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Reading The Signs

“Therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure.” 2 Thessalonians 1:4
Which is worse, misreading a sign from God, or ignoring a sign from God?
We have an assignment to read the signs that Jesus gives us. If we’re not walking in a worthy manner, connected to Jesus, we can easily miss the signs completely.
Believers and non-believers both face persecutions and afflictions in life.  But if we’re connected to Jesus, if our goal in life is to walk in a manner worthy of our calling, we understand something. Our trials and persecutions are working in us to strengthen our faith. Our suffering is not to take something away from us. It is to prepare us for what God has for us to do. As our faith grows stronger it produces endurance in us. Our endurance enables us to experience what we have to to make sure we are doing what God has for us to do. Through this process God energizes us and shapes us into what God wants for us. And He considers us worthy. It is something so profound and enduring in us that no one who sees us can miss it. The goodness that comes from that worthiness is directly connected to the purpose God has for us.
Missing the signs is one thing. Ignoring them produces an entirely different outcome for our life. Some will say, “It sounds like a good idea, but I’m not interested. I’m not listening to that story.”
What those people don’t understand, or believe, is there’s a tragic price to pay for disobedience. We have to understand that obedience to the gospel is required to be connected to Christ and live forever in eternity with Jesus. The cost of rejection is eternal and agonizing separation from God. Rejection from a loved one or friend is devastating for most people. Think what rejection from God must be like.

A message by Gearl Spicer, Senior Pastor of One Heart Church, Norcross, Georgia, was the inspiration for this blog post.

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