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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 When we seek to Please God we cannot always please Men

The religious men of our day exercise control and apply rules of men thereby bringing to naught anything born of the Spirit of God. Such men must be resisted in the fear of God.

The early Apostles learned through the example of our Lord not to fear men even if it would get them killed. We must realize that when we fear men it hinders the work of God; may God keep us clear from this hindrance and allow us to have the fruitfulness of the early Church. May God keep us low always before Him as we seek to do His will, not caring about the opinions of men.

Another important aspect to this truth is that we will all stand before the judgment alone. In 2 Corinthians it says: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

So this should put a holy fear of God in our hearts that the decisions we make matter more before God than men. Each day as we follow the Lord we should seek to please Him knowing that one day soon we will stand before Him to give account. Sadly so few of God’s workers in our day clearly want to please God alone, for many struggle to get approval from men at the same time. We cannot please men and God always, there will be a dividing line that will come. In John 6 after the miracle of the loaves of bread, our Lord uttered some hard sayings and many were offended and left Him.

We have to remember that Jesus said nothing except what was given to Him from the Father.

May we follow in His example to speak the Words of God even if it brings great offense before men.


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