Have His Fire In Your Bones

He was a young man when he was called by God to prophesy and he ministered under some of the most difficult circumstances. He wanted to stop, but he could not.
Have His Fire In Your Bones
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Imagine being told by God to warn your fellow countrymen that their nation was about to fall to the enemy. Many of your hearers do not believe you. Some are very angry with you and they bind you in stocks. This, and more, happened to Jeremiah the prophet.

And before we continue with our message from Jeremiah 20, it needs to be said that such things happen to the people of God even in our time. This message was designed according to the fact that it would be delivered on or near a Reformation Day (October 31) when the Protestant

Reformation got a mighty spark at the hands of Martin Luther in 1517. Though true Christians were liberated from the clutches of, in many ways, a corrupt ecclesiastical system that persecuted them, persecution continued from a number of areas and still continues.

Those that truly love God and serve Him have always been persecuted and it is always good to be instructed from the Holy Bible so the disciple today will know about the grace and the sovereign will of God when encountering powerful opposition. We can definitely learn from any persecuted person in the Holy Bible, realizing that today we have more resources that might encourage us in times of trouble. But God does not want us to look at those resources, but only to Him. So let us now turn our attention to a situation with Jeremiah whose ministry was when the Old Testament was not completely written, Christ had not yet come, and there were no means of worldwide communication so Jeremiah could ask many to pray for him.

When still young, Jeremiah was called by God to warn Judah that it would fall to Babylon, and eventually he would be told by God to tell his hearers they were to surrender to their oppressors. That would be quite unpatriotic. Nonetheless, he obeys God and delivers His Word to the people.

At one point, as we read in chapter 20, the chief governor of the temple bound him in stocks. However, he released Jeremiah the next day, who prophesied against him. The text then brings us to the inner thoughts of Jeremiah, a mixture of not wanting to do the will of God and wanting to do it, and strong negative emotions contrasted with the glory of God.  Here is part of his sayings (20:7-12) (ASV*).

You have persuaded me, O Jehovah, and I am persuaded; You have hardened me, and You prevail. I have been a target for laughter all the day. Every one is mocking at me. 8  Because from the time I speak I cry out, ‘Violence and destruction,’ I cry. For the word of Jehovah has been to me for reproach and for derision all the day. 9  And I said, ‘I do not mention Him, Nor do I speak any more in His name,’ and it has been in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I have been weary of containing it, and I am not able. 10  For I have heard the evil report of many, fear is round about: ‘Declare, and we declare it.’ All my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, ‘Perhaps he is enticed, and we prevail over him, and we take our vengeance out of him.’ 11  And Jehovah is with me, as a terrifying mighty one. Therefore my persecutors stumble and prevail not, they have been exceedingly ashamed, for they have not acted wisely. Their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. 12  And, O Jehovah of Hosts, trier of the righteous, Beholder of reins and heart, I do see Your vengeance out of them, for unto You I have revealed my cause. 

For our message we shall consider Jeremiah 20:7, 9, and 11 to 12 in which we will see three ways we must permit God to influence us.

I. Be Induced  7

You have persuaded me, O Jehovah, and I am persuaded; You have hardened me, and You prevail. I have been a target for laughter all the day. Every one is mocking at me.

Jeremiah was called by God to prophesy to Judah about the upcoming Babylonian invasion. Just as he was called, the New Testament indicates all true disciples are called to proclaim the Word of God. While not everyone is to be a pastor, elder, deacon, and the like, every disciple can, and should be, used by God to advance His Kingdom in some manner.

A true disciple of Christ will feel the need to tell others about the salvation of Christ. By “tell,” I do not mean just by words, but our demeanor should be such that it invites others to Christ.

If you read this verse in the KJV you will see it says, “You have deceived me,” for the ASV’s “You have persuaded me.” While the Hebrew can mean “deceive,” Wilson {1} notes there is at least one other word that is stronger on the concept of “deceive.” Furthermore, James Strong {2} indicates the ASV’s “persuaded” could be correct. 

The NKJV has “induced” which I really like for I really feel that is what is expressed here. When I hear “induced,” I have to think of electrical transformers where electrical power is transferred from one set of wires to another set of wires by electromagnetism. You cannot see the electromagnetism, but it is there and it works. It is somewhat the same with those who are used by God. You cannot see the power of God being transferred to them, but it works.

As already pointed out, you or I do not have to be some sort of “famous” prophet like Jeremiah, Isaiah, or John the Baptist, but we are to be open to however God wants to use us for the advancement of His kingdom. Our actions might be “small” or “big,” “quiet” or very obvious, but we should still listen to God and follow through.

While some might not mind us proclaiming the Gospel, there are always some that do. For us in the United States very few of us have had the adverse experiences Jeremiah and many of the other prophets had, but it will most likely come to that before Christ returns. Proclaiming the Gospel includes proclaiming each person’s need for the Gospel, and not very many people like to hear they are sinners and are destined for hell. There was a moment before I became a Christian that I was very perturbed that a friend of mine had insinuated I was going to hell. He was right, though, and he had to say it.

We live in a time when people think that to shame someone is wrong. On the contrary, if we look closely at the Greek for Ephesians 5:11, which is “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them,” the word for “reprove” can carry the idea of shaming. For more information on that passage, see the link below {3}.

We should be glad to tell others about Christ. I know some people, like myself, have a shy or “introvertious" streak in them, but over the course of time, and permitting God to fill you with the Holy Spirit you will feel more


free to proclaim the Gospel. Romans 1:16 explains, in part, why we should feel good about proclaiming the Gospel: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

II. Be Inflamed  9

“And I said, ‘I do not mention Him, Nor do I speak any more in His name,’ and it has been in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I have been weary of containing it, and I am not able.”

We can understand why part of Jeremiah did not want to say anything when it came to prophesying. Not too many enjoy being bound in stocks, being mocked, being ostracized. Yet, when he determined he would not say a word, he had to say something, because the desire to do so was placed within him by God. That is because God loves everyone and does not want them to go to hell. And, if one is a true Christian, God places His love within us and we want to reach out to the lost, even if we are introverted.

There are many true disciples today that keep taking a stand for Christ, calling sin sin, even though they have been heavily persecuted. Even though I am greatly displeased in these times by what the U. S. Supreme Court has “allowed,” what the Obama administration has forced, what the politically liberal segment of our society pushes, and more, I am very much please that there have been some Christians who have taken a strong stand despite losing their jobs, homes, liberties and other blessings.

If you are a true Christian, do not snuff out the spark that God has placed within you for sharing the Gospel and for being true to His Word. Do not permit your conscience to be dead to the voice of God. Do not “cave in” to the pressures of the world that want you to compromise and treat certain sins as trivial matters.

III. Be Immovable  11-12

“And Jehovah (YHVH) is with me, as a terrifying mighty one. Therefore my persecutors stumble and prevail not, they have been exceedingly ashamed, for they have not acted wisely. Their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. 12  And, O Jehovah of Hosts, trier of the righteous, Beholder of reins and heart, I do see Your vengeance out of them, for unto You I have revealed my cause.”

When it says, “And YHVH was with me,” I must think of what Christ told the disciples before He ascended (Matthew 28:19-20), “Go, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen.” Also, Hebrews 13:5c, “I will never leave You, nor forsake You.”

Considering these things, as we grow in Him, we can become very immovable. People might call us stubborn, but God calls it faithfulness unto Him. In these last days of this present age (if you are reading this before the Great Tribulation), and during the Great Tribulation period, things will be very shaky. People will not know who to trust. Money will offer no hope. Things will be worse than they have ever been. However, the true disciple of Christ will remain firm.

In verse 12, YHVH of Hosts (head of His spiritual army), is described as “trier of the righteous.” “Trier” means like refining some precious metal or element, like silver or gold. As we walk in Him, He refines us, and as time progresses we are more conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Having His Fire

I think you would agree with God that no one should go to hell. No one should remain bound in sin. If so, that is a spark, a spark of His fire that wants to build in you and me so we feel we must do something for the Kingdom of God. Take a stand for the Word of God. Live what it says, and share it with others in word and in deed.

Also be praying for the persecuted. Pray they continue to take a stand for Christ no matter what comes their way. Speak up for them. When you have opportunity to do so, sign godly petitions concerning them, write letters, or whatever groups like Persecution.org suggest {4}.

Notes:

{1} Wilson, William: Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies (MacDonald Publishing Company, McLean, VA) pp. 110-111

{2} From an electronic version of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong incorporated in the Online Bible program, and so throughout the article whenever the ancient language is referred to and no other authority is cited.

{3} Please listen to my message, Be Truly Called Out, the link for which is found at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M151 .

{4} Please visit Persecution.org .

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by December 12, 2015 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M382 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

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With God’s help, you can always do something for His Kingdom. Let Him work in you and through you. Let His grace fend off fear and shame the liberal element in society will try to place on you.


Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    It is certain that humanity has developed with aggressiveness and violence; hence the domination of women by men and the bellicose masculine spirit.
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