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February 16, 2023 | Daily Devotionals | February 16

Playing to the Crowd

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” I Corinthians 10:13

When traveling the world one sees the definite sacrifice that Christians are making considering their faith.  As we have seen on the news, in many countries Christian are being beheaded, women are being raped, and children are being put to death because of their faith.  Why is it that here in America where we experience Spiritual freedom we fear less what others will do to us physically, but more what people will think of us? If we have been given the mind of Christ, if we have been given the confidence of the Holy Spirit residing inside in us, what makes us concerned about being mentally rejected? These are questions that we have to look at both rationally and logically.

It does seem rational and logical that those who are enduring physical pain, being humiliated in front of their families, being raped and beheaded are not playing to the crowd.  Rationally and logically it does say something about others who are exhibiting a fear of rejection regarding the thing that is supposed to be the driving force of our lives?

This isn’t meant to condemn, but to open eyes to the growth that we all want to see increase.  We are at a time in our lives and in our nation’s history that this commitment may be called on. Grace has been offered to us and God never promises something that He won’t deliver on. I do believe that God will give us the grace to endure such testing if it comes. But it does cause one to think “How am I doing?” in my adventure with Christ.

Father, I want to grow, thank you for not holding back one thing. I trust you.

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