BEING BORN AGAIN IS EASY?
Who ever said being born again was easy has some explaining to do. It couldn't be further from the truth. When you decide to come out of the world and give your life over to Yahweh, expect some backlash. Is the persecution worth it? Absolutely!
But let's not discount that you will continue to battle your flesh throughout your journey to include your feelings as a human being. Subconsciously, most people care about what others think of them and desire approval.
So, what happens when you begin living for Christ and everyone you love and care about rejects your decision? Keep reading and I will share with you a few encouraging words.
Imagine the phone calls have stopped. You're unfriended or unfollowed on social media. Unfounded rumors circle all around you inferring you are a self-righteous holy roller. You are no longer invited to family gatherings as loved ones fear you will bring your bible along with gospel tracks. Worst yet, people accuse you of joining a cult. These scenarios are only a few examples of what can happen when you take a stand for your faith.
Before you allow the enemy to plant discouraging words in your mind in hopes you will renounce your faithfulness to the All Mighty just know it's a trick from your adversary. He's a master at mind games. I'm not trying to undermine your feelings, but please remember what Yeshua explained to his disciples:
18If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
For some of you that passage uplifted your spirits and brought you comfort. For others, the sting of reality setting in is enough to convince you giving up is the answer.
I'm encouraging you not to give up and to find strength within the Lord to keep pushing forward. As a follower of Jesus Christ take to heart that you are called to be the light in this dark world and your reward doesn't lie here, but in heaven.
3 POINTERS ON HOW TO HANDLE BEING AN OUTCAST
BE THE EXAMPLE
Do you want to know how to combat being an outcast? It's simple, set the example for others to follow. Huh? What? Think about it.
When you allow Christ to shine through you by how you carry yourself, how you speak to others in love, and how you handle difficult situations eventually, people are going to desire what you have, and that's Jesus Christ.
Of course you will standout from the crowd initially, but over time some of the very people who reject you now will begin to embrace your faith and desire it for themselves. This is called planting spiritual seeds and it's a wonderful thing.
Why in the world would a person who is persecuted for being a Christian be empathetic towards their accusers?
Well, remember the time when you were saying worldly things, acting in a worldly way, having a worldly understanding, enjoying worldly pleasures, and not having a care in the world?
Guess what? That's the season your accusers are currently in. And just how you were a sinner later transformed, the same can happen for your persecutors.
Somewhere, someone was praying for your lost soul possibly without you even knowing that helped lead you to everlasting life. Those held captive in sin need the same prayers.
You should show empathy because you were once just like them. Instead of feeling melancholy about how the lost continues to hurt you emotionally begin to send up prayers of warfare over their lives.
You now understand how awesome it is to be free in Yeshua, now pray that someone else can experience the same freedom too.
READ THE GOSPELS
Whenever I feel overwhelmed with being set apart from the world, I begin to recall events in the gospel where the disciples and apostles had to face fierce persecution.
The purpose of the gospels isn't limited to recounting historical biblical events. The stories are there to give you hope in your circumstance. It's a constant reminder that the bigger picture is staying on the straight and narrow regardless of what you endure, so that one day when you meet your Heavenly Father with open arms He says, Well done my good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:23).
It's not a works based philosophy, but you must acknowledge we are to not only here to live according to God's perfect word, but to plant seeds and lead others to His son.
In doing that you will face resistance and it's those who are willing to lose their life on earth for His name sake that will receive everlasting life.
So, when you think about throwing in the towel, just take a moment to reflect on everything the men and women of the gospel were willing to go through to be with their King.
You can find the Gospels here: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
BE WHO GOD CALLED YOU TO BE
The world will tell you to be whoever you want to be, but I'm telling you that it's not biblical and it's a dangerous philosophy to adhere to.
It's even more difficult as a woman of God not to be influenced by this ideology as you are bombarded every single day by the world's standard of what makes you a woman.
Yahweh has a purpose and a will for your life and that's who you should seek counsel in the matter. It's easy to want to fit in with everyone else when your light within is blinding to others.
Rather than dimming your light, walk in the person God has called you to be. That is the only way you will make an impact on a lost person or better yet the world.
Your divine Purpose
If God led you into evangelizing on the street, do it. If you are called to be the only current example of a child of God your unsaved family knows, then accept the mission.
You help lead souls to Christ by accepting who God created you to be — there is no other way, but through obedience in His will for your life. At the end of the day it's about leading lost souls to Yeshua and you can't do that if you reject the person God has called you to be. Own it!
So, the next time you begin to feel ostracized by the people around you, hold your head up high and remind yourself that it will be well worth it in the end.
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If you have any more suggestions on coping with being an outcast as a women of faith, please share in the comments.