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We Ourselves Esteemed Him

April 6, 2017

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We Ourselves Esteemed Him

How do you feel  when someone despises  all your hard work  —  considering it worthless?     Many today consider Jesus’ life  and work  worthless.     As they curl the lip  at the thought  of Christ Jesus,  they defiantly go about living  in the grossness  of their favorite sins  and false doctrines,  because they don’t believe  the Bible  speaks truth.     As Jesus prophesied  in Matthew 23:12,

Because lawlessness is increased,  most people’s love will grow cold.

We see it  all around us today  as people arrogantly lie,  steal,  commit all sorts  of treacherous acts,  and promote false doctrines.     Some might even claim  to be Christian  as they secretly despise Jesus,  but Jesus says  to them  in Revelation 3:15-16,

I know your deeds,  that you are neither cold  nor hot;  I wish  that you were cold  or hot.      So because  you are lukewarm,  and neither hot  nor cold,  I will spit you out  of My mouth.

Jesus will forcefully  “spit”  them out  on Judgment Day  because they have been deceitful  in their so-called faith.     In all this,  every Christian needs  to consider  how the world  has affected  their own personal faith.     We think  of how Isaiah 53:4  specifically says,

Surely our griefs  He Himself bore,
And our sorrows  He carried;
Yet  we ourselves  esteemed Him  stricken,
Smitten of God,  and afflicted.

Just what do we honestly think  about Jesus?     Is our heart pretending  to honor Him?     Deep down,  do we think  He was “smitten of God,  and afflicted”?     In other words,  do we think  He deserved  to be crucified  —  but yet,  we want to make out  like He’s our Savior,  because it’s good  for our self-image?

We have a lot  to keep in mind  as the world continuously presses  its multitudinous evils  upon us.     May we always  truly know  that Jesus “bore” “our griefs”  and  “sorrows”  in a humble love  that transcends  our wildest imaginations.

In awe  of God’s love  for us wretched sinners,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD Jesus,  blessed be Your name!”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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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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