Most people today plan to live their entire life having what they need and usually expect those needs to be an iPhone, a loaded bank, and the best of the best for what they want. Well, let me tell you of a man that lives in China and has never had human riches since he was born. His family and people all over China know him as “the Heavenly Man” for his persistent belief and trust in God. He lived in prison for year after year struggling with torturing, starvation, and the sense of abandonment from the Heavenly Father.
When you wish you had eaten a few more of your favorite chips or wanted to sleep in for five extra minutes before a 10 am class, attempt to have a new perspective, one that is selfless and open minded to how other people have been. To live like Jesus, you are going to be hurt, hungry, tired, confronted by enemies and be push by Satan as that punk strives to crumble your plans and desires to walk in your Father’s steps. Having the determination to pray for Him is what hurts the Devil the most, so pray long and hard.
Moments will come on the road to Heaven where you feel shattered from the pressure of people that hate you for going against the crowd and disrupting their lifestyle of evil habits. Once again, that is what God has called us to do. His mission that He laid out for us is as follows (in my opinion): mess up the imbecile’s plans that do not recognize Him as God and keep your head up when being when in danger for spreading the Spirit’s word.
Becoming broken is not necessarily a step in the mission to convert your heart and others to be in hungry pursuit of Jesus. Unfortunately though, ending up that way occurs often. I assume God’s smile is biggest after witnessing a child stand firm for believing in him in the presence of an enemy who is harmful and unhealthy to both their personal being and furthermore, His essence.
Below are some relational verses that may offer strength when living for Him:
“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God” -Acts 14:22
“I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.” -Psalm 16:8-9
“Mercy triumphs over judgment!” -James 2:13
“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the Devil will pt some of you in prison to test you… Be faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” -Revelation 2:10
“With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.” -2 Samuel 22:30
Have a great day tomorrow and Merry Christmas!