Jer.20:9 – Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.
This verse is a great portrayal of the Spirit of prophesy that was obviously working in Jeremiah’s life. Of course in Jeremiah’s day prophesy was rare and the anointing of the Holy Spirit was only upon prophets, priests, or kings. We live in a different day now. Today the Spirit is “poured out on all flesh” and the spirit of prophesy is available for all of God’s people. Paul even went so far as to say “earnestly desire spiritual gifts and especially the gift of prophesy”. If Paul said to desire it then it must be available to us.
What can we learn from this verse in the book of Jeremiah? Jeremiah described the anointing to prophesy as “like a fire shut up in his bones.” The baptism in the Holy Spirit brings us under the influence of this anointing. You can get in His presence and have your heart filled with His word, prophesy is inevitable. Here is how the Fire Bible describes this verse.
“No matter how much pressure Jeremiah faced or how hard he might try to keep from delivering God’s harsh message, he could not keep quiet. He could not deny the terrible consequences the people were bringing on themselves. He also sympathized fully with God’s anger against the people’s sins. Jeremiah felt such a oneness with God and his purpose that he could not help but proclaim the Lord’s word, even though it brought him severe pain and suffering. We too will experience similar feelings of pain and persecution the more we come to know God’s heart and desire for his people—especially when they are turned from him—and take a stand for God as we deliver his message.”
We live in a dark time just as Jeremiah did. The people of God had turned away from the Lord. The Spirit of prophesy comes to confront times like this. Thankfully there is a difference today. We can proclaim His word to this generation and many will respond. Jeremiah did not get that reward, thankfully we can. The harvest is ready, the laborers are few; maybe its time to prophesy.