The only thing separating Jeremiah as the True prophet of God from all the many false prophets of his time is the detail given in Jeremiah 1:9, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.” It is no different today with those called to preach and teach the Word of God. The Word of God possesses all authority. Like Jeremiah, anything that is accomplished by the church is accomplished because God has gifted us with His Word and therefore His authority. Also like Jeremiah, we do not possess authority solely due to a particular office or title we may hold. God’s Word comes first then authority accompanies it, thus it is impossible for one to wield authority within the church apart from an intimate knowledge and deep concern for the Word of God. The statement in Jeremiah 1:10 detailing the incredible authority given to Jeremiah, even over kingdoms and nations, can only be his because of the realities of verse 9. God first gave him His Word! How committed are you to the Word of God? Let all we do be done solely on the authority of the Word of God alone and if need be let us first grow in our knowledge of it and passion for it!   - Pastor Andrew