Have you ever started a book and skipped to the end to see who lives, who dies and how it all pans out, before you decided to go any further?
I watched my daughter try this, today. She just could not wait to read the 300 pages or so. She needed to know the outcome before she decided if she wanted to read the book. She didn’t want to read it if ‘so and so died’ she said. I was laughing watching her when Jesus pointed out to me that I was like this.
I need to be reminded of this truth:
"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.…” Matthew 5:10,11
I constantly bargain to know what's coming down the road in my life. What if I don't like it?
I have a fear of persecution that I have to regularly pray to have nailed to the cross.
I have a fear of persecution that I have to regularly repent of.
I have a desire to dictate to God what he can and can't do in my life that I regularly have to yield.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
I have to yield my will.
It’s all part of the deal.
I have to yield my control of the situation..... and TRUST!
Trust His faithfulness.
Trust His justice.
Trust His strength.
Trust His provision.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne.” Hebrews 12:2
Keep our eyes fixed on you Jesus.