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Something to think about.
Christianity is Not Free.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:15
There was a time not so long ago when making this statement was not offensive or at least threatening. That period of time was an anomaly as Christians have been martyred for centuries. There are people being killed, imprisoned and tortured for believing “that Jesus is the Son of God.” Our beliefs are being challenged in every arena of life not because they are wrong. But because they are true. The truth is not a barrier or an impenetrable wall of defense. It is a light in the darkness under assault from forces which are determined to snuff it out. If you are like me and believe that “Jesus is the Son of God” expect opposition. Currently, the opposition in the USA is in the form of ridicule and disrespect. As is happening now, we are being instructed to keep our mouths shut to speak of Christ in private quarters only. Unless there is a revival orchestrated by God. The next generation of Christians in this country will be the first to experience all-out persecution on our shores.
Something to think about.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
I have heard of Gods unconditional love all of my Christian life though I understood it intellectually it wasn’t until I had a grandchild that I actually understood it.
I have a grandchild she is 18 months old, and she does this most amazing thing. She does this all the time, but it is particularly overwhelming when she does it at church. My daughter takes her to the nursery at church for the services. We go to a large church, and we have a separate section for the nursery. They have a double door that leads into the nursery rooms, and they have a double door at the other side for an exit. So you go in one door and come out the other. Every Sunday my daughter dresses her child in a beautiful dress, and my grandchild looks like the quintessential 18-month-old. As we wait for them to come out of the double doors from the nursery, we wait with great expectation. They come through the doors, and my grandchild looks for her grandma, and when she spots her, she throws her arms open and runs as fast as her little legs can carry her almost stumbling, squealing with joy, laughing and almost crying with expectation into her grandma’s arms. Why is that amazing you might ask? When you look at it in context, it is the perfect picture of unconditional love. That little girl comes out of that nursery running to her grandma saying with her body gestures and squeals; I love you, I love you, I love you. Her Grandma is waiting for her with open arms saying I love you; I love you, I love you. They love each other without reason they love each other because they both exist. There is nothing that little girl can do that will make her grandma love her more, and there is nothing that her grandma can do to make my granddaughter love her more. For this short period of time before life dims this picture of love, it is a perfect demonstration of God’s love for us. The difference is God will always be standing with His arms open wide beckoning us to come into His perfect, loving, protective arms.
Something to think about.
24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:24-28
Christ was crucified. All of His disciples but John died a violent death. Why do we expect as Christians to live lives free from tribulation and trial? As Christians, we need to get beyond the idea of a placid, peaceful existence. None of our original and subsequent leaders have. A synonymous reality of the Christian life is a continual struggle against the forces of evil. Sometimes that struggle is nasty, messy with real casualties. It will cost some their lives, their possessions and some their liberty. We need to say to those that are coming after us, this life is not for the weak, for the spineless, it is not for those who seek comfort. It is a life that demands all you have, sometimes it may include your life. It is not a choice you get to make it is what is demanded of you by Christ.
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Let’s get serious.
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 (NIV)
Can you, will you, with Jesus say “yet not my will, but yours be done?” If asked will you make the same sacrifice? This is not hypothetical, there are Christians in the middle east and in other parts of the world that are being killed for being Christians. They are making this same request “take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” When this type of persecution comes to your door will you be able to stand?