Shouldn’t We Share What Has Been Given So Freely To Us?

I watched a movie tonight with Will Smith called, 7 Pounds and it  depicted the selfless act of giving until the very end. Without giving away the plot, I would simply say, it is what the Lord has done for us and when I asked Him to “take my world apart,” I never really understood that commitment I made was such a double-edged sword. To give my life to Him is truly to lose it; and to lose it would be to find it.

Consider these scriptures when you think it to be a contradiction. If you think you don’t understand it may be something you pray about since He says plainly in scripture that ,” For even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing for the god of this age(Satan) blinds the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God(2 Corinthians 4:3-4

Now I remember as a little girl having a sense of God and all through my life having encounters with him and my regeneration experience as a young adult. It is not until the experience of suffering that I truly had the understanding of what it means to being persecuted for His name. That is what warfare is all about. We are constantly in battle against the forces that are opposed to God.

We are called to take a stand and share what has been so freely given to us and we will always be at odds with someone as a result. This is why Paul was persecuted. But that is also why he said, “We are hard-pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus sake so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. (2Cor.4:8-11)

It is a fascinating dynamic taking place and the Lord told us that this resurrection power was resident in us. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, the Holy Spirit, lives in us. Yes, and the more we suffer for His sake, the more hard-pressed we become, the more we will see this faith and anointing grow. As I have shared in the past,the pressing of the olives is what produces the oil and that is what is symbolic of the anointing all through scripture. This pure oil is very precious and requires a tremendous amount of pressure to produce just the smallest amount. If this is what you have prayed for as a follower of Christ, He has already spoken;

“And Jesus said to them, “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but my right or my left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

Now of course Jesus knew something the disciples did not. That the disciples were all going to die in a gruesome manner. All except John. Who went on to write the Book of Revelation. So to give pretty strong evidence beside eye-witness accounts of the testimony of Jesus, these guys weren’t going to be killed for some story that the made up and if you ever want to see how each one was killed, read about it in Foxes Book of Martyrs, for one interesting book. There are others. Peter it is noted,you remember,the one who denied Christ three times, being so cowardly, now after seeing Him in His resurrected body and after experiencing the Pentecost and watching His Ascension, was not willing to be killed in the same fashion as the Lord. He told them he was not worthy so to turn him upside down. Well, talk about a changed man!

Yes, I guess people are always looking for a sign. Well, we have them all around us if you just ask, seek, knock. The Lord tells us to seek Him while He may be found.

For those of us that have suffered. Well, His hand was upon us for a reason. To bring us back to our senses. To increase our faith. To remind others of His love. This is a time that we are to touch the world for Him. So many are in the clutches of the enemy and since we know that Satan cannot cast out Satan, believers need to make their stand! Stand up and be counted! The time is now.

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