How Could Someone So Persecute Jesus!

January 28th, 2013 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14

Are you determined to have your own way in living for God? We will never be free from this trap until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of “the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Stubbornness and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set on our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus. Every time we stand on our own rights and insist that this is what we intend to do, we are persecuting Him. Whenever we rely on self-respect, we systematically disturb and grieve His Spirit. And when we finally understand that it is Jesus we have been persecuting all this time, it is the most crushing revelation ever.

Is the Word of God tremendously penetrating and sharp in me as I hand it on to you, or does my life betray the things I profess to teach? I may teach sanctification and yet exhibit the spirit of Satan, the very spirit that persecutes Jesus Christ. The Spirit of Jesus is conscious of only one thing— a perfect oneness with the Father. And He tells us, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). All I do should be based on a perfect oneness with Him, not on a self-willed determination to be godly. This will mean that others may use me, go around me, or completely ignore me, but if I will submit to it for His sake, I will prevent Jesus Christ from being persecuted.


January 28, 2013

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord this song reminds me that while I may be a nail in your hands or the thorns on your head, You love me anyway. You remind me that our relationship does not require a quid pro quo. Your grace is all encompassing, and  Your love and acceptance does not require me to meet some standard. You took care of that at the cross, and I am thankful.

And God says…”The magnitude of the sacrifice at Calvary provides all the love and grace required for your daily and constant connection with Jesus. And while you do persecute Jesus, this was accounted for in His sacrifice.  If you want to refrain from persecuting Him, simply stay connected, stay in an intimate relationship with Jesus and allow Him to transform You.  And be reminded that when you do persecute Him, that He loves you anyway.”


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