Are You Worthy of Yeshua?
Worthy of Me
(#037 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his torture stake and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)
Why do My children so often only emphasize the scriptures that seem to say that My grace is for everyone? Why do you choose to ignore the reality that My torture stake is the line in the sand between those who are Mine and those not worthy of Me? Why do you insist on imposing your desire for others over My will for them? Doesn’t it take the loss of your life to find the life I have for you? Why do you continue to reason and hope that I would ever do anything other than what I said I would do? Will I change My very own words (Malachi 3:6); am I double minded in some way (Numbers 23:19)? He who I say is worthy is; and he who I claim is dishonorable is! So, what of the one who does not pick up his torture stake and lose his own life for Me?
You see My child, I Am not concerned, as you are, that all men are at peace with Me. I remain at peace regardless of what others think. I must, however, insist that you stop limiting My Words to only those that make you feel good, the ones that fit neatly into your comfort zone. It is the sum of My word that is truth, loved one (John 17:17). My peace I leave with My children (John 14:27); My sword, that I reserve for My adversaries (Psalm 37:14-15).
I will not bear the haughty soul,
Who amends My holy Word.
To add to it or take away (Deut. 12:32),
Is the height of the absurd.
Your cups, and bracelets, and bumper stickers,
To the masses you market Me.
Yet no one comes unless I call (Jn. 6:44),
For them only was the tree.
Precept upon precept and line upon line, (Is. 28:13),
My verses never lie.
If I meant for “all” to be saved,
Then how could some deny (John 18:9)?
I will not excuse your ultimatum,
That My Word must fit your style.
If you are My sheep you’ll hear My voice,
What all others hear is vile (1 Cor. 1:18).
I know it seems like this is cruel,
How could this ever be?
But you are the sheep whom I’ve redeemed,
So leave the wolves to Me.