“…I have glorified Thee on the earth; I have finished the work which Thou gave Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was…” John 17:4-5
God’s Love is truly everlasting. Jesus did not come to teach, heal, and save only a few people, He came for everyone. And yes, even those who you believe don’t stand a chance in “&@#!.” He left them here for you and I to speak to, interact with, pray for, and finally, lead to Him. We know that Jesus could have cured every person on the planet while He walked on this earth; instead, He healed those who asked for it, ached for it, and believed He could do it. He gave those with the greatest faith what they needed.
Your faith and belief are your most powerful assets in this world. And, if you do not nurture it, and use it, it dissipates. Why? Because, there is so much opposition to it; even internally, as believers,we can begin the process of casting doubt. Doubt starts out simple enough; it is just a small thought that something you really believe is possible—simply is not possible. Then it begins to fully manifest, adding even more questions. Until finally, you give up. By this time, you really cannot believe in the possibility of your own faith; it was simply just "too good" to be true. Ordinarily, things that are too good to be true, actually are. But with God, all things are already too good to be true! That’s the beauty of God.
Prior to the betrayal by Judas Iscariot, Jesus prayed to the Father for those He was to leave behind.
“I pray not that Thou should take them out of the world, but that Thou should keep them from evil." John 17:15
We must interact with those that are in the world to teach and lead them to Jesus Christ, fulfilling His desire that all who belong to Him be sanctified unto Him. There will be times when we are not prepared to go against the temptations of evil, or those who appear lost; because, we are simply not ready within ourselves to do so. But when you believe you are ready, you must go. It will strengthen your faith and your belief. And simply said; it is our divine directive from God. L.
Study Reference: John 16:1-33 & 17:1-26
Excerpt From:"The Divine Directive."In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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