I did not want to make myself an enemy of Christ.
“All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;Psalm 6:10 NIV
We do not want to become an enemy of Christ and no longer a friend. I remember in Australia knowing if I did not do what the Lord Jesus was asking, I would make myself an enemy again. I had once not known Christ or Salvation – but I could not live in ignorance or denial. I knew that if I turned back and stopped following what Jesus’ will and desire was, He would no longer be pleased with me.
One day, this world and everyone who has either ignored the gospel’s message or turned back and stopped listening to the Savior – God will bring down His anger upon them. Suddenly, Psalm 6 verse 10 says it will happen. And Jesus said He will return like a thief in the night to those still living on the earth. And it will be to steal what life remains to them back from them. If we do not lose our life for Jesus, we won’t find it on the day of Christ. As Psalm 6 Verse 10 describes, fear, shame, and anguish will meet us.
Jesus wanted me to leave Australia in 2008, sell most of my things, and move to a place I was unfamiliar with. I had to pack up, move my three children, and go with my husband, Leo, to where the Lord Jesus was leading. I had to give up everything, and it was emotionally straining and challenging. And it happened rather quickly with not much else to think about. But I did it with Jesus’ help and encouragement because I love Him and everything He represents and has done!
My enemies put me to great shame. You can read about it on Josephine Mary Schmidt – About Page. (Link Here). But Jesus rescued and redeemed me. How can I not love the One who rescued me from death and utter torment and darkness for eternity? The offer of Salvation is still available today for all who want it. There are so many uncertainties, hardships, cruelties, betrayals, and lack of hope around the globe. But there is hope in Christ.
For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame” 1 Peter 2:6 ESV.
That stone born in Jerusalem is Christ Jesus, God’s Son – the cornerstone holding all life together with the promise from God that ALL who put their trust in Him will NEVER come to shame! This Scripture is one of my favorite verses, and I pray that you hold onto it today in sincerity and truth. Amen.
Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”matthew 10:39 NIV