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Jul 25, 2016

In a world of chaos, it’s more important than ever to stand firm in Jesus, even if it means persecution.

The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon ever told. For almost three chapters in the book of Matthew, Jesus lays out many of His core teachings. Over and over, He calls us to a new way and a new outlook on life. In Matthew 5:11, He says, “Blessed are you when people insult you.” What Jesus? How is that a blessing? Jesus ends with “because of me.” That is when persecution is a blessing, when it is for Jesus. Sometimes, I’m afraid that I am more like the description in Revelation. A “lukewarm” Christian. Are we standing firm in our beliefs? Or are we going with whatever is popular at the time? This is tough, because there is a good chance that we are going to disagree on some issues or theology. The Bible is complex and deep. There are really smart people on both sides of every argument. But I don’t think we are going to get to heaven and God is going to start pointing out where our views were wrong. He calls us to draw close to Him, study His Word, and stand firm in our faith. Maybe we won’t always agree, but we CAN stand firm and stand together on the name of Jesus! Maybe we will be insulted, even persecuted. That’s ok. It’s actually a blessing!

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One Verse is a short, free podcast devotional designed to help you grow closer to God through less than 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

Consistency trumps intensity. When it comes to working out, eating healthy, or managing our finances, consistency always trumps intensity. We reach our major life goals through small, purposeful steps taken daily. The same is true in our spiritual lives. I truly believe you will grow closer to God by spending just 5 minutes a day with Him versus cramming in an hour once a month. The One Verse Devotional is here to help take away the barriers of spending time with God. Now, during your workout, drive to work, or even shopping for groceries, you can invest in your spiritual life.