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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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The Sorcerer’s Sin

Cast out the demon of bitterness

“For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” – Acts 8:23

In the Book of Acts we read the account of Simon the sorcerer’s sin. When the apostles heard of a revival taking place in Samaria, they sent Peter and John to minister the Word of God there. Many had believed the gospel under the preaching of Phillip and were water baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. But none had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. So the apostles laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit (with the evidence of speaking in tongues).

Among those who supposedly had believed in Jesus was a Samaritan sorcerer by the name of Simon. Keep in mind, that a sorcerer in those times was the equivalent of what we would call today “an occultist”, “New Ager”, or “wizard” – one who tries to control others by practicing witchcraft, conjures up spells, and traffics with demons. They were generally God-haters who sold their souls to Satan in order to gain supernatural powers from the devil.

Apparently, Simon the Sorcerer attended the Samaritan’s revival meetings, saw people giving their lives to Jesus, and witnessed all manner of supernatural signs and wonders that God began to do. Miraculous healings were taking place and demons were exorcised, as well as people getting baptized in the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and living transformed lives.

As it often happens, when people start seeing the awesome move of God in a church or town, the word gets around and large crowds begin to gather. Many in these crowds genuinely commit their lives to following Jesus, while others only make a superficial profession of faith. Those who genuinely are saved will give evidence of changed lives and bear the good fruits of salvation. Others profess to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, but, either never demonstrate changed lives, or after a time they forsake Him and return to their old ways.

Peter discerns Simon to be a false professor.

Having the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit, the apostle Peter saw right through Simon the Sorcerer and realized he was a phony. Peter told him, “Your heart is not right in the sight of God…For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” (Acts 8:21-23). The word Bitterness in the original Greek (pikria – pik-ree’-ah) means an embittered, resentful spirit.

Peter rightly discerned the root of bitterness in Simon the Sorcerer’s heart and  his desire to deceive and manipulate others. This prompted his eagerness to purchase the gift of the Holy Spirit from Peter and John. Although Simon had believed in Jesus and had been water baptized, the residue of an evil heart continued to govern his life as he still sought power to control others for selfish or self-exalting purposes.

Peter confronted Simon to repent and be delivered. However, Simon refuses and continues to follow the dictates of his bitter heart. If only Simon had willingly forgiven those who he had become embittered to, he could have been saved and set free from his bondage to the demons that controlled him. Forgiveness is the only remedy for bitterness. It flushes out all “poison” from the heart with the power of the cross of Jesus Christ.

Remember that unforgiveness has destroyed the faith of many believers in Jesus Christ. If you have any resentment or bitterness towards anyone in your life, get rid of it today.

– Luis Josephus

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Why am I being persecuted?

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” – 1 Peter 4:12

"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." —2 Corinthians 12:10

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” —2 Corinthians 12:10

Are you suffering for the sake of Christ? Do people put you down, invent lies about you, mock you, or simply avoid you because you’re a Christian? Does it hurt you to be treated in this manner unjustly? Remember that our Lord Jesus was treated the same way. He said, “They hate me without a cause” (John 15:25).

Instead of getting discouraged or feeling wounded about it, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this, that the trying of your faith produces patience (James 1:2-3). Those who live godly in Christ will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 2:12).

Persecution is the lot of every devoted believer.

Jesus said that our reward will be great: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. “ – Matthew 5:10-12

Do not think it strange when you are being persecuted without a legitimate cause. Those who uphold God’s standard of truth, justice and purity and refuse to compromise with this present evil world will undergo persecution in one form or another.

The first reason is that you are a threat to Satan and his demonic kingdom of darkness. Your Christian witness is a light that exposes his evil purposes and convicts those the devil controls.

Secondly, God permits persecution to make you stronger and further develop your faith and character. Persecution is also evidence that you have a strong anointing and presence upon your life. It is a high and holy calling to be chosen of God. The devil knows this and will fight you every which way he can in order to keep you from fulfilling your destiny in Christ.

“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you, for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…” – 1 Peter 4:14.

Be certain, warns the apostle Peter, that you are not suffering because of your own wrongdoing or as a gossip or a busybody or a thief or an evil doer and call it “religious persecution” (1 Peter 4:15). But if any man suffers because of his good Christian witness, let him rejoice and not be discouraged; let him glorify God that has counted you worthy of being a partaker in Christ’s sufferings.

Although trials and persecutions may be emotionally and even physically painful for the moment, remember to take comfort that we are suffering because of our loyalty and faithfulness to our Lord and Savior. It is a sign of the genuineness of our devotion and the great reward that awaits us when Christ returns.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you…The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you…” – John 15:19-20.

True followers of Christ will suffer persecution from those who belong to Satan’s world because we are fundamentally different than they are, and at spiritual odds with the world. Jesus admonishes us to rejoice that we are “not of the world” and have “come out of the world.”

  • Pastor Luis Yosefus

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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

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Bitterness is like a cancer

Grace For Today“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”– Ephesians 4:31-32

It is astonishing to me how many born-again Christians I have met in my 20+ years of ministry that allow themselves to indulge in the spirit of bitterness. They are ultra-critical of other brothers and sisters in Christ and unmerciful to the failings of others. Yet, if you observe their lives, they are full of faults and failures themselves. If that be the case, why are they so quick to point out the faults of others? Jesus rebuked this kind of hypocrisy in Matthew 7:1-5:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. “

Those who are critical and bitter towards other brothers in Christ are generally completely blind to their own faults. They slander and rage and speak filthy words of others when they should be loving and forgiving. They also do great damage by corrupting the minds and manners of those who give ear to their malicious gossip.

Christians should beware of all such bitterness in their hearts and evil-speaking. They will eventually grieve the Holy Spirit to the point that the Lord Himself will judge them severely. One way that God judges the believer who refuses to turn away from this type of sin is to allow bitterness to spread like a cancer throughout their entire mind and body until it produces complete spiritual (and sometimes) early physical death.

We are admonished in God’s Word to “get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, slander, and malice”. We are to forgive those who have done us wrong. We are also to stop focusing on the faults of others. As true followers of Christ, we are to be kind and compassionate towards one another, just as in Christ God is towards us.

Ask yourself, how can you expect God to forgive you when you are not willing to forgive?

Are you seeking the blessings of God? Then you must first learn to be a blessing towards others. For you will reap what you have sown (Galatians 6:7-8). If you sow bitterness and malice towards others, you will reap bitterness and malice towards yourself. If you harbor a corrupt disposition of bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil-speaking and malice, you will only end up hurting yourself.

Don’t let the spirit of bitterness eat you alive like a cancer.

Instead,  put on the “new man” which is created in the likeness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that even after He suffered everything that He went through, He never allowed bitterness to enter His heart. One of the last words Jesus spoke as He was dying regarding His enemies, was, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Meekness Is Not Weakness

Bible Word Studies: Lowly

“Behold your King is coming to you, LOWLY, and sitting on a donkey…” – Matthew 21:5

The word lowly in this verse is the Greek praus (pronounced prah-ooce). It describes the humility and meekness of Jesus as He confronted His enemies who hated Him and wanted to crucify Him. As He entered Jerusalem lowly but confidently while riding on a donkey, He did so in a manner that was unassuming, mild and gentle. But don’t confuse Jesus’ meekness with weakness; on the contrary. His meekness was power under perfect control.

As followers of Jesus, we too must be meek in our character and strive to always maintain control of our emotions and corresponding actions. When the devil is using other people (sometimes even religious people) to hurt you, criticize you, assassinate your character, speak falsely of you, or slander your name, remember to bear it with patience and meekness – just as Jesus did. When we are able to endure these trials without retaliating and leave the vengeance up to God – that’s power!

“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

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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