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Don't hold the truth in too long

In the Book of Jeremiah, chapter 20, verse 9, I find these words:

"But if I say I'll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can't do it!" - (nlt)

When getting at the nitty-gritty of what Jeremiah is saying (and feeling) we must look at what is prior to this and where he was going.  If we go back a few verses we see poor Jeremiah being flogged for doing what God has moved him to do.  As a prophet of God he was moved to both say the truth and denounce what is wrong, but also he foretold the bad things to come.  There are consequences for a sinful land and king. As today, truth is often rejected, and a person might find, his or herself, persecuted in various ways for speaking the truth.  Jeremiah obviously felt that he was getting nowhere so he felt he could not speak.  He was a melancholic introvert, yet the truth was burning within his being.  He was worn out trying to hold it in.....and had to let the pressure of it out.  At times he certainly did.

Does the truth burn in you?  Do you feel the strain in holding back saying the truth? Today in the western nations we do not get flogged but we do often feel that we must hold back due to customs and etiquette... Or we do not want to lose friends or rock the boat.  It is important to speak truth and fight injustice so we must do so, and it would be wrong not to. Pray to God about it and think before you act and speak.

Praise the Lord.

Pastor Zomok

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  •  The truth burns in me....................

  • THE NAME OF THIS FORUM IS 'DON'T KEEP THE TRUTH IN TOO LONG'. MY QUESTION IS WHY SO MANY PREACHERS ARE KEEPING IN THE TRUTH? BY THIS , I MEAN TO SAY, IN THE LAST 20 TO 30 YEARS, I HAVE LISTEN TO PREACHERS WHO READ A TEXT OF SCRIPTURE THEY SAY THEY SHALL PREACH FROM AND DO NOT MENTIONED ANY THING ABOUT THAT SCRIPTURE IN THEIR PREACHING. I DESIRE PREACHING THAT DOES THREE THINGS. FIRST, TEACH ME WHY THAT TEXT IS SO IMPORTANT I SHOULD KNOW IT; WHAT IS THE MESSAGE FROM GOD FROM THAT TEXT. SECONDLY, PREACHING SHOULD CAUSE ME TO THINK ABOUT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. THIRDLY, THE SERMON PREACHED SHOULD HAVE A MISTURE OF JUDGMENT AND OF MERCY; THE PREACHING SHOULD CONVICT ME OF MY SINS AND, SHOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE ME THAT THERE IS A SAVIOUR THAT LOVES ME AND SHALL FORGIVE MY SIN AND, WHO INVITES ME TO SUP WITH HIM. WITHOUT THESE THREE VERY IMPORTANT FACTS OF PREACHING, IN MY OPINION; PREACHING IS VAIN.

    I DESIRE TO HEAR THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD AND OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS THAT I MIGHT REPENT FROM SIN AND, THAT THE WORD OF GOD, THROUGH THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHALL GUIDE ME TO TURN TO OBEDIENCE TO HIM WHO HATH SAVED ME FROM SIN AND THE JUDGMENT THAT, ONE DAY SOON, I SHALL DWELL WITH MY SAVIOUR AND GOD AND WITH FELLOW BELIEVERS FOREVER,

  • I AM GOING OUT ON A LIMB AND SAY THAT I THINK JEREMIAH BECAME ANGRY WITH GOD BECAUSE HE (JEREMIAH) STOOD TO TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT GOD TOLD HIM TO TELL THE PEOPLE AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THE PEOPLE DID HARM TO JEREMIAH AND JEREMIAH EXPECTED GOD TO PROTECT HIM AS HE (JEREMIAH) SPOKE THE MESSAGE OF GOD. I WOULD THNK THAT BECAUSE JEREMIAH WAS PUT INTO THE STOCKS AND WAS PUBLICLY FLOGGED FOR SPEAKING THE MESSAGE OF GOD TO THE PEOPLE AND GOD NOT STOPPING THE PEOPLE FROM DOING HURT TO JEREMIAH, THAT IN ANGER TOWARDS GOD, JEREMIAH DECIDED TO SPEAK NO MORE THE MESSAGES OF GOD NOR TO SPEAK GOD ANYMORE TO THE PEOPLE; BUT, THE VOICE OF GOD WAS SO DEEP IN JEREMIAH'S HEART THAT JEREMIAH COULD NOT BUT TO SPEAK THE MESSAGES OF GOD TO THE PEOPLE. WE WHO ARE MINISTERS CALLED, CHOSEN, AND SENT BY GOD; PEOPLE ARE NEVER QUICK TO RECEIVE US WHEN WE DECLARE THE WORD OF GOD. I REMEMBER MANY YEARS AGO, I WAS TALKING WITH A COUSIN ABOUT A VERSE IN THE BIBLE AND I WAS TELLING HIM WHAT I BELIEVE THAT VERSE WAS SAYING. MY COUSIN TURNED TO ME AND SAID 'DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT'? I SAID 'YES'. GOD'S WORD IS TRUTH. I WAS SUPRISED THAT MY COUSIN HAD A PROBLEM OF ACCEPTING THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD BECAUSE MY COUSIN'S FATHER WAS TOO A PREACHER. I HAVE OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS THAT DESIRE NOT FOR ME TO SPEAK ABOUT GOD. SO I KNOW THAT PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT GOD. I THINK THAT THAT WAS JEREMIAH PROBLEM, AND BECAUSE THE PEOPLE DID NOT RECEIVE JEREMIAH PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD, JEREMIAH BECAME UPSET WITH GOD AND WANTED NOT TO SPEAK GOD TO THE PEOPLE ANYMORE. BUT JEREMIAH COULD NOT KEEP QUIET ABOUT GOD.

  • Pastor Zomok, What a wonderful lesson to be handed.  So many times it is much easier both physicallyand emotionally to sit and keep one's mouth shut, but if we want to be right in GOD's eyes we need to speak only the truth regardless of what may befall us from our fellow man.  Not only do we need to speak the truth, but we must, in a humble sort of way, make sure we set good examples for those around us if we are to encourage and bring in new members.  You, Pastor Steve, are a great man among many here at CLM.   Thank you for being here and setting a good example to be followed.

    • Those are nice words Terry.  I felt very motivated to post this discussion on several other sites too.  Every little bit of light is good.

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