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Are You Suffering Persecution for Jesus?

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I have to admit that I know very little about what it is to be persecuted for Jesus.  Sure, I have experienced some negative reactions from others because of my relationship with Jesus Christ but I haven’t ever gone to prison for my faith, shed blood, had property destroyed, or been ex-communicated because of it.  But, I have brothers and sisters around the world who this very day are experiencing great hardship because of their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Some will even die as martyrs.

If you aren’t suffering persecution for Jesus, are your remembering those who are?

You can start by:

1)  Increasing your awareness of what is happening around the world to fellow believers

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2)  Praying for those who are persecuted

Don’t underestimate the power of prayer.

From there God may take you into further involvement.

If you are suffering hardship for Jesus, even if it seems insignificant in comparison to others, here are some promises or realities to grab hold of:

  • You are an overcomer because He is.  Have hope in Him.  (Jn. 16:33)
  • You are secure in His love.  Hold on to it.  (Rom. 8:35)
  • You are considered blessed.  Be at peace.   (Matt. 5:10-11)
  • You will be rewarded because of it.  Hang in there.  (Matt. 5:11-12)
  • You will be restored.  Stand firm.  (1 Pet. 5:8-10)

With these realities comes a sense of purpose in suffering for Him, knowing that we will be okay no matter what happens which then results in:

> an ability to take heart (Jn. 16:33) and rejoice and be glad even in persecution (Matt. 5:12).

> a sense of security (Rom. 8:35-36) which in turn enables us to look beyond ourselves and care about the one who is persecuting us (Matt. 5:44-45; Rom. 12:14).

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6 Replies to “Are You Suffering Persecution for Jesus?”

  1. Help. I need the advice of wise counselors. My property, house and neighborhood has been invaded by dark angels and corrupt souls. I’ve tried everything to no avail. They will not leave. I have documented this madness since September 26,2015.

    • Hello, Kathy. It’s sounds like you are sensing some major spiritual battles going on around you. I cannot begin to give you a step by step list of what to do but I can point you to some truths from God’s Word. I pray God will help you see how these principles might apply to your particular situation.

      The remainder of this response has been turned into a post: Biblical Principles for Spiritual Battles

      • So glad to see this …..i’m sad for all who is suffering In this world. It’s clear we are living in the end of days. I’ve been going through hell on earth for way longer than I’ve imagined after excepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It’s been one attack after the next. All I do is look to help others in need and do my best to encourage everyone I can of God’s love mercy, and grace. I live in content walking by faith and not by sight believing in what I cannot yet see. And I’m truly in need of a blessing to overtake me. I’ve sowed into many lives and I’m grateful to be God’s vessel. It’s not about me. Finally I’m down to I do not have because I have not asked. I’m reaching out of support in whatever way God sees fit for my life. I’m so tired of struggling just to make it through each day. But I know I’m not alone. Just at the end of my rope here and need HELP. Please do pray for me.

        • Dawn, I praise God for the perspective you seem to be maintaining through your troubles. It does help to get our eyes off of ourselves. At the same time, we do need the nurturing of our own souls. We need to let people sow into our lives as well. That’s God’s intent for the Body of Christ as seen in all the “one another” commands of Scripture. Let me encourage you to pray God provides someone local with whom you can meet face to face and pray with them regularly. Above all, keep putting yourself before the Lord, receiving His Word into your life as you read the Bible, and pouring your soul out to Him in prayer. Just this morning, I was reading one of the Psalms. David, in the midst of much persecution, fell back on what He knew about the Lord as a source of comfort and encouragement. At one place He said, “For I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness” (Ps. 26:3). Sometimes we don’t always see how, but God is always there for us. I will take time to pray for you, Dawn, and will ask our prayer support team to pray as well.

  2. I have only recently become aware that “martyrdom” is considered to be a spiritual gift. I’m trying to find scriptures that support this. I understand persecution and martyrs, but don’t find Biblical references that support the definition that it is a spiritual gift. Your help, please.
    Thank you

    • You will not find “martyrdom” in the lists of spiritual gifts in Scripture (Eph. 4, Rom. 12, 1 Cor. 12). Consequently, I don’t believe we should be dogmatic about whether it is or is not to be considered a spiritual gift. 1 Corinthians 13:3 is what appears to be the closest to identifying it as a spiritual gift. There it refers to surrendering our body to be burned, such as martyrdom. The prior verse, verse two, references specific spiritual gifts. Verse three seems to continue on with the same thought but does not clearly identify it as a spiritual gift. Also keep in mind that 1 Corinthians 13 is sandwiched between two chapters dealing with spiritual gifts, stressing our need for love in whatever we do. Verses 1-3 seem to be providing some specific examples of using gifts devoid of love before the chapter goes on to define love. I hope these thoughts help.

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