ACAD – Rejected: Romans 11

Israel’s rejection of God leads to salvation for the world. “For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!”

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ACAD – Rejected: Hosea 4

Israel’s unfaithfulness to God is liked to adultery. He rejects their children. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

ACAD – Rejected: Isaiah 53

Prophesy of Jesus’s rejection and execution by the people. Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? “He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him of no account. Surely He has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.”

ACAD – Rejected: Isaiah 5

Woe to the wicked. “Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will become rotten, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”

ACAD – Rejected: Isaiah 2

Day of the Lord will diminish the pride of man. “For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up and high; against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; against all the high mountains and against all the lofty hills; against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft.”

ACAD – Rejection: Ezekiel 5

Jerusalem’s disobedience in the sight of surrounding nations that had always rejected God’s statutes receives a punitive sentence. “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, and have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rules, and have not even acted according to the rules of the nations that are all around you, therefore… Behold, I, even I, am against you. And I will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations.”

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Jared B.

Proverbs 27:12 says “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

If we can’t be transparent with one another then there is no way we can grow (sharpen) each other.

If we are afraid to be transparent because of shame hidden away in our life then transparency should be an encouragement for us to move beyond what brings shame and into a beneficial and strengthening relationship. See Galatians 6:1 “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

On the other hand if we are afraid to be transparent because of self-doubt or shyness then we may be robbing those around us of blessings and encouragements. 1 Corinthians 14:26 “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.”

Your description of Christ is on the mark. He had little patience and was very blunt with those who should have, or professed, to know better. Yet, with the poor, sick, weary, and those truly seeking him he had compassion and kindness.

Your words are encouraging to me but also convicting. Nicely said, uhh Kindly said? Well put! :)

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I just read your note that you tagged me on. It was ON POINT…get out of my head!!! This last season has been such this way for me. God has put me in a position to be a blessing….and I hadn’t really realized it…I was just doing what I felt I was supposed to do. I have received in abundance the comments you were speaking of from your friend. I had an employee cry this week as she expressed to my team and executive board members what she felt that I had done for her and what an example she felt that I was to her.

To the point that I almost felt embarrassed….and it was that night in prayer that I had realized that I hadn’t yet learn how to receive. I felt like the Holy Spirit told me that I knew how to lose in the past, I knew how to survive and just get by, but now at this level he really wanted me to know how to win…and to recieve it and not keep it hidden. Afterall, I am his child I have been put here to be a blessing..and I am not ashamed of the gospel nor my salvation. THANK YOU!! Thank you….and continue to let him use you my friend!!!”

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“This morning, like the past several weeks, I’ve been out running before sunrise. Time permitting I’ve been reading a chapter or two from your book when I get back. I was going to text you this morning just to say Hi and wish you an encouraged and wonderful day but then one text message turned into two and since it was before 7 it seemed best to reconfigure the medium of communication and send it a little less indirect so you could look at it when both your eyes were fully open and you had consumed your morning beverage of choice (oj,tea,coffee).

The book is continuing to be a good read for me and from one single person to another a lot of what you say testifies to what is in my heart or the Lord is revealing to me about myself. On the other hand, there is a whole different list of ideas I look forward to discussing with you because for every thought that makes me want to say “Yaw, Heay Der I Know Watcha Mean, Yeah, Eh?” (I think that is Yooper for “Say it loud sista”) there is another thought that seems foreign to me. Anyway, that is a conversation that I look forward to at another time.!”

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