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. 

Harriet (movie review)

Harriet movie poster

Movie: Harriet
Opening: November 2019
Rating: PG

The movie ‘Harriet‘ is a movie about the life and work of Harriet Tubman. She was a black lady who was raised as a slave in the early to mid-1800’s. She was injured by an accident and was unable to be reliable help on the plantation where she was a slave. As a result, the slave owner chose to sell and remove her from her husband. Instead of being allowed to be sold, she chose to run away to freedom.

After successfully escaping by traveling on foot for about 90 miles, she chose to go back and rescue her family. No one would support her, but she put her trust in God to give her strength and favor. Over time she had been credited for going back multiple times and rescuing about 100 people from slavery.

The movie does show some of the violence against slavery. It makes it very clear the dangers of a slave running away. There is some violence in the movie, but not extreme and no extreme graphics are shown. One thing that I caution on is that there is some foul language in this film and a lot of language used against the black people, showing the prejudices of the people.

One thing that I found great in the movie was showing how Harriet had trusted in God. She would be traveling with some escaped slaves in the wild, planning to head a certain direction. Suddenly she would get dizzy and have a vision from God as to what to do. She often felt God turn her to a new direction. She would go that way, though often it did not make sense at the moment. In the process of doing that she had avoided getting caught many times.

For me this was a challenge in my belief and trust in God. As a believer, we are to fully trust God’s leading at all times. He said that He would never leave us and that His Holy Spirit would always be there to guide us on our path in this life.

Every believer needs to keep his heart open to hearing from God and obeying His every command. It may not always make sense as to why God has us move the direction He has us move, but we can know that it is for our best interests. This movie has challenged me to learn to step out in faith and trust God’s leading more in my life.

I do recommend this movie, but with caution. There is the language and his movie is not suitable for younger children. It is a great movie for middle school and up children and can lead to great discussions about slavery and following God.

May your trust in God increase as you walk with Him.