Feed me that line again...
May 30, 2016, 8:03 AM

Are you strong enough in your faith that...
                                                    ...you would go to jail or die for it?

You say that you are willing to go to jail over your faith when you won't even go to church for it?.... Many Christians today are not as strong in their relationship with Jesus as they want to try and say that they are. When you have total faith, and trust in God, you fully SUBMIT yourself to Him, Trusting Him in every area of your life. Walking with Him, talking with Him, and to the point of death will follow and obey Him. Many Christian's today will lay out of church for a toothache, a headache, or any other excuse that the enemy has in his book that we like to choose from... And lets be real here... there just excuses.... You say Pastor you just don't understand.. you don't know what I am facing, no trust me.. I do, but I know that I face very similar situations (because even though I am a pastor, I am human and have a life...) I have to push through and keep moving for Jesus! I am not perfect, but I have enough faith to know that God will get me through whatever I am facing... We live in a day and age where church, our faith and God is no longer our top priority. We will let many, yes many things get in between us and our relationship with God.  Hebrews tells us that we should not forsake assembly (meeting together, going to church, worshiping together) as some are in the manner of doing...

There are to many Christians that will allow a leaky toilet, a disagreement with a spouse, a flat tire, and many other life happenings get in the way of them coming to worship...

SO... if a leaky toilet can keep you from going to church to worship and serve the Lord as HIS word has clearly told us to do... how can you honestly say that you wouldn't choose to lay out on Him if you were told to do so with a gun pointed to your head?.. We have already seen many stories in the news of Christian's being persecuted for there faith, it is happening in places around the world today (Not everyone has it as free as you..). If you were in that situation would you be willing to stand for Jesus? Or would you coward down on Him to save your own life? The Book of 2 Timothy tells us that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Kids today will be picked on for serving Jesus and believing what they have faith in, adults will be looked at differently by many for standing firm for there faith, serving the Lord is not always going to be "cool" but it will always be the right thing to do.

As Christians and if we want to be true followers, we will have to learn to be disciplined in our faith, to the point that we will stand firm through ANYTHING and always look to HIM for our strength, answers and deliverance.

Today, I challenge you as you read this, to not let ANYTHING stand between you and God, I hear a lot as a pastor I have family in town? Maybe they would like to hear about Jesus? Worth a shot just ask... And if they are staying with you..and if I remember correctly the scripture says "as for ME AND MY HOUSE...we WILL serve the Lord" hey, I didn't say it just quoting scripture.... Trust me I can write a book on excuses should call it "why I chose not to serve today" usually most of them I am thinking -don't you think that God could handle that for you? Our problem is GOD CAN handle it, we just seem like we want to do it ourselves and by our selves for some strange reason...

If you are going to be willing to be a TRUE Christian, a TRUE Believer, and stand firm for your FAITH that be willing to stand for HIM through anything. Including going to jail for Him and not knowing if you will ever get out, unless you denounce Him.

Something to think about... Blessings
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III


Matthew 24:9-13 (NIV)

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

2 Timothy 3:10-13 (NIV)

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

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