Acts 8:4 Persecution Can Work For The Good

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Acts 8:4

When problems arise due to belief or choices made, many will abandon the beliefs. Others will choose to move away. When they move, they will carry with them their traditions and beliefs to wherever they move.

Some will keep those beliefs in the new location. Many will abandon the beliefs, because they do not want the same problems in the new place. They are seeking a new identity, rather than being bold with who they are.

After Stephen was killed, the persecution against the church increased greatly. Many believers moved to new locations to escape the persecution. Wherever they went they continued to spread the gospel message.

Persecution is something Jesus had promised will occur. Very few people look forward toward persecution and try to avoid it. It is often seen as something completely bad.

It is common to hear of believers complaining of persecution for their beliefs. They rise up and fight back, rather than just keep spreading the gospel message.

While it is terrible to go through persecution, it can get people to move to somewhere new. The moving will open new doors to spread the gospel message. Regardless of where a believer lives, there are people who need to hear the message of Jesus. Rather than staying and complaining about the persecution, one can seek to find new people to tell the message to.

God is willing and able to use persecution for His good. If the persecution had not occurred in the New Testament, the message of Jesus would not have spread to the whole world. As believers choose to keep preaching the word of God wherever they go, the church will continue to grow and have an influence in this world.

Everyday you will go to some place that has people who need to hear the gospel message. You may have times where you have to move to a new location for some reason. Regardless of where you are or why you are there, spread the gospel message. Seek to stay true to who you are in Jesus and let others know about Him.

Do not fear persecution and hide and be silent, but allow God to use it to be His witness in this world. Allow God to move you to new places to let new people know about His great love and salvation He will provide.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you strength in persecution; that you will spread the gospel message wherever you are; and that you will allow God to use you to be His witness.

Psalm 69:5 God Already Knows

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You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. Psalm 69:5 

Doing something wrong is not uncommon for people. People do things wrong on a regular basis. They break the laws of the land or community all the time.

Sometimes these are major infractions, while often they are minor ones, but either way it is doing something that should not be done. After breaking one of the laws, however, many people are concerned about getting caught by someone.

People driving down the road will often be speeding over the speed limit some. Sometimes quite a bit, other times just a little. When they suddenly see a cop, nearly everyone will hit the brakes and slow down, hoping they don’t get stopped. This even occurs for many who were not speeding.

David had sinned against God and knew it. He knew that God knew what he had done. His guilt was clear to him and to God.

When a person breaks the law of the land it is possible that no one on this earth knows anything about it. They can often get away free from punishment or judgement.

Since people cannot see God directly, they often think that God does not see them doing something wrong. They think they are in the free and clear, because no person saw them.

However, God is everywhere and sees every sin. Not only the physical open sins that people could see, but the sins of the heart and mind.

In the hearts and minds of people, many will hate or commit a sin of thoughts, rather than physically doing anything. They feel as though God cannot see it, but He does. They may be free before man, but they are guilty before God.

The only way to get free of the guilt is to confess it before God and turn from the sin.

God sees you every action that you do. He also knows your every thought and motive. There will be times you will sin against Him both physically and mentally.

Do not try to hide it from God, He already knows what you did. Go to Jesus and repent of that sin. Release it unto Him to be forgiven. God is waiting and ready to forgive every sin you have done, for whatever reason you had done it.

Allow Him to forgive you, rather than hide it and stay condemned.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know the mercy of God; that you will know God sees all; that you will repent of all sin against God; and that you will seek to live for God. 

Psalm 10:11 Fooling Self

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He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.” Psalm 10:11 

When a person is alone, he usually thinks that no one can see him. There does not appear to be any eyes watching anything that he does. With this type of thinking, a person can do what he wants with no fear of being caught or told he is wrong.

It is commonly thought that if a person does not get caught, he did nothing wrong. It is only when one is caught that he becomes wrong in what he did.

David talks about those who refuse to follow God and describes them and what they are like. He points out that they believe that God never sees what they are doing, that He covers His eyes to their evil deeds.

The world often acts like a little child playing a game of hide and seek. The child will cover his eyes and state that the other person cannot see him. The child believes that because he cannot see the other person, that person cannot see him.

God is invisible to the human eye, so no man can see him. The world acts as though God has His eyes covered, even though in reality, it is their eyes that are being covered.

Some believers tend to act in the same way. While in a secret place, alone, they will think and do things that are against God. Since they do not see God and no one else is watching, they feel that they are getting away with sin.

However, God does see everything that is happening, including the thoughts of the heart, that no man can see. God does not cover His eyes to sin. He may not do anything in the immediate about it, but He sees it and will deal with it before all is done. Judgement will come eventually.

Take a look at your own life and see what you may be trying to cover up in it. What are you doing in secret or in the heart that you think that God may not be seeing?

Do not allow yourself to deceive yourself into thinking that God does not see what you are doing. God does see. However, God does not want to condemn you. He wants to draw you to Himself and forgive you.

Turn towards God and seek forgiveness and then strive to live for Him. Live as though He is watching, because He is.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s forgiveness; and that God will help you to keep from you being deceived by your own self. 

Revelation 6:16 A Day Of Wrath

 

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They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” Revelation 6:16

People always try to avoid the extreme anger of someone else. When a person is extremely angry, anything can happen.

This fear of someone can often be seen in little children with a parent. There have been parents who show extreme wrath upon a child that has done something wrong. The parent may yell, scream, and strike the child in his anger against something done wrong. The child grows up in extreme fear of the parent and is always trying to hide from him.

Various people, even as adults have also shown extreme wrath against others because of something that was done wrong to them. These people are also avoided. When a person is going on a shooting rampage in anger in a public place, people are running and hiding anywhere they can to keep from being hit.

John sees a vision of a coming time when many people will be running and trying to hide from God. Jesus will come back to judge this world. He will unleash His anger and wrath against sin and those who refuse to follow Him. At that time, the world will realize how great God is and how powerful He is.

The God who created the heavens and the earth will be coming with a vengeance and wrath to destroy those against Him. Those in this world, who do not serve Him, will have a reason to be fearful. He will be greater and more powerful than any person that has ever been angry before. Yet, there will be no place for them to hide.

To avoid His wrath, all a person must do is follow Jesus and love God with all their heart, mind and soul. God must be first in the life of a person.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you will have nothing to fear from God. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you have everything to fear from God. God will have His day of vengeance.

God will only strike at those who refuse to follow His Son. Those who follow Jesus, will be protected and brought into heaven.

Are you living in a way that you will have to fear God?

Or are you living for Him?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will serve God with all of your life; and that you will not have to fear God’s wrath against you.

2 Corinthians 3:18 Transformed Image

 

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And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with every-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Whenever Moses left from being before God he had to put a veil over his face because of the great glory of God shining on his face. Paul states that now God has put His Spirit into a person and unveiled his face. Believers are now able to show their face in the transformation process.

It is common for people to put on a mask to cover up what they are really feeling or who they really are. This is not a physical mask, but one of change of character on the surface, not showing the real character of the heart. Very often a person states that he is doing fine, when in reality is falling apart. People do not see the real person.

People in the church are often known for acting the same way. They cover up their faces, not showing the real self. This usually happens with covering up sin, but can also happen in covering up the changes God is doing in their life. They are afraid of the world and what the world might think about them, if the changes were seen.

When a believer unveils his face or heart, so that others may see, it allows others to see what God is doing. It reveals God’s great glory in working in a person’s life.

No believer needs to be ashamed of what God is doing in his life. If the believer is allowing God to work in his life, he is being changed into the image of Jesus wearing His glory. God’s glory will shine through a believer.

Along with the change, a believer will shine as he thinks about what God is doing and who God is. People will see that something is different.

When you go through your days, are you veiling your real self? Or are you letting the world see Jesus through you?

Think about what God is doing in your life and all of His great glory. Think of the wonder of God’s glory. It will transform your face and life. Allow people to see that and allow it to draw others to Jesus.

Be an open book for the world to see Jesus in you.

I pray today that you will know the work God is doing in you; that you will allow others to see God in you; that you will show the real you to those around you; and that God’s glory will be seen in your life.