Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When Jesus met a religious leader, he asked, “Do you believe that I am he?” They replied, “Yes, Lord.” He said, “Prove to them.” They looked at him and said, “Here is the blind man.” Jesus asked, “Didn’t you get Well” (Matthew 9:27).
A love of God is what gives us boldness. One knows what it means to lose a conversation. Have we ever talked to someone and just couldn’t keep the conversation flowing? When we minister, we must become an example of what the Savior himself faced. Take the blind man. When he saw the avatar, he couldn’t pull his eyes off the person who he served.
At the synagogue, Luke watched the crowd witnessing the ministry of John the Baptist. As a result, he was greatly disliked by the crowds. They spit on him, beat him, and called him a worthless mutilated dog. However, John called them all joyous and happy. People loved John and would follow his admonition to applaud the good deeds of the whoever was doing the good while the bad one was doing the evil. It’s hard to be a disciple of Jesus and to please the people.
In Hebrews 11, we are told that we must hate our enemies so that we might be able to defend them. Whenever we see injustice toward anyone, we are compelled to speak the Word of God in such a way as to give thanks and express hope that the injustice will be stopped. Sometimes, God’s ways change.
The people of Jerusalem didn’t like certain men rising up in power. They didn’t like the new covenant that was made and revealed by Jesus. Even though, they despised the Messiah, they never put him to death. Their capture of their bliss was broken.
We are the salt of the earth. This is the reason why we are salt.
salts implies something that has the ability to help something else survive. We, too, must live and serve. In everything we do or say, we must be the embodiment of Christ.
Just like they fought Jesus to the death, we ought to give our lives to defend the Lord. He is eternally greater than death. Death cannot hold him down. I can dream but he will not dream in my absence. I can peaceful, but he is peaceful and he is still demanding to be given a reason for his hope.
Thank God that eternally, the greatest military leader of all time gave up his life for the good of his country. Thank God that the greatest bombardier of all time ended up as a Clement to the sufferings of his countrymen. Three times he fought and died in the same manner. The third time he met his end in the same manner as his hero, general George Washington, a man whom we greatly admire.
Perhaps, if General Washington had not fought as many battles as he did, he would have never been the general that fought them. There is no word that can come to his credit. He turned his life to the defense of his country and his people. If it wasn’t for that, he would have been given a dishonorable honorable mention in the history books of statesmen, at best. He fought as if his life depended on it; certainly his death would be a sacrifice for us. His exploits are the mightiest news of our national life.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
As soldiers, general Washington and others of his magnitude did not eat meat and drink alcohol, so neither are we stretched by circumstances according to the flesh. We are given to the same spirit; Babylon itself. They did everything according to the heights of their spirits being raised to the awareness of spiritual realities.
Be not thou exalted above thy soul, but art thou broken and ? and a sacrifice for many; made an acceptable for thy body, and blood is shed for the satisfaction of thy souls.
? We are an acceptable sacrifice for the body of Christ. For it is our spiritual body that is slaughtered for the everyday choices of the world. The cup which was to remove us from our fleshly body with the blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ, was this not what the representative of God said it to be. Through the blood of the lamb, we are preserved without limit, without condemnation, an acceptable to God, acceptable to his glory.?