Persecution: Prepare For Battle

everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted… (2 Ti 3:12).

Friends, get ready for battle. A time is coming, if it hasn’t yet, when you will face some type of persecution. It is a guarantee that we, as Christians, will face deep, extremely unjust and unfair persecution in this life. The challenge we are faced with is to not give into things like bitterness and begin to harbor resentment towards the persecution or persecutors we face in this life.
You see, life is not about the hardships. Instead, I believe it’s about what the hardship reveals about us that still needs to grow and change. Have you ever felt like God was unfair in the midst of your troubles? Have you ever felt like God was mean, vindictive or cruel because of what you’re walking through?
Maybe that’s just been me who’s wrestled with such thoughts, but let me remind you that your circumstances were never meant to be the focal point. The point is that God is using your circumstances to grow and shape you into a new creation. He used the Red Sea, the prison cell and the cross to reveal something about the heart of mankind that needed His renovation. Therefore He too is using our circumstances to reveal areas within our lives that still need to grow and change.
If I have believed something wrong about God, those wrong thoughts of Him always come rushing to the surface when persecution hits. Now I have the choice to choose what I will do with what I have believed. Will I lay it down to take up His truth or will I stay wallowing in my erroneous thoughts of Him? I don’t know about you, but I want to live differently. I want to rest in His great love for me, even in the midst of great trouble and persecution.
Lord, help me to see the good things you are doing in my life. Whenever hardship comes, may I learn to trust fully in you instead. I surrender every thought to you that comes not from your throne room, but from the depths of the grave sent to take me down into destruction. Lord, please, make me more like you, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.

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