When Judas who betrayed Jesus had come with a band of soldiers to arrest Jesus, Peter took out his sword in retaliation to the situation. However Jesus knowing that it had to be so, rebuked Peter saying, the cup which my father has given me, shall I not drink it?
Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?John 18:11
When Joseph was being sold by his brothers, he did not fight back. When David was hunted by King Saul, he did not retaliate. When Daniel was captured and thrown into the den of lions, he did not wrestle back. When Paul was being persecuted, he did not throw any stone back at his enemies.
- 2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
- 2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
There is a place where everyone longs to go and that place is heaven. And at some point, we’ll stand at the gate desiring to enter. Our access won’t be a matter of whether you have good negotiation skills with the one at the gate, or money to pay yourself in (your works), but it will be a matter of having an insider or not.
John 18:16 But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
The insider has to be one who is known unto God and yet has been with you and knows you (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus). Your access into heaven shall depend this man Christ Jesus. Have a good relationship with Him while you can so that He may speak well for you before the Father and grant you access into eternal life the day you stand at the door
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•No one comes to the Father(God) expect through Jesus.
•Have good fellowship with the brethren, they may one day be your connection into some places.
•Jesus(High priest) intercedes for us to the Father that we may have access into His kingdom.
DEFEND THE FAITH.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
When Jesus was delivered to Pilate, he questioned him and thus the above scripture was one of Jesus’ response. Jesus faced all this trails and mockery so that He could deliver mankind from darkness. By then His kingdom had no servants, those He had(disciples) fled away when He was captured.
Today, the kingdom of Christ is made up for Christians. Christians are His servants, and as the name of Jesus continues to be ridiculed by the world. As the servant of Jesus we have the mandate to fight for our faith(Jesus).
We should boldly arise each time the world brings our faith to trail and stand for our Jesus in whom we have believed. As we stand like the three Hebrew boys, Christ will stand with us. As we stand like Stephen, Christ will stand with us.
When you stand on a mirror and start talking, the mirror gets steamy. You will fail to see clearly your face. Most of all, your reflection becomes distorted.
The Word of God is a mirror (2 Corinthians 3:18), “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
But, when you starting talking in front of the mirror, the mirror gets steamy. Your image is distorted and you fail to see clearly.
This is what happens when you do not honor God with silence. You distort the reflection God has prepared for you.
The Lord is in the house let there be silence.
I struggled to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. All because of one thing…
I refused to be a sinner.
I grew up in a well cultured family. We all went to church religiously, my father neither smoked nor drank alcohol. He had strict rules and we wouldn’t dare make him go get his belt.
My mother was even more strict, as a school teacher, beating us up was part of her work at school therefore she knew that a pupil that doesn’t listen needs a spanking.
So I grew up striving to be well behaved. From a young age, I then lost interest in outdoor activities. Though I was an athlete gifted in all sporting disciplines, that gift was suffocated by trying by all means to minimize friends lest I be influenced or corrupted into bad behavior.
My interest in fun then leaned towards computer games. I had loved playing soccer before but then I ended up playing it indoors using a joystick. My involvement in what most youths did was limited. I’m talking about going to parties, drinking beer, playing with the girls and other stuff of that sort.
When I understood that people need to be saved from their sins. It never occurred to me that I was one of the peoples. I thought of all the bad kids that I heard mothers in my hood complain and gossip about their bad behaviors. I felt like the rich young ruler.
I was rich in good deeds, young and I ruled my own life. My riches were my righteousness. I was clothed with good morals I had in comparison to other kids in the hood. I then asked Jesus, “why should I be saved, I have behaved well enough since I was young.”
See the message of salvation was frightening to me when I first heard it.
I was told if I don’t get saved I will go to hell. In didn’t want to go to hell. They said Jesus is good and by Him I will know the Way to eternal life. I got saved with reason to escape hell and a heart fearful of falling into some deception I was once victim of. But I felt as though there was