FAITH & TROUBLE, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 10/12/20 From Ken<><
Today’s Scripture (Across my desk this morning from a church in Texas.)
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1, NKJV)
With social media, so many people can hide behind being anonymous and say hurtful, critical things to try to make you feel small, unattractive, and not good enough. At times it may seem as though there’s a campaign against someone, but it’s usually just a handful of bullies, haters, and envious people. You can’t stop that from coming, but you can ignore it. Let it bounce right off you. The trick of the enemy is to try to deceive you into thinking about it all the time, and then it contaminates your life. Don’t let the poison in. Don’t even bother to read it when it gets negative. Don’t call a friend and ask them what someone might be saying about you. Don’t let your heart be troubled; let God take care of it. You don’t have to defend yourself. God is your vindicator. Just run your race. Stay focused on moving forward, and He will take care of the rest.
A Prayer For Today
“Father, thank You that You are my vindicator, and You will protect my reputation as I keep on honoring You. Help me to let any negative chatter bounce off me and not read it or listen to it. I believe that You will handle it Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Trouble is every where on planet earth like our new CCP virus. Unseen and like glue trouble is everywhere. Jesus even noted that HIS words would be adding to the problem. In Matt.10:32 HE said this, “Therefore, everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [[k] out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and [l] confess [that I am abiding in] him. But whoever denies and disowns Me before men, I also will deny and disown him before My Father Who is in heaven. 34 Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to part asunder a man from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a [m] newly married wife from her mother-in-law— 36 And a man’s foes will be they of his own household. 37 He who loves [and [n] takes more pleasure in] father or mother more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves [and takes more pleasure in] son or daughter more than [in] Me is not worthy of Me; 38 And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [[o] cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. 39 Whoever finds his [[p] lower] life will lose it [ the higher life ], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life]. 40 He who receives and welcomes and accepts you receives and welcomes and accepts Me, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts Me receives and welcomes and accepts Him Who sent Me. 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.” And this is so very true if we truly acknowledge HIM, there is going to be trouble.
Sunday, yesterday at the Farmers Market the first stand that I came to was selling plants. I was looking for some lace leaf bamboo. So I ask the lady and she seemed knowledgeable but did not have any. So I pulled out one of my tracts and wrote my name and phone number on it and ask her to call me if she found it again. She froze, and said, “You are not voting for Trump are you. I told here I really don’t think the election is about Trump but about the type of government. We are either voting for a Constitutional Govt. or a Socialist kind of Govt. She went into a rage. I had to walk away… Obviously she had drunk the Koolaid. Then for the rest of my walk through the Mkt. I was a little more hesitant in pulling out my tracts. It was a New age War Zone that I was not really prepped for. I have only had 3 people turn down my “LIGHT” tract over many years now and one was yesterday, that is out of 3,000 tracts that I have had printed for about .10 cents each with only scriptures on light.
And where ever we go where Jesus is the core expression of our life, we are going to be in trouble with the world. But with Jesus I get to spend eternity with my Creator and have peace. But with the world, only trouble and eternal darkness now and forever. Did come home with some really big mangoes and nice papayas… But please do a word study on World with Bible Gateway. James puts it this way: “ [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures. 4 You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love? James 4:3-5 And Apostle Peter puts it this way: “Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you were unpitied, but now you are pitied and have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves properly (honorably, righteously) among the Gentiles, so that, although they may slander you as evildoers, [yet] they may by witnessing your good deeds [come to] glorify God in the day of inspection [ [a] when God shall look upon you wanderers as a pastor or shepherd looks over his flock].
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