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Speak Forth the Word, Watch the Lord Perform It

One Sunday morning I was getting ready to teach and I was struggling because I knew that mornings sermon was intense. I was nervous not knowing how it would be received by the congregation. I knew that it was what the Lord place on my heart to teach them but I also knew that it would be hard for people to hear.

All through worship I pleaded with the Lord for grace and favor with his people and the Lord spoke Jeremiah chapter one into my heart. I quickly found it in my Bible and read it. I set my face towards the message the Lord spoke to me that day and preached without fear or reservation. I know I found freedom to teach the Word inhibited as a result of this lesson from Jeremiah. Those in the congregation who chose to plant the seed that was spoken and sown, difficult as it was, also experienced freedom through that message. That sermon, yielded fruit among those who heard it because of obedience to what the Lord told me to do.

This lesson from Jeremiah was a turning point in my life. Since then I have operated with this as my mission statement: Simply speak forth the Word of God and place all dependence upon performance on the authors shoulders. I have found incredible liberty in this. Jeremiah 1 has taught me so many things and as I reflect over it, I decided to share this revelation so that others can find such freedom. Each verse holds special meaning for the mission the Lord gave me. As I walk through it I pray that His word also speaks to you and your calling.

Lesson #1 - God loves me. God created me, set me apart and consecrated me for his special purpose.

"The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "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" (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

One could say that destiny makes the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Destiny is not a preordained path chosen for you, that will be accomplished whether or not you cooperate with it. Destiny is a special calling upon your life that the Lord purposed for you before you were born. It takes full collaboration on your part. God loves you so much that created you with destiny in mind. He took great care informing and equipping you to carry it out his plan for your life. He has also been speaking it to your heart, placing a desire in you to pursue it. When you operate as God designed you, you will experience incredible joy.

If you look at the great men in the Bible, you will see that they were fully aware that they had a destiny to fulfill. They knew God had a plan for their lives. Like Jeremiah, David knew the intensity of God's love for him that is why he wrote Psalm 139, he knew that the Lord created him in the womb with a purpose in mind. Isaiah also spoke of his calling in Isaiah 49, "Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name." (Isaiah 49:1). Jesus operated in his purpose while on this earth and knew what he came to do. "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." ( Luke 4:18-19 ). Lastly the Apostle Paul wrote that he was called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God many times in the epistles. Recounting his mission to everyone he ministered to. A mission that was set apart for him alone. All of these men overcame extraordinary circumstances because they were sure of their calling. They had a destiny, they knew God loved and chose them for a specific purpose. The end result, the world was blessed.

When the Lord spoke this to me that Sunday morning, I knew that I had been set apart to teach the Word of God without fear. I knew the Lord loved me and delighted in seeing me operate in this way. He has called me to be a prophet to his beloved church speaking forth the Word in love, but also in fullness with no apologies. I took great comfort in knowing that this was what I was suppose to do in life... simply put, seek the Lord, teach the Word and watch him perform it.


Lesson #2 - It is God who qualifies

"Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child." 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. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 1:6-8)

I am the most unqualified person. I am young, I am a women, I've never been to Bible college and I've never taken a writing class, you can't get more unqualified that that. Besides that, I have face a lot of discouragement in life from well meaning people who have told me that I am ill-equipped to accomplish such a task as I writing this Romans commentary for all of the reasons mentioned above. That is why I am so thankful that God's doesn't look for qualifications, he looks for a willing heart.

Moses pleaded several times with the Lord to send someone else to Pharaoh to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. ( Exodus 4:10, Exodus, 6:12, Exodus 6:30 ) He was not eloquent nor did he command attention in the kings presence. However the Lord chose to use him anyway. He also gave him Aaron to help accomplish the task. And because of his obedience he accomplished great things that continues to bless us today.

Like Moses, I have a helper. I have the Holy Spirit living inside of me directing and guiding as I walk out the Lord's plan for my life. The Lord has made it clear to me that I am to go and say whatever he directs me to speak forth. My qualifications can't get in the way, because I have none. I am completely reliant on the Lord for direction and for the words to speak. It is God who qualifies period. If my qualifications are based upon Him, then with that comes no fear. For I have a guarantee of the promise, the Lord said, "for I am with you and will rescue you" ( Jeremiah 1:8 )


Lesson #3 - It is God who gives me the words to speak

"Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth" (Jeremiah 1:9)

I am, by nature, a quiet unassuming person. I do not like confrontation and I do not like to be in the spotlight. I am not witty and I am not an eloquent speaker on my own. However, I know that I am not on my own. The Lord has given me the words to speak. He has placed them upon my heart and overflowing from my spirit. They are in my mouth, on my lips and in the forefront of my mind. These words are ready at a moments notices to teach and preach the word of God.

I am reminded of two instances in the book of Acts when people spoke as directed by the Holy Spirit. No one could refute what they were saying because it was evident that they spoke on behalf of God. The first instance is in Acts 4. "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." ( Acts 4:13 ). Both men were blue collar fisherman from an area of Galilee that was known for being uneducated. When the crowd looked at them they saw common men with no educational advantage, they considered them ignorant. However, when they heard them speak in Holy Spirit they took notice that these men had been with Jesus. The change was evident.

Secondly, a few chapters later Stephen was brought before the Sanhedrin on false charges. In reality it was because they couldn't overcome him with their arguments. The Bible says, "but they could not stand up against his wisdom or the Spirit by whom he spoke." (Acts 6:10). So they roused the crowd to stone him to death. The real reason is because they knew he spoke the wisdom of God and they could not compete with that.

I am learning to operate in the Holy Spirit and in the revelation that he gives me. I am speaking and writing spiritual words that have not originated from something I've dreamt up. These words have been given to me by God. His promise to me was that He would give me the words to speak when he qualified and set me apart for this special purpose... to preach the Word of God and let Him perform it.


Lesson #4 - You have to tear down before you can build up

"See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant" (Jeremiah 1:10)

On of the biggest challenges to preaching the Word of God is that is contrary to most peoples doctrine. After all most people do not let the Bible get in the way of what they think. With so many denominations and so many factions of the church we see a lot of contrary ideas and notions. Doctrine is ingrained in us from a very early age and we will usually assume the viewpoints of whatever our denomination teaches. While this can be good, it can also become a stumbling block to us and our understanding of the scriptures.

I feel like the Apostle Paul. I had so many preconceived notions and doctrines instilled in me from a very early age. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to understand the scriptures in a whole new way, many of the things I was learning was at conflict with what I had learned. I spend a lot of time meditating on the scriptures, letting the Lord speak the truth in to my heart and bringing balance in the midst. Many of those doctrines had to be uprooted and torn out of my life before I could move into the fullness of Christ. It was a process, still painful at times, but so worth it in the end.

This is part of my mission. To uproot and tear down doctrines of men in order to build and plant the seeds of the Word. This is painful at times because it comes against what people think and fight to hold onto. But it is also necessary. Learning and teaching in the Holy Spirit will produced different result than teaching based on limited understanding or doctrines of men. The Lord has appointed me to do this. He has given me the understanding, He has given me the words to speak and he has told me not to be afraid.


Lesson #5 - It is God who performs His Word

"The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?" "I see the branch of an almond tree," I replied. The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled" (Jeremiah 1:11-12)

This is the most amazing promise! I have limited responsibility in my mission. If I do what I am suppose to do, then success of my mission depends upon God. I only have to speak forth what God has placed on my heart and instructed me to do. And He performs it. With obedience always comes a promise, God's promise to me is that He will perform his word. That is powerful.

Isaiah 55:11 says, "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. " ( Isaiah 55:11 ) Meaning that the word will bring forth a harvest. It will accomplish a purpose. It will not return empty or in vain, but in fullness. God told Jeremiah that He was the one watching his word to see it fulfilled. That wasn't up to Jeremiah, he only had to speak it forth.

Funny thing about a harvest, you can only harvest what has been planted. To have a crop, seed has to be sown. If seed is sown, then a crop is guaranteed because God designed it this way. That is why God has ordained me to sow the seeds of the word into my life and the others I meet. So He can have a harvest. He will cultivate it, he will grow it, then he will harvest it. This is awesome!


Lesson #6 - People and doctrine will come against You

"The word of the LORD came to me again: "What do you see?" "I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north," I answered. The LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land. I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah. I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made" (Jeremiah 1:13-16)

If I know anything, I know that teaching the fullness of the scriptures is not popular. People hate you for it. People will fight you tooth and nail to stay in bondage to sin, sickness, poverty, trials and everything thing else. They will accuse you of being a false prophet and teaching things that are contrary to scripture. However, I will remember the mission that the Lord is showing me so that I do not get distracted by it. My Mission, simply put is to speak forth the Word and watch the Lord perform it


Lesson #7 - God is my courage and won't put me to shame

"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" (Jeremiah 1:17)

Boldness is an asset to speaking on behalf of the Lord especially when the Lord is backing you up. If he has promised to fulfill his word then there should be confidence in that. I remember the first time I realized this. It was a Sunday morning and I was getting ready. I was preaching that day and my normal routine was praying something along the lines of asking God to make me humble, to make me disappear at the pulpit so people would see the Lord in me. And I remember the Lord speaking to my spirit that they couldn't see Him if I disappeared in middle of the message. They would see Him and His power if I preached the word without fear and with boldness through the Spirit. It goes back to lesson #2, it is God who qualifies. The congregation knew who I was and also knew when the Lord was speaking through me. He started encouraging me that day to enjoy teaching and to be bold in it. To put my confidence in Him and he wouldn't let me down. Everything changed that day, because the Lord taught me this lesson... He is my courage and won't put me to shame.


Lesson #8 - God has made you strong, nothing will overcome you, He will rescue you

"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. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 1:18-19)

Funny thing how the Lord equips his saints. I have become a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall and nothing can overcome that because that was built by God. Paul said in Romans 8, "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ( Romans 8:31-39 ). Because of Jesus, I am who I am. None of it is because of me. It is God who has made me strong. It is God who has made me a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall. It is because of God that I am allowed to stand so that nothing will overcomes me. It is God who recues me.


Bottom Line - IT IS GOD, NOT ME!

My Mission is to speak forth the Word and watch the Lord perform it
Lesson #1 - God loves me. God created me, set me apart and consecrated me for his special purpose.
Lesson #2 - It is God who qualifies
Lesson #3 - It is God who gives me the words to speak
Lesson #4 - You have to tear down before you can build up
Lesson #5 - It is God who performs His word
Lesson #6 - People and doctrine will come against You
Lesson #7 - God is my courage and won't put me to shame
Lesson #8 - God has made you strong, nothing will overcome you, he will rescue you

As I read back over my lessons from Jeremiah, it is awesome and my eyes are opened. Everything starts with God is, God has or God will do. Today I am blessed by my calling in life. I am honored knowing God has created me for a purpose and a destiny. I am thankful that he has equipped me. And I am looking forward to seeing it come to completion in Christ Jesus MY LORD! Amen and So Be IT!


Juli Camarin

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