1/4/14 BIBLE PASSAGE (Luke 6:1-26)
The Pharisees were bitter critics of Jesus Christ. They used their religion to camouflage and express their bitter rage against the Messiah. The Pharisees stalked Jesus everyday and every night with their secret intention of persecuting him. They witnessed Jesus’ miracles, but they were not interested in them, neither did they intend to glorify God for the miracles they witnessed. The Pharisees countered Jesus’ operations to express their rage and jealousy. The scripture reported few actions of the Pharisees. It is recorded, “Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He (Jesus) went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” The scripture also reported, “Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him” (Luke 6:6-7 and Luke 6:1-2).
Satan always stations his agents around godly people to frustrate their efforts. The enemies are tasked to do everything possible to derail God’s children from their pursuits. Therefore, God’s children are confronted with criticism, abuse, persecutions, and others to frustrate them. However, Christians are encouraged to be sensitive to their surrounding circumstances. We should not fall into enemies’ traps with the use of inappropriate responses. We are to pay less attention to enemies’ outcry, but instead be prayerful and remain focus to God. Every Christian must learn from Jesus, and we should use the same mechanism that he used to overcome his adversaries.
- Jesus ignored the Pharisees – (we should ignore our critics).
- Jesus persistently focused on God’s business – (we should remain focus to our commissions)
- Jesus withdrew from crowd to pray for strength renewal – (we should always pray for renewal of strength).
- Jesus changed locations from time to time to avoid enemies’ distractions – (we should excuse ourselves from distractions).
In the name of Jesus Christ I receive God’s grace to remain steadfast in faith. I receive God’s help to stand upright so that enemies can be ashamed, and God be glorified. Since God is alive, I will triumph over all life situations, and I will finish my Christian race well. I also believe that I will rejoice with Jesus in heaven – at the end of my earthly journey. For in the name of Jesus Christ I have made my affirmations. Amen.