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Not of This World

March 28, 2018

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Not of This World

Christians are often despised  for being mild mannered  as they stick  to their faith  in Christ Jesus, our Savior,  as Lord of lords,  in spite of arrogant people  who belligerently imagine  that they are the ones  who have the world  by the tail  and are in control  of their destiny.     In their pride,  many people want to be “top dog”  in every situation,  pretending that they know better than anyone else  —  and no God can tell them how to live.

They can know God’s word  in the Bible,  but hate  and reject it,  because it points out their sins  and failings.     They hate God’s judgment  of all that is evil,  so they cling  to the lies  of unbelief  and don’t want  to believe  that God’s ways are true,  righteous,  and eternal.

But,  everyone who clings  to falsehoods  is a failure  in this world  and in eternity.

Pilate knew  that Jesus had done nothing deserving  of death.     But,  he was afraid  of the people  and wanted  to look like he was  in control  of the situation.     Pilate questioned Jesus  about the people’s accusation  that Jesus said  He was the King of the Jews.     In John 18:36,  Jesus answered Pilate,

My kingdom  is not of this world.     If My kingdom were  of this world,  then My servants would be fighting  so that I would not be handed over  to the Jews;  but as it is,  My kingdom  is not of this realm.

That made Pilate afraid  and he washed his hands  before the people,  saying he was innocent  of Jesus’ blood.     Pilate knew  and believed  Jesus was innocent  —  but,  he still wanted  to retain his standing  with the people.     So,  he  rejected  what was right  —  and accepted what was evil.

This world  makes a lot of people afraid  of believing  and living  according to God’s truths.     Their refusal  to accept the truths  of God  ends up condemning them.     They do it to themselves.     No one can believe for us.     Each of us is personally responsible  to weigh the facts  and accept the truth.     We can’t afford  to be cowardly,  indifferent,  or careless  about judging rightly  —  and living rightly.

There is only one God  and Savior  —  no other.

As we rejoice  in the truths  of God’s sacrificial love  for all of us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for paying the price  for our sins.     May we always live  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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