Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The promise of persecution

Monica’s arm was cut with a machete by militants in Nigeria.
You may not face the same level of opposition as Monica,
but God’s Word promises persecution to
“all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus.”  
In an article about the promise of persecution, author Greg Laurie writes:
The Bible says, "Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3:12). Now that is a promise we rarely claim.

As believers, we lay hold of promises of God's provision and of God's protection. But when is the last time you heard someone pray, "Now Lord, You promised in Your Word that if I live godly, I will be persecuted. So bring it on, Lord"?

We don't pray that, because who wants to be persecuted? There is no enjoyment in that. But if you are living a godly life, then persecution will come.
Have you faced opposition for your faith? How have the stories of suffering Christians prepared you for the persecution that God’s Word promises?

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