Recently God has been dealing with me about being obedient to Him and the animosity, jealousy and friction that can cause. Have you ever found yourself living everything you know how for the Lord and catching a lot of grief for it? He spoke to me through this scripture, Ezekiel 3: 8-11 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
Some of us like Ezekiel are called to ministries where we appear to be strange to a lot of people, we're a peculiar person amongst a peculiar people.
God has you fasting, praying, living holy, set apart and avoiding the very appearance of evil, yet people, church folk, are turning away from you. Some turn away due to jealousy some because they are convicted by your presence. They call you out of your name with back handed compliments like "hey it's apostle Paul or Peter or Holy Ghost" They tell you "It don't take all of that to serve God!" and the unsaved are watching your every move waiting for you to fall.
When it seems everyone around you has a problem with your relationship with God, this is what you do.
KEEP SERVING GOD!! NO MATTER WHAT! KEEP SERVING GOD!!
If God calls you to fast, fast. If God calls you wear white everyday for a year, wear it. Be obedient. God told Ezekiel not to be afraid of the people because as He said in verses eight and nine He has made our "foreheads strong" and our "faces strong" against the peoples. "an Adamant" which is "Impervious to pleas or reason, stubbornly unyielding, an extremely hard substance."
We can not be influenced or turned around by people who just don't understand, They ask "how do you know it was God who spoke to you? maybe it was the devil." You tell them What God says in his word JOHN 10: 4-5 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers
When one of your Brothers or sisters in the Lord tell you you need to "lighten up" with all that fasting and holyness you tell them like Jesus told Peter "get behind me satan" because they don't have in mind the things of God, the things He has called you to do for Him. Above all I say again:
BE ADAMANT IN YOUR FAITH! KEEP SERVING GOD!! NO MATTER WHAT!!
God bless you all, Brother Darrell, A Watchman