Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 23 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 11-12
Food for Thought: Jer. 11:18-19
The typical reaction of people who are in rebellion to God and are practicing false religions is to attempt to silence the ones who speak out against it and proclaim the truth. They are threatened by the truth and seek to utterly destroy anyone who would dare challenge them in the name of the Lord. The very fact that they attempt to do that is evidence that they are weak, desperate, and in the wrong, as is the devil, the one influencing them, who knows his time is short (Rev. 12:12).
Jesus Himself met with such resistance. The Jewish leaders, concerned that they would lose their position, and ignoring the fact that all the miraculous signs performed by Jesus were due to the power and endorsement of God, plotted to kill Him (John 11:45-53), but only succeeded when Jesus voluntarily and intentionally gave up His life (John 10:17, 18).
Time and again, the apostles and other believers also faced opposition. There is a wonderful account of such a situation in Acts 5:14-29 when the apostles were thrown into prison but soon released by an angel of the Lord. In a subsequent discussion with the religious leaders who rebuked them for preaching the truth (Again, the religious leaders ignored God’s involvement and intervention!), Peter and the others made the unyielding, determined statement heard through the centuries and even today, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
As we obey God and not man, there will be pressure put upon us, but the apostle Peter tells us not to think it strange when we experience that (I Pet. 4:12). He goes on to say in verse 14, “If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.” The apostle Paul adds, “…If God is for us, who can be against us (Rom. 8:31)?” Standing faithful and unwaivering in the face of opposition may seem difficult, but it always produces good fruit, and Satan ultimately loses. He’s never been able to silence God’s people or His Word. On the contrary, the more pressure he applies, the greater the harvest for the Kingdom of God and the brighter His glory.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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