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10/09/2017

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For Righteousness Sake


"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble" (1 Pet.3:8).

The death and resurrection of Jesus, followed by the coming of the Spirit to the apostles on the Day of Pentecost, ushered in a new era. It resulted in the inauguration of the kingdom of God. When the church came into being, the kingdom was realized... The apostle Paul framed it this way; "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Col.1:13-14). The kingdom is not something Christians await... It is here! Chosen by God, forgiven of sins and sanctified by grace, Christians are heirs of God. Unfortunately, it is a two-sided coin... On the other side of the coin, we live in a world where the devil lurks. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Pet.5:8). Greed, immorality, hatred and death were alive in the world when Peter wrote these words, and are still with us today... The blessings of the kingdom are an open door to all, but evil continues to assert its claim. God inaugurated the kingdom, but suffering continues to be the residue of sin and wants to infest the land we live in. In the Sermon On The Mount, Jesus finished the Beatitudes with this telling statement; "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt.5:10). Paul wrote to the Colossians and to Timothy that suffering for one's belief might be an inevitability... This week's devotionals will reflect on that suffering and how Christians have the strength to deal with it....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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