Stand!

Published on 22 January 2021 at 12:29

Mark 9:1

“Assuredly, I say unto you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of GOD present with power...

 

So

 

John the Revelator...

Aka John, author of the gospel of John,

also John of 1, 2, and 3rd John preceding JESUS’ half brother Jude, following Peter, the ROCK, the church.

This John who, is 2nd only to Paul in penning the most books of the New Testament.

 

Could JESUS is referring to John in this verse when HE says ‘that there were some that would not taste death until...’

 

But it was not for the lack of trying.

 

Over time the Romans had come to enjoy the executions that they performed. This is evident because they built colosseums where they would take people of faith and slaughter them.

 

In Daniels time people were thrown into a den of hungry lions. Joseph was thrown into a dark pit where anything could’ve eaten him or he could’ve succumbed to pure exposure... and let’s not forget Hananiah, Azariah & Mishael who met their Creator and communed with HIM IN a large fiery furnace.

 

And GOD met each of them with a miracle INside of their place of pain.

 

So I wasn’t surprised when I learned that John was PLACED in a pot!

 

A HUGE pot...

 

Of BOILING OIL!

 

Not boiling water but boiling oil...

 

Have you ever had one of those days? It seems that one thing after another takes place. After it all goes down you find yourself shaking your head and saying, “LORD, if one more thing happens...

LORD, here comes Sally Mae with bad news.. the gospel is GOOD news LORD, but she never comes with that!

LORD, NOW I have to get home and sleep this day off. I need to just erase this day from my mind!”

 

Problem after problem...

Dollar after dollar...

And BILLS!

Bill just WILL not leave you alone!

 

The enemy had his trap set! His plan was to destroy you.

 

And that trap started out with that first offense.

 

You’re in the pot as people look on...

 

‘Deny JESUS!’

You scream “NO!

 

the enemy lights a match!

‘Deny JESUS!’

You shout, “No!”

 

The crowd roars...

 

the enemy is getting upset.. Because he has promised every ticket holder a show. He sold tickets... he even sold a few to Sally Mae. She bought 5!

 

he pours in the oil...

 

“Deny JESUS!”

 

With tears streaming down your face, you scream “NO!” For CHRIST I’ll LIVE AND FOR HIM, ALONE I WILL DIE!”

 

he smiles and whispers

“I thought you would say that!

 

And with a smile,

he drops the match...

 

Flicks a ‘Bic’

 

 

So, if you were in this situation...

Would you cave, or would you STAND?

 

Faced with being boiled in HOT oil, would you cave or would you STAND?

 

What if you were 1...

Just one...

The youngest one of the 12 that walked alongside JESUS, saw HIM transformed or transfigured, nicknamed yourself “the disciple that JESUS loved.”

 

Would you deny like Peter?

Or would you STAND like Paul?

 

Having heard JESUS say,

 

“Assuredly, I say unto you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of GOD present with power...

 

present with POWER!

 

And you say...

I believe now, while they are putting me into this pot, that all of the other disciples are dead and truth is,

 

I feel alone...

In this pot.

Am I truly the disciple that JESUS loves,

Or,

Am I the one that HE love(D)?

 

Do I love, or am I IN LOVE?

InSIDE of HIS LOVE!

 

If GOD IS LOVE

AND I KNOW GOD LOVES ME

THEN, as Esther put it so eloquently, “if I die, let me die, I AM GOING TO SEE THE KING!”

 

Are you willing to go the distance?

Are you willing to lay down life and pick up LOVE?

To pick up GOD?

 

John didn’t die there, but whenever you decide to lay everything you want down, sacrifice yourself, and pick up LOVE you WILL leave with something better than what you came in with!

 

What if the fire that the enemy set under John burned off impurities... Ezekiel 24:11

What if the oil that they poured in the pot anointed John for the next step in his journey...Psalm 23:5

 

And what if I tell you that everything that the enemy has put in your life to entrap you, to snare you...

EVERYTHING that the enemy meant for evil GODS GOING TO TURN IT ALL FOR YOUR GOOD!!!! Genesis 50:20!

 

And HES GOING TO GIVE YOU DOUBLE FOR ALL OF YOUR TROUBLE! JOB 42:10

 

Do NOT lay down and give up!

This is NOT the end!

Keep your sword at your side Ephesians 6:17 and know that NO weapon formed against you shall prosper!

ISAIAH 54:17

 

Isaiah 54:17 IS your heritage! Stamped in CHRISTS, blood YOU SHALL INHERIT THAT!

But the Bible is full of promises that GOD has stored up for you!

 

How do you receive them? Pray the word continuously, (or without ceasing 1 Thess 5:16) in FAITH!

 

We Thank you LORD, even in our pots. Some are big and some are small, but no matter the size we know that YOU have allow fire only as a catalyst to HELP us move. Teach us to be strong and make us over in YOUR image.

 

In JESUS NAME!

 

Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 


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