Mark 9:38 ICB: Then John said, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to force demons out of a person. We told him to stop, because he does not belong to our group.”
My dear friend in Christ, the mentality of “you are noticing part of our group” is one of the tools that the enemy is using to cause disunity among believers in our world today. Some people will even go to the extent of saying that you cannot make it to heaven because you are not part of their church. This is sad because Jesus never said such things. Looking at our study today, we see the desciples with such mentality but Jesus rebuked them not to think in that manner.
God is a good God. He is the one that knows every one of us in and out. He seeks those that sincerely love Him and worship Him. Do not be too quick to condemn others. God could be taking them through a process which you have no idea. Focus on the role God has given you to play in this life and do it well. All that matters in the end is that you should be able to declare like Paul “.. I have finished my course” 2 Timothy 4:7. Allow love to lead the way.
Declare to yourself loud: I will not stop other believers who are not part of my group.
- Lord Jesus, teach me to tolerate others in the faith.
- Precious Holy Spirit, help me to focus on my assignment in this life instead of attacking others in the faith, in Jesus Name. Amen.
- Please add your personal intentions.