April 8 Fired Up

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Deuteronomy 32:28-52;  Luke 12:35-59;  Psalm 78:56-64;  Proverbs 12:24

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!  Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?  No, I tell you, but division.  From now on there will be five in one family divided against three.  They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”  Luke 12:49-53

 

Jesus, fired up against sin,

 bridged the gap

between His Father and us.

Faith in Him fires us up–and

sometimes,

breaks up families,

separates the believers

from the ‘nones.’

He told us it would be so.

We don’t want it to be this way,

but it is.

We want peace and harmony

on this earth,

in our families.

But faith in Jesus splits.

Keep praying.

Keep loving.

Keep forgiving.

Keep sacrificing.

Keep your eyes on Him.

Lord God, your son dealt with the extreme emotions of despair when looking at the Cross and what he must suffer and of joy when looking beyond the Cross–to opening the door to Heaven for those who profess Him as Lord and Savior.  Thank you that he remained “fired up” and willing to submit to death on Calvary’s Cross.  And when we experience separation from loved ones because of our faith, help us to remain “fired up”–filled with the Holy Spirit–and be found faithful even when others reject us.  In this world we will have trouble, but you have overcome the world.  May we live in this victorious awareness and give you all our thanks and praise!  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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