When does heresy become orthodoxy? When we believe a lie long enough that it becomes so natural that it seems like the truth.
When you begin to understand that WHERE you are right now doesn't define WHO you are, or WHOSE you are, you'll understand that each moment in your life is a stepping stone that will lead you to your destiny. Everything that happens in your life is a blessing and a lesson. It may not seem like a blessing at the moment, but when you progress in life and you look back at where you were, you will see God's hand lead you right to the place you needed.
Thousands of Christians compromise their faith in Jesus Christ by denying Him. Even some clergymen neglect or deliberately refuse to close a public prayer in the name of Jesus for fear of offending an unbeliever. They cannot endure the persecution that may follow an acknowledgement of Jesus Christ.
Total surrender will bring about a depth of peace and relationship with God we can’t get any other way. It all stems from living out Deuteronomy 6:5, loving God “with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." Nothing in life is certain. Circumstances roll in and out like the ocean’s tide. And the unknown can sometimes seem so frightening. We can’t stop or control things that roll our way any more than we can stop the water’s edge. But we can make the minute-by-minute choice to let our souls rest in God... We don't have to understand; we just have to trust.
Wherever the voice of the church is silent, the voice of the enemy is loud!
I understand the design of such names as ‘fanatics, enthusiasts, madmen, etc.’ These names are fastened upon some of the zealous servants of God for the same purpose that the skins of wild beasts were put upon the primitive Christians by their persecutors, that they might more readily be torn in pieces by the hungry lions in the arena of the amphitheatre. Yet they were Christians still, notwithstanding these deforming skins, and so are we, though some cover us from head to foot with the hideous imputations of fanaticism.
Not everything that offends us should offend us, and not everything that offends us is persecution.
If you consider yourself too important to serve where no one notices and thus there is no advantage given to your push your platform, then you'll never be effective as a leader.
Prayer is the most tangible expression of trust in God. If we would trust God for our persecuted brothers and sisters in other countries, we must be diligent in prayer for their rulers. If we would trust God when decisions of government in our own country go against our best interests, we must pray for His working in the hearts of those officials and legislators who make those decisions. The truth that the king's heart is in the hand of the Lord is meant to be a stimulus to prayer, not a stimulus to a fatalistic attitude.
We cannot understand God's ways, but we know from His word that He is prompted by love.