Monday, February 1, 2016

FIRE IN MY BONES

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 20-21

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Underneath the Convent of the Sisters of Zion, pilgrims can visit stone pavings which are believed to be the “Pavement,” “Gabbatha,” (Lithostrotos). Nearby, Pilate had his judgment seat (John 19:13). This place is considered the second station of the Via Dolorosa (the path that Jesus took while carrying His cross on His way to be crucified). The Roman soldiers’ game in Lithostrotos pavement can still be seen as shown in the picture. Markings in the paving stones indicate a dice game known as, “The King’s Game.” It may be that this was where Jesus was mocked by the placing of a crown of thorns on His head, the old robe of royal purple, and the words, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (John 19:2-3).

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Key Verse: Jeremiah 20:9

Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him,

Nor speak anymore in His name.”

But His word was in my heart like a burning fire

Shut up in my bones;

I was weary of holding it back,

And I could not.

 

Jeremiah considered being “politically correct” and keeping quiet about God’s Word of judgment which the people were bringing upon themselves. However, regardless of the pressure to be silent, he continued to shout God’s message of warning, calling for repentance! Is it possible that we could be so consumed by the fire of God’s Spirit that holding back makes us “weary,” and we open our hearts and out of our mouths comes God’s Word to our generation? What does Jeremiah’s level of commitment look like in the lives of the first generation of those who followed Jesus? Read of the example of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:1-11. Paul wrote, “O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open!” Jesus describes a good man as recorded in Luke 6:45. He says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good…out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks!” This blog’s main purpose is to make sure that our hearts are full of God’s Word daily! Amen! So be it!!!

Jeremiah’s prophecy about King Zedekiah was 100% accurate. Read 2 Kings 25:6-11 and 2 Chronicles 36:11-21. How tragic it was that the leadership of Israel failed to act on the message of Jeremiah 21:8, “Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord: behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death.'” Moses said, centuries before when he presented the same challenge to Israel, “THEREFORE, CHOOSE LIFE!!!” (Deuteronomy 30:14-20).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I choose life! I pray that I will never falter in that choice, giving in to the pressures of political correctness. You, O Lord, are the Judge, not me. I know that my job is to speak Your Word to those with whom I come into contact. Holy Spirit, I pray that Your breath will blow on the embers of my heart daily, causing fire, as Jeremiah experienced, to burn in my bones so that I feel helpless to contain Your Word for my own benefit only. I ask You for the boldness of Peter and John who said, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve stood several times on the “Pavement” pictured above and tried to explain how the Roman soldiers would use the game engraved on the stone to mock their prisoners. During my first visit in 1968, a Roman Catholic Nun took us down to the level of the ancient street below her convent and explained what happened. She was quite distant, lacking any passion when she explained the place. The next time I visited, the same sister took us downstairs. This time she passionately described how Jesus’ claims to be King were mocked, and then she began to sing, “He is Lord. He is Lord. He is risen from the dead and He is Lord! Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!” I said to her, “Sister, the last time we were here you just gave us cold facts. Something has changed. What has happened?” She answered, “O, I know Him now!” In further conversation I discovered that she had begun attending a charismatic prayer group’s meetings in the Old City of Jerusalem, and she had come into the assurance of her salvation, and been baptized with the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4!

I ask my readers, “Do you know Him?” If you have any doubt about this and would like an introduction to Jesus in Person, please, please call 1-866-273-4444 toll free and ask one of our prayer partners to introduce you to Jesus Himself. They, like the Nun in Jerusalem, “KNOW HIM NOW!” The person who will answer the phone is filled with God’s Spirit. They are non-judgmental, loving, caring friends of Jesus! Go ahead, call as soon as possible. It’s available 24/7! If you get a busy signal, please don’t give up! Try until you get through.

Yours for “Knowing Him!”

David

17 thoughts on “Monday, February 1, 2016

  1. sah on February 1, 2016 at 2:22 am said:

    TY Lord for his day! I come to You Lord God for a BIG financial breakthrough! Lord I lost much weight over the past 20 years and I thank You for turning my broken leg into me learning to swim!
    I now have a bunch of loose skin around my middle! Father I pray for $500,000 which would pay off my loan, be able to send money to my children and grand children, donate to clear up a deficit at St.Johns and book surgery to clear up the excess weight! TY Lord for giving me the desire to exercise in the water!
    Lord I desire to invest at $300,000 for a better income, once I am healed from surgery then prayerfully ask for help to finish my place; maybe plan on seeing children, continue swimming and pray for the Lord’s guidance, should I find a small condo uptown? or? I need the Lord’s guidance everyday! Thank you Lord for all the blessings of this day In Jesus name I Pray AMEN

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  2. Powerful message, scripture, and start to the month of February, for all saints.

    “I come to the garden alone,
    While the dew is still on the roses;
    And the voice I hear, ringing in my ear,
    The Son of God discloses;

    And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
    And He tells me I am His own.
    And the joy we share as we tarry there,
    None other has ever known.”

    C. Austin Miles
    1868-1946

    Every Knee Shall Bow, The Wilds (with lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQUq5rwodVo

  3. A similar choice is given inJ oshua 24:14 “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

  4. Praying for the people of Nigeria that were devastated by the Boko Haram attack, that they may they know God, and that God would be with them. This is what happens in a world that does not acknowledge God, when will we learn? We need you Lord, be with us.

  5. As I was reading today’s 100 words, I was also thinking of the biography of a well known pastor here in Toronto, Oswald J. Smith, entitled ‘Fire In His Bones’. He had a passion for souls and once said that no one deserves to hear the gospel twice until all have heard it once…..Thank you so much for your faithfulness to the Word each morning. It is truly a blessing from the Lord. May the Lord strengthen you and Norma Jean as you continue to serve Him.
    Alice B. Toronto, ON

  6. Powerful prayer and Powerful message Pastor David!!!

    Keep me Lord on YOUR PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! LORD BE MY GUIDE, BE MY ANCHOR!!! “no political correctness” BUT YOUR WAY LORD!!! In YOU I LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE MY BEING!!! may it be So! Amen!! YOU LORD ARE THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD, AMEN and AMEN!!! AND CREATOR OF THE WORLD!!!

    YES, HE IS LORD and EVERY KNEW SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!! AMEN!!!

  7. WOW!!! Thank you Beverlee…I just sang with the tape the song “Every knee Shall Bow” the Wilds…POWERFUL!! This is the first time I heard this song.

  8. Amen, also love your message and prayer today, David. Lord keep Your Word always burning in our hearts to share first of all with others in season and out of season. Pray for your mother Pam that the Lord will be with her surgeons and she will come through very well as I did two years ago. When people asked me how I did, I replied, “I don’t remember a lot of pain but I remember a lot of grace.” The prayers of my fellow bloggers really made a difference. God bless you all.

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