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Are You A Consistent Christian?

"And, behold, I come shortly; and, behold, my recompense is with me, to give to each man according to his work." (Revelation 22:12)

Read: Revelation 22:11-14 

Paul got a trip in a basket when he fled Damascus for his life at the start of his ministry (2 Corinthians 11:32-33). However, the same God who freed him from the Damascus garrison allowed him to wind up in prison in Philippi (Act 16). Just because God answered one prayer yesterday doesn't indicate He'll answer another in the same way today.

Paul held a worship session in jail, even in the midst of chains and bonds, according to Acts 16:25. He was never grumpy. Paul learned to glorify God no matter what he was going through. When thrown in prison for the sake of the Gospel, few individuals can glorify God. He was willing to bear the worst for the sake of the Kingdom of God (Philippians 1:20-21). He wasn't embarrassed in the least. Are you embarrassed to face little scorn, persecution, denials, and beatings today because of His Name? Because Jesus was a living sacrifice, Paul could propose that we should be as well.

When a bird or animal is brought as a sacrifice to an idol in African traditional religion, the giver relinquishes his ownership of the animal; it becomes the property of the idol for the remainder of its life. The idol decides whether it lives or dies, and whether it is handed to someone. That living sacrifice could be well fed one minute and then slaughtered the next. This is where the term "living sacrifice" comes from. You should be so surrendered to God that you give Him the greatest delight in whatever you do.

You should be prepared to die like Stephen if dying for the Gospel will bring Him the greatest joy. Daniel's willingness to enter the lion's den reveals that he was willing to die. In the end, his faith caused a decree for the entire world to fear Daniel's God, rather than death. I shall joyfully be on my way to Heaven if my death may result in a United Nations decree requiring all nations of the world to worship only my God - the true and living God. Are you willing to make a living sacrifice? And to what extent is this true?

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