FEBRUARY 23: A FIRE WITHIN

A FIRE WITHIN
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

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.
Jeremiah 20:9
Today's Read: Jeremiah 1&20; Psalm 86
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Jeremiah was a well-known prophet in Israel's history.
Ordained by God while yet in the womb, He was elected and selected by God to steer a wayward nation back to Him.
Jeremiah had the extremely difficult role of speaking an unpopular, undesirable, unwanted message to an unquestionably unlovely and sinful people.
Of all the roles God earmarked for individuals in the Bible, the role of prophet proved one of the most difficult, isolating, and alienating vocations on earth.
Small wonder that Jeremiah was known as the "weeping prophet" and smaller wonder that he at times lost confidence in himself, in his nation, and in God.
-Day after day accusations and evil charges were brought against him.
-Day after day, death threats hung heavy over him.
And day after day the message of repentance and revival fell on deaf ears, dumb minds, and sin-laden lives, as Jeremiah continued to prophecy to an unresponsive people.
Careful consideration of Jeremiah's despondency and sense of despair in this passage is needed in order to gain an understanding of the truth erupting from him in his darkest of hours:
His word was in mine heart as a fire shut up in my bones ...
The words recorded in today's meditation spill out of a man bowed down in spirit and yet bolstered somehow by the Spirit in simultaneous measure.
How did Jeremiah continue under such dire circumstances?
How do "we" continue when we find ourselves in the midst of difficult circumstances?
Three internal components for forging ahead:
1) The work of a prophet called for the word in the prophet to reign supreme.
No matter what vocation or location we are called to ... the work of sharing the Gospel has been committed to each of us. God's word has to be firmly situated and embedded within us in order to continue on in faithfulness.
Day after day we must take the truth in, in ever-increasing quantities, in order to service the mind, soul, and spirit with all it needs to meet the difficulties God has determined and ordained for us in advance.
What is our scripture structure?
Does God's word burn within us?
2) Grace is a steady accompaniment to every trial we face.
Trials are temporal discomforts that provide the fodder for God's glory to be made manifest.They may bow us down, discourage and dishearten us, and even threaten to undo us ... but they still remain the life blood for the power of Christ's blood to be observed and made manifest. 
Grace will meet us as surely as Christ's blood will save us in our darkest hour.
This is God's promise to the child of God.
3) We are never as alone as we feel ourselves or think ourselves to be.
The Spirit of God beats within the child of God in our seasons of distress, duress, and difficulty. He never stops encouraging us, instructing us, praying for us, and enabling us.
He never ever ever stops.
He never ever ever gives up.
The Holy Spirit is composed of something greater than a Duracell battery;
He comes loaded with the spiritual dynamo composed of Christ's resurrected DNA.

Think about this and try to absorb the reality of this.
God's Spirit will prevail when doubts and difficulties assail.
His power is mighty at work and lives within;
And this will ever be the ever beating, never defeating work forever ongoing within our lives ... until eternity.
To God be all praise.
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Reflective and empowering words from a worn out prophet:
Is not My word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23:29