ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me.    John 3:16-18

PERSECUTION:     “WORTH CONSIDERING”   5/15/20      Fom Ken<><

Scripture:   (Across my desk this morning from Texas.)
“…Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, here’s what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful…”  (1 Peter 3:10, MSG)

Sealed Lips
Our mouth gets us into more trouble than just about anything else. You can’t go around telling people off, saying hurtful things, and expect to step into the fullness of what God has for you. Many times, it’s not big things that are keeping us from God’s best; it’s not some big sin or big mistake. It’s the small things. The apostle Peter said that if you want to enjoy life and see good things, say nothing evil or hurtful. How much higher would we go if we didn’t have to have the last word or have to be right, but just quietly keep honoring God, being respectful, staying on the high road?  When David faced a lot of opposition and had plenty of opportunities to lose his cool and tell people off, he prayed a great prayer in Psalm 141: “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and keep my lips sealed.” Make that your prayer every morning.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that I can embrace life and see my days filled with good by taking control of what I say. I choose in advance to watch my words carefully today. I ask You to help me keep my lips sealed when I’m tempted to complain and argue. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts,

But how do you share he Gospel of Good News without causing a few bumps in the road?  Many, so called, Christians refuse to share the Gospel as it causes division and persecution.  In fact, they are so embarrassed and fearful that they delegate that message of Good News to others.    And then sit in judgment on them when the Cain’s, Balaam’s & Korah’s strongly object, Jude 11.   Please take time to re-read the little letter of Jude, also a son of Mary.

So when you hold a sign up on the side of a freeway, warning that the bridge over the canyon is out, many will hate you for disturbing their ride.  And they will not even slow down to take a look.  Jesus warned us that HIS message of TRUTH would cause persecution and division.  So sealed lips do not work in being obedient to sharing the Good News in Love.   So a few scriptures from Paul on Persecution.   “Persecutions, sufferings—such as occurred to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, persecutions I endured, but out of them all the Lord delivered me.  12 Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand].  13 But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.  2 Tim. 3:11 And again from Jesus:   “And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.  Jesus also mentioned:   “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 [a]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 [b]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;  In other word, Sharing the Gospel even at home is going to cause persecution and divisions and Jesus is clearly teaching here that we are to follow no other example but HIS.  As HE taught in Matt. 12:25 “And knowing their thoughts, He said to them, Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being brought to desolation and laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.  Also Mark 3:25, “And if a house is divided (split into factions and rebelling) against itself, that house will not be able to last.”  So in actuality, agreeing to disagree only wastes time.  It is better to walk in HIS Truth and live alone than to live in a divided home with contention and division and persecution.   In unity God’s power is relesed: Lev. 26:8  Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.  Deut. 32:30 How could one have chased a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had delivered them up?  We find the same thought in John 17:22: “ I have given to them the glory (power) and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: In fact the whole chapter is a prayer for us and our unity, especially beginning at verse 20.  Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,  21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.  22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:  23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.  24 Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy,   Ken<><

“I am convinced that many evangelicals are not truly and soundly converted… When they read the Sermon on the Mount or the teaching passages of the epistles that tell them how to live or the doctrinal passages that tell how they can live, they are unaffected. The Spirit who wrote them is not witnessing in their hearts because they have not been born of the Spirit.” – A W Tozer.

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