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Building 429 has a song out called Where I Belong the lyrics are “All I know is I’m not home yet, this is not where I belong.  Take this world and give me Jesus, this is not where I belong.”  These words resonate in my heart with all that is going on in life.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in the poor me attitude, but truthfully this is not our home, this isn’t where we belong.  We are passing through this life, one day we will be with Christ and his believers.  Nothing here will remain, this earth will be destroyed and a new heaven and earth will come.  Sin will become a thing of the past.  What a glorious day that will be!!

We just bought our first home, so it’s easy to get wrapped up in things of this earth.  You want to fill up your house, you want to buy things for your yard, stuff stuff and more stuff.  When spiritual warfare happens though, you are reminded that we are not of this world.  God set us apart to be different and to not be conformed to this world.  We are not to put our faith into things here.  As the old saying goes…No one drives up to heaven in a U-haul.

Are we living apart from this world?  Are we showing the world that material things don’t define us?  That family heirloom you treasure will be destroyed, your favorite CD will be gone, your dog and cat, your house and car.  We will not even hold on to these earthly bodies, which I am very happy about.  The only thing that will matter in the end is your relationship with Christ.  This isn’t our home and we shouldn’t get too comfortable here.

So when the world treats us like we are outsiders, maybe we should be rejoicing more.  Truthfully we are outsiders.  It doesn’t feel good to be treated differently.  It hurts my heart when someone uses my faith against me, but we are not to be conformed to this world or we will have the same fate as the world.  I am not perfect.  I get wrapped up in the world.  These things hurt me and I want to conform to “fit in” sometimes.  But there are gentile reminders to us that this is not the place for us.  The Lord will make all right in the end, just wait patiently on him.

Take this world and give me Jesus, this is not where I belong.

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Matthew 10:22 packs a punch, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake,”  but then a bit of peace comes from Jesus: “but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. ”  Who wants to be hated just because they believe in Jesus?  But this does seem to be the case most of the time doesn’t it?  Have you ever had someone use your belief in Christ against you?  As if this is a bad thing?  Christ preached love, to love those who hate you, to turn your cheek when someone hits you, why would he be hated so much?  I suspect because he was the son of the living God, because everything he spoke was truth and evil hates truth.

This seems to be the case in my life right now.  I am being called out because I am a Christian by family.  My husband is being called out for being a Christian by friends.  Things like “where is your Christian forgiveness?” and “Christians molested and raped kids.”  These things are hard to hear, we are being treated like horrible people for loving God and believing in Christ’s truth.  I never thought it would “happen to me” but here it is, plain as day and as hurtful as a knife cut.  How does one get through these times in life?  The word of God.

I have been feeling a lot of pull to read some books from people who have amazing strength and faith.  A while back I read Corrie Ten Boom‘s The Hiding Place, it is an amazing book about God’s faithfulness in the most horrible place on earth, a Nazi concentration camp.  God provided medicine that would not run out, he protected her bible though MANY searches by Nazi guards, how she was released from the concentration camp after a clerical error, which she knew was God’s providence just a week before all the woman of her age were killed .  She also watched her sister die and learned of her elderly father’s death in concentration camps, all for helping God’s people to hide from the horrible things happening to them.  Corrie Ten Boom’s faith is AMAZING!  I wish I could have half that faith.  I have started reading Tramp For The Lord also by Corrie Ten Boom.  She is confronted after a talk she gave by a guard that she remembered from the concentration camp, this guard came up to her and told her that he was a guard at the camp Corrie and her sister were held at, also the camp where her sister lost her earthly life.  When the guard told her he had become a Christian since then and asked her to forgive him, she couldn’t.  She stood there frozen and had to pray for God to release her heart from being so angry.  Finally with that prayer she was able to forgive him.  Can you imagine it!?  Forgiving something so horrible, but that is what we are called to do.  I guess that is why Jesus told us:  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them who despitefully use you. Luke 6:28

So when we are hated we should rejoice, we are making the enemy squirm.  Jesus told us this would happen.  Why would we not be persecuted if our savior was?  So rejoice family in Christ!  Even when you want to cry.

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  John 15:18-20

God is faithful until the end, and will over see justice, we just have to wait a bit for it.  When I’ve been weak I just pray out loud and command in the name of Jesus for any evil to leave.  There is a power in speaking the words of God remember: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 Things that “feel” like they are coming from this world aren’t.  We aren’t fighting a physical battle but a spiritual one.  And God prevails in the end and we will see our Savior coming in the clouds, once and for all.  Amen!  So let the hate come, let the persecution come, will it be easy? no.  But with God all things are possible, and he promised if we endure until the end, we will be saved.

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