Persecution

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 NIV

Recently a popular Pastor and Christian recording artist, Kim Burrell, was excoriated in the media for a sermon she preached about the sin of homosexuality and the homosexual spirit.  After a video clip of a part of her sermon was released, she faced persecution and ridicule for what she said.   She lost her radio show, was dis-invited from appearing on a talk show, and was dropped from an awards program.  As I watched and listened to the persecution that she has endured I was reminded that when we walk after Jesus and proclaim His word, persecution and ridicule will follow.  Jesus Himself faced persecution from both believers and non believers during his life on this earth and the one thing that Jesus stood on was the words of His Father, God.  When the devil attacked Jesus, the weapon that He used to defeat him was the word of God.  That is why God’s word is called the rock.  It is what we stand on in the midst of the battle, and yet at times it can be hard to receive.  But despite how we perceive God’s word, it is still His word.

God’s word is the believer’s manual.  It give us strength, direction, assurance, and so much more.  I don’t expect nonbeliever’s to understand this concept.  Nonbeliever are not applying the principles that God lays out in His word to their life and that is there choice.  However, to be “shocked and dismayed” that a Christian stands on all of God’s word should also not come as a surprise to the nonbeliever.  I know that there are things in God’s word that many will not want to hear and at times I don’t want to hear them myself.  But I know that because God loves me, I need to hear what He has to say.  I want God’s will for my life and desiring that means I have to allow God’s word to renew me and  that I have to take a stand for what God stands for.  Persecution will come with that stand and as hard as it is, I have to be willing to face it.  After all, it is not me that people will be fighting against but rather God and His word.  And know one thing believers, that through it all Jesus will always be there.  Seek a godly life and declare God’s word, He gave it to us because He knew we would need it.  Be blessed.

That is Tuesday’s Truth.  Each Tuesday, as God allows, I will share a word of truth from God’s word.  God says that if we will “not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of our minds, .. that we will know what is the will of God for us”. 

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