25 April Daily Manna – Under Fire!

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25 April Daily Manna

TEXT: Jeremiah 19:1-15

KEY VERSE: (Jeremiah 20:9

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.

One of the most gifted speakers in church history was John Chrysostom. The name comes from a Greek word meaning ‘golden tongue’. John was sent from Antioch to what was then Constantinople, where he preached fearlessly in the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.

His denunciation of the lavish extravagance of the rich and ruling class and his condemnation of excess, infuriated many, including Empress Eudoxia who arranged for him to be exiled. But John held firm to his faith, and never compromised though under the most extreme conditions.

Prophet Jeremiah had endured so much persecution and opposition from his own countrymen, especially from the rulers and his fellow priests who denounced him as a paid agent of the Chaldeans because he prophesied about Israel’s coming captivity to Babylon. He was ridiculed, put in prison several times and almost killed.

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It appeared the pains and injuries had taken its toll on Jeremiah who felt very discouraged but later regained his composure. 

Preaching is not a profession but a passion. It is an assignment given by God that requires grace to fulfil. It is like swimming against the tide, especially when, like Jeremiah, you are charged with the responsibility of warning nations about the coming judgment of God. Words are insufficient to describe the deep inner agony and burdens preachers endure.

Despite all the pains, the preacher is not expected to betray the trust but to stand firm as God’s messenger of hope and life to those who mourn. While in pains themselves, servants of God minister comfort to others.

While bearing so much injury personally, the pastors, in addition, bear the burdens of others. Please pray for your pastor! Through your prayer, he will obtain more grace to offer sacrificial service to the Lord.

25 April Daily MannaTHOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Praying for your pastor amounts to edifying the body of Christ.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joshua 1-4

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