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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Jeremiah: No More Excuses

October 7

(Jeremiah 1:2-10 NIV)  "The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, {3} and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile. {4} The word of the Lord came to me, saying, {5} "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." {6} "Ah, Sovereign Lord," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child." {7} But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. {8} Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the Lord. {9} Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. {10} See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.""

(Jeremiah 1:17-19 NIV)  ""Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. {18} Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land--against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. {19} They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the Lord."

For most of his life, Jeremiah preached with a broken heart and earned the title, “weeping prophet”. God called Jeremiah to go and preach the word -- he made excuses. But God doesn’t take excuses, so Jeremiah went. He preached for forty years before going into captivity with his people. The vast majority of those who heard him did not believe him, nor did they repent or change their ways. But God doesn’t evaluate prophets based on the number of people who respond -- that’s the world’s measuring stick. God evaluates prophets based on their faithfulness to His word and their obedience to His call. Whether or not people listen, has never been the measure of a godly preacher. Maybe you’ve been called. God still doesn’t take excuses! Nor has His standard of measurement changed. So enough with the excuses! Go do what God has called you to do. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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