PERSECUTION

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (ll Timothy 3:12). There you have it, you can’t get much clearer than that, this verse is a definite promise from the Lord. Also this verse means if you’re not living Godly in Christ Jesus you can expect to not get much opposition from the devil and his demons. As soon as you start living for the Lord, and telling others about Jesus, you can expect all Hell to break loose! As long as you are hiding down in the bottom of the trenches you don’t have to worry to much about catching much flack from the enemy, but boy howdy, let me tell you, when you climb out of that trench and start attacking the enemy, he brings out his big guns on you and tries everything he can to stop you, or slow you down.“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” (1 Peter 4:12). We shouldn’t be so surprised when persecution comes, because the Bible promises that it will come, when we are serving the Lord. The devil himself, will probably not attack you, but he will send one of his underlings. He has a chain of command,  kind of like the way Jesus does with his Angels, like Micheal the Arch Angel and Gabriel, two of his top General Angels, and so on down the chain of command. The devil tries to counterfeit and copy the things of God.The devil and his top demons are reserved for attacking the big dangers, and people who are the most threat to his dark kingdom, like people who are big soul winners.“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”(Luke 22:31,32). So if you are suffering persecution, Your in very good company. Jesus said, “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.”(John 15:20). Jesus also said, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  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 5:10-12). Most of the persecution that I have received so far has been from so called Christian Church people. We do have some controversial teachings, and as soon as I find out that someone is already a Christian I try to nicely let them be on their way and try to find somebody who doesn’t know the Lord and is lost, and looking for the truth.But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;” (Titus 3:9,10). There is someone now that I had great hopes for, but when I found out that he was stuck in his own, old bottle false doctrine teachings, and could not admit that he was wrong because of pride, and a lack of knowledge of the Word, so now I have to treat him as a sick weak sheep, and love him from afar, and comfort the feeble minded and pray and hope that he will come around to the truth, and accomplish what I believe the Lord had in-store for him. Jesus didn’t take everyone into his inner circle of most trusted and dedicated disciples, or even part of the twelve, or even part of the seventy. He knew that special honor wasn’t for everybody, because they just weren’t that willing and dedicated, and hungry for the truth.“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”(Matthew 10:16), and  Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.  Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” (Matthew 5:25,26). Pray for wisdom and how to handle this type of people. It is your duty to stay alive as long as possible to preach the Gospel and win souls.

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