January 5, 2016

You'll be persecuted, but rejoice!

Scripture doesn't say that you might be persecuted for living as Christ commands.

A true believer will experience persecution.

"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted," (II Timothy 3:12).

Is that your desire?

Is that what you want to sign up for in coming to Christ in repentance, and living for him?

If you enjoy fun, and leisure, and making money, and ease, then you will not be persecuted.

The world, and supposed Christians, are into that lifestyle, and they'll leave you alone, and not make any waves over what you do in this life, for you'll both be preaching the same thing, which is gusto, and going for it, and enjoying what this world offers, and you will both be living on easy street.

Or do you live for Christ alone?

That will be a hard life.

It is lived on a narrow road.

Indeed, or truly, those who live godly lives, in this world, will have insults spoken of them.

They will have lies told about them.

People very close to them, who know how they live, and the words they speak, will revile them.

Family members will take part in the persecution.

Jesus said so.

It is found in Matthew 10:34-39.

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.

I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

For I have come to set a man against his father,

and a daughter against her mother,

and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

And a person's enemies will be those of his own household.

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,

and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Whoever finds his life will lost it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

Tough words those.

Did you read them?

The ones who will insult you, and persecute you, and revile you, and say all manner of evil against you will be those of your own household.

But again the words of Jesus tell those who are truly redeemed that they are to rejoice and be glad for their reward is great, and it waits for them in heaven. (Matthew 5:11-12)

Are you suffering any persecution from family members?

If you live for Christ, then you will, so are you?

Check yourself.

Have you repented?

When you repent, you will live for Christ alone, and you will be hated for it by those who would call themselves saved, and loving family members, and yet they will hate you. 

Hate and being saved do not go together, but that is what supposed Christians will do to you.

While being persecuted, rejoice, and while being hated, and schemed against in this life, rejoice.

You belong to another country, and you will be there soon.

Life is short.

For whom do you live now?

It will either be exclusively for Christ, or you have a divided heart, and that heart will not stand.

Mark 3:24 tells us that us that we serve one kingdom or the other.

Evil or good.

Not both.

Do you want to sin?

Then you will still be sinning, and it will be your choice (James 1:14).

No one born of God continues to sin (I John 3:9).

Stop your sin, or perish in it (Luke 13:3).

Metanoia.

Change your mind about the sin that you do.

See sin as God sees it.

Agree with him.

Turn from it, to have it washed from you as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).

Jesus came to set captives free (Luke 4:18).

Are you free from sin?

If so, then you'll be persecuted for righteousness sake.

Rejoice, and again I say, rejoice, for your reward is great, and it waits for you.

Endure to the end, and you'll be saved (Matthew 24:13).

Persevere.

Live for Christ alone.

You may be all alone in serving him, but you'll have him, and he is enough.

His grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9).

He will lead you beside still waters, and he will comfort you (Psalm 23).

You will be persecuted, and you will share in his sufferings, but rejoice in it (I Peter 4:13).

Redeemed one, rejoice.


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