TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I know the pain of rejection and persecution. When you are persecuted for doing good in My Name, I feel that pain with you. Continue to love people and testify to My truth despite the rejection of men. You are fighting the right battle and I am proud of you!
AFRAID OF A FIGHT?
Even though my persona is that I’m very thick-skinned, I’m going to be very transparent. I have a hard time dealing with the hatred that comes against me, my friends, and the Body of Christ today.
“Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you.” – 1 John 3:13
Even though Jesus warned persecution was coming to every drop-dead, sold out Jesus freak of this generation, I’ve not done well with the stack of hate mail I get every week.
I laugh at it, make fun of it, and I tell people about it, but privately I’ve had a lot of problems dealing with it. You know, I don’t know how to answer a lot of the hatred slung my way because there’s no place in our society to answer it.
A good example is sports hero Tim Tebow and how he’s hated. Just hated. The mob against him is basically saying, “How dare you be a Christian!” In America today, it’s “cool” to hate on Jesus-freaks.
As we deal with this post-Christian nation and the general collapse of our society today, I pray all the time, “Lord, please give me a voice and the language to answer that,” and “Lord, tell me the stance I need to take.” I need to know because I’m a Texan and I love to fight.
Because of this, if I’m not careful, I’ll be fighting on the wrong front. It’s hard to win when you’re on the wrong battlefield, so I want to fight the right battles. I don’t want to fight the wrong battles, but worse yet, I do not want to be guilty of not fighting at all.
So, as part of this tribe of end times Jesus warriors, strap on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth and the shoes of peace. Pick up that shield of faith and swing that sword of the Spirit of Truth and get to work! It’s the truth that sets people free. That’s the right battlefield!
From my sermon series I LOVE MY TRIBE