Do you believe that God believes in you??? Do YOU Believe in Yourself??? Do you believe in Others???
I know He believes in us even when we fall down, because He is there waiting to meet us halfway. Even when you can’t hear or see him, he is cheering you on and he is there to guide your path! I know it is hard to believe in yourself when you don’t hear or see anyone giving you that encouragement, but trust me he is right there with you believing in you even when you mess up!
Mark 9:23 “If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who Believes.”
Last night My Youth Pastor brought up an interesting topic. He had us ask ourselves about persecution and how we can bless those who persecute us! He has a valid point, because a lot of our reactions or just plain actions can depict things we don’t want to show. We can show Jesus is all of our actions and reactions. Matthew 5:10-12
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
We are often persecuted for our beliefs, who we are, and many other things. No being persecuted does not feel good, but it doesn’t mean we have to hurt ourselves by treating them the same way. God says Matthew 7:12
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
We can choose to ignore, forgive, or wish good on them. It can be silently forgiving and wishing/praying good on them. Or you can help them in class/work by writing things down from a class/meeting they missed. It can even be somebody you have never met and might never see again. Doesn’t have to be something huge could even just being a friend even when they don’t want one! Showing them Jesus in your actions even if it is small can show them love they have never seen. I’ve yelled and screamed at God in anger and he has still shown up when I would have been ignored by others. He loves unconditionally, but he also has his own way of punishing those who persecute others! Vengeance is not your’s or mine to take it is God’s to take, and he will handle it!
Exodus 34:14 Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
There are many things we haven’t learned yet. I know that God has surprises in store for all of us! Including what his plans for our lives our. I can’t wait to find out what he has in store for my life! The bible verse at the top of the page has to do with what and how patient God is, but how he is still waiting for some of us to accept him into our hearts! The part of that verse that makes me smile the most is that God is jealous, because only someone who cares about you is jealous when they don’t get any of your attention, like when we pay attention to someone else or spend almost all of our time doing other things! It’s a bit funny when you think of it we get jealous when someone takes the attention off us or goes and does something without us? Gods’ plans are also tests for us to defeat which explains why he gets upset when we get distracted. It’s cause we were doing something important and let something else take us away from the task at hand. So every time we get distracted he gets jealous of what ever we are doing! I once thought what would happen if I got sick and couldn’t complete my part of his plan then I remembered someone telling me that he would rearrange plans so that they would work out. I realized that he always has a backup plan even when he doesn’t need one. You see he loves us so much, and since he is our father he is proud of us every time we succeed and every time we ask for help. That’s only cause the people who are strong enough to ask for help are also smart enough to know when they can’t do what ever they are doing by themselves! Lets this sink into your mind and heart. Hope yall have a great evening!
Love yall Marjorie!