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Rebel Light

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:10-12

To be a Believer in Christ is to be a person who is rebelling against the norms and status quo of this world. When we enter Christian recovery and receive healing from working the Christ-centered 12 steps, we become a rebel light. We are not the rider on horseback warning of the enemy’s approach. We are the bright light of rebellion shining brightly in a steeple.

Recovery work is not easy. But for those who make the effort and dedicate themselves to the work needed to become free of past hurts and bitterness, the rewards are great. Christ told us that we would be persecuted for righteousness sake. There are going to be people in our lives who will not like what we are doing in recovery. Family members will not like the changes we make because it makes evident what is going on in their lives. We are going to be referred to as “those people” in our churches by those who don’t understand that there is no us and them. Through it all, we are the true rebels of this world who shine a bright light into the darkness of complacency and fear of change.

Our light is the rebel light of Christ, the greatest rebel to walk the earth. Christ went against the religious order and was persecuted for righteousness sake. Christ showed us how to be a rebel light. Doing what is Godly and right is going to go against the ungodly of this world. Being a Christian in recovery will come with its own form of persecution. Being a rebel light is going to take a lot from us. But, we rejoice in knowing that we have a God who understands and has walked this path before us.

Written by Jackell.

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Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have set us apart from this world. We are foreigners just passing through. Our real home is with You. The world treats us like we are different because we are. Help us to know that when we are persecuted we are blessed. Amen.

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