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Hebrews 12:3 ” Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Most of us don’t know what it means to be persecuted for the Gospel…to suffer for our beliefs…enduring hardship for the sake of His name.  Most of us have never persevered under threat of bodily harm…or death, in order to reach others for Jesus.  So why then do we lose heart and become offended so easily when we meet opposition?  Suddenly it’s not fun anymore and we don’t like how we’re being treated…so we quit.  Galatians 6:9 tells us,  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”     Not giving up means surrendering our life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and looking to Him as our example of righteous tenacity.

Proverbs 8:13 ” To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”

What does God hate?  The short list is right here in this proverb.  God tells us over and over again not to have a relationship with any kind of unethical or immoral activity.  But our pride and arrogance makes us think we know more than Him, so off we go, dabbling in things that confuse and slowly draw us in.  And before you know it, we’re snared by the grip of sin.  But even then, our willful and obstinate nature refuses to accept responsibility  and turn away from the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.  Our corrupt human nature is constantly pulling us away from what is right and good…when God is telling us to shun evil and put away all our wicked ways.

John 11:44 ” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Jesus had called Lazarus from the grave, and out  he stumbled.  But he was still bound  by the grave-clothes wound around his body and face.  Others had placed these winding cloths on him, and now it took others to free him from them.  When we become a Believer we are raised from the dead unto eternal life, but for many of us, we continue to wear the trappings of the tomb.  These hindrances  cling to us like grave-clothes, impeding our movement forward and blinding us from the truth.  And just like Lazarus,  it was someone else that placed them on us, binding us up in sin, addiction, and pain. So it takes others to free us from these grave clothes…to come along side  to encourage, exhort, and unloose the sins that still bind us to the past.

I Chronicles 29:12 ” Wealth and honor come from You; You are the Ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. “

In this prayer, King David was acknowledging that it was only from God – the source of everything –  that he possessed  abilities and achievements.  David was also acknowledging  the sovereignty and authorship of God as he viewed the world around him.  Later, his son Solomon would write in Ecclesiastes 5:19-20, ” When God gives any man  wealth and possessions,and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work – this is a gift of God.  He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”  Recognizing and thanking God for His benevolence in our lives gives rise to one of the greatest gifts we can ever receive…it’s peace and contentment.

II John 2 ” Because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever.”

Truth comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in you.  We are to be firmly established in that truth, which is ultimate, absolute, and divinely revealed, but at the same time difficult to distinguish from all the world’s noise.  That still small voice is a whisper against the clamber of everything around us.  Oh how wonderful it would be if the Holy Spirit had a blow-horn poised by my ear to direct me!  But instead I must listen…and listen acutely for His voice.  Do you want to know the truth?  Then you must train your ears to listen carefully, blocking out the din around you and disciplining your mind .  As this verse says, the truth lives within you…you just need to listen.

Isaiah 42:8 ” I am the Lord; that is My name! I will not give My glory to another or My praise to idols.”

Across the span of the Bible,  God has always been very emphatic to mankind…”I will not yield My glory to another.” (Isaiah 48:11)  So why do we continue to worship objects in place of God?  When our love is focused on man-made idols rather than God, our devotion is deeply divided.  We want to serve God…but our “things” are always getting in way.   These “things” have a way of sucking time, passion, and energy from us until there’s nothing left for God.  And in the end what do we have left?  Just a never-ending need for more “things”.

Matthew 5:13 ” You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

When Jesus told His disciples that they were the salt of the earth He meant it  both figuratively and literally.  Within our bodies are electrolytes – minerals (sodium, chloride, etc.) that are essential for life… without them, our heart, nerves, and muscles would malfunction.    “To be the salt of the earth” defined is a person that is considered  a representative of the best elements of society.  It’s someone chosen and capable of effectively demonstrating what we stand for.   We all have been called to be the salt of the earth…chosen by God to represent Him and the Gospel Message to the world.