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Present and Transform - Application #6
Resilient in Trial
The fact that none of us want to face is that by presenting ourselves to others in each of the tangible ways mentioned so far we are without fail setting ourselves up for intense opposition.
There is nothing that scares the collective carnal mind any more than the thought of Christians finally getting their "game on". What they have been willing to over look up till now because of it's ineffectiveness, they will not be willing to overlook when it starts to win the hearts minds (and souls) of the larger community.
Some could say that it has been the churches timidness/conformity to this point that has put it in the diminishing perspective of the public masses. Local churches have even turned on members that would endanger their own comfort spot within the secular world.
Some would even say that the modern western church is not being persecuted currently because it backed off from the effectiveness of the true Pauline gospel forms.
God's mercy has presented itself most when people have humbled themselves, turned from their worldly ways, and stood up even in overwhelming circumstances for His truth as one.
It begins as individuals. Others may not commit themselves, they may single you out. Your living sacrifice will at some point may ignite someone else's sacrifice and then another and another's. Your sacrifice however is regardless of what anybody else may say or do, and that is what might give another person the strength later to do similar.
Resilience - Living Sacrifice
This is the true measure of sacrifice - resilience.
You never know what you are capable of until you're in it over your head. Just keep doing what you do, distributing to the saints and being hospitable to all.
Pray that you will be prepared!