O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause. Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.(Jeremiah 20:7-13)
Today's Morsel: I believe there were days that Jeremiah would have given anything to be someone else because his calling was costing him everything. His friends, his reputation, and perhaps even his life, if some of the people had their way. And because of it, Jeremiah had just as soon let things be as they were. But there was a fire burning inside of him and he could not stay still or keep quite. He said, " For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay." A true Holy Ghost filled person isn't going to sit back and let people do wrong in God's house. They are going to call them on it, even if it cost friendships, or reputation, or gets you no gifts at Christmas. The fire within must move you. When our focus is on people, and whether they follow us, favor us, respond to us, affirm us, or give us gifts and praise us, we are still going to carry some pain and disappointment. Our peace in the ministry comes from a strong and clear relationship with God. He gives us our affirmation; He covers us with His love and that should be enough. Jeremiah's main beef was with the religious establishments of his day, those priests and rulers who were suppose to be leading God's people to holiness and contentment. But in their greed and grasp for power, and in their own grip of sin, they had lost their creditability and discernment to lead as God desired of them. And even in the church today, when immorality and pride masquerade as authority , the wounded go untreated, sin escalates, the Gospel isn't preached, and pain perseveres. Therefore, only when my life is lived with His peace, can I lead others to experience His Perfect Peace as well.
Sing: Said I wasn't gonna tell nobody, but I, couldn't keep it to myself, but I, couldn't keep it to myself. Said I wasn't gonna tell nobody, but I, couldn't keep it to myself, what the Lord has done for me.
You ought to been there, when the Lord saved me. You ought to been there, when He gave me the victory. He put a song down in my soul, He wrote my name on the heavenly roll; you ought to been there, when the Lord save me.