Persecuted But Not Alone

23 February 2012

Knowing God Through Jesus Christ

Persecuted But Not Alone
2/21/12
By Sharon Hood

Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you.”  Do people insult you?  Have people falsely accused you?  Do you feel persecution?  Let me say this: the testimony of Jesus Christ is that you are blessed if you are persecuted.  Are you being insulted or persecuted or being falsely accused because of him?  If that is the source of your persecution, you are blessed.

John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;

You are strong enough, you need to remember that.  I know that sometimes we are accused of things which we are not guilty of and it hurts.  It hurts a lot, it feels like eating dirt with gravel and glass and even a nail or two in it, not a popular meal, but too often on the menu.  Yet the testimony of the Word of God is that if you are serving the Father, walking in His will, obeying His Word, pursuing a Holy and righteous life style, you are going to be insulted. You are a well marked target, wearing “The tee shirt” (Bulls Eye).  You are going to be persecuted, and you are going to be falsely accused.  It comes with the High calling.  Be sure of this, it won’t be easy, but you you’re not alone.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.  We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God.  We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Keep in mind that our enemy is the greatest liar.  He will paint you a pretty picture, lie straight to your face. His plans are of destruction, manipulation and death.  He will always hit you below the belt.  His final plan for you is an eternal hell.

John 8:44 KJV Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:  for he is a liar, and the father of it.

God has a way of escape.  It’s the path of righteousness.  It may not be a well beaten path. Nevertheless, He has laid it before each and every one with the freedom to choose.  It’s on this path that you will find the strength to continue, the peace for persistence and joy to make it through.

Matthew 5:11-12 NLT “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.  And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”

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