Daily Devotional – Persecution

Christian Through Out The World Are Persecuted

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:10-12)

Christians throughout the world are persecuted in many different ways and for many different reasons and they all have one thing in common. They are disciples of Christ. Christians in the African nations and Middle East are being executed. This is shameful and sad. Blessed be their souls.

The point I want to make here in regards to Matthew 5:10-12 is that the typical kind of persecution most Christians face is verbal insults, laugh and scorn. That’s okay if they are persecuting us “for my name sake” or in other words because we did something Christian-like such as standing up for Gods commandments, refuse to be immoral or we want to take time out to pray or not participate in unholy activities etc.

So go forward with faith in Jesus Christ and know that if any persecution comes on account of your Christian values it will be a blessing to you.

Daily Devotional With Christian Pictures

Daily Devotional With Christian Pictures or Memes

Christ-Like Love

Christ-Like Love

This spritely Christian picture comes from 1 Corinthians 13 that talks about charity, which in this case is another word for love. This passage of scripture describes what the attributes of love are.  Just as there are many kinds of love, romantic love, friendship love, love our fellowman, and love ourselves to mention a few, these attribute can and should apply in all those love relationships.

Include loving ourselves. I hope that is not a foreign thought. Remember the scripture that says “love thy neighbor as thyself”?  If you don’t love yourself then you can’t love your neighbor much, if at all.

That commandment to love our neighbor as our self is a two pronged commandment. Love our self and love our neighbor. This is not a selfish thing, it’s an inspired thing. If you love yourself and recognize that you are a son or daughter of God then you would want to treat yourself better by not getting involved in anything that can harm the temple that you are.

Daily Devotional On The Beatitudes

Daily Devotional On The Beatitudes

 

The Beatitudes comprise Matthew 5:3-11 and are prefaced with the word “BLESSED”.

To understand the Beatitudes let start with this definition: The Latin beatus is the basis of the English “beatitude,” meaning “to be fortunate,” “to be happy.” So when we read the beatitudes we can interject the words “to be fortunate” or “to be happy” in place of blessed. I like those two phrases because these are blessings that come to those who have faith in Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Those who have faith in Jesus Christ will be fortunate or happy if they are poor in spirit. They will be rewarded in the Kingdom of Heaven. Those who are faithful will be comforted when they mourn. This passage of scripture can be seen as a check list of rewards awaiting the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Truly great blessings to look forward to as you exercise faith in a faithless world.

To be a faithful disciple of Christ is to be happy!

Free Irish Memes – Wisdom Of The Irish Proverbs

Free Irish Memes and Graphics — Wisdom Of The Irish Proverbs

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Irish Proverb

Be happy with what you have and you will have plenty to be happy about.


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Irish Blessing

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.


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Irish Blessing

Bless this house and those within…


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Old Irish Blessing

Bless this house and those within

Bless our giving and receiving

Bless our words and conversation…


Confess Jesus Before Men: Testify!

Confess Jesus Before Men: Testify!

Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)

confess_me_b4_menWe have the promise that if we confess (testify) of Jesus before men, then Jesus will testify of us before Heavenly Father. Imagine, our Redeemer testifying of us (insert your name here) before The Father.

So, how do we confess our Savior before men? The obvious answer is to tell everyone we can about Jesus and how great He is. Why? Besides what has already been stated about teaching and testifying of Jesus, we need to help spread the good news so that others can have the blessings of The Messiah in their lives. So that others can receive the blessings of salvation.

There are some who have an amazing fear of speaking before men or otherwise unable to testify. But that is really not true. We can testify of The Lord with our actions and how we live our life and how we treat others. Actions speak louder than words. People can “see your hands in action but your tongue to fast my run.”

So there is no excuse to testify of The Lord before men.

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He Hath Borne Our Griefs And Carried Our Sorrows

He Hath Borne Our Griefs And Carried Our Sorrows

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4)

Our Lord and Savior truly has “borne our grief’s and carried our sorrows” already. When in the Garden of Gethsemane He sweat great drops of blood in agony and on the cross of Calvary He suffered, He bleed and He died for us.

Throughout this whole hideous ordeal He felt the pain of every sin committed by those who have or will have inhabited planet earth. In addition to that, He suffered every sorrow and felt every grief we will ever feel. He knows how to succor us first hand from personal experience.

So I ask ” Why do we insist on bearing our sorrows, grief and other burdens by ourselves?” We don’t have to. We can let go and let God… How do we do that? It’s a simple answer but maybe not so simple in application.

We let our burdens go by realizing we really do have a friend in Jesus and with Heavenly Father. Talk to Heavenly Father in The name of Jesus Christ about our problems, like we would talk to our friends about the problems we might share with them.

Talking to friends usually helps us feel better, especially when they give us empathy. But that’s all they can give is empathy since they can’t have first hand experience as to what or how we feel. We appreciate their empathy.

Our Savior has felt first hand our grief and our sorrows. No one can succor us like He can. So we talk to Heavenly Father about our situation, so that we are on the same page. Then we let go of our troubles and we listen to God and follow the teachings and counsel given us from the Holy Scriptures, having full faith and trust in God to help us out through His Holy Son, our Savior.

As we exercise our trust and confidence in Jesus, our trials, sorrows and grief will be lessened and our spirits will feel lighter and this process will go on until the sun shines brightly on us and we feel the warmth of the sun on our face.

By Troy Wagstaff © All Rights Reserved

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