Even a Pagan King Knew The LORD Was With Ezra

Ezra the scribe sought the Lord to do His will. He studied, prayed, memorized His Word, and then taught it to the people. Even the Persian king Artaxerxes recognized the Spirit of God within Ezra, and decreed that what Ezra needed for his people, it should be done. Also, that Ezra should set magistrates and judges over the people, and he himself teach the people what they do not know (Ez 7:21, 25).

We would do very well to read the life of Ezra, and follow his lead in how he spent time getting to know the LORD God, reading and studying His Word, praying, and then taking the Word of God to the people, to teach and preach it to them.

Having the Word of God in your mind and heart (Ps. 119:9-11) is a very good thing these days. It is what keeps me in perfect peace (Is. 26:3), even during such evil days as we are living in.

When the enemy tries to get a foothold in my life, I quickly rebuke the evil ones with Scripture I have memorized, or go to the Word and start speaking it out, to extinguish the fiery darts (Eph. 6:16) that the enemy shoots onto the battlefield (my mind).

Yes, the hand of God can work for good in all souls that allow the Triune Godhead into their lives.

If one does not have the Spirit of God living and working in them, then as it is written, “the wrath of God abides in him” (Jn. 3:36).

Decide for yourself just who you will serve in this life (Joshua 24:15); for it WILL determine where you end up in Eternity.

No Matter the Losses Here, Your Eternal Gain is Jesus!

BUT, realize when you do all these things, it IS for certain that you will:
Lose friends like Jesus did.
Lose family members like Jesus did.
Have people ignore you like they did to Jesus.
Have those who were the closest to you, as best friends, even, no longer want to talk to you or see you anymore, like what they did to Jesus (that actually happened to Joseph and Mary, His parents, as well).
Have people hate you for no reason at all, like they hated Jesus.
Have people ostracize you, like they did Jesus.
Have people tell lies about you, like they did to Jesus.
Have some want to even harm you or kill you, like how they wanted to do to Jesus.
Have some put curses on you, like they did with Jesus.
Have people not include you in family gatherings anymore, because your love for Jesus.
Have people try to silence you because of your love for Jesus.

The devil moves people to see you as their enemy, because you put God and His Word first in your life, as Jesus did.
They will persecute you, because they persecuted Jesus.

No matter how many times you reach out,
No matter how many times you try to let them know you still love them,
No matter how many times you tell them you miss them and want to stay in touch with them,
No matter how successful and accomplished you can be-if you love Jesus, most will have hardly anything to do with you.

But did not Jesus tell us that would all happen? He did.
Is it still worth following Him, then, to lose all those who would rather not have anything to do with you, because of your love for the Lord Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit?
Is it REALLY all worth it?

YES, IT IS.

I do not like it; it breaks my heart that loved ones have nothing to do with me anymore. And if you are a follower of Christ, it WILL happen to you too.

BUT I will STILL go on, loving, caring, praying, forgiving, being patient with and serving others, even if while I’m here on this Earth, I do not see the “fruit” of my labors. I will see them fulfilled One Day, when my Lord soon calls me Home, and honestly, that is really all that matters.

Jesus IS all that matters to me.

Because as HE hung on that Cross, I was ALL that MATTERED to HIM.