And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Persecution. We read about the horrible persecutions of Christians that have taken place in times past. We hear about the current persecution of our spiritual brethren in other nations of the world. Even in our nation, we are experiencing light forms of persecution among us.
Persecution has always been, and will always be with us. Why? It is because Satan is behind every form of persecution that a Christian may face and he will not cease to oppose God’s people until our Lord comes again to take us home to be with Him.
Our Lord told us it would be this way… “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Mat 24:9 KJV
But along with His affirmation that we would face persecution comes, the promise that He will be with us to comfort, strengthen and enable us…
“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” Luk 21:12-17 KJV
Previously I said that we face in our country only “light persecutions”. Why would I say this? Certainly in our country our brethren, and perhaps ourselves, have been sued, lost promotions or entire jobs, imprisoned, and shunned for our faith etc etc. But these persecutions are only light in comparison to what our brethren have faced for Christ. A quick study of history reveals that Christians and their loved ones have been flogged, crucified, beheaded, stoned, fed to wild beasts, burned as lamps, pulled apart by horses, etc etc. We have been so blessed that in our country we have yet to face these types of harder persecutions.
May we always keep in mind that, as Christians, persecutions are to be expected. But the Lord promises to be with us as a Comforter, Enabler, and Friend as we go through these things. In addition, when we consider the limited types of persecution we are facing, we should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be shining lights for Christ in the midst of a sin darkened world without fear of death. We are blessed with the great privilege of being representatives for Christ to the lost world around us. Let us be faithful in the task at hand knowing that in doing so, others are seeing Christ in us!…
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.” 2Co 4:8-12 KJV
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