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Do Not Think That…

August 4, 2018

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Do Not Think That…

Some preachers preach  that when one becomes a Christian  their whole life  will be fulfilled  with great success,  happiness,  honor,  and perfection  of all sorts.     The thing is — it will be that way spiritually  as we abide  in God  and let Him abide  in us.     Then,  we will have peace and happiness  in fellowship  with Christ.     But,  we will not have any of those things  in our earthly lives.     Quite the opposite.     Jesus teaches  in Matthew 10:34-39,

Do not think  that I came  to bring peace  on the earth;  I did not come  to bring peace,  but a sword.

For I came  to set a man  against his father,  and a daughter  against her mother, and a daughter-in-law  against her mother-in-law;  and a man’s enemies will be  the members  of his household.

He who loves father or mother more than Me  is not worthy of Me;  and he who loves son or daughter more than Me  is not worthy of Me.     And he who does not take his cross  and follow after Me  is not worthy of Me.

He who has found his life  shall lose it,  and he who has lost his life  for My sake  shall find it.

When we imagine  that we have found happiness  in this world — that we have found a life  of success,  true love,  prestige,  the perfect family,  and everything else we might desire — we have actually lost  our eternal life.     We have made  all the things on earth  our gods.     Earthly things  have been the only goal  and desire  in our lives.     Anyone who makes earthly things their “god”  will lose their eternal life  because they have rejected the true God  and His ways.

But,  those who have “lost” their earthly lives  for Jesus’ sake  will find  that they have gained eternal life  in heaven.     That does not necessarily mean  becoming a martyr physically.     It means  that the importance  of financial success,  social standing,  popularity,  earthly pleasures,  etc. have all taken a definite back seat  to the Lord.

Standing strong  for all the truths  of God  will be of much higher value  than family relationships  or any other earthly personal relationships.

We are so accustomed  to seeing pictures  of the perfect family life,  where everything is hunky-dory  and it is a haven  of perpetual peace.     But,  that is rarely true  in reality.     When some members  of that family  have definitely made Christ the head  of their lives  and other family members  think faith  in Christ  is for the birds — the fight is on.     The unbelievers  will have no love  or respect  for those of faith — and those of faith  will always be despised  and shut down  when they try  to share the gospel  of salvation.

It will become evident  that they need  to part ways  in order  to maintain some semblance  of peace.     It is in that way  that believers need  to take up their cross.     Their cross  is their heartfelt burden  for a family  of unbelievers.     One greatly desires  that their family comes  to know the love and salvation  of God,  but it is much more important  to stand up  for the truths of God  than to cave in  to the wishes  of unbelieving family members.

Christ firmly promises,  “He who has lost his life  for My sake  shall find it.”      When we stand strong  in the true faith,  we will discover  that we have actually found  a much better life — a life in Christ  and the promise  of eternal life  in heaven.     Yes, we may have had to leave  our earthly loved ones,  but we have gained eternal fellowship  with God  and His family.     No earthly relationship is  to become like a “god”  to us, causing us  to deny the Lord God.     And so,  we “find” our true life  in Jesus Christ alone.     We carry whatever cross  is necessary  in this world  because we have a better home  in heaven.

Hand in hand  with Jesus,  we know  we have the best of the best  forever,  for He is God,  our Creator and Savior.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  it is pure joy  and peace  knowing the awesome greatness  of Your love  for me.     Thank You  for always staying  by my side.”

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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