ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,   Beloved of God,   John 3:16-18,  12:24-26,   17:20-24
    (If you have looked up these scriptures,  let me know????)

NOTHING TO SAY,      “WORTH CONSIDERING”     9/5/19    (Across my desk today.)

Today’s Scripture
“…but Jesus refused to answer.”   (Luke 23:9, NLT)
You’re In Good Company

In the Scripture, people often came against Jesus and criticized Him. Many times it says, “Jesus answered them not a word.” He simply didn’t respond to His critics. He didn’t try to convince them to change their minds. He didn’t get upset because somebody was talking about Him. No, He just ignored it. When people come against you and they’re jealous, trying to make you look bad, trying to discourage you, remember, you’re in good company! Jesus was probably criticized more than anyone else. I love the fact that He didn’t try to explain Himself. He didn’t try to make everyone understand Him. He just stayed focused on what He was called to do. He simply ran His race.

Friend, Jesus set the example for you and me. We don’t have to try to win the approval of others. We have to understand that not everyone is going to understand us or be for us. Our focus should be on following God’s leading and let Him order our steps. The next time someone criticizes you, remember the example of Jesus. Overlook it, don’t get offended, and keep moving forward in the destiny God has for you!

Today, if you feel stuck, locked out or defeated, remember, Jesus is the One who holds the keys to your freedom. All you have to do is call on His name and He will answer. He promises to hear you and deliver you. Receive His salvation, receive hope, and receive the freedom and victory He came to give.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, today I release every person who has criticized me or tried to discourage me. I choose to forgive them; I choose to turn away from that distraction. I choose to focus on You and the blessings You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Comments
Often, silence is golden.  And often the question is a trap with no positive answer.  And the person is not really interested in any answer that you may have.  They are simple calling you out to find a weakness for their advantage.   This they tried to do with Jesus much of the time.   But I found it most interesting that sometimes Jesus simple redirected the conversation into another direction.  Even with the Disciples when they asked questions HE would reorganize HIS answer.  In Matt. 24 HIS disciples asked HIS concerning the future:  They ask HIM concerning the destruction of the Temple, when He would return and what about the end of the world?

But in His answer HE gave them a short introduction overview from Matt.24:5-14,  Then he commented on the destruction of the Temple from Matt.24:15-20. (This happened in 70 AD when Rome purged all the Jews from Israel and it became Palestine.)  Then HE took on the basic message of the Age of the Gentiles and the time of HIS Return from Matt.24:21-36.  But then he went further than their questioning and shared about the “Snatching Away” or the Rapture from Matt.24:27 through Matt.25:46 to complete the whole picture.   He used the Rabbinical Teaching structure of an introduction, the main topic of concern,  A greater overall view and what was most important.   So though Christ Jesus was Quiet at times,  at other times HE was most eloquent and intense.   This same teaching is also in Mark 13 and Luke 21.  Each a little different as you would find with most who were writing down what they remembered that they had heard.

So our New Testament is packed with examples of how Jesus would deal with opposition and also with those hungry for GOD’s eternal truths that set us free.   In John 8,  Christ Jesus actually told the Jews exactly as it was and nearly got killed then and there.  But the Holy Spirit will give you words when needed at the right time and the right place if you know the Word of God.  But you are responsible to do your homework concerning GOD’S basic truths.  We need to ask, seek and knock to find GOD’s Truth for our freedom.  He will not force it on us as we shall be judged by what we know as truth.

Looking forward to the LORD’s HOUSE Church here tomorrow evening,  Starting to get a united soul and to grow.   Folks are really loving each other and looking forward to Friday…  PTL   Yours, in HIS great love,  Ken<><


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