Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you

Originally posted on Possessing the Treasure:

by Mike Ratliff

3 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. (1 John 3:13 ESV)

There is a vast difference between the wisdom of the world and that of the Holy Spirit. What I mean is that no matter how profound or emphatic or pious sounding an enemy of the truth is, it is almost laughable how easy it is to spot their error and observe their self-importance as they attempt to belittle those who stand firm in the midst of God’s truth. I have a set of rules for governing comments on my blog. I had to implement them because there are certain people who think it is their job to disrupt or shout down God’s truth. The rules are really quite simple. If anyone desires to dispute what I have taught or what a commenter has said then they must do so by using the…

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Friday’s Message in Music


John 3: 16-18 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Our lives often get muddled with a multitude of minute details.  Stop!  I know we all have memorized these words of Jesus, but let us remember as the Creator God’s blood bought adopted children how costly our redemption was and how wonderfully generous Almighty God IS to offer it, freely to any who call on Him. I pray this song brings the hope and peace it does me  ♥Streim