As Strong as Iron
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread our reading titled as strong as iron was written by Jennifer Benson schuldt
 Ironclad beetles are known for their tough exterior which protects them from predators one special variety however has extraordinary strength Under Pressure the insects hard outer shell stretches rather than cracked where it joins together it's flat back and low-profile also help it to resist fractures scientific tests show that they can survive a compression force of nearly forty thousand times its body weight
 just as God made this bug xtratuf he gave resilience to Jeremiah as well
 the prophet was these intense pressure when he delivered unwelcome messages to Israel so God promised to make him an iron pillar and a bronze wall the prophet wouldn't be flattened dismantled or overwhelmed his words would stand strong because of God's presence and rescuing power throughout his life Jeremiah Was falsely accused arrested tried beating imprisoned and tossed into a well if he survived Jeremiah also persisted despite the weight of inner struggles doubt and grief plagued him constant rejection and the dread of a Babylonian Invasion out of his mental stress
 God continually help Jeremiah so that his spirit and testimony weren't shattered when we feel like giving up on the mission he's given us or backing away from Living Faith filled live we can remember that Jeremiah is God Is Our God he can make us as strong as iron because his power is made perfect in our weakness
today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Jeremiah chapter 1 verses 14 through 19
 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 can people 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 judgment on my people because of their wickedness and course taking me and burning incense to other gods and and worshipping with their hands have made
 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 today I have made you a fortified City and 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 we'll rescue you declares the Lord
let's pray
 dear God please strengthen us to meet the challenges we face today may your spirit guide our words and actions so that we can stand strong and you thank you Lord It's in Jesus name we pray amen
 hey thanks for listening my name is Alicia Reisinger and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries