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Do Not Be Surprised

September 12, 2014

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Do Not  Be Surprised

It can be mind-boggling.     A person can speak the truths  of God  —  and for that reason be hated.     The apostle John says  in 1 John 3:13,

Do not be surprised,  brethren,  if the world hates you.

One might imagine  that most people  would be relieved  and ever so glad  to hear truth.     After all,  it is faith  in Christ Jesus  and all of His gospel message that leads us  to eternal life  in heaven.     But,  when people think  one believes  “too much”  in Jesus only  as our Savior,  they are repulsed  and even hateful.     They don’t want  to think about  how faith  in Jesus’  bloody sacrifice  is the only way  for anyone  to be admitted  into heaven.     Neither  do they want  to think  about the fact  that if anyone  honestly loves  the Lord Jesus,  he definitely will  change his sinful lifestyle  —  and stay away  from all false doctrines.

To top that off,  they want to imagine  that not all  of the Bible  is relevant today.     They’d rather say  that the writers  of the Bible did not have  the kinds  of information  we have today  —  that we need  to go  with the flow  of the times  —  and that parts of the Bible  have been fictionalized  —  and even that only their church teaches  what is right.     They pick  and choose  the passages  they feel  are important  and want  to dwell  on that only.

And since so many professed “Christians”  are becoming more and more liberal,  they want to be  with the in-group.     Besides that,  they don’t read enough of God’s word  to honestly understand  why we need the one-and-only true Savior,  Christ Jesus.     They imagine they are good enough,  as is,  to get into heaven.     That gives them  reason enough  to hate  seeing “too much truth”  —  “too much faith”  —  “too much of Jesus”.     They would rather  be comfortable  thinking they are good enough.

So,  we are not  to  “be surprised”  when “Christians” get upset  with other Christians,  claiming they are too  “religious”  —  too old fashioned  —  or too whatever.

Since we are not  “surprised”  with the world’s hatred,  we are thankful  for 1 John 1:1,

What was  from the beginning,  what we have heard,  what we have seen  with our eyes,  what we have looked at  and touched  with our hands,  concerning the Word of Life  —  and the life was manifested,  and we have seen  and testify  and proclaim  to you  the eternal life,  which was  with the Father  and was manifested  to us  —  what we have seen  and heard  we proclaim  to you also,  so that you  too  may have fellowship  with us;  and indeed  our fellowship  is with the Father,  and with His Son  Jesus Christ.

Resting  in God’s given truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your eternal,  life-giving word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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