WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Scripture: Matthew 10:16-22
Matthew 10:16-22, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. ‘Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.’” Jesus made it very clear that there was a price tag and a cost for walking with Him. Often times that price tag and cost would immediately manifest. He knew the minute they started revealing their fate they were headed for opposition because persecution was in the wind. Why have we failed to prepare the church for this dimension? Have we not seen it or is it because we fear persecution? This is an issue only God can sort out as He looks at the heart. But one thing is for sure – we will never rise to be the army that God has called us to be if we are not willing to tell people what the penalty is and sometimes call it down.