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.

Jeremiah 26:14 Not Fighting Back

Hands raised up

As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. Jeremiah 26:14 

Having personal rights is a demand most people in America make and many people around the world desire have those rights. People want to be able to have their own freedom to make their own choices without any consequences.

Giving up those rights is not easy for most people to do. They will fight back anyone who fights against their rights or attempts to take them away. Most will just fight back with words, while some will physically try to fight back. Many court cases are all about the loss of some right or freedom.

Jeremiah had a harsh word from God to the people. As he gave the message, the people were very angry with him. Many wanted to kill him. Jeremiah stated that he was in their hands and that they could do with him whatever they felt was best to be done.

Jeremiah had given up any of his rights as a citizen when he spoke before the leaders of Israel. He put himself in God’s hands.

Very often believers will physically or verbally fight for their rights to say or do something. They will get angry with those who fight back or persecute them, rather than just trusting God through the situation and allowing God to get His own vengeance.

Jesus never fought back or talked back to those who came against Him, with the exception of the Pharisees, who were supposed to be the God fearing leaders. He allowed the people to do what they thought was right, even up to the point of the crucifixion.

Today believers still have a message that many will hate to hear. Some will persecute believers because of the message. Instead of fighting back, believers must allow God to be in control and trust Him through whatever happens. All that needs to be done is loving the enemy and sharing God’s message of love.

You will have days when you need to be a witness of Jesus to this world and the world will not like your message. There may come persecution, maybe with just words or physically. Either way it comes you have a choice as to how you react to it.

Put on the character of Jesus and Jeremiah and do not fight back. Keep showing God’s love and trust God to get you through the situation. God is watching and will take vengeance as needed.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will remove fear of this world from your heart; that you will speak God’s message boldly; and that God will give you favor with those you speak to. 

Jeremiah 20:9 Speak It Out Loud

Campfire at night

But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9 

There are times when a person has some really good news or some very interesting news that they ‘need’ to share with someone. He will quickly get on the phone to call some friends to tell them about the news. Everywhere the person goes, he continues to talk about the news.

Watch the newscasts and there are times where there is an article titled with ‘breaking news’. It is very important news to hear about in something that most people are interested in. No one is ashamed to bring out the news or talk about it.

Jeremiah had been given a message by God. As he proclaimed it, he was being severely persecuted. He wanted to stop talking about the news, yet, was unable to do so. The message he had was like a fire shut up in his bones and he just had to tell people about it.

When a believer has a solid connection and experience with God, he will want to tell someone about it. When he realizes the great love of God for all people and how lost people are without Jesus, he will want to tell people about Jesus.

Not proclaiming the message about Jesus will not be an option because it will burn within the heart to tell others about Him. Fear of ridicule and persecution will not be able to keep a person from talking. His great love for God and for others will propel him into speaking more and more with no fear.

The world does not want you to talk about sin or Jesus. They will do what they can to stop you from giving the needed message.

Do not let fear of this world stop you from speaking. Have the heart of God for the lost people in this world. Point people to Jesus every day for every situation in their lives. Let them know that there is a God who loves them and can give them real life that will last for eternity, that God will give them a purpose for this life.

The world needs to hear about Jesus. You have to be one who will tell them. Get the message out today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the love of God for other people; that God will give you boldness to speak His word; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that God will remove fear of this world as you proclaim His word. 

Jeremiah 15:20 Be A Wall

Rock wall in forest

“I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 15:20 

Being determined is a character trait that some people have. It is what keeps them going when the going gets tough. It is what keeps them going when everyone is against them.

Some of the greatest inventors had the majority of people who thought they were crazy and people fought against their inventions. Yet they focused on accomplishing their task and would not let others overcome them.

God tells Jeremiah that he will be a wall to the people. Jeremiah had a message to get out and the people would fight against him, yet he would not be overcome. God would rescue him and save him.

Every believer has a message to give out. There are many people who will fight against the believer because of the message. The world and some people in the church do not want to hear the message, even though they need to hear the message.

Years later Paul would tell the believer to put on the armor of God and then stand. This standing is being a wall. Walls are meant to keep people out or keep the enemy from taking over.

The believer needs to be a wall in that he is standing firm on God’s word and message and not allowing the enemy to gain any ground in his life.

God is with the believer and will not allow him to be overcome as long as he is standing with God and following Jesus. It may be tough and hard, but in the end God will rescue him and save him.

As a believer, the enemy wants to take you out. You have the message of God to deliver to this dark and fallen world. As you draw closer to God and get His message out, people will fight against you. It is not a matter of if they will fight you, but when they will fight you.

Lock yourself down as a wall and be solid in what you believe in and stand for. Know that you can stand upon God’s word and His promises to you.

As you live for God and spread His message to this world, God will take care of you. He will save you in the end, either out of the problem or into eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the message God wants you to spread to the world; that you will stand upon God’s promises and word; and that God will keep the world from overcome your heart. 

Jeremiah 1:19 They Will Fight, But Also Will Lose

Tigers fighting

“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:19

Battles and wars are being fought all over the world. Some of these are nation against nation, but the majority are individuals against others. People are constantly fighting against other people. Some of these are physically fighting, while many are with words.

These battles occur because someone does not like someone else or what that other person is doing or has. It is often done in rebellion to change something.

God calls Jeremiah to speak to the people of Israel, who were living in rebellion against God. He tells Jeremiah that they will hate him and fight against him, but will be unable to overcome him. God would be with Jeremiah and protect him in the end.

Several centuries after Jeremiah had spoken Jesus had stated the same things to His disciples. He promised that people would fight against His followers and there would be trouble, but Jesus also gave the same word God did to Jeremiah, that He would be with them.

When a person is speaking the truth and it goes against what others believe, they will fight it. Very few people want to hear truth about something wrong in their life. All they want to hear is good news. They do not want to hear that they are wrong.

It has not changed to this day. Believers who stand up and speak the truth are often persecuted and ridiculed. In some places this includes physically and in all places it is verbally abused. The world will strive hard to take a believer out, to discredit and destroy him.

Yet, God is with the believer and will bring him through it. One may go through a lot of problems, but in the end wins eternal life with God.

God has given you a word to speak to this fallen world. It is your testimony of who Jesus is and what He has done. It is a word showing the destruction of sin in a person’s life. It is showing the path that most people are on is leading to death.

People will not want to hear that message. They enjoy where they are and so they will fight you and try to bring you down.

Don’t forget that God is with you. He will bring you through it as you follow and obey Him. Don’t be afraid to speak His truth everywhere you go.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the message God has for you to speak; that God will give you the boldness to speak His message; and that God will remove all fear of man as you trust Him.