And when the demon was driven out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds were stunned with bewildered wonder, saying, Never before has anything like this been seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, He drives out demons through and with the help of the prince of demons.
Matthew 9:33-34 AMP
Father please forgive the ignorant who see Your works and how You worked through Your Son, but still doubt that it is You. Forgive me for my moments of doubt in Your willingness to handle certain situations in a timeframe that I am rushed to meet. Forgive me for the times I’ve been swayed by mortal mind. Even when I’ve backtracked, I’ve always resumed Your course. So You know my heart. I thank You for not judging me harshly for my foolishness. I also thank You for allowing me to learn certain hard lessons, and sparing me from the devastating lessons. In Jesus’s name I pray to You. Amen.
Imagine doing good, doing God’s work, and there are large groups of people who doubt your gifts and that they come from God. Imagine them spreading lies and propaganda about you. Imagine that while you give all the glory and honor to God, taking credit for none of the work you do, this group of people say that you’re doing the work of the enemy.
Now maybe you could handle a few weeks or months of this, but consider this happening over a span of a few years, to the point that things become so intense that now these same people are plotting and planning to kill you—oddly enough, in the name of God.
Well, that’s what Jesus went through, and even on the cross being crucified he asked God to forgive these people who tormented him and doubted that God was working through him. He asked God to forgive them people who earlier praised him and were grateful for their healings, but later were part of the collective chants calling for his crucifixion.
What is sad is to think of how Jesus would be treated today if he ever walked around healing in mass numbers like he did during his time. The vast majority of the world wouldn’t believe he was Christ, and disturbingly many governments would most likely attempt to incarcerate him or place him under secured observation, isolated for you and I–like he is a science experiment or something.
So many people talk and talk and talk about Jesus’ coming, but wouldn’t know how to prepare for his arrival even if there was a step-by-step video. We have so much spiritual purging and cleansing that we need to do individually and collectively.
What kind of believer are you truly?
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. What would you like to add to today’s message?
3. When you think of Jesus returning (or already being here and eventually making his appearance known) how do you think society will treat him?
4. If Jesus walked up to you right now, would you be prepared for that conversation?
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