Matthew 10:22 Stand Firm

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22

Very few people like to be hated, most people like to be liked. They want people to like them and will do just about anything to gain their favor and liking.

Watching posts on social media platforms, people get excited when the number of likes climbs higher and higher. It gives the impression that people really do like them. Yet, not everyone will like everyone. Some will hate others, regardless of what they do or don’t do.

As Jesus is sending the disciples out to be His witness, He tells them that they will be hated. Even though they are hated, they must stand firm in what they believe and are doing.

Even though nearly two thousand years have passed, people still hate true active believers. They hate because the message being proclaimed is offensive to the world. It tells the world there is a high standard to live by, that there is only one way to eternal life, that there is only one God, and that living in sin brings about death. People do not like to hear this.

Sadly, over the years, many believers and churches have changed the message to try and get people to like them. Often it is no longer about repentance, but feeling and looking good. This is not standing firm in what one believes and has been taught in God’s word.

Every believer needs to preach or speak the message Jesus taught. That message is that people need to repent of sins, change, and believe in and follow Jesus. When this is done, people will hate them, but it is what God desires. This is God’s will for every believer.

As a believer in and a follower of Jesus, you have the responsibility to share His message with this fallen world. Some will believe and follow Jesus, while many will hate you for it. Do not be surprised or hurt when they hate you, because they did the same to Jesus.

Do not give in to this world, but keep giving the message. Stand firm on the truth in God’s world and continue to live for God in His ways. As you stand firm, you will be saved in the end. With God you will win the battle.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be God’s true witness; that you will not fear the hatred of this world; that you will know God’s love for you; and that you will remain firm in God’s truth.

Deuteronomy 7:25 Destroy All Idols

The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 7:25

As the Israelites were to go into the land of Canaan, they were to get rid of all of the inhabitants and their idols. They were not to even desire the silver and gold on the idols, but to destroy the idols completely. This was to be done because the idols would become a snare for them and God detested the idols.

As you go through life, God will bring you into new areas of life. These new areas are still a part of the world and it’s system. The world has and believes in things that are detestable to God. These are the new idols of the world.

Parts of the world still physically bow down to actual idols, but in many other places this is not done directly. The bowing down has changed to giving all their time, money and effort to have something. People “bow” down to cars, jobs, houses, vacations, positions, titles, and many other things in this life.

As a believer you must reject those things. The high paying position that someone has may be an idol and if God does not want you to have it, you must not even covet the money that comes from it, much less the position itself. This can be with a position or many other things. Any thing can become a snare in your life, pulling  you away from God.

Strive to place all your time, money and effort into seeking God and building His kingdom on this earth. Do not allow yourself to become ensnared by the idols of this world. Keep your focus on Jesus and His kingdom.

Is there any idol you need to reject or get rid of today?

Where is your focus and desire today?

I pray today that God will reveal to you any idols in your life; that God will give you strength to get rid of all idols; that you will reject any idols around you; that you will bow down God alone; and that you will strive to build His kingdom.