“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/16/10): Demand #15 “Do Not Be Anxious About The Threats Of Man”

John 10: 18-20, 24-31

18”On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you… 24“A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!  26So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

After yesterday’s “demand” of freeing ourselves of the anxiety related to our daily lives, we now focus on the fear of speaking up for Jesus when it may cost us pain or our lives.

“The aim of Jesus in Matthew 10:24-31 is to give us the courage to speak his truth with clarity and openness no matter what the cost…..Jesus’ aim is clear:  Be fearlessly courageous (pg. 121)”.  Jesus mentions three times in this passage to not be afraid.  He tells us to speak boldly and not be discouraged when some persecute or mistreat us due to our faith.  Logically, of course, this makes no sense.  Where can such courage and fearlessness come from?  Only from Jesus, himself.  I’ll share one such story below (with countless more) along with a promise:  God can produce the same courage in you.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

Ban is a teenager in Laos. One day, a Christian man came to her village. He told everyone about Jesus. Ban wanted to belong to Jesus but did not know how. The man soon left.

In 2009, a group of Christians came to Ban’s village. They explained how people can come to Christ and follow him. Ban and five other girls accepted Christ into their hearts! They began to study the Bible and worship together.

Ban’s parents were angry. They did not want her to be a Christian. Many people in Laos worship false gods and spirits. Ban’s parents asked the police to stop their daughter from following Jesus. Two policemen and a group of other adults took the six Christian girls to a village hall and scolded them. They threatened to take the girls away from their parents or to put them in jail if they did not stop following Jesus.

The girls did not give up their faith. “We are sinners and we need Christ,” they said. “If we die, we die with faith in Christ and in his ways.” Ban is now living with a Christian friend. She does not know what will happen next in her life, but she trusts God. (taken from www.kidsofcourage.com)

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