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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Men Often Speak Well of False Prophets

by Mark Clements

Thursday, October 3

Men Often Speak Well of False Prophets

Luke 6:20-26

“But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your
consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets,” Luke 6:24-26.

In Luke’s account of one of Jesus’ early sermons, he recorded Jesus pronouncing four blessings upon those who find their ultimate purpose and hope in Him, no matter their circumstances. Jesus followed the pronouncement of blessings with four warnings against those who find their ultimate purpose and hope in temporary worldly pleasures. Those who cast away concern for God, and His eternal purposes are swept up in the pursuit of immediate pleasures found here in the world. Satan has done a good job of making sure people who seek earthly comfort are able to find it. This world offers riches to be enjoyed, feasts to consume, jokes to be laughed at, and flatteries in which to boast. Jesus pointed out that those who join themselves to false teaching for personal gain are quick to receive praise from the world, since they have adopted secular standards.

What did this mean for the true prophets? The Bible recorded the way in which God’s true spokespersons were treated by the world. They were ridiculed, outcast, persecuted, attacked, tortured and even killed. However, true prophets were obedient to God’s calling and were willing to endure temporary discomfort for the eternal rewards of Heaven. Today, consider which means more to you. Do you pursue the applause of fellow humans or the embrace of your Creator? Earthly praise will end with the earth, but God’s pleasure will last forever.

JUST A THOUGHT: Men may talk about you, but what does God say?

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Persecution Will Be Rewarded

by Mark Clements

Wednesday, July 3

Persecution Will Be Rewarded

Luke 6:22, 23

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets,” Luke 6:22, 23.

In today’s text, Jesus spoke of the certainty of persecution. He did not speak of the possibility of the testing of our faith, but of its inevitability. Jesus warned that, because of their faith, His followers would be hated, rejected, reproached and disparaged. In many of today’s cultures, pain through persecution is something to be avoided at all costs. Perhaps, even many Christians are shocked or surprised when their faith is tested and rejected by the enemies of God. Jesus, however, told His followers to not only expect persecution, but to find joy in it. Jesus also taught that, just as sure as persecution will come to His true followers, genuine faith would be rewarded. Though the reward may not be received while here on earth, it is certain that the persecuted will receive heavenly rewards. The promise of Jesus is so certain that He tells His followers to consider themselves “blessed” even before the persecution comes.

It takes faith to walk in this promise, but if you are a follower of Jesus, you must believe that God will reward you for suffering for His name. He knows everything that happens to you, every tear you shed, and every heartache you feel when you are mistreated for your faith. The wise Christian will consider himself blessed when persecution happens because He knows God will ultimately establish justice and grant eternal blessings.

JUST A THOUGHT: Meet every pain with joy in Jesus.

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