I was so discouraged and in tears when I wrote this last night! Why do I have to be different? Why do I have to be the one who has to stand up for the truth! I am making enemies! I am being discouraged. I am unwanted and unappreciated! They laugh at me and they that think that I am going crazy! But God says...count it all joy!
Count it all joy when you are hated for Christ sake! Count it all joy when the world hates you because you do not conform to its standards! Count it all joy when they disregard you for the truth! Count it all joy when they belittle you because of the power that works in you! They are persecuting you because they need Jesus who lives in you, they need what you have! They wonder how this person who was such a sinner gets her life on track with Jesus; they say she thinks she’s better! They want that courage too! They are unhappy with who they are and what they do, so they can’t stand the fact that all of a sudden you are different from them! Jesus chose you out of this world for a purpose! I read John 16 this morning and verse 20 says, "Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy."
So I know that if I’m being disliked or disapproved because of Jesus who lives in me, this sadness will be turned into joy!
When you speak against fornication and relationships which are not based on Jesus, they say you are jealous because your relationships never worked out! Yes, they never worked out, and I'm glad! They never worked out because God made me see life the way that He sees it now! When you speak against drunkenness they say I am making myself better just because I "can’t drink properly"! Oh well I'm glad that I was never able to drink properly because I wouldn’t have reached this certain place!
The world cannot love you; you were made to be different! But count it all joy! Jesus said in verse 33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Stand boldly for Christ, unashamed of the gospel! Mathew 10:34-36 Jesus said,
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“‘A man against his father,
A daughter against her mother,
A daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law —
A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
So wipe your tears and rejoice because if you are suffering for Christ, you are not suffering in vain, the glory of God will be revealed in your life.
Jesus himself was not loved by many people, only his disciples loved Him because they knew Him! Jesus lives in us therefore his anointing flows in us! Mind you, the greater the anointing, the greater the persecution! The bigger the glory, the more the hate! Halleluiah! Count it all joy!
Galatians 6;9 gives me so much hope, " Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." I know that I am not suffering in vain if I do what my Jesus called me to do!
Count it all joy because We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed!
Father I love you with all my heart! I know you see my sadness and my tears when I feel discouraged and alone! When the world tries to crush me, you are hiding me under your wings of grace! Live your life through me, and fill me with so much joy that I wont be able to contain it! I love you my King! Amen!