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The Fall and Rise of Many

December 10, 2014

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The Fall  and Rise  of Many

Does “Christianity”,  in general,  just bug you  to death?     Or, does true Christianity cause you  to think  of the awesome wonder  and power  of God’s love  for each  of us  over thousands  of years?

Everybody takes some sort  of stand  either  “adoringly for”  or  “vehemently against”  Christ.     Those  who try  to straddle the fence  between  “for”  or  “against”  are usually strapped  with doubts  and fears.     They like  the concept  of being loved  by God Almighty,  but don’t know how  to fit that  in  with all the troubles we have  in this sinful world.     It can get pretty intense.

Our various opinions  about God  will not change  the facts.     We might see someone claiming  to be a Christian  who makes us feel  Christianity is nothing  but a joke,  because their actions  simply don’t show  any sort  of godliness.     But,  their insincerity  does not change  the facts  about how God wants  His children  to be  —  or the facts  about salvation  by faith  in Jesus Christ alone.

Our struggling Christian lives  might turn someone  “on”  or  “off”  to Christ.     That might be  our sins  blinding others  to God’s love  —  or it could be our lack  of courage  to honestly live  as a Christian,  in the strength  of our Lord  —  or it could even be  the unbeliever’s dislike  of righteousness.

Jesus,  in all His perfection  and holiness,  was rejected  by many.     Jesus was often violently hated  for all His goodness,  righteousness,  lovingkindness,  and truthfulness.     So,  there are those  who can hate Jesus  for His perfection  and also  hate a Christian,  who is considered  a sinner,  but trying  to live righteously.     Unbelievers often simply  don’t want  to believe  the gospel.     That is partially why  Simeon prophesied  about the baby Jesus,  in Luke 2:34,

Behold,  this Child  is appointed  for the fall  and the rise  of many  in Israel,  and for a sign  to be opposed

Even throughout the Old Testament  the prophets  tell about how the Savior  would be hated,  mocked,  rejected,  and spit upon.     Pure love  from God is hated.     Why?

Pride is the problem.     People want  to feel  in control  of their own lives.     They want  to be proud  of their accomplishments  and power  to do whatever they want.     It doesn’t matter  that they are failures  in many ways.     Those facts  are swept  under the rug.     We’re not  to talk  about that.     Instead,  they are constantly  pointing to  whatever accomplishments  they might have  or authorities  they feel  they have  in this life.

The point ends up being  that they don’t want God telling them what  to believe  and how  to live.     When Jesus told the people  the truth  about God  and how they should live,  He was greatly opposed.     Many  of the people  “fell”  into unbelief  and rejection  of their Savior.     And many sinners joyously “rose up”  to realize  the wondrous grace  and love  of God  —  just for them.     In that way  Simeon’s prophecy  about the baby Jesus  came true.

No matter what people around us  may think  about God,  Jesus tells us  in Matthew 5:16,

Let your light shine  before men  in such a way  that they may see your good works,  and glorify  your Father  who is in heaven.

As we let the light  of Jesus  shine through  our lives,  there will be some  who come  to see Jesus  as their Savior  and glorify God.     And,  there will be others  who will totally reject Christ  and us  because they refuse  to accept  their need  for a Savior  from their sins.     They want  to remain  in their pride  —  never humbly bowing down  before God’s grace  for each  of us.     Jesus instructed His disciples  to leave those  who rejected  the Savior.

No matter what  this world thinks  or does,  our lives  are to be  in the truth  of God’s salvation,  through faith  in Jesus Christ.     Only God’s opinion  of us  will matter  in the end.

Is our light shining  before this world?

As we live  for our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love  is worth  more than anything  in all  of this world.     Your love is through  all eternity.     Help us  to always be lights  for You  in this world.”

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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