There will be times when we face things that we think are too big and too overwhelming. There will be times when the devil will use those experiences in an attempt to sway of from continuing down the right path and trying to find a way out. Stand firm on the rock, allow your faith to help you press forward and not give up, and never forget the final destination that is awaiting you. Remember James 1 that tells us to consider it joy when we face trials. Remember Romans 8:28 that tells us how God uses all things for good. Remember Romans 28:38 that tells us how nothing can separate us from the love of God. So no matter what we face today, let’s not give up! Let’s not allow fear to win or drive our decisions and actions.
Today’s reading continuing in Matthew 10 that speaks of the persecution that will come talks to this point.
21 “People will hand over their own brothers to be put to death, and fathers will do the same to their children; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. 22 Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, run away to another one. I assure you that you will not finish your work in all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. 25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names!
— Matthew 10 (GNT)
So do not fear! Fear Not, Just Believe! There will be threats, but what is more important, the here and now or eternity? There will be decisions point in the road of life, so let’s choose wisely. Today’s reading continues and brings up the question “Whom to Fear” and speaks to how important you are to God.
26 “So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. 27What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 29For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. 30As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!
— Matthew 10 (GNT)
We are so valued by God that He doesn’t want us to be walking around in fear. He doesn’t want us to leave that door open for the lies and deceptions and tricks of the devil. So let’s put our hope and trust in God today as we step out to do life. Let’s live lives that confess that we belong to Jesus! Let’s live lives that shine the light that points back to Him who gave it all that we may be reconciled to God! Help those around you by being salt and light. Help those around you by speaking words that bring life not death, the give them a hand up from what they are facing, and come alongside them so that they know that they are not alone. Because of our hope and trust in God, because we have put Him first, we are going to be challenged and in many cases by those we consider to be the closest to us in our lives. Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Put and keep your hope and trust in God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Confessing and Rejecting Christ
32“Those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will do the same for them before my Father in heaven. 33 But those who reject me publicly, I will reject before my Father in heaven.
Not Peace, but a Sword
34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; 36your worst enemies will be the members of your own family.
37“Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples; those who love their son or daughter more than me are not fit to be my disciples. 38 Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples. 39 Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.
40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes God’s messenger because he is God’s messenger, will share in his reward. And whoever welcomes a good man because he is good, will share in his reward. 42You can be sure that whoever gives even a drink of cold water to one of the least of these my followers because he is my follower, will certainly receive a reward.”
— Matthew 10 (GNT)
So today, let’s hold onto the rewards we know are coming and not give up! Let’s Hold onto the promises of God and press on! Let’s be salt and light, let’s be people who give a hand up to those in need, let’s be people who share and care for other around us, let’s embracing, outreaching, and discipling people into the kingdom of God! Let’s hold onto the power of salvation that was given to us as a gift from God that we may finish the race and win the prize and see the reward that God has prepared for us!
So let’s step up and step forward in following after the Lord of lord and the King of kings. Let’s remember who owns it all and including the end game that will play out. Today’s reading continues this route in Psalm with
The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord;
the earth and all who live on it are his.
2He built it on the deep waters beneath the earth
and laid its foundations in the ocean depths.
3Who has the right to go up the Lord‘s hill?#
24.3: the Lord‘s hill: The hill in Jerusalem on which the Temple was built.
Who may enter his holy Temple?
Those who are pure in act and in thought,
who do not worship idols
or make false promises.
5The Lord will bless them and save them;
God will declare them innocent.
6Such are the people who come to God,
who come into the presence of the God of Jacob.
7Fling wide the gates,
open the ancient doors,
and the great king will come in.
8Who is this great king?
He is the Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, victorious in battle.
9Fling wide the gates,
open the ancient doors,
and the great king will come in.
10Who is this great king?
The triumphant Lord—he is the great king!
— Psalm 24 (GNT)
Jesus is our Lord and Savior, so let’s make today a day that will glorify Him. Let’s make today a day where our thoughts, our words, and our actions will bring praise, honor, and glory to God in Jesus’ name I pray.
Go will provide a way out! So don’t give up!
God knows how to get your attention! Be ready and willing to respond and do what He asks. When He calls you, He calls you with a purpose for a purpose!
We see this when Moses comes to the burning bush, we get to hear God’s purpose and His purpose for Moses, and the plan…
2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him as a flame coming from the middle of a bush. Moses saw that the bush was on fire but that it was not burning up. 3“This is strange,” he thought. “Why isn’t the bush burning up? I will go closer and see.”
4When the Lord saw that Moses was coming closer, he called to him from the middle of the bush and said, “Moses! Moses!”
He answered, “Yes, here I am.”
5God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. 6I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” So Moses covered his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7Then the Lord said, “I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated in Egypt; I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their slave drivers. I know all about their sufferings, 8and so I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians and to bring them out of Egypt to a spacious land, one which is rich and fertile and in which the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites now live. 9I have indeed heard the cry of my people, and I see how the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10Now I am sending you to the king of Egypt so that you can lead my people out of his country.”
11But Moses said to God, “I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12God answered, “I will be with you, and when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you.”
13 But Moses replied, “When I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ So what can I tell them?”
14 God said, “I am who I am. You must tell them: ‘The one who is called I AM#
3.14: I am who I am … I AM; or I will be who I will be … I WILL BE. “I am” sounds like the Hebrew name Yahweh traditionally transliterated as Jehovah. This name is represented in this translation by “the Lord” in capital letters, following a usage which is widespread in English versions.
has sent me to you.’ 15Tell the Israelites that I, the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, have sent you to them. This is my name forever; this is what all future generations are to call me. 16Go and gather the leaders of Israel together and tell them that I, the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, appeared to you. Tell them that I have come to them and have seen what the Egyptians are doing to them. 17I have decided that I will bring them out of Egypt, where they are being treated cruelly, and will take them to a rich and fertile land—the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
18“My people will listen to what you say to them. Then you must go with the leaders of Israel to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has revealed himself to us. Now allow us to travel three days into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord, our God.’ 19I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless he is forced to do so. 20But I will use my power and will punish Egypt by doing terrifying things there. After that he will let you go.
21 “I will make the Egyptians respect you so that when my people leave, they will not go empty-handed. 22Every Israelite woman will go to her Egyptian neighbors and to any Egyptian woman living in her house and will ask for clothing and for gold and silver jewelry. The Israelites will put these things on their sons and daughters and carry away the wealth of the Egyptians.”
— Exodus 3 (GNT)