Living Free Every Day®
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
"And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved." (Words of Jesus in Matthew 10:22 NLT)
Thoughts for Today
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12 NLT)
Consider this . . .
Jesus suffered on this earth . . . suffered and overcame. He encourages us that we too can overcome. We can endure to the end as we trust and honor him.
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (Words of Jesus in John 16:33 NLT)
It is important for us to have an eternal perspective. Any suffering we do on this earth because of honoring God cannot begin to compare with the eternal blessings that await us.
"God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way." (Words of Jesus in Matthew 5:10-12 NLT)
These thoughts were drawn from …
The Ten Commandments: Applying the Foundations of Living to My Personal Life by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. Knowing that there are absolutes that define moral conduct and ethical decisions is essential for believers surrounded by relativistic values. This guide helps us understand God's boundaries. It shows how the Ten Commandments apply today. It also discusses the biblical laws on which the legal codes of every civilized society are based. This guide is written in a way that helps people see the Ten Commandments in light of today's problems. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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