We can't educate people who have no desire to learn or who believe they already know it all. We can't stay with people who don't want to be with us.
Though already planned by God, that's why Paul left his own and went in a whole different direction. Thank God he did. Had he kept doing what he was doing, trying to help people who didn't even realize they needed help and who didn't want to hear him, all that was in him would have died with him.
Imagine the Bible without the Books of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and some scholars attribute the book of Hebrews to Paul.
As we come to the end of what for many has been a challenging year, and as God blessed me to go on an unexpected, incredible journey with some amazing people and an amazing teacher, it is crystal clear to me what God would have me do. No, I am not going anywhere, just the opposite.
That's why we have to have ears that hear. What Satan means for evil, God means for good and often where Satan fights against us the hardest is the place of our harvest.
If you are being unusually challenged, it is not a time to quit or wallow in hurt feelings, but a time to step back and take a different view, God's view based upon the truth of his word.
When God gets ready to elevate us, He will cause a deep stirring within us we can't explain and/or inexplicable, often random attacks. Know that all attacks against his people are allowed by God for a greater purpose. And oftentimes that purpose is for growth or promotion. How do I know this? Because a fundamental principle is in all things God allows all things to work together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. (Paul again - Romans 8:28)
And God's purpose is to draw us, grow us and promote us.
As the year ends, I hope you reading this will stop and re-evaluate where you are too. The days are evil and God is speaking to and leading his people in incredible ways. It will take courage, wisdom and heart.
Stop trying to squeeze into places and spaces where you no longer fit. God has something else, something better in store for you! This is why Jesus told the disciples to go back and wait. Do nothing until they receive the Holy Spirit. The work he had for them to do would be more dynamic, and reach further, but would require him to work through them to accomplish it because the battle would be spiritual.
The same is true of us today. People won't show us who they are. But over time, God will reveal to those he has called and set aside for his purpose, who they are. Believe what he shows and reveals to you. Then wait on him to work, by way of the Holy Spirit through you because the battles we fight today are, too, spiritual.
People sometimes are not who they appear or want people to believe they are. No matter their sweet words and good deeds.
No matter how religious they appear to be. Especially how religious they appear to be! God knows their motives because he knows their heart.
He reveals. And revelation is a process. Sometimes a painful one because he allows us to see people for who and what they truly are. Not who we have accepted them to be. Even ourself.
In the process of promotion, God leaves no one out, not even us. We must examine ourselves. And in the end, it won't matter who doesn't like you, endorse you, support you, call your name, award you, recognize you, or honor you when God has called you.
When God purposes you, it doesn't matter who opposes you. When God is for you, he is more than any person or people against you. It is what the battle has been about.