Mat 5:11-12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Has this ever been applied to your life? Has the Lord whispered this in your ear? My first reaction when this occurs is one of pain. Always is, because I don’t think in all honesty, I am at the place where I am totally numb to this kind of rejection. I don’t like being on the giving or the receiving end of this one. I know that in the past I had probably rejected those who were God’s servants by just not loving them as I ought to have, or thinking less of them than I should have. Why should it hurt us, when we have done the same to others? Why should it shock us with a painful sting when our neighbors, yea even those in the church secretly hate us.
Why is that the heart is revealed in the face, in the eyes? I ask the Lord, what have I done Lord? Have I done something to offend? I suppose that speaking about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is offensive to those who don’t believe. This is an offensive and strange doctrine to many in the church. Abused by some to prop up their false revivals and what not, but it is not “strange” doctrine, it is Bible.
I have often wondered why so many of my Christian “brothers and sisters” treat me like a leper in my own community. Granted, I am not perfect, who is? But I thought we were “friends”. I don’t believe in friends anymore. I don’t believe the words of men anymore (not men, but mankind). I don’t care what one says. I want to see the sincerity of their words. Words are nice, but some are flatterers. I have also been guilty of this, so I am not saying I am any better.
Job 17:5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
I suppose we all have our dose of “Job’s counselors” in life and why shouldn’t it be any different? Are we better than Job? I don’t think that I am. I suppose the only recourse is to pray for my friends, as Job prayed for his. Let us make intercession for our friends and enemies. Let us love them and embrace the cross. If we are rejected, count it all joy, for Jesus was rejected as well. When men get the wrong impression of you and think it evil that you speak for righteousness’ sake, count it all joy. Turn the sorrow of the moment over to Jesus, the pain of the rejection over to Him and rejoice in Him. Great is your reward in Heaven– an everlasting reward, I might add. 🙂
The Net of Our Own Desires….
” Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”–Ephesians 2:2-3
Concerning the Temptation of Jesus Christ in the wilderness in Matthew chapter 4: the Lord spoke to me concerning the temptations that I have been passing through and what exactly they pertain to and He said, “the net of our own desires”. What does this mean? When I sat down to consider this, because the Lord had never put it to me this way before, He took me to Matthew chapter 4 where Jesus is being tempted to turn the stones to bread. Jesus was hungry and the devil knew it. He had been in the wilderness for 40 days and in the weakness of his flesh, He hungered.
Mat 4:1-4 “ Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.“
The temptation beloved, is to hide from suffering for Righteousness’ sake, the kind of suffering that comes from proclaiming the Cross. The temptation to hide from the Will of God concerning you and your great high calling in Christ Jesus, your inheritance, your blessings in Christ and instead, exchange them for a bed of silk and perfume. The sweet aroma of the woman in the street proclaiming, come into my house and rest with me on my bed:
Pro 2:16-17: “To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;
Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.”
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding, Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart. (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
The devil’s snare is not what we think. It does not necessarily come from an outward influence. The Bible says in James 1:14:
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
The net of our own desires is equal to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. Why am I writing all of this to you? Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they be of God or not. There is a spirit of self-aggrandizement in the church today, ie the lifting up of oneself instead of the lifting the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross.
You see the tempter came to me and has been tempting me with flattery, the desires of my own flesh to be lifted up before the eyes of man, to be glorified in my own right, to have the desires of my flesh, etc. all because the evil one does not want me or anyone to preach the Cross. He will stop at nothing to try to distract us with these things, to bow our will to him, instead of to God. That is the pull beloved, and I am not joking.
The devil does not come in a red jumpsuit and a pitchfork dear ones, announcing his presence and plans, but PRAISE GOD! We are in the hand of the Master, the Good Shepherd and He protects us, leads us, feeds us and when we are in trouble or fear, the Lord graciously rescues us. There’s hope in the Cross!
“Fear not precious flock, He goeth ahead, the Shepherd selects the path you must tread; the waters of Marah He’ll sweeten for thee–He drank all the bitter in Gethsemane.”