Lifted Up

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(By Janine Folks)

I was listening to a preacher recently. The preacher talked about the one mistake that was made when Jesus was crucified: THEY LIFTED HIM UP!

When they put Him up on the cross, they intended to publicly humiliate and disgrace Him. They wanted His shame to be on display, so they put Him up high so that everyone could see as they mocked Him. They really thought they were doing something to hurt Jesus and defame His name, tear down His credibility.

Just like your enemies. They try to put you out there to embarrass you. They want to publicly humiliate you so that people will look down on you. They gossip about you and put out bad information so that people will think you’re an evil person. They vilify you and demonize you when all you ever wanted to do was be a blessing. They twist your words to make you look like you’re out of your mind.

In essence, your enemies are lifting you up! They are drawing attention to you. They are pointing at you so that everyone can look at you. They demonstrate that you are worth talking about. They are thinking about you. They feel threatened by you, otherwise they wouldn’t be trying to put their foot on you to try to keep you down. What they think they are doing to hurt you is actually helping you. While everyone is looking to see your demise, they are going to see God’s glory instead.

So when Jesus gave up the ghost on the cross and said, ‘it is finished.’ They had no idea what they had done. This public display of His death makes His resurrection all the more powerful. Jesus is high and lifted up. He is exalted. His enemies did this without even knowing what they were doing.

Your enemies who stop at nothing to hurt you have no idea that they are contributing to your blessings. Persecution of the righteous is to be expected. What they think they are doing to hurt you, God is using it for good (Gen. 50:20). Just watch and see. Ask Joseph. Better yet, read about it in the book of Genesis.

Jesus needed to be put on display. He said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men and women to Myself.” (John 12:32) He had to be lifted up!! And guess who did it?? His enemies!!

As long as you’re in right standing with God!! Don’t worry when your enemies talk about you and put you on front street. You need your enemies. Bless them. Feed them if they are hungry (Rom. 12:20). They have no idea that they are raising you up! So let them. Let God handle them, vengeance is HIS!!! (v.19).

Blessings to you!! Email janinewritestoinspire@yahoo.com.

 

Janine Folks - Spiritual Columnist

About Janine Folks - Spiritual Columnist

Janine Folks is a licensed and ordained minister, inspirational writer of a weekly newspaper column, columnist for a national Christian magazine, self-published author of several books, and co-founder of a women’s prayer group called Women of Transition. Janine holds a B. A. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Business, Sociology and Communications from the University of Michigan. Janine has studied Clinical Pastoral Education in Detroit, MI and works as a chaplain in the medical field. An avid roller skater, 2013 recipient of a Spirit of Esther Award from the Alliance of Women in Ministry, Janine lives in Michigan is a mother of three.