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  • Beatitudes Pt.8

    1 posts, 1 voices, 331 views, started Jan 29, 2009

    Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      "Beatitudes, Pt. 8

      Matt. 5:10 "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake
      of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

       Have you ever been talked about or shunned because of your stand with
      Christ? When you stand up for righteousness these days, carnal and
      religious Christians will slam dunk you! It’s almost like there are 2
      extremes in the body of Christ, religious folks and carnal folks!
      Jesus had to endure these two groups of people in his time but it’s
      much worse now. You have the religious folks that make salvation
      something physical that must be manifested emotionally in order to be
      truly attained. They wear their relationship with Christ like uniforms
      to prove their holiness. They talk about folks like dogs when you are
      not looking like them or worshipping where they worship. They destroy
      people with their gossip and attitudes, but will swear they are prayer
      warriors and anointed! This group of people are the masters of
      persecution. And even though they are “throwed off“, they will put
      crazy pressure on you to be better than them and you will always know
      how not to live by watching their example! So, hold your head up and
      forget what that crazy religious spirit said about you. The spirit of
      religion is of the devil and when you are persecuted by one of those
      hateful spirits, know that you are in line with where Christ was.

      The other side of your persecution comes from the carnal church folks
      and the world. Carnal church folks want to sin and not be bothered with
      spiritual stuff like the Holy Ghost or divine healing, casting out demons etc.
      They feel that it’s not necessary and even if it was,
      they wouldn’t do it because they are carnal and they serve their own
      flesh and not Christ! They will persecute a Christian that
      stands up for righteousness because it puts pressure on them to live
      right. I cannot tell you the persecution I face from so called
      Christian recording artists because of their desire to be rich and
      famous. I cannot tell you all I deal with from pastors and ministries
      that want to sin, walk, talk, and live like the world and still claim
      to know Jesus Christ as their Lord! I cannot explain how hard it is to
      get a carnal church person to accept the truth about themselves instead
      of the lies that have been taught to them about themselves. But I know
      that when we stand up for what is right, we gain God’s Kingdom! When
      we serve God with our lifestyle, we have access to his throne. When
      people talk about you, or hurt you purposely because of your walk with
      Christ, know that they have done to you what they did to the savior.
      And as they crucify and murder you with their words and
      deeds, just know that God will raise you up as he did his son, and
      people will know that you are his. Don’t be ashamed to stand up for
      what is right, even in the midst of wrong. Right is always right and
      there is never a season when you should back down. Do the
      right thing always and God’s Kingdom will be yours. Always remember,
      if you want Christ to stand for you, you must stand for him.

      Suggested Reading: John 15:18, Gal. 2:20, 2Tim. 4:2, Rom. 6:6


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