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DEVO 11.14.22


“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.” (Matthew 5:10)


- Have your commitments cost you?

- Has your decision to stand for truth and righteousness caused you difficulty?

- Don’t worry, you are in good company. If Jesus and his followers faced persecution, then so will you.

- Look at what verse 11 - 12 says, “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

- Do you see that? "for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds."

- There is a spiritual battle going on.

- It is the worlds way vs. God’s way.

- It is Light vs. Darkness.

- Romans 12: 2 says this, Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.

- Simply, recognize what he wants and respond.

- Your goal is not to be accepted by the world.

- Look at what James 4:4 says, "You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.”

- If your whole goal and aim is to be accepted by others, and what they are involved in is not acceptable to God, then you have just chosen them as LORD.

- Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness"

- So let me encourage you to stand for Righteousness.

- Hate the sin, but love the person who is sinning. Don’t ever turn that around.

- You hate sin because it destroys peoples lives and leads them away from Christ.

- If you just approve of what someone is doing and condone it, then they are deceived. They think they are doing the right thing when all along they are not…because no one told them.

- If you don’t know what God’s word says, then read it…begin today…cover to cover.

- Acts 17:10 - 11, says that the Berea’s “received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these thing were so.”

- Your job is to: #1 search the Word of God, #2 accept it as Truth, #3 Reflect it.

- Don’t get caught up in arguing and ruining your testimony. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus says that, “You are the Light of the world”.

- Be the Light.

- Have a great Monday!