WHEN YOU SUDDENLY REALIZE THAT IT DOESN’T HURT ANYMORE…

It’s that undefinable moment that slipped past you almost undetected, but you suddenly notice it…


WAIT A MINUTE, YOUR PAIN OVER __________ DOESN’T HURT ANYMORE!


It could have been a betrayal. It could have been an abuse. It could have been an abandonment. It could be something they said. It could be something they did. It could be something they didn’t do. You know how they hurt you. You may still be in relationship with them, but THAT ONE thing suddenly doesn’t hurt you anymore.

It used to obsess you. It used to bother you. On good days the thought of it would rush to the front of your mind and say, “What are you smiling for? Remember me?”

But, WOW! You realize that it doesn’t bother you anymore. You even try to make it bother you for a moment and you can’t.

Why?


It’s not because God took it from you. It’s because you finally gave it to Him.

Remember God never promised TAKE anything from us. He tells us to GIVE it to Him.


1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

CASTING all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Hebrews 12:1  (NKJV)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, LET US LAY ASIDE every WEIGHT, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

The pain is gone now. Please don’t go looking for it again.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WOULD YOU HAVE SHOUTED HOSANNA OR CRUCIFY HIM?

So many times we read our bibles or hear a sermon and frown upon the way the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Jews, Romans…all those who antagonized Jesus behaved. Jesus came with a message that was different from what they were used to hearing, but was clearly supported by scripture. They witnessed Him working miracles and proving who He was, and they rejected Him. We read about how at the beginning of the week they shouted HOSSANNA , but at the end of the week they yelled CRUCIFY Him!  We think to ourselves, or proclaim that if we were living back then that we would have bee on Jesus’ side….

But, your attitude now implies how you would have behaved then. How you react to the word of truth now implies how you would have reacted then. I’m not talking about the false prosperity ‘preachers’ who come on at 2am promising riches without preaching a word about salvation. But I’m talking about when a real word comes forth that may challenge your personal theology. That’s what Jesus did. That’s what the apostles did. 

They confronted and corrected Jesus IN HIS HOUSE…many people would do the same thing today. 

They were concerned with the outward appearance but not the heart…many people are today.

They worshiped Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him…many people do that today.

They established their own righteous and a form of godliness, but not according to knowledge…many people do that today.

They twisted the word to fit their purpose…many people do today. 

Some were apathetic and just didn’t care…many are today. 


Remember it was the religious leaders were threatened by and killed Jesus. Let us examine ourselves and our attitudes about God. Would you have been like those disciples in John 6 who said…


John 6:60

60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?”

...and then left Him.

Would you have been one of those shouting “CRUCIFY HIM!” when they discovered He didn’t fulfill their expectations? 

Your attitude today…How you respond today not only implies how you would have responded then, but which side you would have chosen. Beware the leaven ( teaching, mindset) of the Pharisees!!!(Matthew 16:6)

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