen world, faithfulness is very difficult to find. People are faithful only as long as it is beneficial to them and they can see the benefits. As soon as the benefits can no longer be seen, people quit and change their mind, words and actions to go against what they were originally saying and doing.

Woman searching

Employers are no longer strongly faithful to their workers. It is only about making the business look good. Workers do not remain faithful to the employer. They only want to make the most money for the least mount of work.

Proverbs 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? 

Solomon brings up a very good point. People all over the world claim to have unfailing love, yet, that love often fails. The person is not faithful to their word. If you don’t believe it, look at marriages. How many people claim undying love at the wedding, in and out of the church, only to end in divorce and hate a few years later?

People are quick to change their minds and hearts towards someone or some task. They choose to step away, rather than stick it out and being faithful. Every excuse under the sun is given to be able to cancel former promises and vows. It is difficult to find a person who is truly faithful.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

Hebrews 10-23

The beginning example of faithfulness is found in God. From the first day of creation until this day God has proven Himself faithful. God has always done what He said He would do. God promised salvation to Adam when he was kicked out of the garden. Several thousand years later, God fulfilled that promise in Jesus.

Jesus was faithful to God and to His mission of saving people as He walked on this earth. He did not allow Himself to be deterred from the mission to die upon the cross to save all people.

As a believer and follow of Jesus, we are to be just like Him. This means we should be faithful in everything. God and others can trust that what we say we will do, we will do it. We will always act in love and care for others and God.

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. Hebrews 3:5

Moses was one who is seen as being faithful to God. Even though he did slip up at times and make bad choices, he, as a whole, remained faithful to God. He led and taught the Israelites as God wanted them to be led.

Sharing the gospel

Our lives should have the same epithet that Moses had–that we are faithful to God. This means we are being His true witness of who Jesus is and what He has done and will do for every person. We are to do the work God has called us to do–be His witness.

Being faithful in being His witness means that we will be that witness every time we can in every situation. We will not back down from being His witness because we are faithful.

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

As soon as you began to believe in and trust in Jesus for your salvation, you were given a trust. It was an investment in you that was to be built up and increased. You have a work to do.

It is easy to just hold on to salvation and not do anything with it, just as it can be easy to hoard money in order to count it as wealth. However, salvation is given to be also passed on.

Passing on something

Being faithful is not an option. We do not get to choose whether we are faithful or not, we must be faithful just as Jesus was faithful.

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23

Jesus gave a parable about faithfulness. Those who are faithful with what God has given them will be rewarded. Those who are not faithful with what God has given them will lose everything.

We have been given salvation and the gospel message. We have been given the duty to be His witness to everyone. Being faithful means that we will pass that message on to others and we will live as though we are saved.

Old faithful geyser

You can ask yourself if God would be able to say that you are a good a faithful servant. Being filled with His Holy Spirit, you will be able to answer yes to that question.

In our own strength, we will fail in being faithful. It is easy to be led astray and change who or what we are following or doing. The world is following their own desires at the moment, changing all the time, unfaithful to anything.

As a believer, you are to be faithful. Jesus has given you His Holy Spirit to give you what you need. As you walk by His Holy Spirit, being led by Him, you will be faithful to God and to others. You will always think, say and do the right thing. God and others will be able to trust that you will always do the right thing every time because you are faithful.

Going back to Galatians you can see how the fruit of the Spirit works in your life. It begins with love that brings about joy, leading to peace, leading to forbearance, which then causes you to be kind and full of goodness. With all of these things you will then be faithful to keep doing them and walking in those fruits of the Spirit.

Again thank you for continuing with me on this little look at the fruit of the Spirit. Next week I plan to look at the next fruit: gentleness. I hope to see you then.