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 had become discouraged in verse 7 he said, Lord everyone mocketh me.
I told them what you said, and they hate me. Jeremiah had decided to just cool down, and keep his mouth shut. He had sort of become like some have today, luke-warm.
Luke-warm. No one likes to hear that word, do they? But there is a lot of this going around.
Some of us have been there and we can tell you that it is no place to be.
Oh, you may still be going to church, you may even be reading a scripture once in a while, but there is no victory in it. No power. No excitement. No fun.
You say, well, you can’t be fired up all the time!
THAT IS THE LIE THAT GOT YOU IN THIS CONDITION!
Jeremiah had something in his bones that would not let him cool down.
Paul wrote in Romans 12:11 that we should be fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Fervent means to boil or to be hot.
One way to be fervent is to hang around with the Lord. The Bible says He is a consuming fire.
I have always found that if you get close enough to the fire, you will get hot.
Some people are luke-warm because they are too far back from the fire. People that spend a lot of time with the Lord are not up and down like a yo-yo. I am not saying they don’t have trouble, but they meet them head on by the power of God and keep on
going. They have become convinced that, Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
Now if you have been luke-warm, I have good news. You don’t have to stay that way and be unhappy. There is a fanning going on right now. The Spirit of the Lord is fanning the fire of the Holy Ghost. If you will just yield to the Spirit, you can feel like Jeremiah. The fire began to burn. We used to heat our house with an old wood heat stove and
You know, I have gotten up on a cold winter morning, and it felt like the fire was out. I mean we came downstairs shivering, but there was still fire in the stove. I just had to stir it up a little, put some more fuel on it and fan it. Suddenly the heat began to fill the room.
Jeremiah had reached a place where he was ready to quit preaching, but the fire wasn’t out. When God began to fan, he just couldn’t help himself. He caught fire again.
Much of the church has been asleep and when someone is asleep, they are insensitive to what is going on around them.
Friend, the most exciting thing that ever happened could be going on right in your own back yard, but if you are asleep, you will not be excited by it.
This is also true of spiritual things. If you are spiritually asleep, then you won’t be excited by what is happening in the spiritual realm.
The Lord has called us to awake from our slumber, and fan the fire. Add the fuel of the Word. Check up on the company you keep. Spend time with people that are excited about God’s Word. Get up close to the source of the heat, and be fervent.