Put Up Your Sword
By David Wilkerson
"So, you want to be a man or woman of God? If so, you are going to be served a cup of pain. You’ll weep because of something much worse than physical pain. I’m speaking of the pain of being bruised and rejected by friends; the pain of parents when children trample their hearts and become strangers to them; the pain between a husband and wife when walls are built up between them.
Oh, the turmoil that comes, the restless, sleepless nights — knowing that God is real, that you are walking in his Spirit, that you are loving Jesus with all that is in you, and yet you are forced to drink a cup of pain.
We cannot run from this cup. We cannot be fooled into thinking that following Jesus is only happiness. Scripture does say our approach to life should be to “count it all joy” (James 1:2). Yet it also says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous” (Psalm 34:19).
Peter tried to drive away affliction in his flesh. He wielded a sword at Gethsemane, telling Jesus, in effect, “Master, you don’t have to go through this. I’ll keep them at bay while you make your escape.” Many Christians today have the same attitude. They try to turn away afflictions, saying, “I don’t have to face this. My God is a good God!”
I believe God is faithful. But Jesus tells us we cannot run from our cup of pain. He commanded Peter, “Put up your sword. That is not my Father’s way. Live by your sword and you will die by it.” Then he stated, “Shall I not drink the cup which my Father has given me?” (John 18:11).
When you trust the One who is serving you this cup — when you see his purpose behind your suffering — then you are able to drink it. Don’t be afraid, for your Father holds the cup. You are not drinking death but life!"
I hope it's ok to quote a non-CM Alliance person here. This devotional tugged at me. I recently visited family -- all nonbelievers. I believe the Lord is very close to me in those days, hours and minutes when each thought and word is scrutinized.
It is hard for me and I posted the other Provide but Hate post because of the upcoming visit and how to really sort out this family thing. DO YOU WALK AWAY when you've shared the Gospel and they make fun of you. I don't watch much TV; certainly not the yucky shows. My sister and her husband describe TV shows they watch....many. I don't know any of them. My brother-in-law kept saying, "if you watched that Candice, you'd have to go to church six times. Hah hah". I actually laughed out loud. They don't get it at all. There's no use even saying a word. They're atheists and can just send themselves to hell by their own volition.
DO WE EVER JUST WALK AWAY? Jesus seemed to imply this and it seems He was rather direct to me that you will have this trouble. BUT, I've never sensed this from the Spirit. The impression the Spirit gives me is that I see my sister on her death bed, and I'm there asking her if she wants to receive Christ. My heart hurts.
BUT, I need encouragement too. I've asked my two friends this as well. Has anyone experience with this?