Saturday, April 4, 2009

Κύριος Notes

In this Day
Use me to show your peace
In this Day
Teach me the way of grace
In this Day
Be with me where I go.
In this Day
Speak to me Your Words of Life.
Scripture Reflections Luke 6
22-23"Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!—for even though they don't like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this.

Jesus when I get this right, when people begin to notice that You are at work in my heart. When I am beginning to make an impact for you, there will be a reaction. There is a cost to be Your follower. The same type of people who nailed you to a cross for the radical grace you preached and demenstrated will attack those who accurately communicate Your grace with clarity.

Sometimes I get this all twisted in my head…and think that just because I am going through a hard place that it is for You. Most of the difficult issues that have been brought into my life have been my own making and have had little to do with being persecuted for you. But my brothers and sisters in China, Russia, and Cuba and parts of Africa, still know what it means to suffer for the gospel.

Lord Jesus there may come a time when I am called to be persecuted because I am yours. Help me to remember these words and help to hear the hosts of heaven clapping their hands…be with those right now that are being oppressed because of their faith.

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