Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bearing His Disgrace

And so Jesus suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace He bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:12-14

Do you ever feel lonely? Have you endured insults for your convictions? Have you suffered for your obedience? Then there is good news! You are in the company of Jesus.

Jesus endured the rejection of religious leaders; He even endured their scorn, and attempts to trap him. He also was ridiculed by His own family... Have you noticed though that even when He was misunderstood and rejected, He continued to "set His face like a flint" and determined to do the will of His Father?

He told us we, as His followers, would be hated. He told us we would have a cross to carry. We can choose to pick it up daily,  or we can choose to ignore His word, and fit in; or go with the flow. Will you set your face like a flint to be obedient to Him? Will you go outside the camp, and bear the disgrace He bore?

Not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit! I pray blessings for you as you walk in obedience out of your love for Jesus.

4 comments:

Debbie said...

Good post! Many people claim to believe in God, yet very few are willing to put feet to their claim. So much to do, so little time. Debbie

Brook said...

Hi Kathy....you got me thinking about flint....used for arrows? Anyway, it was direct, bold and accomplished the task for which it was created. Thanks for the reminder....sometimes it does get lonely...I am thankful for the handful of Godly friends that I have to build up and to help build me up so that we can go out in our daily lives and share His love.

Blessings,

Brook

lisasmith said...

Kathy,

How I needed to hear this today. My cross has been heavy. I think I will go now and joyfully pick it back up. thanks!!

Edie said...

Oh Kathy, I feel like this was written just for me. I know it wasn't but it was great encouragement. God is leading me outside the camp. I am praying that many will choose to join Him there too. I just posted my first post today and already tonight the attack started.

I'm looking forward to reading your cliche post. I believe God is calling out His people.

I just went browsing through your store. I just love it! I hope business is good for you.

God bless you my sweet friend.

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