Confidentiality for Pastors - A New Pathway to Spiritual Equilibrium
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 10:34-39).
Taking up your cross and following Jesus will cost you literally everything. The price of eternal life is fulfilling your purpose in life and in the process of that goal you will have to lay everything on the altar of sacrifice, even your own self. You cannot hold anything or anyone back from God because he is a jealous God who requires our complete unadulterated love. Your life is no longer your own, but it was bought with a price, the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Opposition is a natural consequence of following Jesus. Opposition comes at you from all directions, from familiar faces and unfamiliar faces, from those you love and from those you don't even know. Just because you decided to live your life according to the Word of God you have awakened hell and the hounds of hell are searching you out trying to sequester you, to isolate you, trying to surround you, and keep you from obeying the will of God by any means necessary. 
The whole idea is to undermine your strength of purpose much like one who is determined to destroy a bridge by a continuous assault trying to ascertain a weakness that will bring the whole thing down. 
That is the goal of your enemies to turn you into a feast for their decayed souls who feed upon those who have allowed their souls to decay and their spirits to die, like carrion hunting the souls of men for a prey; men and women who have sacrificed their eternal life for irrelevant things, and the few years remaining in this life, and all the sideways detours of pleasure down the jagged road to hell.
Whatever you see with your eyes is of very little consequence in the whole scheme of things.  What does it matter how you live, where you live, what you eat or don't eat, wear or don't wear?
This life is but a momentary blip on the face of eternal existence, it is but a determining factor, a decision-making process that will come to a conclusion, that being where you will spend eternity, either in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, or in the presence of the evil one, Satan the fallen archangel who evidently lacked common sense.
Common sense tells us what we ought to do, and what we ought not to do, especially as it relates to the will of God. David comes to mind. He was king over all of Israel. He had a whole kingdom at his disposal, as many wives and concubines than one man can adequately handle.
He ruled his kingdom according to his will, yet he came to a point in time where he demonstrated a sheer lack of common sense, which led to adultery and murder. Consequently, the death of his first child by Bathsheba, the death of his son Absalom, the rape of his daughter Tamar, and the death of his son Absalom because he tried to usurp his father's kingdom, all because David's common sense just up and ran away from home.
God will forgive you for your sins, but the consequences of your sin will inevitably occur. Some Christians erroneously think that if they sin but ask for, and receive forgiveness for their sins that there will be no consequences. The truth is because you momentarily cast the Lord Jesus behind your back, and deemed the shedding of his blood inadequate to hold you within the parameters of living according to God's holy will, you can expect the consequences to be extreme because you are suppose to know better David. God has been too good to you for you to  act carelessly concerning how you represent him in this world.
God does not smile away embarrassment, how you, because of your flesh that you refused to kill, have sent a message to the world that says that the intimate knowledge of God is not enough to keep you saved, that his love is not enough to fulfill you, that his son's sacrifice on the cross was insufficient.
Salvation is not a play thing. Today you are saved and tomorrow you decide to backslide into the mire that God has delivered you from via the blood of Jesus. The working out of your salvation is the most critical undertaking you can every make, because it will decide where you will spend eternity. 
There is nothing more important than that, because even if you lived a thousand years and during that thousand years you had access to anything your heart desired, at the end you would still have to face eternity with a forever crying soul if you made the wrong decision to live for this life with no preparation whatsoever for life after death.
If you spend every dime that you earn and a disaster occurs, and you have nothing to draw upon in your bank account to help alleviate the emergency situation you find yourself caught up in, there will be no one to blame but you. So go and look in the mirror and behold a fool starring back at you; the man who built two barns to hold all his "stuff" only to find out that he had just reached the end of his life. Now what? Hell awaits!
Sacrifice is the order of the day. We, as Christians, must sacrifice our lives, our time, our money, friendships, and relationships. Fasting and abstinence, the two words that have become strangers to the Christian world of believers who are simply half-stepping through life and their walk with the Lord. When, in fact, God requires all that you have to give because he gave all when he wrapped his Word in flesh and allowed his son Jesus to be crucified on the cross.
Where is your cross? Go and find it, lay it on your shoulder and follow Jesus all the way to eternity.
It doesn't matter what you must endure. It doesn't matter how much you must suffer. The only thing that matters is enduring your cup of suffering until you make to the other side of this life into Eternity.
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