Society says, “Love yourself.”— Christ says, “Deny yourself.”
Society says, “People are inherently good.”— Christ says, “There is no one good but God.”
Society says, “We are stronger together!” — Christ says “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Society says, “There are many ways to eternal life and that all roads lead to God.” — Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus Christ always contradicts the culture— and here’s the problem:
Nobody likes a critic.
No one wants their “truth” to be questioned.
Because of this, if you have a testimony for Christ, there will be certain times when you are pressured, warned, and even commanded against praying or speaking in Jesus name—
The Lord declares this very thing in Isaiah 30:
“…these are rebellious people…unwilling to listen to the Lord’s instruction. They say to the seers, “See no more visions!” and to the prophets, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions. Leave this way, get off this path, and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!”
Yet, out of love for God and the people to whom He has sent you to speak, the spirit-filled person who has the fire of God’s word blazing in their heart and shut up in their bones, will respond as did Peter and John when the Sanhedrin warned them not to speak or teach in Jesus name :
“Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
( Acts 4:18-20 )
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