Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of news about men and women who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ from all over the world. How are they doing it, what gives them the courage to hold on to their faith until death?
“Is the body of Christ ready to face persecution?”
Today, everyone wants to hear feel good messages. It is not a sin but is it preparing us to be Kingdom minded people. Jesus often spoke about being persecuted for righteousness sake.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:10”. The Apostles and New Testament believers set a different spiritual standard, most of them died as martyrs. No wonder, heaven interacted with them, Angel’s visited and even their shadows healed the sick.
We are unable to see the Kingdom of God on earth in a greater measure because our focus has shifted from God’s kingdom to Our kingdom. My life, my child, my job, my business, my problems, my Church and it’s all about ME.
When we talk about greater glory and the latter rain in the last days, why not be willing to die daily in His presence, and crucify our flesh which is attached to pride, anger, unforgiveness and Our Kingdom to the Cross, also surrender our plans and achievements at the feet of the Jesus.
Once we are dead to our self, the threat of physical death has got no power over us.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…. Gal 2:20” Paul, the great Apostle could boldly say that it is Christ who lives in him because he was dead to his self and was alive in Him. Even after many decades, the body of Christ is blessed by the words that he had penned in the midst of his persecution.
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.” John 15:18.
If anyone has to touch us, they have to pass through Jesus first. If we are His Kingdom minded people instead of this temporary present life minded, no persecution or life’s storm is strong enough to shake our faith in Christ.