stone the messenger
Have you noticed the people who are involved in public discourse and how they deal with adversity? If a man is faced with the truth and can't respond, he will attack the purveyor. This is the cowards way out and it is prevalent in politics and religion.
John 10:32 And Jesus said, many good works have I showed you from My Father; for which of these works do you stone Me?
Jesus spoke the Word and the Father confirmed it with signs following, the Jews did not even consider the miracles. The Jewish leaders were laser focused on what Jesus spoke, it did not fit their narrative the way they thought it should. What Jesus said concerning His relationship to the Father made them very angry. How could a sinner call God His Father? They considered Jesus a man of sin just like all the other people. They believed they were the only righteous among all the Jews. They could not resist the wisdom of Jesus so they were determined to stone Him. They never thought for even one minute that Jesus could have spoken the truth, they would not hear of it.
Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hanged on a tree
The Jews were so hard hearted that they would not believe God raised Jesus from the dead. The priests put out some fake news, they told all of Israel that His disciples came and stole His body out of the tomb. All men have a choice, they can believe what men say or they can believe what the Scriptures say! The disciples began to work miracles by invoking the Name of Jesus. The priests and Sadducees rebuked them and forbade them to use the Name of Jesus. It was illegal to use the Name of a dead man even if it had the power of God attached to it. Now the Jewish leaders had a problem, they killed Jesus but His believers were using His Name to carry on His vision.
Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Not every so-called believer is open to hearing and accepting everything the Lord spoke. If religion-minded Christians can't accept the Word of God you speak, they will brand you as a heretic. They called Jesus a false prophet and a heretic but He never changed His message because He was bound to the truth. The Bible refers to men pleasers, these are folks who will speak what men want to hear, they put men before God. I would rather die as His messenger than stand before Him and be judged for denying Him before men.
John 15:18 If the world hate you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
If we speak and believe the same things Jesus spoke, some folks will hate us because they don't believe what Jesus said. The Bible says in the book of Deuteronomy that if a man put on a dress it is an abomination(disgusting) to God. If you quote this Word in the Bible you will be branded a hater. They don't agree with you because they never agreed with God. The Apostles were glad when they were persecuted for identifying with Jesus and so should we be. The Lord has love and great patience for all haters because He knows they are being influenced by the devil. We pray all men come to know truth before they stand before the truth. Remember this, all men who live godly lives will suffer persecution.
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I know the will of my Lord,
He takes pleasure in my prosperity.
He died to make me rich,
He became the curse for me.
If I yield to poverty and lack,
I will disappoint my Lord.
Now I got my mind right,
I am ready to prosper,
spirit, soul and body.