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The Heartache Caused By Your Own Family

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The Heartache Caused By Your Own Family
The Apostle James made this powerful statement:

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

If this knowledge brings the greatest joy… then the opposite is also true. There is no greater pain, when your family does not walk in truth.

Jesus looked at the people around Him in the Synagogue. Their curiosity had caused them to leave their homes and their daily duties to come and listen Him. He searched the crowd seeing many familiar faces, but not the ones He had hoped to see. None of His brothers were present.

Some of these people He had known from His youth. The Synagogue of Nazareth was full. His skeptical hearers wrinkled their brows as He spoke. In their minds they disqualified most of what He taught.

They had known Him all of His life. He was the carpenter’s son. He had not been taught at the feet of any learned scholars. Who did he think He was expounding these deep spiritual sayings? He was just an ordinary carpenter.

This was Nazareth. The four hundred or so inhabitants here knew each other well. There weren’t many secrets in this small town. Their personal opinions of His upbringing caused them to disqualify what He said. The sound of His voice echoed meaninglessly in their ears. There would be no hero’s welcome here today for Him.

Pain filled the heart of the Lord, as He perceived their unbelief. Yet, He felt even more pain when He realized who wasn’t there. His own family wasn’t there. It wasn’t an accident. His own brothers were boycotting Him.

John 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.

More pain than we can ever know hid behind the next words of the Lord. Jesus focused His attention back toward those in the Synagogue as He said:

(Matt. 13:57-58)… “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

It was bad enough that the neighbors and friends He had known all of His life, rejected Him. But to not have the support of one’s own family cut very deep. The lack of faith in the village that day placed a limit on His ability to help any of them. He grieved.

Not much is known about the residents of Nazareth, except that nothing spectacular had ever came from their town before. They seemed to be known only for their skepticism and unbelief.

But some from Nazareth finally did believe and it is almost hidden from the casual reader. It’s mentioned concerning those who gathered in the upper room after Jesus was resurrected.

Acts 1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.

Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

His brethren actually came to the upper room! Everyone in the upper room was filled with the Holy Ghost! The brothers of Jesus finally found enough faith to believe and receive the glorious Gift of the Holy Ghost! That was a miracle!

Most believers have some family members who are not in church. Remember that even some of the family of Jesus didn’t believe … for a while. But the Last chapter of their story finds them right smack in the middle of the upper room experience.

Do you have family that doesn’t live for God? Never stop praying for your family! Never stop believing for your family! What happened in the family of Jesus can happen in your family too!

Believe God for a Miracle for your Family!

 

 

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 30, 2016 at 9:56 am

Posted in Believe, Family

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  1. Thank you.

    Keith Nix

    September 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

  2. Thank you.

    rkeithnix

    September 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

  3. Thank you, Bro. Ballestero

    Casey Jones

    September 30, 2016 at 10:26 am

  4. With tears in my eyes, I want to say the biggest THANK YOU ever for this blog post. What hope it has brought to me today! God bless you and please keep writing!!

    Charlotte Mills

    September 30, 2016 at 11:21 am

  5. Beautiful brother. Perhaps this is why the recording of Jesus’ life is basically silent from his birth to the beginning of his earthly ministry (except for the incident at 12 years old).

    If Jesus’ crucifixion was not the ‘wake up call’ for his family, certainly his choosing of his beloved disciple John over his oldest brother, James, as the caretaker for Mary was. May God Bless.

    dtoft

    September 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  6. Thank you.

    Amy

    September 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  7. Thank you

    Anna Bridges

    September 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm

  8. My heart cry

    Sonja Colegrove

    October 1, 2016 at 4:24 am

  9. Very encouraging, thank you!

    Deanna Thomas

    October 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

  10. May you write forever what an encouraging word, God will bless you this is uplifting.

    Elder John AFT OKC Ok

    October 2, 2016 at 9:35 am

  11. Thank you Bro Ballestero your message is so encouraging !!!!! I , like so many precious Saints of God and even in the Ministery can very readily identify with the subject of your message !!! The heartache is a daily pain when your family is not in the church !! May we all be ever reminded God answeres pray and He still performs miracles !! Thank God for mercy !!!!!! Again thank you your messages are a blessing !!!!

    Barbara Henson

    October 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

  12. Hello Bro. Ballestero,

    As requested, here is the link for my father’s website: http://www.VerbalBean.com. Thank you sir.

    Blessings,

    Joel Bean

    Joel Bean

    October 4, 2016 at 1:55 am

    • I am so happy to have a link on my blog to your father’s site. Bless his memory and bless you! Thank you for allowing me.
      MJB

      Martyn Ballestero

      October 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

  13. Thank you!

    Anthony B

    October 8, 2016 at 12:01 am


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