Sunday, July 26, 2015

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007 
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CHAPTER 8
Jesus is our example      
REJECTION 
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Jesus did not let the attitudes of the Religious of His day among men have a negative impact on His ability to function in His calling, His purpose for walking among us.  He was despised, rejected, and afflicted, the love of God in Him caused Him to ignore that treatment, to see the inner need of those who treated Him that way.  Jesus did not live His life to win a popularity contest.  He knew why He came to us, what His mission was, and the ill treatment by others was not going to deter Him.  Pleasing His Father was paramount in His purpose for living among us (John 8:28-29), which God requires of us also.  We cannot please man and be pleasing to God.
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Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with (hatred of) God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4
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Jesus did not tolerate the rejection of the religious leaders, their sanctimonious, hypocritical, "better than thou", self-righteous approach not only toward Him, but that which was directed toward others also.  When Jesus was confronted by them He always exposed them for what they were in the sight of God, hypocrites, vipers, white washed sepulchers full of dead men’s bones.  If they did not want Him in their space, He walked away from them, unless the Father told Him to confront them.  Most confrontations were not "pretty", some went away ashamed, while others went away with plans to kill Him or at least to try to discredit Him in the sight of the people. 
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The Lord has our testimony for Him in His hands, if so called "Christians" choose to despise and reject us, it is not God's intention that we allow ourselves to be afflicted by that emotionally, mentally, nor physically.  We are to pray for them.  Jesus said, pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44.  If they choose not to love us, it is to their own discredit, shame, and moral spiritual decline.  We are not to let the "Enemy" afflict us with their attitude, we are to pray for them, love them still, even if that love is not reciprocated. 
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A sister in Christ was told by her husband, "Those who love deeply, hurt deeply".  As true as this is, it is not God's will for us to hurt when we are rejected.  We were created the way we are, for our "callings".  Not everyone is going to be "comfortable" in our presence; it is because of that fact that they will not associate with us. 
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Concerning my "calling", there are those who will hear me who will not hear someone else.  Some will accept me; some will reject me.  When we accept this fact, we can deal with the rejection gracefully, rather than inferiorly.  I am aggressive in my love toward people, spawned by a desire to be loved; this is the way God has created me.  My aggressiveness causes some to misjudge me, causing them to avoid me.  To be treated that way by those who call themselves Christian, causes me to question their Christianity, if they truly have Him in their heart.  Unconditional love will always cause us to forgive without being asked, to not hold grudges, and to love people even if they are not worthy of it.
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By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have  love one to another." John 13:35
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Jesus said in the gospel of John, "If God where your father you would love me".  Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they rejected him, he did not weep for himself but for them, because of the judgment of God that was to come upon them having rejected Him.  God is longsuffering toward man, desiring their salvation, but if we reject Him He will reject us, with no remorse.  If we reject Him too many times He will eventually give us over to a reprobate mind, a conscience void of conviction, no longer to approach us again.  When we follow God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit's approach toward rejection, the "Enemy" will not be able to afflict our soul when we are rejected.
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In the gospel of John when Jesus said, "if God were your father you would love me," He was saying, if you were living your life to please God He would be your Father, you would love me, but because you are living your life to please yourself and others you are of your father the devil.  The Religious live their lives to please themselves and others.  When they encounter someone who is living their life to please God, they reject and despise them, just as the religious leaders did to Jesus, to the point of crucifying him. 
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The Lord has shown me that if I am living my life to please Him and not man, the bite of rejection cannot hurt me. It is when I am trying to win the approval of others (a popularity contest), that approach causes me to be wounded, and to suffer depression when I am rejected.  For a Christian to suffer from the effects of rejection it is not a mental or emotional problem that a pill can remedy, that is for a person who is not a Christian.
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When it is a Christian who suffers with rejection it is a spiritual problem that only living our life to please God, not man, can remedy.  When you are confronted with rejection focus your attention on God and who He has called you to be, rather than on the one who is rejecting you.  It is what He thinks of you that matters most, not what others think of you.  In the end of days it will not be them who will be your Judge.
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When we are seeking to be popular with God, and are rejected by someone, we will not weep for ourselves, but for the one who is rejecting us.  That is what Jesus did over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44) because of the judgment of God that was going to hit them for rejecting Him.  I have been astonished to find that the very ones who we think are "popular", suffer with rejection.  No one is exempt, but not everyone handles it the same way.  Unconditional love (charity, 1 Cor. 13), will cause me not to reject anyone, or at less try not to make them feel rejected.  I say, "try not to", because many things we do and say are perceived to be different than we intend, while harmless in the intent, not everyone interprets what we say or do the same as we intended the action.  Once again, if I am living my life to please and be popular with God, the bite of rejection from others will not hurt me.
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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Per my last blog I shared when I receive a response about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit from Unitarians I would post it; no one gave me anything that could answer the question. One Unitarian did bring up the Greek word ekeinos that can be translated “he, she, and it” to claim “it” for the Holy Spirit can be used, an article he provided shows a “pattern” for translating ekeinos as “he” for the Holy Spirit is more correct than “it.” The word parakletos is a masculine noun of whom the KJV in John 14:26 translates “Comforter,”  as a masculine noun “he” for the Holy Spirit is the foundation for the Holy Spirit’s sentience; with this provided information here is what I posted
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Ronald ... since Jesus separates the Holy Spirit from who the Father is, gives Him functions and purposes of His own, and says He can be blasphemed I will never accept that the Holy Spirit is an "IT," but it is your prerogative to ignore these facts if you want; I will not. It is obvious the two Unitarian GNT [minority text] will never agree with the [majority Text] Tx Rep; nor the FACT that no one before Lucian and Arius ever diminished Jesus to less than who those like me KNOW He is as well as those before them. The Historical evidence proves all of you believe and follow the interpretations of false teachers. I know the Holy Spirit is God, but I also know He is not the Father, since Jesus distinguishes one from the other. I expected no better than the answer you gave, thinking of course that perhaps the Jehovah’s Witnesses might have been a source for a twisted theology to help you all out; just like their claiming Jesus is Michael the Archangel incarnate; i.e. “what kind of god is He.”
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Samuel    7/26/2015