“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.”
Matthew 5:10-11 NLT
Persecuted-drive away, run after, press on, in anyway whatsoever to harass, trouble, to be mistreated, on the account of something
The persecuted are blessed for doing right.
“But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.”
1 Peter 3:14 NLT
Being who you ought to be, condition that is acceptable to God, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting
Makarios-When a person is blessed by God, he is approved by God.
The opposite is “woe” not approved and submit to judgement
The spirit of God rest on the persecuted
“If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.”
1 Peter 4:14 NLT
The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the persecuted
the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. V10
It belongs to the righteous alone.
The persecuted will be mocked, lied on, have evil spoken of them.
Mock-reproach (disapproval,disappointed )
Revile-(verbal abuse-forcefully critically, insult, denounce
Lie-to speak deliberate falsehood, to deceive
-Jesus lets us know the this persecution can and will either be physical,verbal,violet
The persecuted must pray for those who persecute them
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”
Matthew 5:44 NLT
The persecuted will suffer for the Godly life.
“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
2 Timothy 3:12 NLT
How have you been persecuted?
Whom do you need to pray for that has persecuted you?
Have you been the persecutor and need to seek repentance ?
Living a Godly life leads to persecution.
On Today’s Episode :
A woman is healed on the Sabbath Day from a disabling spirit.
She could not stand up straight.
She was bent from pain.
The enemy had her bound for over 18 years.
BUT, JESUS restores and heals her. He set her free!
She was able to praise God and People were able to see glorious work.
October is Domestic Violence Month.
My journey with abuse has been hidden for 20 years. No more silence!
Abuse is not just physical. Inform yourself. Get Out! Speak out!
Move from Pain to Peace
Jesus went to the cross to overturn the power of sin in your temple.
What do you need Jesus to drive out and overturn in your life today?
Joseph had a place to weep
His place was private
Sis, do you have a place to weep and give your cry to Jesus?
When was the last time you had a good gut wretching cry?
We can give it to Jesus and wait for Him to respond
Weeping is only for a moment. Joy is on the way.
In order to pour, the seal must be broken.
The women with the alabaster jar had to break the jar to pour the oil onto Jesus to prepare Him for burial.
They thought that she been wasteful.
She was WORSHIPPING!
They wanted to GAIN
She wanted to GIVE!
No one saw her like Jesus! He stood up for her. He honored her as noble!
She gave what she could!
Sis, Give Him what you can.
What is covering or closing your worship?
In order to pour Sis, You have to be broken and filled with the sweet aroma of Jesus. The finest perfume ever! So that you can pour and anoint others!
Americans spend $20.7 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day. Jesus spent a day on the Cross costing him his very life to purchase you the best Valentine’s gift: Eternal Life!
You get to choose your spouse or boyfriend. You also get to choose to surrender to Jesus.
Have you accepted the offer from the greatest Sweetheart to Be His!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Sis!
We see the power he has over the elements
Romans 1:20 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
20 For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
- God directs the snow
Job 37: 6-7 “He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down. Then everyone stops working so they can watch his power.
Psalm 147:16 New Living Translation (NLT)
16 He sends the snow like white wool;
he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.
- He stores it in His storehouses
Job 38:22 New Living Translation (NLT)
22 “Have you visited the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of hail?
- Shows us the purity of white and a picture of what He does to our red sin
Psalm 51:7 New Living Translation (NLT)
7 Purify me from my sins,[a] and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Isaiah 1:18 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 “Come now, let’s settle this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.
- Snow is a provision, a watering source for food and causes growth for the farmer.
Isaiah 55:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
- Jesus appearance is likened to snow his clothes his hair
Revelation 1:14 New Living Translation (NLT)
14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire.
Matthew 28:3 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.
Psalm 46:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
The Message Translation states He has snow and hail stockpiled for times of trouble.
Have you ever traveled to where snow is made,
seen the vault where hail is stockpiled,
The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness
for times of trouble and battle and war?
We also build our “stockpiles” for times of trouble. Bring on the bread and milk? What if God is using the snow to show us something needs purifying in us? What if he wants us to see his Power and show our need for Him in time of trouble?
His warnings are apparent.
Snow is symbolic for cleansing Isaiah 1:18
He cleans us white as snow.
He wants to settle with you Sister and clean you as pure and beautiful as the snow you see today in the Carolina’s. He is saying Come. I will make (insert your name) as white as snow.
We need purification
We need his power
We need his provision
We need to pause and Consider Him
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
The Lord had sent Samuel to chose one of Jesse’s son as king. Saul had been rejected as king for his disobedience. The Lord instructs Samuel to invite Jesse for sacrifice and tells Samuel that he would show which one of Jesse’s sons would be king. When Samuel arrives he sees Eliab and he believes that he is the one the Lord appointed. The Lord then tells Samuel that he looks not at appearances but he looks at the heart.
Sister, we spend so much time trying to make sure we look our best on the outside. We buy nice outfits, shoes, and handbags. Some women even like to put on make-up to enhance beauty.
We spend so much time worrying about what others think, versus what God thinks.
How much of your time are you spending looking at your heart? Do you like to “dress” your heart of as well? Our inside character is much more important to God. It will be more impactful to others if you showed them a beautiful woman on the inside versus the outside.
What if your heart was the number one concern each day when you got dressed? How would you prepare it for the day? What would you fill your heart with? (hint: His Word) How will the overflow of your heart look when you open your mouth?
How would life be different if Jesus was in your heart? What if your outside appearance became an accessory of concern? Only you and God know what is going on in your heart. We judge someone based on how they look. The Lord knows your heart. What is he seeing right now in your heart?
Focus on the internal, not the external
It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith. Hebrews 11:4 NLT
- Abel offered God a better sacrifice than his brother Cain.
- God commended Abel as righteous.
- God spoke of Abel’s offerings to Him.
- Abel’s faith still speaks after his death.
We are to offer to God our best gifts (time, money, resources). He will see everything we do. God determines our righteousness. Our offerings to him will receive his approval. Our faith will speak even after we have died.
Sister, what gifts or sacrifice are you offering to God? Are you giving him the best like Abel or giving Him some like Cain?
Realizing that God sees all your giving, how does or will this change the way you give of “your” resources? Can God commend you as righteous? How can he speak of you “right now”?
What changes do you need to make in your life to be found “righteous” by God? You can start by putting your faith in Him.
Hebrews 10:38 And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
Will your faith speak to the next generations after my death?
Sister, we need to give God our first fruits. Continue to seek Him daily. Get up and spend time with God before anyone else. He wants all of you not some of you.
Grow in your faith because your faith makes you righteous.
Luke 2:7 She gave birth to her firstborn son.
- Jesus was born via a human birth. He is the Messiah and Savior. Luke 2:11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
- The shepherds were given a sign in a manager by the angels. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10 MSG
- Jesus is available to anyone who accepts him. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31
- We were given a sign at the cross. He is the Savior of the world. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
Jesus came as that baby in the manager. He grew up and has told us which way to walk. Jesus was sinless, yet took your sins that you may live. He finished the payoff on your debt bill, that runs over the limit daily. Jesus came, died, and rose up again that you may live an abundant life.
- Jesus is coming back to get those who belong to Him. “And then at last the signal of my coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning all around the earth. And the nations of the world will see me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30
Sister, we have been given all the signs. We just need to obey and make the choice. He came to save the first time. The next time, it will be for Judgement for those who have rejected Him. He wants no one to perish. Jesus is patient. He is coming unexpectedly. You have a timely choice Sister, choose Him now.
2 Peter 3: 8-10
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment
The Chew :
How will you be found when Jesus arrives the second time?