For this we face hostility

Acts 26:19-23

“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,  but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me. Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come— that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.”

 Repent, turn to God, let your deeds prove your repentance.  This is the message that can cause rage in mankind.  Why?  It points to their weaknesses, shortcomings, failures.  We do not like when the finger is pointed in our direction.  Mankind has a system they follow and for verification that their system is ‘OK’ they want all to follow it.  When anyone comes along with a different system or idea, they want to put them out, get rid of them.  This involves the spiritual as well and when we include the spiritual, we are meddling with the enemy of creation.  Does this hinder us?  No, with Paul we continue to stand and share.  The power behind the gospel is greater and able to keep.  It is the Spirit of the Lord that draws and changes mankind.  We are the agents sharing.  Therefore as often happens, it is the messenger that receives the reaction.  We can remember that and go on with our assignment.  We can continue to share what we have received.

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3 thoughts on “For this we face hostility

  1. Good morning Gracie. This post is so true and again well writtien. There is one thing I would like you to touch on for me a little more in detph, as I am not quite understanding the meaning of it. “It is the messenger who receives the reaction.” I know it is my brain, but my brain is what it is:>) Thanks and God Bless, SR

  2. My thought was this, so often when we carry a message to someone and it isn’t perceived as pleasant to them, we receive their reaction. Although we are not the creator, necessarily of the message we get the feedback. This happens at the workplace quite often. Gave rise to the phrase, Hey, I’m just the messenger! So when and if we find ourselves faced with hostility in the course of our sharing what we receive from the Word of God, we can acknowledge that we are the messenger and the true resistance is resistance to the work of the Lord. We do not have to take offense, we are freed from the retaliatory reaction and can move on in peace, knowing we are doing the task we have been given.

  3. Okay, now I got it!! How very true this is. I like the sentence “we are freed from the retaliatory reaction and can move on
    in peace.” Thanks for another great post!! God Bless, SR

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