“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received,let him be accursed.
For do I now persuade men or please God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should NOT be a servant of Christ.
I certify you (make known to you), brethren, that the gospel that was preached of me is NOT after men (is not according to man).
For I neither received it of (from) man, NEITHER was I taught it , BUT (except) by the revelation of Christ Jesus.
For ye have heard of my past conversation in time past (his past behavior) in the Jew’s religion, how that beyond measure, I persecuted the church of God, and wasted (destroyed) it.
And profited (advanced) in the Jews religion above many my equals in my own nation, being more exceeding zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
BUT when it PLEASED God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, AND CALLED ME BY HIS GRACE. To reveal his Son in me , that I might preach him among the heathen, immediately I conferred NOT with flesh and blood; NEITHER went I up into Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; BUT I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode (stayed) with him for fifteen days. But other of the apostles I saw NONE< save (except for) James, the brother of the Lord.” Galatians 1:9-19
Sometimes, we feel isolated and we feel that maybe, or maybe there are other voices trying to persuade you into a”different” gospel, other that that you have received of God, which means, that joy, that grace, and the WORD which you believed by faith and excepted his gift of salvation.
Just like Paul was separated for years, as he studied and learn, he KNEW what he believed, and he KNEW was was true because he did NOT receive these teaching from a man or men, nor had friends convinced him of his beliefs.
He knew the truth because GOD had revealed that truth to him!
So today, if you are feeling, alone, isolated, or persecuted, have hope, have faith because God is doing a mighty work, right where you are and he know exactly which drum you should march to and sometimes the only drum drumming is the ONE he has GIVEN YOU!
“My soul fainteth for thy salvation; but I hope in the word.
Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
For I am become like a bottle of smoke; yet do i not forget thy statutes.
How many are the days of thy servant? When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
The proud have digged pits ((dug pits, laid traps) for me, which are not after (according to) thy law.
All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me (God please, help me). They almost consumed me upon the earth (almost made an end of me); but I forsook not thy precepts.
Quicken me after thy lovingkindness (Revive me out of your love and mercy for me); so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”
Psalm 119:81-88 CAPH
So as you march forward as as as a good soldier in the army of God, never mind all the other voices and all those whose only desire is to rob you of your relationship with the Lord and destroy your calling in him.
Φλογιζω NBJ 2020/ Rev. Nina Brown Johnson