Rejection Bought Change
God has called us to serve in His Kingdom. The
Bible tells us that many are called, but few are chosen. Who are the
chosen? The chosen are those who make sacrifice's for the Kingdom's
business. Those who have, because of their lives in Christ,
have been pushed a side by family and friends. The one line I hear from
those who are saved, regarding their friends and loved one's is,
"you're not the same, there is something different about you." Even
though, those words may hurt, coming from someone who you believed was a
true friend, turn out to confirm the calling from the Lord upon your
life. Being rejected is something that may happen in the life of someone
called into ministry. It's a feeling of loss. At least, that is my
experience. or me, facing rejection from someone who doesn't know the
Lord is permanent for me. I'm left planting a seed for someone else to
harvest, if it's God's will for the life of that person or persons. In
Matthew 13:54-58, Jesus faced rejection in Nazareth. The Bible tells us
that when the Sabbath came, He begin to teach in the synagogue. The
Bible tells us that many were astounded, wondering aloud, where did this
man get these things? You see, they didn't know who Jesus is. He was
born and raised right there with them. All they could see was He was
raised as a carpenter's son. Look at Matthew 13: verse 3. Your long time
friends and family are saying the very same thing about you. Read what
Jesus told them in verse 4. A prophet is not without honor except in his
own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house. I know from
experience, how hurtful it is to be rejected by friends, and loved
ones. Even within the home you live in; how much support do you really
have? My brothers and sisters, no matter what, keep pressing. Looking
back on those who rejected you isn't worth turning into a pillar of
salt. Jesus told His disciples if rejected to clean the dust of of their
feet and move on. ..Matthew 10:14.
I've been Standing for
Christ since I was eight years old. Ever since that summer day when I
accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, the battle for acceptance begun. I
didn't know or understand why the rejection was so much of a presence
in my life. Through these 43 years following that summers afternoon,
I've grown and matured into a man who openly serves the Lord Jesus
Christ and the Kingdom of God. I made Stand for Christ a Ministry
through the unction of the Holy Spirit. None of what I did, I did
without Christ. I'm understanding now, what being alone really means. I
look back on the rejections, the disappointments, the betrayals, the
losses, and I am still Standing for Christ. Through the tears that have
shed, I Stand. Through the shouts of anger being yelled in my face, I
Stand. Through the times of abuse, I Stand. Feeling alone and rejected,
I'm never alone nor am I rejected. God allows us to go through so we can
become stronger, wiser, BETTER, so much BETTER! Last week I faced a
rejection that cut deep. A mark that I will carry for the rest of my
life. This is the time I sought help to get back up, so I can continue
carrying my cross. Yes, the load became too heavy and I dropped my
cross. It's back up on my shoulders again, and I'm back up, serving as a
BETTER man of God than I was before last week ever happened. This is a
time for great change in my life. Genesis 32: 22-32, God tells us of how
He wrestled with Jacob. He tells us that He told Jacob to let Him go.
Jacob said, "NOT UNTIL YOU BLESS ME!" That's when Jacob's name was
changed to Israel. In my case, I will no longer use the name of Stand
for Christ. As of June of this year, I will no longer use S4C as my
ministry. I will be using my birth name. JH Ministries or James Howard
Ministries. I believe I have come full circle, and now is the time for
my end run to victory in Christ Jesus. I don't have to change my Face
Book page, thank God, but i will have to either close my web site or
just change the name. I will have to speak with the servers about that.
These past 15 years in ministry have been very rewarding and such a
blessing. I hear change being broadcast throughout my spirit. I pray you
will continue following me, praying for me and supporting what God is
doing in my life. I'm sharing this with you because of the support you
have shown me throughout the years. You are such a blessing to me and I
Love You All!! I pray God will CONTINUE to Bless You Beyond Your
Thoughts and Prayers!!!
The Separation Period
In discourses descriptive of the present condition and future prospects of the Kingdom of God, Christ taught that the Kingdom in its ideal state of purity would not be realized till the end of the world, when the object in view is to be attained by means of a judicial separation between real members and those who are members only in outward appearance or profession (Mat_13:24-30; Mat_13:36-43; Mat_13:47-50). In opposition to prevailing ideas on the subject, Christ plainly indicated that the Kingdom of God, throughout the course of its earthly development, must contain conflicting elements of good and evil, and gravely deprecated any premature attempt at separating them. The intermixture foreshadowed was not a pure kingdom existing amid a corrupt environment, but a kingdom itself invaded and pervaded to some extent by a corrupt element.
Wendt maintains that Christ did not ‘contemplate an outward separation of His disciples from the fellowship of the Israelitish nation and religion’, and that the parables of the Tares and the Drag Net were intended to guard against any attempt in that direction. But the evil element referred to in the parables is not that which has always existed in the world, and must be expected to continue, but that which has entered the Kingdom in the course of, and as the result of, its own operations, which tend to gather within its pale spurious adherents as well as genuine (Mat_13:47). A separation, moreover, from the Jewish Church, as Christ must have foreseen, was imminent and inevitable, if for no other reason, because the spirit and aims of the society founded by Him were so widely different (Mat_9:16 ), and it is clearly implied in the announcement of the approaching downfall of the Jewish State (Luk_19:43).
Serious objection must also be taken to the view, which has often been advocated, in the interests of a pure Church, since the Donatist controversy in the beginning of the 5th cent., that the evil element is in the world, the good element in the Kingdom, and the blending of the two merely contiguity or co-existence in space. It is hard to see why our Lord should have been at such pains to point out what must be perfectly obvious to everybody, that the world is evil, and why He should recommend a tolerant attitude toward the evil, instead of making it a reason for earnest evangelistic effort. Such a condition of things had long existed, and was only what might be expected. It could by no possibility give rise to the painful reflection and inquiry described in the parable (Mat_13:27, which are in reality due to the circumstance that the sin which exists in the world ‘is always forcing its way anew into the circle in which the Kingdom of God is being realized.’ The surprise and disappointment expressed by the servants are occasioned by the emergence of a phenomenon wholly unexpected, when the field originally sown with good seed is found afterwards to contain tares—an alien and unwelcome addition; and their impatient zeal to begin at once the work of purification is, in the circumstances, extremely natural. It is almost needless to remark that if the Son of Man at the end of the world is to ‘gather out of his kingdom all things that offend (πÎ¬ντα τá½° σκÎ¬νδαλα), and them which do iniquity,’ they must have existed previously within it (Mat_13:41).
The contrast is obviously between the mixed state of affairs now prevailing, and the Kingdom as it shall be, when, freed from all admixture, it shines forth in its pure native luster (Mat_13:43). Meanwhile the disciples are directed to exercise a wise patience, and to refrain from drastic measures of reform which might result in injuries still more serious to the cause they have at heart (Mat_13:29). Their attitude of tolerance is by no means to be taken, however, as implying sanction or approval of existing abuses. Christ freely admitted that the presence and conduct of unworthy members were inconsistent with the Divine ideal of the Kingdom, and could not but prove injurious to its best interests (Mat_13:28; Mat_13:39). But the possibility of admixture was unavoidable, in view of the fact that the Divine Kingdom welcomed all without distinction, on their professed compliance with the conditions of admission to its membership. The wide and sweeping character of its operations exposed it to the risk of gathering into its bosom some who might do it serious discredit in the eyes of those who had its purity and welfare at heart, as well as of the world at large (Mat_13:47).
It would be a mistake to suppose that Christ meant to withhold from His disciples authority to exercise discipline in the case of grave offenses against the laws of the Kingdom, discipline which they did, in point of fact, afterwards exercise (Act_8:20-23, 1Co_5:3-5), but which had for its object the edification, and not the destruction, of believers (2Co_10:8). The infliction of censure or punishment in the case of gross offenders was intended to have a healing effect, and instead of aiming at permanent exclusion from religious fellowship and privileges, had ultimate restoration to these in view. What our Lord deprecates is any attempt to forestall the Final Judgment by the absolute separation of offenders from religious fellowship, a separation issuing only in destruction (Mat_13:40). Having regard to the imperfections that cleave to human nature while still in a state of probation, it is evidently His intention that lenity rather than severity should characterize the treatment of offenders, lest good and evil be rashly included in one common condemnation, and the remedy prove so violent as to be worse than the disease (Mat_13:29). Besides, the exercise of a decisive judgment would in many cases require a delicacy of discrimination and an insight into human character possessed only by a Divine person, and it is accordingly reserved for the Son of Man, in His capacity as Judge, at the end of the world. Even strong presumptive proof of moral unworthiness would not, in the case of mere human judgment, afford sufficient guarantee against the risk of mistake (Mat_13:29).
While the disciples are enjoined to preserve an attitude of patient endurance toward evil within the Kingdom, Christ held out to them the prospect of a day of final sifting in which it would be completely eliminated (Mat_13:30; Mat_Mat_13:48). The period of intermingling is at last to come to an end. The great separation to be then effected between the two elements so long opposed, has primarily in view the interest of an ideal purity, for which all earnest ones have anxiously hoped and striven. The burning of the tares does not refer so much to the fate which ultimately overtakes evildoers, as to the fact that they can no longer exert a depressing effect on the fortunes of the Kingdom. Hitherto they have existed as an obscuring medium, but with the removal of the scandals and their authors (Mat_13:41) the character of the righteous at last appears, without shadow of eclipse, in all its unsullied purity and splendour (Mat_13:43). The sifting out of unworthy members results in irreparable loss, at the same time leading, as it does, to their permanent exclusion from heavenly privileges (Mat_24:50, Mat_25:11, Mat_25:30). The grounds of separation are quite general, consisting in broad fundamental distinctions of moral character, not clearly apparent at the outset, but becoming increasingly manifest as time goes on (Mat_13:26), so that at last a division into two classes, the righteous and the wicked, becomes inevitable (Mat_13:41; Mat_13:43; Mat_13:49). Elsewhere the twofold classification is made to turn on characteristics of a more specific kind, such as confession or denial of Christ in times of peril (Mat_10:32), faithful or unfaithful exercise of stewardship (Mat_24:45; Mat_24:48), diligence and fidelity in the use of entrusted gifts, or failure to improve them due to unbelief and indolence (Mat_25:20; Mat_25:22; Mat_25:24). Profession without practice (Mat_7:21-23), selfish ambition (Mat_18:1-3), an unforgiving disposition (Mat_18:34), mark men out for exclusion from the perfected Kingdom; while childlike humility (Mat_18:3), lowly acts of service (Luk_22:24-30), preparedness for all kinds of sacrifice up to that of life itself (Mat_16:25; Mat_16:27; Mat_19:27-29), are sure passports to participation in its benefits.
Called to Serve -Romans 8:28-29
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predesignate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
It was November 19, 1999, when I first heard the call to service from the Holy Spirit. I believe that God attempted to give me this message years before, but my ears weren't open to receive. From childhood, I faced many attacks and was burdened with abuses. It was August of 1968, when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. after hearing the Fishers of Men story read to me by a Summer Bible School Camp, I accepted Jesus and wanted to fish for men. Ask me at that time, what the story meant, I wouldn't be able to tell you. All I can say is, "I loved to fish." But hidden from me in those years was Hebrews 13:5, which says, "Let your conversation be without covetousness: and be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, " I will never leave you nor forsake you." I was eight years old at the time. I can't tell you how many times God have saved my life. Through it all, I know that God loved me and treated me as His own before I came from my mother's womb.
When I discovered that they beat Him until He was unrecognizable; them they hung Him high, stretched Him wide, He hung His head, then He died....That's LOVE. But that's not how the story end's. He rose again, bringing with Him the Old Testament Saints, and then He went to make a place for you and me. Jesus loves you and I so very much. I thank God He planted the love within me for those who loves and needs Him. He showed me how to fight in the name of Jesus. He taught me how the Stand, not only for myself, but for others who don't know how to fight. He taught me how to Stand against false teachers and preachers. Then he planted in me, how to Kneel. Not only for Christ, but you and those that will cross my path during this journey. Stand for Christ is now 13 years old. The age of accountability. Each year I'm blessed to press on. Never looking back. Never saying that I can't do this. There have been many tears. Many journey's fought alone. Empty...pressing on through the disappointments and pressures coming from those who claim Jesus is who He says He is. I use to Stand and defend Him. Now I just pray for those who no not what they're saying.
Welcome to STAND for Christ Outreach Ministry. Please, if you have it in your heart to help this ministry with donations and/or canned or boxed food, I thank you in advance. I will shortly have our Paypal Link up. Until then, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org .We thank you in advance. For prayer requests, please use the same contact information or use the Prayer request link. Always remember that Jesus is the Head of my life. If He's not yours please allow us to guide you through the steps to make it so. We are not here to replace your local churches. If you do not have a church home, please let use know the area you reside. I will find a church home for you. I am an Ordained Minister, and I serve in all areas of the Body of Christ when needed.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 5:17-18 (KJV)
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.