Jeremiah 32:3 Why Do You Speak That Way?

Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesy as you do? You say, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it.'” Jeremiah 32:3

Jeremiah had been prophesying that God would destroy Judah and Jerusalem placing the people into captivity in Babylon. This went against the beliefs of the Israelites, because they were the chosen nation and God would not do something like that. The king of Judah had Jeremiah put in prison because of his words. He also asked him why he would say things like that. Jeremiah was just speaking what God had told him to say.

People love to talk about a lot of things. There are some people who can speak for a long time and not really say anything. Others speak just a few words and seem to speak whole volumes of information very quickly.

Words can build up or they can tear down. It all depends on what words are being said and how they are being said.

Most people when they speak, they are just speaking what they think or feel in the moment. It is common for  a person to blurt out something in the heat of the moment that he regrets only seconds later. A few people will actually take time to think about what they are about to say to ensure it is spoken well and is correct and helpful.

As a believer you are responsible for what you say or don’t say. You are also responsible for how you say things. One of your first responsibilities is to speak the gospel message to everyone you can.

The reason you have this responsibility to speak like that is that Jesus gave His life for you and told you to do it. You are to speak all the words of God. Sometimes those words are words of love and comfort, showing how Jesus cares for a person. Other times those words will be harsh words warning of destruction and death coming.

You must keep your focus on what God is saying to the people you meet with. What does He want you to say? That is the only thing you should be saying. It gives you the reason why you speak what you do, whether peaceful or harsh.

I pray today that you will know the words of God; that you will only speak what God wants you to say; that your purpose for speaking is to point people to God; and that many will know Jesus because of your words. 

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Jeremiah 26:2 Speak All The Words

This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD’s house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD. Tell them everything I command you; do not omit a word. Jeremiah 26:2

God was going to have Jeremiah stand before the people and speak some of His words. The words that were to be spoken were not the most kind type of words. It would be words that were commands to change their ways or become a curse and be destroyed. They would be words that the people would become very angry about and attempt to kill Jeremiah. God did not want Jeremiah to miss a single word as he spoke to the people, despite how the people would react.

It is easy to talk about how much God loves a person and all the things that are good about God. For many people it is much harder to talk about God’s commands to change and the results of not giving up sin. It is more difficult because people may not accept the words or get angry about them.

In today’s society, often one has to be careful not to politically/socially offend someone else with their words. No Christian believer should ever attempt to offend someone on purpose. However, every Christian has a duty to speak God’s word in truth and love.

God has spoken a lot of words and told His people to speak all of them. Some of those words are easy to hear because they are just about God’s love. Other words are harder to hear, because they are about change and giving up sinful ways. Not everyone will accept the words, but they still need to be spoken.

When you go out today in this world, be willing to speak every word God has given you. Be led by His Holy Spirit in what to say to those you come in contact with.

Some people may accept those words and change, while others may reject them and get angry. Regardless of the outcome, you need to be faithful to God’s Word and commands.

Are you speaking God’s word today?

Are you being a witness of what God wants to do and is doing?

Do not be afraid to speak His words today.

I pray today that you will know what God wants to be said; that you will not fear speaking God’s word to everyone you meet; that you will speak with the love and compassion for people that God has; and that you will be God’s witness to this world of His love and judgment.

Jeremiah 20:9 A Fire Burning Inside

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

The message God had given Jeremiah to speak to the people was not exactly a comforting message. It was one of doom and destruction for a time. Since that was the message, it was not very well received by the people. Each time he spoke, people would beat him, threaten and ridicule him. It was a very hard message to keep speaking.

At times Jeremiah would get frustrated with the struggle of it and choose not say anything. When he did that, his misery increased all the more. God’s word was so strong in his life, that he felt like it was a fire in his bones and he had to say something, regardless of the outcome.

Every person has times in their life where something happens that is so great that they are bursting to tell someone. Most often it is good news that people want to speak about. Things like a new child on the way, a proposal for marriage, a new large promotion, graduating college, or some other event. When news like this happens, it is so great that the person cannot help but talk about it.

God has a message for you to speak to the world. You may not be a prophet or pastor, or any other ‘titled’ position in the church, but God has a word for you to speak to the world. That message is the gospel message of Jesus.

The world is dying and you have the message to keep them alive. It is, by far, the greatest message the world could ever receive. Not every one will accept it. There will be some who will fight or ridicule you when you speak it, yet, you must speak it.

Do you realize how much God has done for you? Do you realize how much God loves the people of this world?

If you have a full realization of those things, God’s word will burn in your heart to tell others. You will not want to see them condemned to hell, because you chose to be silent.

Let that fire out to shine in this dark world. Don’t be silent.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will strengthen you to speak His words; and that God’s word will burn in your heart to be spoken.

Jeremiah 1:6-8 I’m Not Qualified

“Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:6-8

God had called Jeremiah to speak to the nations. It is believed that Jeremiah was just a teenager at the time of this calling. The first thing Jeremiah tells God is that he cannot speak and is too young, he is not qualified to do the job.

These are common words for many people, even today. God calls a person to do some type of ministry and the first thing they say is that they are not qualified. This is not even talking about going around the world to reach nations, it is just doing ministry in their local church, town or workplace.

People like to say that they do not have the training or experience to do a ministry. The problem is that everyone has to start at some point with no real training. Going to bible college sounds good, but all it really gives one is book knowledge. Real experience is learned by actually going out and doing a ministry.

God allows you to get experience in the real world by giving you an assignment. The professors in the college cannot give you the words to speak and they will not be there with you. God will do both.

Every believer has a testimony of what God has done in his life. You have yours also. All you need to do is go out and tell others what God has done for you and what God can do for them. As you go into this world, God will give you the words to speak and He will not leave you alone. There will be trouble and hard times, but God will bring you through them.

Let go of your fears and be willing to step out into what God has for you to do. Jeremiah did and became one of the great prophets. With God you are more than qualified to do anything He has called you to do.

What are you willing to let God do through you?

I pray today that God will show you what He has for you to do; that you will not fear doing God’s will; that you will know God’s presence in your life; and that you will speak the words God gives you.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Slow To Speak To God

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

While very few people pray to God on a regular basis, there are many who will cry out to Him in times of trouble. It is common for people to cry out to God when they are in danger, and as they cry out they often make promises to God.

These promises are usually along the lines of promising that they will live for Him, or give a certain amount of money, or do some ministry for Him if He gets them out of the situation. Although the promise itself may not be a bad thing, one has to be careful about the promise.

As many make the promise, most do not fulfill the promise. They forget about the promise within moments of God providing the help. It is often said that it was made in a rash moment without thought. People think that God understands why the promise was made, and yet not get fulfilled, that God will forgive them.

God looks at the promise as it is–a promise. As a believer you are told to live your life like Jesus, to imitate God. God has made many different promises over the history of mankind, and never has He was broken a promise or go back on His Word. He is always true and faithful to His Word.

You also need to be true and faithful to your word. If you make a promise to God, be sure to fulfill it. Better yet, be slow with your words and not so quick to make a promise.

You do not have to promise God anything in order for Him to love you or take care of you in any situation you are going through. His love for you is perfect all the time. Just bring your requests before God and trust Him to take care of you. Do not be quick to promise anything.

If you do promise God anything, then be very quick to fulfill that promise. Trust God to help you fulfill that promise, because God will hold you accountable to it.

I pray today that your words will be true to God; that you will trust God in all situations; that God will strengthen you to fulfill all promises made; and that you will slow down and think on how you speak to God.

Proverbs 15:1 How To Answer Wrath

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

When a person is faced with an angry person, the first thing most people do is respond in anger. This becomes especially true if the person that is angry is doing it with wrath–extreme anger and violence.

Extreme anger and violence usually brings out anger and violence in other people. When a news reporter reports on a situation in which someone stated something in wrath or showed extreme violence, the people start talking about the situation with heated words of anger. They want to see justice done. Speaking like this brings out more anger, rather than a change of heart.

Parents are often seen speaking very harshly to a child who made a mistake and did something wrong. Doing this often brings out more anger in the child, rather than a change of heart.

People who are displaying wrath often feel that they are right and the world is wrong. Anyone who speaks harshly against them is wrong. As they are spoken to in that way, they put up a wall and strike even harder with their anger and wrath.

Solomon points out that speaking with a gentle answer gets the person to calm down from the extreme anger. Looking at the words of Jesus, He rarely ever spoke harshly with people. The only ones He spoke harshly with were the ones who claimed to be serving God, yet went against Him.

God shows love to every person. He speaks with a kind and gentle voice that is loving and forgiving.

Think about your own life. How do you react when someone speaks harshly with you? As with most people, you probably put up a wall and fight harder for your case.

When a person speaks gently to you, the fight in you will lessen and you will hear what is being said.

Is it right to be upset and angry with people who are doing wrong? Yes, but in the right way. Do not speak as the world does and just condemn the person. Show God’s love, grace and  mercy. Slow down and speak gentle words that will touch the heart and show them back to God.

How are your words being said today?

I pray today that you will have God’s love for all people; that God’s Spirit will keep you calm in every situation; that you will answer with the love and words of God; and that you will use gentle words to speak God’s truth to those speaking or acting in wrath and anger.

Celebrating Homeschool Moms Live Video

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there reading this!

All mothers are very hardworking. One group of mothers that many people overlook and see as not working that hard are homeschool moms.

Many in the workforce see homeschool mothers as ones who do not really work and just sit around all day at home. While looking at homeschool moms from the outside, it mayappear that they do not do that much, but it is not true.

My wife is a homeschool mom, so I can attest to the fact of all the hard work that she puts in on regular basis.

On Facebook I am a part of a group called Celebrating Homeschool Moms. They will be doing a Facebook Live set of videos this week celebrating and encouraging moms. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes in length and at different times each day.

I have been asked to be a guest speaker at doing one of these videos. I will be speaking on Power In Suffering. This will be tonight, Thursday, May 18th, at 8:30 CT. I want to invite you to be a part of watching this video. It will give you a chance to see and hear the man behind this blog.

Please let any homeschool moms you know, know about these Facebook Live videos.

This is something new for me to do and ask for your prayers that many mom’s lives will be touched and encouraged in the Lord when watching mine and the other’s videos. Pray that I will be able to clearly state what God has placed on my heart to speak.