The Applause of Heaven

29 Jan

God’s Word:  Matthew 5:10-12 Jesus said, “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution.  The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me.  What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.  You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for thought they don’t like it, I DO!  All heaven applauds.  And know that you are in good company.  My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Where has your commitment to God led you?  Do you stand back when you see the world around you making applause-choices that are so very contrary to God’s Word?  Do you self-righteously condemn their choices but fail to speak out your concerns or disagreement?  Has political correctness silenced My truth?  Speak the truth in love!

Would you behave differently if I were standing at your side, reading the things you are reading, watching the things you see happening?  You must always remember that I am there with you. What you partake of—I am your partner.  You are my hands and feet, my voice to minister to your world using My message of salvation.

My greatest blessings are gifts to the heart.  Others may persecute you for standing up for Me and speaking the truth, even in love, but your heart will be blessed because I am with you.  You must speak up for Me since I am not there to speak for Myself—you are my voice to your world—in your sphere of influence.  Heaven is far too silent today; the applause has died down because mankind is silent when God’s Word is trampled underfoot.  Bring back the applause!

Jesus’ Question for Me: Will you speak out for me and accept persecution you may receive?

Jesus’ Promise to Me: All heaven is applauding for you as “star” in the drama taking place on planet earth.  You can do it!

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your encouragement to stand up for Your truth.

I am sorry I have held back too often when I should have spoken up.

Thank You for always giving me another change to be Your witness.

Help me to always look for opportunities to speak Your truth in love.

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