Matthew 5:11-12 "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. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way."~NLT
In your new lifestyle continue your journey in becoming like Christ. As you do this you will begin to feel better but you may begin to walk, sound and even look awkward to others around you.
You'll hear them ask; "What do you mean you don't eat that any more...you don't drink that any more...you don't wear that any more...you don't go there any more...you think you too good?"
When you stay in the Word of God and become God's humble servant, the uniform you wear reflects The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. As people see you, they should see the God in you. This means shedding places, things and some situations. Now people, don't necessarily have to be shed, BUT: if they remain in your life they clearly will notice the change in you and will either stay or leave on their own. They will either lay their life down and take up the Cross or not. (Matthew 16:24) Your spiritual uniform will begin to lead those close to you toward making a decision.
When this topic of conversation comes up with others remember Proverbs 26:4 "Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are."
Here is another one, Matthew 7:6 (NLT) "Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you."
We find in scripture that Christ followers before you have gone through the same persecution. Even look how they treated Jesus Christ! Did you think your life would be any different? You must HOLD FAST to your faith and keep pressing on. (Hebrews 10:23) The key is staying in God's Word and as you learn what NOT TO DO, train yourself in making that obedience a lifestyle.
May God bless you and continue to give you strength in your journey.
Until next time, live in peace!
Hey, how do you see God transforming you in your relationships with others?
-Billy & Yolanda
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