Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution.
The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
- Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60)
- The Apostles were put in jail for teaching in Jesus’ name (Acts 5:17-33)
- John the Baptist was beheaded (Matthew 14:1-12)
- Jesus was crucified
As Americans we are blessed and privileged to have the luxury of not being likely to suffer extreme persecution. Our modern-day persecution largely consists of Christians being labeled as intolerant.
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12
Christian’s are destined for persecution. Our Lord’s teachings go against everything the systems of this world idolizes. God’s children were not made to be accepted by the world. No! We were called to be salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Different. Godly.
I think one of the toughest tests of faith is persecution, right alongside hardship and loss. Even Peter failed to stand for Jesus and he walked to Him on water! Standing up and openly claiming Jesus as your Lord can be scary. Nowadays, the worst that we face is denial from people (people we were never suppose to be accepted by), thank God for America.
Rejection isn’t an easy thing to face. Jesus himself was rejected, though, but of course that doesn’t make it any easier. Here’s how I’ve decided to look at rejection. When faced with the choice to stand for Christ or not—to face possible rejection or not—if we choose to deny Christ to be accepted by people, we are rejecting Christ. Is rejecting Christ worth not being rejected ourselves?
I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth,
the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.
But anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.
Will you stand for Christ in front of man?
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Lord, I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about being beheaded! Give me the strength to stand for You, regardless of whether it’s easy or not. Right is right and Your truth is truth. One easy, but wrong, choice can set us on a road we never intended to take. Help us to make the right tough choices now so we won’t have to pay the consequences later. I pray that I do not shy away from proclaiming Your name to the world! Amen.