“12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if you suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” 1 Peter 3:12-16.
Who is he that will harm you if you deny your self efforts, pick up the benefits Christ afforded us on Calvary’s Cross and follow Him? Who is he that will harm the Child of God when they have set apart Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour in their heart because He is the source and Calvary’s Cross the means by which the promises of God are yes and amen? Who?
Be not careful to answer.
“16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18.
It is better to suffer for righteous sake than for the sake of chastisement. Suffering does not result in righteousness but righteousness can sometime result in suffering. Just to be clear, any righteousness that results from suffering is self righteousness.
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. Be ready to give an answer to every man that asks you the reason of the hope that is in you. Be not careful to answer.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
Any other gospel is another Jesus. 40 days, feasts, festivals, traditions, ceremonies and every other scheme of man are a golden images the religious have set up for the church to worship. Do not bow. Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life. He WILL supply all of your needs according to HIS riches in glory. Seek Him. Know HIS statutes, not the statutes of man.
-Donna Clark Warren