The Outlaw

September 29, 2016

Being a Christian is a life I would now, never change.  Even with trials,
which by the way come to all people, or with persecution, I would not trade
the life He has given me.  Do I sometimes feel like an outcast?  I would
have to say yes!  I have been invited to social events in my past, and when
found out that I am a believer, and don't talk the same language, I often
was no longer included in those social invitations.  I know why, and I
accept why.  Jesus was prophesied to be an outlaw, and there was a time when
He told His disciples this: "'When I sent you out without money-bag,
traveling bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?' 'Not a thing,' they said.
Then He said to them, 'But now, whoever has a money-bag should take it, and
also a traveling bag. And whoever doesn't have a sword should sell his robe
and buy one. For I tell you, what is written must be fulfilled in Me: And He
was counted among the outlaws. Yes, what is written about Me is coming to
its fulfillment. 'Lord,' they said, 'Look, here are two swords.' 'Enough of
that!' He told them." Luke 22:35-38  When Jesus said that to fulfill
prophecy, He wasn't just talking to complete prophecy, but to tell His
disciples that at some point in time, they would indeed be considered
outlaws, and even though, when He sent them out, people welcomed them, a
time was coming when they would have to make sure that they provided for
themselves, because they would be treated as outlaws.  We have seen this
behavior through the Book of Acts.  Sure, people believed in Jesus through
them, but so many more, hated what they stood for, and often tried to kill
them, and as history reveals, most died violent deaths - deaths of
criminals.  Remember, they crucified Him alongside two criminals, because
that's what they thought of Him. So, what if we lead a Spirit-led life, and
because of it, was considered a criminal?  What if, at some point in our
lives, Christianity became illegal, because we would be called intolerant to
those small groups who are working so hard to try to discredit us, and to
call us haters of people, who want to live perverted lives.  Believer, could
this happen in this country?  Could it happen right in your community? I
don't know, but I do see a change in the hearts of people, especially in
this nation, and that behavior is becoming intolerant of the Christian
behavior.  For we are a light that shines on their sins.  We are a truth,
that they don't want to hear.  We are a reminder of the One who came to
bring Salvation to the world. We are the outlaw!   I don't believe we have
to store up things, but I do believe we have to be prepared for anything,
and not be surprised when things change that involve our faith.  As a
pastor, I know that at any time in this life, I could be charged with a hate
crime, because I preach against perversion, the very things that are
abhorrent to God.  I can love the sinner, but hate the sin, but those
steeped in sin, will only see them being hated if I don't accept their
behavior.  How do I show love to those living in darkness.  God destroyed
two cities when there was not ten people in them who were righteous.  He
took out the one family that was righteous - Lot.   "Whoever has a money-bag
should take it, and also a traveling bag. And whoever doesn't have a sword
should sell his robe and buy one.   Don't be paranoid, but be prepared.
Don't fear the unknown, for you know the future.  Don't be afraid to speak
the truth, for in doing so, we will be guarded by the very Spirit of Truth.
Learn how to take care of yourselves; learn how to plant, how to hunt; how
to mend, and how to build.  Be at peace with a world not wanting peace with

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, we will trust in You, even if persecution falls on us, for
You have only promised us that we will suffer persecution.  I pray Father,
that You will protect the innocent, and Lord, that we will learn how to care
for ourselves.  Make us ready Holy Father, for whatever comes our way.  I
pray for those who struggle with health and other issues that take their
focus off of You. I pray for their lives, that You will make them strong,
and fill them with Your Spirit.  Guard them against the evil one, I pray.  I
lift them up to You, even now: Lord, please comfort: Mike and his family;
heal Tony; comfort Linda and her family, Don and his family, Dwight and
Sammi, Isabel, Angie, Vanessa, Malachi, Corbin, Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah,
Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth, Robbie, Ada, Nada, JV, Nancy, Betty H.,
Terry and his dad, Tim and his mother, Shelly and her mother, Julissa and
her friend, Kelly and her son, Richard and his father, Ben and his family,
the Foster family, the Reed family, Briggs church, Ben and Ramona, Tracy,
Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Jeff, Laura, Mike, Megan, Matt, Liz, Matt,
Bethany, Tim, Michelle, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Tonia, Todd, Liam, Aiden, Jackie
Ann, Pastor Berkey, Adrian, Tuly, Betsy, Tyler, Kristen, Trevor, Maria,
Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, Andrea, Alan, Fisher, Shannon Robert, Pat,
Ryan, Tyson, Wendy, Montella, Joyce, Betty, David, Phyllis, Devon, Cindy,
Barbara, Terri, Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill, Carolyn, Bj, Ida, Barry,
Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie, Gary, Heather, Codi, Ron,
Deane, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Gus, Lisa, Alice, Dotty,
Fred, Mike S., James, Scott, April, Craig, Betty, Hunter, Asher, Lynette,
Kathy, Jennifer, Patrick, Candace, Abe, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason,
Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jake, Bob, Lisa. Lord, please keep us strong as we
journey on toward eternity. May our lives be a living reflection of Your
grace, for I pray these things in Jesus name. Amen

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