Jeremiah 20:9 says Jeremiah said, I will not mention the Lord, nor speak any more in his name. But GOD`S word was in MINE HEART AS A BURNING FIRE shut up in my bones, and I WEARY WITH FORBEARING (I TRIED TO HOLD IT WITHIN ME) but could not hold it in. Too much was at stake. People could lose their soul if I did not tell them what God wanted them to do. When something hurts enough, we will do some-thing about it. When we study and mediate on God`s word enough, then we will do what it says.
Why do people GOSSIP? Because there is a burning fire within our bones to GOSSIP. Also, we have seen others do the same thing. People that we trust. ALL too often we let others CAUSE US TO SIN. Example in the Bible is repeated 100 times, Jeroboam caused ISRAEL TO SIN. The serpent caused Eve to sin, Eve caused Adam to sin, jealousy caused Cain to sin, doing evil caused the people of Noah`s day not to get on the ark, greed causes people to murder and steal, the devil is the father of all lies, and ignorance of God`s word causes people to sin. When a crime is committed to-day, the law will spend hours trying to find WHY someone murdered someone. Why people do things is because of what has been allowed into their HEART.
So, the question today is, what is in our heart? Herod had taken his brother PHILIP`S wife. God`s truth was burning within John the Baptist, so he told Herod that he could not take HERODIAS to be his wife. She became very angry at God`s truth about divorce and remarriage and demanded that John the Baptist be beheaded. Today we talk about what is burning in our bones.
Is Colossians 3:16 a reality in our lives, which says let the WORD OF GOD dwell in your richly in ALL WISDOM; TEACHING AND ADMONISHING ONE ANOTHER in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs? Verse 17 says and whatsoever ye DO IN WORD OR DEED, do ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. We are to consult the Bible in everything we do. For us to be pleasing unto God, his WORD must me in our hearts and mind and soul so that a burning FIRE is produced in our bones. This will enable us to be able to LIVE and TEACH others what God wants them to do.
WHY do Christian preachers spend the time to write articles like these about the BIBLE and put them in the newspaper? Because there is a burning fire in our bones to get God`s word to all the world. About 2,000 years ago the burning fire within the apostles enabled them to carry the gospel to ALL THE WORLD. Any real SUCCESS story today was a success because there was a burning fire kindled by the BIBLE within a man or woman to speak as the oracles of God. God`s word does not return void but will accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11). The word of GOD will do everything I send it to do. BUT it has to be taken into all the world by CHRISTIANS. In order for that to happen a burning fire must be in the bones of CHRISTIANS.
I Timothy 6:4-19 says he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strife’s of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputing of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw but godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment, let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession. That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto whom no man hath seen, nor can see to whom be honor and power everlasting? Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate: Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
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