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Whoever Confesses Me
4/29/2016

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.  But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 10:32-33 (NKJV)

A few years back I received an email about a teacher in Southern California who had put up some posters in his classroom. It so happened these posters offended some people and he was asked by the School Board to take them down. He was reluctant to do so, and decided to take his case to the District Court of Appeals to decide whether it is okay to leave them up, or if they must be taken down. So, what was so offensive to cause these people to go to this degree of effort to eliminate them? 

·      One Nation under God

·      In God We Trust

·      God Shed His Grace on Thee

·      All men are created equal; they are endowed by their Creator

It is actually amazing as these statements are simply things written on our currency, and contained within our Pledge of Allegiance, and the Declaration of Independence. Most Presidents utilize one of them in almost every one of their speeches

Q:         Why do such statements cause such disunity, and controversy when displayed openly in a classroom?

Amazing as it may sound, this particular school district found Judeo-Christian views to be just too offensive for the students to handle. And yet, they don’t find this to be true with other religions being promoted, or having anti-religious things being put up in the same classrooms. 

U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez has already ruled in favor of allowing the posters on God to stand, and made an interesting comment, stating, “Ironically, while teachers encourage students to celebrate diversity and value thinking for one’s self, defendants apparently fear their students are incapable of dealing with diverse view points that include God’s place in American history and culture.”

Q:         So what does this have to do with us, as Christian men and women?

It is just one example of what we are going to face in the way of opposition and persecution for openly sharing what we believe. It means our world is becoming more tolerant of evil and intolerant of God, and the things of God (cf. Rom. 1:16-32; 1 Tim. 4:1). Controversy about God and Jesus has always been, and will always be a part of human history. 

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.  For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. Matt. 10:34-38 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with respect to what it means to be denying Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anything in your life that you love more than Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to make an active stand for Jesus by the way you live.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Love and Mercy. Thank You for Your longsuffering. Help me to see the areas in my life where I am compromising and not truly following You. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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