“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before [it hated] you.”
Brothers and Sisters, it is pass time for you to Measure, to Weigh Yourselves, for you have become Ignorant and Lazy, Living a Lie of Comfort In This World. If you are Not being Rejected, No being Persecuted then You have an issue.
Our Lord Jesus was Rejected, Persecuted, Prosecuted and Killed all at the hands of Unbelievers and from those who Would Not Accept The TRUTH. That is, The Fathers Love was Manifested IN and THROUGH Jesus.
See the Hebrews were Looking for a Fleshly Kingdom to Overthrow The Government because of Their Persecution that they were receiving. Most did not Accept Jesus as Their Messiah, but could accept that He was a Prophet or Teacher. But we who Accept Jesus as The Messiah, The Sacrifice For All Sin, must Live a Life that Follows His Example. If as The Scriptures says, The World Hates You, then you know it is a sure sign that You are doing something right. We are to Live Our Lives according to Jesus, according to The Word and MUST Die to Ourselves IN This World.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Now, if we Truly Understand this Scripture then we Must Understand that We NO LONGER LIVE FOR OURSELVES, but Live IN and THROUGH Jesus AS LORD. Herein lies one of the Problems, that Jesus is Not Truly YOUR LORD, that you Do Not Understand the Meaning Of Lordship, but have taken on the Mantle Of Lies and Deception taught by those who are Not Called.
Having Jesus as Lord means the following: ” someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler; act in a superior and domineering manner toward (someone).”
If Jesus, MY LORD, says that if The World Hates Me, that I must also Understand that The World Hated Jesus First. So then lays The Question, Why did The World Hate Jesus ENOUGH to Kill Him? One of the Most Important things was Jesus Uncovered the Peoples Lies and Showed Them The Truth, in which, went Against Their Beliefs, Against Their Life Styles, Against Their Ideology ABOUT The Father and The Godhead in itself. So then…Must I also be Prime For Rejection, for Persecution and even Death?
Jesus said that once We Enter Into A Contract With Him, that there is No Turning Around looking back or doing Our Own Thing.
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Now, what are some of the Prime Rejections of this Contract that we have with God? We know that we Must Follow After Jesus, which means, We Must Be LIKE JESUS and HIS STANDARDS, in which is The Fathers. It also means that we Must PUT Jesus above All Others, including our Families.
“26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
Too many of you have Agreed To The Contract but failed to Understand The Contract, you were Not Taught The Fine Print, the Important Clauses Of The Contract. There is a Price For Our Salvation and one of the Cost Factors is Persecution.
Now Understand this, I do not Live to Be Persecuted, but, by my Life In Jesus, I Will Be Persecuted! In other words, I do not do things so I can say “Look At Me…”, but because I Allow Jesus To Be Lord Over MY LIFE, then, Persecution will follow just in the very fact that Jesus Is Lord!! Again, what is the difference…there are some who would be Signs on their cars, on their houses, at work, kind of like “In Your Face…” attitude, this is Ungodly!!! The only Signs that I place are more for me than them. It is to Remind me Jesus Is Lord!!! In that fact, The World Must See…NOT The Signs… but The Word Manifested In Me By The Signs. No, I am not against Signs, but make sure your reason for the Signs are for the Right Reason.
Now Jesus said that we must be Hated by our Families, lets explain this Double Edge Sword. It is not that we really want our Families to hate us, but it is the Fact Of Living For Jesus is where the Hatred will come from. Jesus is saying that if there are members within your House that Do Not Follow After Me In THE WAY I SAY, then if You Do, they will Hate you for it. The other side of this Sword is that Jesus is saying there is to be NO ONE, NO THING that is ABOVE HIM!!! When He Snaps His fingers we say, “What Is YOUR WILL LORD JESUS…”
Our Answer is the same as Jesus when He Spoke to The Father in the garden…
“And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt].”
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
When we read in Scripture that Jesus says that He has come to Give Us A Better Life, He was not referring to Life On Earth, but was speaking in Future Events. Now, do not misunderstand, yes we can have many Blessings Upon This Earth while Living For Jesus, but that is not His Main Concern. Jesus Main Concern is that we have a Relationship with The Godhead, that is, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, who are One In All Things.
“29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, 30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”
This Earthly Life does not take Presidence Over the Kingdom Life! If we are Living like Jesus has told us to, then we will be Persecuted, there is no way around it. So what do we mean when we say Kingdom Life… What is Involved in Kingdom Living…
“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”
Everything that is Related To The Father, In His Kingdom In Heaven should Relate To US!!!
We must also Understand that Satan Hates The Father and All that He Stands For. Meaning as well that if we are doing Jesus Will, which is The Fathers Will, then Satan Will Hate You and find ways to Persecute You and he does not care about The When, Where or Who With, Satan Will Persecute You!!!
Understand my Measuring Stick…if I am not being Persecuted then I know that I need to Examine My Life, I back track to find out Why I Am Not Being Persecuted. There are some days, it is all day long, other times it is once a day and yet it must be at the very least weekly that I am Persecuted For Jesus Being MY LORD! It comes with the territory, it is in The Contract with Jesus!!!
Understand this as well… the Persecutions we face will be from our families, our jobs and society as a whole, but Persecution will also come from those from Within The Body Of Christ. The Scriptures tells us that in the Later Days, that The church will not Listen any longer to Sound Doctrine, but will find those people who Agree With Them, To Live THEIR OWN WAY, THEIR OWN LIFE STYLES!!!
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
There is a Difference between, “the church” and “The Church”. They sound the same, but, are completely different. “the church”, Lives their Lives not according to Scripture, not according to Jesus, but according to Their Own Desires. “The Church” on the other hand, does nothing Of Themselves But is Lead By The Spirit Of God, In All Areas Of THEIR LIVES! Another example of this is, “the church” is many Different Denominations (Baptist, Mesthodist, Non-Denominational, ect), but “The Church” are the truly Blood Bought Understanding there is but One Church, One Lord, One Father, One God and One Word!!!
“3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Another example, “the church” will only be Persecuted because of Their Fleshly Desires USING THE WORD to Justify Their Stand, whereas “The Church” will be Persecuted by them and The World because they Truly Have Jesus AS LORD OF THEIR LIVES!!!
Persecution is real, but is becoming less and less because of Worldly Affairs within “the church”, but to those whose Lives are Truly Sold Out, it becomes a different story all together. If you think this is not true, then Understand this…Who had Jesus Crucified?
” Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”
“And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and [of] the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.”
“6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify [him], crucify [him]. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify [him]: for I find no fault in him. … 15 But they cried out, Away with [him], away with [him], crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.”
Jhn 19:6, 15
It was the very people that Jesus came to die for, The Israelites, The Jews, The Hebrews that Cried Out to Crucify Their Lord and King, it was, The Church that Persecuted Jesus.
Persecution Must Be Prime In Your Life, if it is not, then Repent! Jesus cannot Lie, He said that because He was Rejected, because He was Persecuted then WE WILL BE ALSO!!!
Rejection And Persecution Is A Requirement
Not A Choice!!!
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!!!
Amen and Amen!!!