ARE YOU BEING PERSECUTED?
You Therefore Endure Hardness as a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ!
Are you experiencing a real persecution from the world around you? Are you daily being persecuted for your love of one another? Are the world and those around you attacking, plotting against you for your life? Are you hated by those around you?
Praise the Son of the Living God, Jesus, for eternal life through His death, burial and resurrection! What more does Christ promise us? “These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.” John 15:17-21.
The Bible warns us to separate ourselves from the world. More than once, the world sought to kill Jesus, by stoning, by throwing Him from a cliff, and finally by crucifixion on the cross. John the Baptist was beheaded. The temple priests beat Peter and John and again cast Peter in prison. Paul spent a great deal of his ministry in prison and was finally beheaded.
How are you living your life in witness to the testimony of Christ? If those of the world around you are not offended by the Testimony of Christ in you, then how can the prophecy that Jesus spoke of you be True? The world will HATE YOU. Have you experienced the hate of the world? Have you been hacked with a machete, your car burnt, church burnt, dog shot, have you been screamed at, spit on… has anyone thrown a rock at you today? Have you been put in prison, threatened, beaten, or fired from your job because you proclaimed the name of Jesus?
If you have been persecuted for the name of Christ, praise God, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12
But do not forget Christ’s warning to us, if we be found loved of the world.
Matthew 5:13 “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
The sole survivor of a radical Muslim attack on four Christian high school girls has successfully undergone medical treatment. When Noviana Malewa and her three friends were walking home from school on October 29, 2005, they were assaulted by a group of jihadists wielding machetes. Three of the girls were decapitated by the assailants, yet Noviana survived a severe slash to her head and neck in an unsuccessful beheading attempt. Today, Noviana still deals with emotional and physical torment from the brutal attack.
Are you being persecuted, are you living a life that witnesses the Testimony of Christ?