( The Message)
32-33 “Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?
Being in the church, or saying that you have faith doesn’t mean that one stands for God!…Standing for… means to abide by…Either we abide by God’s rules or by the world. Which opinion has been more important? What have you been following? If we abide by God’s rules then He will back us up. If we turn our back, our ears and don’t deny ourselves how can He bless us? Remember faith without works is dead!..
34-37 “Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy.
One can’t be naïve thinking that being a true Christian or living by God’s standards is easy. Not at all!…One can’t be friend of God and friend of the world!..There is a sword- A cut. THAT’S EXACLY WHAT GOD EXPECT FROM US….
TO CUT THE LINKS WITH THE WORLD, WITH THE DEVIL, TO DIE FOR OUR WILL. THAT’S WERE BAPTISM IN THE WATERS COMES IN, ETC..
I’ve come to cut-make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law-cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.
We have to know that the devil will use those that you love the most, so that they can influence you to divert you from God’s way
38-39 “If you don’t go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don’t deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.
God can only go all the way with us, if we Go all the way with Him.There MUST BE A TOTAL SURRENDER OF BODY, MIND, SOUL AND SPIRIT. One must let go of selfish desires and cravings, forget to be self-centered and look up to God, in other words, allow Him to guide you and to lead you on!..
Have you passed the knife? Sorry must be machete!...
If you didn’t, one day the Machete will be passed on you, to cut you off from God’s presence.