And there came a voice from heaven, saying,
Thou art my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased.
~ Mark 1:11
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” ~ Matthew 5:10-12
Have you ever noticed that God’s Way and his choices in leadership and messengers aren’t subject to man’s scrutiny or assessment? God doesn’t subject Himself or His decisions to the wisdom of man. GOD Is GOD ALONE!
Often God’s chosen and sent emissaries are rejected by the world and its systems of organized religions and Christian churches. Often God’s true servants must stand alone, preach alone and endure a very lonely life.
Look at Jesus’ earthly minister. He was not supported or endorsed by any mainstream religious sect or organization (denomination). To the contrary, because he preached differently from the recognized Jewish religious organizations and was not sanctioned by them nor did he submit himself or his message to them for their examination and approval, he was ostracized, ridiculed and marked for destruction and death by them.
He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
~ Isaiah 53:3-5 ~
If you aren’t a part of the good old boys network and if you don’t play politics and kiss butt and pay monetary tributes and give praises to certain persons who deem themselves entitled to decide your fate in ministry, you will be ostracized, ridiculed, despised and rejected by men and marked for destruction and death by them.
You will often stand alone! But be encouraged because you are not alone. Rejoice! You are in the divine fraternity of God-sent messengers who were also rejected and despised by men but remembered by God.
To God be THE GLORY!
Word cannot adequately express how very grateful I am that God has allowed this chief of sinners to contribute in some small way to His cause and to the advancement of His Church and Kingdom.
I am so unworthy and insufficient. I tremble at the very notion of speaking for God. I am totally inadequate to minister God’s Holy Word and Plan of Salvation. I am nothing. I don’t know anything. I judge myself as being the most wretched of human beings and the chief of all sinners – knowing nothing except Jesus the Messiah, and him crucified. Yet, I find myself strongly compelled to teach and preach about Almighty God and Our Lord Jesus Christ. I solely depend on The Holy Spirit for revelation into the mysteries of God’s Holy Word and I am constantly amazed at the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit – the things that…
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God’s children are commanded to be honest and respectful which isn’t much to ask of anyone. However, it takes character and class to give credit where credit is due and honor where honor is due.
The Bible says in Romans 13:7 (Complete Jewish Bible)
“Pay everyone what he is owed: if you owe the tax-collector, pay your taxes; if you owe the revenue-collector, pay revenue; if you owe someone respect, pay him respect; if you owe someone honor, pay him honor.”
We must not steal even an idea that is not ours without getting permission if possible. (There are exceptions) And it doesn’t cost anything to just note or say where you are quoting from or where an idea or thought originated if known.
According to Wikipedia Dictionary, Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works.
Respect the creative work and/or genius of others. Remember that God requires His children to be honest, respectful and truthful in everything. This includes the copying and unauthorized us of the intellectual property of others.
Suggested site: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Satan, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty. ~ 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
There is something different and precious about God’s sons and daughter that translates into us being separated from the world…
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Let there be no fornication (sexual impurity, immorality or perversions) or greed named among you. Such sins have no place among God’s holy people. ~ Ephesians 5:3
Many Christians have given Christianity a bad name and have subjected Christ to public disgrace and shame – crucifying him again.
They have done this wicked thing by willingly and brazenly committing sexual sin and bragging about being pregnant or having babies outside of the bonds of marriage.
The contemporary churches and their pastors have welcomed this shame by not addressing it strongly enough and by allowing violators of God’s sexual ordinances to hold positions and participate in the holy sacraments without ever having to repent of any wrong doings.
With the exclusion of widows and divorcees, “unwed pregnancies” and “single parenting” is common place in many Christian assemblies today and are sometimes celebrated in their churches.
If in deed you are a part of the body of Christ, you should not tolerate this brazen disrespect of our LORD and of our GOD.
When you are successfully and boldly attacking sin, the father of sin will attack you. Learn to expect Satan to try to disarm and discredit you through the temptations of sex and money. These are the two most recognizable temptations of Satan and they are the two most successful weapons of Satan. They have caused many Christians to turn their backs on Christ. (Hebrews 10:26-27)
To all of my fellow laborers in the Kingdom of God:
Here is another great sermon starter.
What if a few of our friends got together just to help our faith and have faith for us. What a miracle that would be and what a powerful testimony of love and demonstration of faith we would have to offer unto GOD.
Parenthetically, I would like everyone who reads, re-blogs, shares or downloads this post to know that I have prayed for your well-being, victory, favor, healing, deliverance, happiness and ultimate salvation in Christ.
To God be All of the Glory, Honor and Praise. AMEN!!!
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