I can’t do this anymore!
7 You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived;
you overpowered me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long;
everyone mocks me.
8 Whenever I speak, I cry out
proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the Lord has brought me
insult and reproach all day long.
A burning desire! “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30. Are you willing to be that person?
Jeremiah is not liking his ministry anymore, because it comes with too many problems for him. He’s in constant danger, no body like him, he can’t have a wife, the message of the false prophets who are prophesying to the king Zedakiah of Judah sounds better than his, and he wishes that he was never born.
You keep trying to bring back the prodigals – preaching Jesus to your kids, to your brothers and sisters, to your mother and father, your friends. But nobody seems to be budging. In fact, you’re that person, right! They say, “here she goes again, or here he goes again”. Some of them even know what you’re going to say, before you say it.
Some of you don’t have any friends, because people think you’re to clean and you light is too bright. Sometimes you will have to walk alone and what I mean is that you might be the only one walking the narrow path in your environment, but God says, “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. Are you willing to be that person, until Jesus calls you home? Good question?
Jeremiah said I can’t do this anymore! You touched my mouth and put your words on my lips Lord, but I didn’t know that this is what I signed up for. People want to kill me, for this message you got me preaching.
He said, “I told myself, that I would no longer preach in that name.” I’m not posting one more message about repentance on Facebook only 2 people follow me now!”
2. I Can’t Hold it Back!
9 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’s saying, “They wanted me to shut up, but I couldn’t shut up if I wanted to, because there is a fire shut up in my bones. I can’t explain it and I can’t contain it, but I have to proclaim it – the word that you Lord have put in my heart.
Just because it feels good doesn’t mean that it is good, somebody needed to hear that. I know you heard it before, but you needed to hear it right now!
I can’t think of one person in the bible who had a calling or a ministry, that was always pleasant. King David had to run from his kingdom, before he could be king, Joseph had to be a slave, before he could be in charge of nation. I’m not talking about moving up the ladder in ministry. I’m talking about the fact that once the glamour of your calling is gone can you stand can you still walk in it. Tough question, but here’s what the bible says in Philippians 2:13, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”
Don’t ignore the fire of the Holy Spirit!
If you have not received Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, then do it now, and you will be a child of God and your citizenship will be in heaven with Jesus Christ!
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
SAY this beginning PRAYER:
God I’m a sinner and right now I turn from my sins. I ask you to forgive my sins, that I may be right with you. I believe that Jesus Christ: lived, died and that He rose from the dead. Right now, I ask you Jesus to be my Savior and Lord, that I may have eternal life in heaven. Thank you God for saving me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!
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