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Seeking the Lord’s heartbeat brings Glory Hallelujah!

 

The Lord’s heartbeat says leave retaliation, vengeance, and avenger to Him!

 The last train to leave the station climbing up the mountain of persecution is the train of obeying the Lord’s heartbeat. Romans 12:17, 19 – Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for Gods wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” says the Lord.

The passenger on the train of seeking the Lord’s heartbeat through obedience had freedom from a heavy load of bitterness, unforgiveness, and resentment.  On the other side of the tracks, on the trains of retaliation and avenger the passengers Cain, Samson, Ahab, and Jezebel were consumed with bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment. They paid an enormous price for their train tickets for their ride on the trains of retaliation and avenger.

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Does the Lord’s heartbeat call us to be an Avenger?

Elijah, the prophet, Ahab, the king, and Jezebel, the avenger

The second response train to revenge is traveling down the tracks of great calamity is the Avenger. An avenger is to take vengeance on behalf of another. The avenger does not seek the Lord’s heartbeat. The train of avenger is extremely different from the train of straightforward revenge because the avenger wants restitution for the other person as well as for themselves again and again. One of the strong characteristics of an avenger is that he or she is overpowering with pride and arrogance.

Besides characteristics of pride and arrogance, the avenger is a person who attracts the worst. The devotion “Coping with Difficult People” from John Maxwell’s 365 Day Devotional Journal, A Leaders Heart, he identifies seven personality types. Two of these personalities the Thumb Sucker and the Garbage Collector are represented with the individual seeking revenge and the avenger.

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Did Samson listen to the Lord’s heartbeat about persecution?

 

Samson’s Vengeance on the Philistines

The second passenger on the train of retaliation is Samson. The account of Samson is found in Judges 13- 16.

Samson was to do a great work for God. He was to begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines. God gave Samson enormous physical strength to accomplish this plan.

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Where is the Lord’s heartbeat when I am being persecuted?

How am I to handle persecution?

 How does the Lord’s heartbeat tell us to handle persecution? Persecution comes from harsh statements or acts to make us doubt that we have worth either during childhood or as an adult. Harsh statements or acts can come in the form of harassment, torture, affliction, oppression, ill-treatment, and being victimized.

There are three different response trains to persecution. All the trains begin at the same station but they do not all have the same destination.

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