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Falsely Accused

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpg“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:11-12

Blessed are you when others revile you, reproach you, falsely accuse you and call you by evil and contemptuous names. They said the same of Jesus – that he was a Samaritan and had a devil (John 8:48); that he was mad (John 10:20); and they even reviled and mocked him while dying on the cross (Matthew 27:39-44).

Sometimes people may accuse you falsely of all manner of evil in order to slander your good name. But don’t fret about this. There is great blessing ahead for you if you bear it patiently.

Remember, that although reviled, Jesus reviled not back. When we suffer unwarranted persecution we should follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to imitate his example, and even to suffer for his sake (Philippians 1:29). The godly can look forward to a reward, while the wicked can expect only judgment (Proverbs 11:23).

– Luis Josephus

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“I Will Sing” by Don Moen

There are times, not only in our darkest hour, when we find it hard to pray as we ought. At times He seems so far away. But, God calls us to give him thanks in all situations; to praise him for who He is; and to sing of his glory. He calls us to rejoice in Him always.

“For the fig tree will not flower,
and there will be no bud on the vines.
The labor of the olive tree will be misleading,
and the farmland will produce no food.
The sheep will be cut off from the sheepfold,
and there will be no herd at the manger.
But I will rejoice in the Lord;
and I will exult in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength.
And he will set my feet like those of the deer.
And he, the victor, will lead me beyond
my high places while singing psalms.”

– Habakkuk 3:17:19

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A Friend of Sinners

Grace For TodayThroughout His years of ministry, Jesus was despised, criticized, and even rejected by many of the self-righteous religious people because He did not fit their preconceived ideas of the way Messiah should be. He came from the region of Galilee – the “wrong side of town.” He was a poor, itinerant preacher who didn’t have a place to lay His head. Worst of all, He was a friend of sinners and tax collectors.

“He was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, and familiar with grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” – Isaiah 53:3 (JCV)

Jesus wasn’t a stickler for schedules or punctuality either.

He was easily distracted by just about any “nobody” He came across who needed His care and attention. In the middle of a large crowd He would stop for a hemorrhaging woman who quietly touched the hem of His garment, or a blind beggar who obnoxiously cried out for His mercy and healing.

He would accept an enemy’s invitation to dinner and counted a diverse list of people as His friends – rich and poor, great and small. Roman centurions, Pharisees, tax collectors, prostitutes, and leprosy victims liked to be with Jesus because they felt loved, forgiven, and accepted. But because of His compassion and openness to all kinds of people, He created a lot of jealousy and opposition at the same time.

Jesus loved the unlovable.

We need to keep this in mind when we are following in Jesus’ footsteps. Some people will love us and appreciate us, and others will despise us and speak evil of us – for no reason. Often, the Holy Spirit will lead us to places no other religious person has ever gone before, or minister the love of God to people discarded by the rest of the world. But Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great.” – Matthew 5:11-12

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
http://www.RealJesus.net
RealJesusMinistries@gmail.com


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What does it mean to make Jesus “Lord”?

Pastor Luis Yosefus

The early Christians were persecuted by the Romans not so much for their religious beliefs, but for their refusal to declare Caesar as “Lord.” The pledge of allegiance in the Roman Empire was Caesar ho Kurios (Greek – “Caesar is Lord”).  Author R.C. Sproul, Jr. writes:

“Tens of thousands of Christians went to their death because they confessed the first creed of the church — Christos ho Kurios — Christ is Lord. They knew where their citizenship lay. If His kingdom is to come in greater fullness in our day, if His will is to be done in these United States as it is in heaven, then the church of Jesus Christ must learn where they are citizens. For His is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory. Amen.”

If you are a member of the body of Christ, with Jesus as the head, then Jesus is the only Lord we Christians can declare our allegiance to, since we belong to a different empire – the kingdom of God.

During the Nazi regime in Germany, Adolf Hitler also required that the citizens pledge their allegiance to Him. The Pledge of Allegiance, “Heil Hitler” was accompanied by a stiff-arm salute. Failure to do so brought imprisonment or even execution. I wonder how many Christians today would be willing to declare Jesus as Lord knowing that it could cost them their lives?

Nevertheless, the apostle Paul says that Jesus must have “first place” in our lives in everything:

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy [first place]. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” – Colossians 1:15-20.

Human Caesars and dictators may claim to be the supreme and ultimate rulers (some even claimed to be gods), but Jesus has always been “before all things,” and He must have first place in our hearts and our lives. He is the Lord of all lords, and the King of all kings. All the fullness of the one true and living God dwells in Jesus, and He alone deserves our supreme allegiance. Amen.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

REAL JESUS MINISTRIES
www.RealJesus.net
realjesusministries@gmail.com

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Ask Rabbi Jesus – Free Book Offer

With your donation – large or small – in support of Real Jesus Ministries, we will send you a free copy of Pastor Luis Yosefus’ book, “Ask Rabbi Jesus.”

The roots of Christianity run deep into Jewish soil. Regrettably, most Christians are uninformed about our rich Hebraic heritage and how the principles of Hebrew thought influenced the teachings of the apostles and the early Church. This book will offer you fresh insights into the teachings of Rabbi Jesus and deepen your own understanding of the Holy Bible.

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