Fire from heaven: Luke 9.54

“Now when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’”

Luke 9.54

The disciples had to learn how to deal with rejection. They wanted retaliation. Jesus continued to pursue his mission in Jerusalem.

Do you get sidetracked by rejection? How can you develop the laser focus of Jesus to complete your task of sharing the gospel?

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Rejecting God: 1 Thessalonians 4.8

“Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”

1 Thessalonians 4.8 NLT

Paul’s subject was apostolic commands, v. 2, and holiness, v. 3, which means keeping away from sexual immorality v. 4-5, and not defrauding one’s brother, vv. 6-7.

Rejecting God by disobedience will not end well. Unholiness does not befit people who have received the Holy Spirit. Wisdom is recognizing when God speaks.

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People rejected what is good: Hosea 8.3

“But it is too late.
The people of Israel have rejected what is good,
and now their enemies will chase after them.”

Hosea 8.3 NLT

NLT supplies the first phrase to communicate the shift from verse 2, as to why Israel will not received their requested help. In fact, it will be God who sends the enemy against them.

Rejection of what is good is to “push aside” God himself. It brings God’s rejection of such people. God’s patience has an ending point. Refusal to repent brings punishment.

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