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Avoiding Spiritual Murder

Scripture: Matthew 10:28 -Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Devotion: Do you feel lost?

Do you feel like you don’t know what to do financially?

Well Jesus is the answer. This scripture actually gave me chills because Jesus was letting his apostles know that the task will not be easy. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus is explaining in layman terms.

“Look! I am sending you out to heal the sick and those who are plagued with disease, but the town you are going to go into, ain’t going to like that. So what I want you to do is be shrewd and on your P’s and Q’s while in these towns. Find a shelter, someone who accepts my message, if they don’t accept it, leave that place, it won’t be safe.

Don’t go in there flashy with gold or copper in your garment, be humble. If they don’t like you, don’t worry, shake the dust from your feet, and head to the next house that is welcoming, don’t let it stop you from the mission. And if they do try to turn you away, I promise that it will be worst than Sodom and Gomorrah, where God rained down fire and brimstone, if they reject the message.

And lastly, the worst-case scenario is if they arrest you, don’t worry, the holy spirit will give you the right words to say. And just know you shouldn’t be afraid of those who can simply kill you, because they can’t kill your spirit, but only be afraid of those who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

And Jesus, clearly brings up the idea here that people will hate you because of your love for him, but don’t just stay there, keep moving. Don’t waste your time there.

This is a big scripture for me. I recently went down to the Louisiana Small Business Development Center and we were talking about how I can expand my business.

You know, what can I do to make sure my message was sent out to the public?

And they said that maybe I was fishing in a pond that was too small because I focus on people of faith and they thought I should expand that reach.

Well…this scriptures says that I shouldn’t. They have all the best intentions in the world and I love the organization but they just don’t know the biblical perspective of business.

If I explain what my firm stands for and that person doesn’t understand, I should do as Jesus instructs, and go to the next person or town.

Not to be discouraged.

Not to give up.

To go where his word is appreciated and not just tolerated.

Jesus is telling his apostles, don’t conform to the town but provide my message and let them be transformed through it.

And not to be afraid of them.

They can kill you because that is what they will try to do.

Kill your dream.

But you must maintain your strength in the spirit of the Lord.

With your finances, it will get tough. Decisions will have to be made. But it is up to you to continue to seek the word of God and align your thoughts and investments with it.

When it comes to finance, this verse let’s you know that people can do some things that are outside of your control financially, but they can not do anything to you spiritually. And as long as you keep that in mind, you will be okay.

So today, I want you to think about your life and what things do you want in it.

What things have God put on your heart to do, that you know are righteous?

Things that maybe you were afraid to pursue these things.

Whatever that may be TODAY I want you to feel empowered and express yourself spiritually.

Prayer: Lord, I know that the decision to invest my finances into things that will bring you glory is not popular. I know people will tell me all the things wrong with managing my finances to your word. But as you told the apostles, I know you are there for me.

They only hate me because I follow your word, but that is their loss. I pray for guidance and perseverance in this time as I focus on being a good steward over what you have blessed me with.


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