Sunday, August 08, 2010

Day Seven Saturday August 7th, 2010

Day Seven
Saturday August 7th, 2010

All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
-Psalm 22:7

Hmm… tomorrow’s verse is cool because it’s prophecy of what was said. This one is too, since they did ridicule Jesus. (Matthew 26:67-68, 27:29-31, 27:39-44, Mark 14:65, 15:17-20, 15:29-32, Luke 22:63,-65, 23:11, 23:35-37, 23:39, John 19:1-4) I don’t live a life sold out enough for Jesus that people ridicule me. Either that or I don’t enter the world enough to show it. I used to get ridiculed for it in college, and it was an honor to be thought of in that way because they thought of Jesus the same way. I think I haven’t gotten it lately because it doesn’t drive me away from Jesus, but closer to Him. I think my flesh and the enemy of my soul would rather try to get at me through comfort. If I’m not on the front line, I’ll get lazy and complacent. However, the Job God has given me for this season is to build up those who will go on the front line. To equip them for every good work and declare to them the council of God. I’m talking about our children and our teens, who will be going back to school soon and they will be ridiculed if they show Jesus. (Chances are that they’ll be ridiculed anyway, but if people are going to make fun of you, you might as well make it worth the trouble.) If you get ridiculed for being a Christian, I have two verses for you. Acts 5:41 says, “So they departed from the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name,” And Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” So first rejoice that you suffer for Christ and then realize that whatever the suffering, it’s not even worthy to compare it to what you’re going to receive in heaven. So you get a little persecuted. You knew it was going to happen. “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it. Each scar you receive from your suffering is a badge of honor in the kingdom of Heaven. When Jesus rose again, notice that He kept the holes in his hands, feet, and side.

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