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EARNING YOUR DANGER PAY

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There are a few jobs in the world that pay extra well because the task requires a great deal of personal risk. Some employers will pay top dollar to hire people for difficult assignments.


When we consider that God’s work pays in eternal gold, silver and precious stones we are reminded that this rewarding career might cost you your life.

Luke 10:3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

If you have experienced a change of heart because of Jesus, you know that you are becoming more of a lamb. Innocence, gentleness and a desire for belonging to the flock are on the increase. When you follow Jesus into the wild, you will find out that there are other people who have a different kind of nature. They are more wolfish and have another agenda. Not everyone is a wolf. But then again, not everyone is a lamb. The lamb-like mission of God will inevitably attract a few wolves that want to devour you. Jesus knows …

THE PROBLEM WITH WORKING SOLO

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Jesus did not stop with having only 12 apostles. He had many more people that he called into ministry.

Luke 10:After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 

There is no greater motivation than knowing that you are responding to God’s request. If you are waiting for a voice from the sky, will you settle for the words on a page? The mission of God is for all of us to follow Jesus into the world as proclaimers and servants.
We see a pattern here when Jesus sends people in pairs. Do you think it makes a difference when you work alone or in a team? Most of the heroes of the Bible made big mistakes and sometimes failed. But, the ones who went in pairs often recovered and returned to mission. The loners sometimes ended tragically and alone.


Moses had Aaro…

ON A MISSION FROM GOD

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If you are a follower of Jesus, then you and I are a little like Jake & Elwood from The Blues Brothers[i]. We are on a mission from God! Two guys had a deep sense of purpose in putting the band back together to save the Catholic home in which they were raised. 



They braved great peril, rejection and risk because they had a sense that this was God’s work. What is your mission from God? Do you have an underlying purpose that propels you forward and determines the direction of your life?
I distinctly remember the difference in my life when I gave my goals to God and awaited His direction. I would never want to go back to the uncertainty of trying to develop a life plan on my own. If you are uncertain and unsure about your future, acknowledge your willingness to serve God and get ready to be led.
The 19th century Church of Scotland preacher Thomas Chalmers once said, ‘Every man is a missionary, now and forever, for good or for evil, whether he intends or designs it or not. He may be a bl…

FEAR NO EVIL

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Why do so many followers of Jesus give in to fear mongering and the conspiratorial agenda of wolves? Jesus, rebuke us when we do not lift high the Law of Love. 



I am convinced that there are many who have not learned how to deal with rejection in their lives and get stuck in a difficult place when it happens to them.
Can you follow Jesus and not expect to experience some measure of misunderstanding, rejection or possibly even persecution? How was Jesus able to overcome and not resort to a victim mentality? How did Jesus overcome the extremity of betrayal?
Like us, Jesus had to trust in the God who will restore all that can be restored. The Judgments of God will come, but the meek and lowly will not be cut down when the reaper lifts his scythe.
I repent of the times that I have been influenced by fear more than the love of God. I repent of the times that I misjudged and wanted fire from Heaven to solve my problems with those who opposed me.
I am poor and blind to the mercies of God. I hav…

HOT HEADS FOR JESUS

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How can we keep a good attitude and be faithful to Jesus when hot heads prevail? 



When you go online, listen to Christian radio and television or see what’s selling in the book charts, you will find that hot heads have a big audience.
The war of words is filled with shock and awe as we drop half-truth bombs on the world we are called to be peacemakers in. It just may be that we do not love the same world that God loves. Perhaps, we have not been influenced deeply enough by the words of Jesus who is too patient and merciful. We would rather point out the errors and agenda of the other and pray for their destruction.
There is definitely a place for identifying wolves in sheep clothing and those who teach a false gospel. The sad thing is we easily let hot heads lead us off the true path of Jesus who tells us to love our enemies.
Paul gave good instruction on how to live together in a dark world.

Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who r…