Jeremiah 26:14 Not Fighting Back

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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. 

2 Corinthians 6:12 Rights And Worthwhile Actions

 

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“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 2 Corinthians 6:12

Freedom of rights is something that everyone wants. They want the freedom to do whatever they want, when they want, and how they want. Very few people like to be told that they cannot do something. It goes against their freedom.

In many countries this freedom has been allowed to some point. As time has gone along, more freedoms are given. With some of these freedoms, there has been allowance for the freedom to sin and promote sinful habits.

God has given people the perfect level of freedom. Every person has the freedom to choose to follow Jesus or reject Jesus. They have the freedom to choose to sin, and they have the freedom to turn from sin. Since Adam and Eve people have started out with the choice to sin. They are given the chance to choose to follow Jesus and turn away from sin.

In Jesus there is a freedom that is allowed. No longer are people bound by the Mosaic Law, but are bound to Jesus. They are no longer bound to a set of rules of what they can and cannot do.

However, that does not give freedom to sin. Paul says that not everything is beneficial. The most important things in life are not the temporary things of this world, but the eternal things of God’s kingdom.

Jesus came to this earth with the focus of building God’s kingdom. Each and every believer is supposed to become just like Jesus. This means that the believers focus is building God’s kingdom.

For anything to have any real benefit, it must be of a benefit to God’s kingdom. Is it bringing or pointing people to Jesus? Or is it keeping them from Him?

Jesus was so heavenly minded that He was of great earthly good. He brought the best benefits to this world by focusing on heaven.

As a believer focus your eyes on God and His kingdom. As you do so, take a look at the things you do. Yes, you have a right to do them, but are they benefiting the kingdom of God?

Do not allow the things of this world to be your master. Let God be your master. Follow Him with everything that is in you.

I pray today that you will know God as your Master; that you will only do what is of eternal benefit; that your life will be like that of Jesus; and you will exercise your rights to benefit God’s kingdom.

1 Corinthians 8:9 Be Careful In Your Freedom

 

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Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9

During the biblical times, there were many rules on foods that a person could or could not eat as a believer in God. Food was often used as a sacrifice to idols, thus people were not to eat any food that had been sacrificed.

Paul just pointed out that food sacrificed to a false idol was no different from any other food. As a believer in Jesus the people could eat any food as long as they gave thanks to God for it.

Now he states that people should be careful in this knowledge and their freedom to not cause anyone else to stumble.

Newer believers often struggle with knowing what their freedom is in Christ. They are still working on removing themselves from the ways of the world. Doing the things that they have freedom to do, can cause them to fall back into sinful ways, or they may still see them as sinful.

Freedom to do what a person wants to do, regardless of what others think, is a common thought in this world. Believers are not to live like that. They are to be concerned first with God’s thoughts, then for the other person.

In Jesus there is a lot of freedom in doing things. However, they must be done with the proper motivation. They should not be done with the mindset of that it is the person’s right to do it. Rights need to be put aside to build others up.

It is all about love of the other person. That is what God did in sending Jesus and what Jesus did in going to the cross, it was about love. Love builds up, rather than demands personal rights.

In your own personal life there may be things that God has helped break the bondage to. This allows you to work with those things, without sinning or being pulled away from God. One example is drinking alcohol. You may see it as allowable, while another still sees it as sinful or dangerous.

However, there may be others that still struggle with it. Put those things aside to keep them from struggling and stumbling before God.

Be willing to put your own rights aside, so that you may build someone else up. Do not allow yourself, on purpose, or on accident to cause anyone to stumble in any way.

I pray today that you will know the freedom that you have in Jesus; that you will know the love God has for people; that God will guide you in the proper use of your freedom; and that you will not be a stumbling block to anyone.