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June 24, 2014

How’s the fire down deep in your bones?

MOORE — As always, we appreciate all the Advocate readers’ for joining us for this weekly visit. Today, let’s take a moment and test the “fire” in your bones.

Of all the weapons the devil uses against us, one of the most powerful is a little thing called apathy. If you talk with most educators’ they will tell you apathy is the greatest enemy of the classroom.

One of the great men of the Bible, whom did not suffer from this disease, was the great prophet Jeremiah, who spent his life as a trumpeter of God’s message. He had a fire about him toward spreading God’s word that puts most of us to shame. He preached hard and long and always carried a good supply of zeal and courage in his satchel. But it wasn’t easy.

He watched the children of Israel go backward and not forward as they trusted in the imagination of their own hearts and turned to other gods. He observed as they were busy at work digging “cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13 ESV). He saw them reject the balm God offered for the healing of their souls and he could do nothing about it, except stand by and watch them destroy themselves spiritually.

Even a man as strong and dedicated as Jeremiah had a breaking point and he reached his one day. He had taken all he could take and he could take no more. So he made this resolve: “I will not make mention of him (God), nor speak any more in his name” (Jeremiah 20:9). Who could blame him? Who among us would not have said the same?

But he didn’t climb too many dusty hills and round too many curves before he stopped right in his tracks. Something was wrong. Something inside of him just didn’t feel right. He had a burning sensation inside that wouldn’t quit. The words he had said echoed in his head: I will not make mention of him nor speak any more in his name.

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