Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
2 Corinthians 6: 14-18 (ESV)
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial (the devil)? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me,” says the Lord Almighty.
Every year, I get nervous around Halloween time.
It’s the start of the holidays. I’m not good around the holidays. I do have divorced-kid baggage, but that’s not really why I don’t like the holidays. The reason why I don’t like the holidays is because they aren’t God’s holidays. They are man’s, and they make me uncomfortable.
This is NOT a popular notion, I know. I am often made fun of by my family and friends — many of whom claim to be Christians. I hear all the time, “What’s the big deal? I know they are Pagan festivals, but I don’t honor the devil. I just have fun.” Or, when it’s Christmas time I hear, “I know Christmas supplants the winter Pagan festivals, but so what? I am honoring Jesus. Get over yourself.”
It’s exceptionally hurtful to be told by those closest to you that you are weird or wrong for not being like everyone else. BUT, we are not called to be like everyone else.
In Deuteronomy 12:1-4 we are told, “These are the statutes and rules that you shall be careful to do in the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess, all the days that you live on the earth. You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and burn their Asherim with fire. You shall chop down the carved images of their gods and destroy their name out of that place. You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way.“
I’m not trying to show off that I’m the greatest Christian ever. I’m SO far from being the greatest anything! I am simply trying to follow God’s desires as described by Paul in 2 Corinthians 6. I want to have fun and celebrate like everyone else, but I don’t want to go before God one day and have Him look at me with big, sad God-eyes and ask, “Why did you worship other gods?” I don’t want to hurt my Lord and Savior who defeated the devil and death for me. And, this is why I don’t celebrate certain holidays no matter how weird this may make me to mankind.
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
Check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Gina @ Stories by Gina!