Encouragement for the faithful!

Isaiah 51:7-10

“Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; do not fear the reproach of men, neither be dismayed at their insults. 8  For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool; but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation to all generations.” 9  Awake, awake, put on strength, arm of the LORD; awake, as in the days of old, the generations of ancient times. Isn’t it you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the monster? 10  Isn’t it you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?

Here in this piece of scripture, Isaiah was encouraging the few who were still following God’s laws.  He was telling them to stay strong while others mock them for being faithful to our Heavenly Father.  We shouldn’t fear or feel hurt when people challenge or disrespect our faith because God is with us and He will always prevail.  If people make fun of you because of your belief in God, they are not truly attacking you, but God.  God will deal with their unbelief one way or another and it is not in our purview to judge them.

God performed many miracles in founding Israel, to include parting the red sea in Exodus 14.  Our God is still the same God that made a road through the sea to protect His people.  Please do not forget that simple fact.  His love and protection is still upon us today and everything He does is for our own good in one way or another.  So take those insults people give and show the love in return.  This way you can minister to them without words, but through love and petitions of prayers.

Matthew 5:44-45

But I tell you, love your enemies, v and pray for those who w persecute you, 45  that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

We are all called to be righteous, but it does not means we are superior to others.  We are called to help others and try to lead by examples.  By giving love for hate,  sooner or later people will ask “why is he loving me when I am doing wrong?”  Then your love becomes a opening to minister to someone without having to push someone away. You will not be called “religious” and you have the opportunity to be an instrument for God to use.  So next time someone makes fun or disrespects your faith in God, use it and find a way to minister.  You can be a tool to help someone find salvation, and your humbleness and humility will be the deciding factor whether or not you can be righteous before God.

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