Thought for the Day # 203
RESCUED FROM PERSECUTION
10But you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, 11persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,
Most of us who bear the name Christian have met with persecution of one form or another.† This should be no surprise to us.† We are in constant spiritual warfare against the powers of evil and ungodliness.†
The Apostle Paul experienced such suffering many
times.† In his exhortation to young
You may have been told that your persecution and hardship is the result of some sin or failure in your service to the Lord. This is probably untrue.† Certainly, we can fall into sin and bring reproach upon ourselves and the Lord.† But, genuine persecution generally falls upon the righteous and not the sinful.
Paul declares that ďall who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.Ē This lets us know that our persecution comes because of doing right, not that which is wrong.† Be reminded that evil men and impostors will continue to persecute the upright in an effort to discredit the example of godliness within us.†
We should rejoice to be counted worthy to suffer with Christ.† The very presence of persecution should encourage us.† Thereby, we know that our testimony is strong and our example of Christian living is weakening the enemies hold on the unbeliever.†
My loving Heavenly Father, I wish to be a strong leader in your Kingdom.† Sometimes I have felt guilty because of false accusations against me.† I listened to the lies of the enemy and became discouraged.† Forgive me and give me boldness through the Holy Spirit to be a strong example to others, regardless of opposition.† Give me spiritual discernment and direction. I pray in the name of Jesus, my Redeemer.† Amen.