Christianity, God, Music, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 11.27.2017 ♥

I started my day listening to a great old Petra album “Not of this World” and reading John 15:18-19 –
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Growing up in Danville Illinois, I was constantly told “Beware of strangers,” which was of course great advice. (Sadly, I cannot imagine growing up there now). In the Bible, some of the best people were strangers. Abraham said, “I’m a stranger and I sojourn among you.” Moses named his son “Gershom” meaning “stranger in a strange land”. In 1 Peter 2:11, we’re called aliens and strangers. Strangerhood is a holy call, and has much power. As believers we’re to go through life as strangers to the ways of this world and to our old identity. When people talk to you about impure subjects, you need to respond, “I don’t speak your language.” It’s a great thing to be a stranger to who you once were and to be able to say, “I just don’t understand you.” When you’re going through tough times, remember that you’re a stranger to them. You’re not of the problem anymore, you’re of the kingdom of YeHoVaH. We need to practice the ministry of strangerhood. Learn to be in the world, “Not of this World” because to be a stranger in this world is the most holy of callings. Facebook friends, practice the ministry of strangerhood today and view yourself as a sojourner on earth. Amen?


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