Something that honestly hits closest to home for me personally is being persecuted for being a Christian, or not being enough; ” Christian.”
What I learned through reading the word and just spending time with God alone; each time I am persecuted I lose more of myself, I lose more of my flesh. I become more and more perfected for God.
Persecution definitely just throws us in bondage feeling like this: CRUSHED, IN DESPAIR, ABANDONED, DESTROYED.
But this is what the word says,
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. “
Pay attention to those words in bold, and if you have to meditate, and memorize the verse.
It has helped me over and over somedays, just the truth, just that promise alone.
You may recognize it from the song, ” Trading My Sorrows.”
Satan’s plan is to scar us so badly, that we can’t help win souls to heaven.
He can be beaten. Because we are NOT alone. We have Jesus there all the step of the way.
What helps me after feeling rejected, and just crushed; is remembering that I am a child of God, and it is supposed to happen. It isn’t always easy, but we are not alone.
I said this today driving home from a certain place I just knew I didn’t feel welcome into the second I got there;
” I am a child of God, and I am loved by Him, and He has placed others in my life so that we can stand together, and know no matter what, we are a light, we will spread the truth, no matter what it takes..”
Here that, NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES!
We are not alone.
What people thought about me, used to bother me SO much!
Those same people, they had their own thoughts on my faith, and how I should worship God, or what religion I should believe, or who I should be dating, how I should live my life…,
Oh how clueless they were!
We always seem to be a prime target for discussion.
People who don’t believe in God usually are paranoid of everything .
I could place money on it, but I wouldn’t lol.
It’s just for whatever reason, when something happens, or something goes wrong, automatically WE are the ones to blame.
I tell you, I have seen the worst of what people who know of my faith can do.
And the meaner they are, the more I want to help them know God.
The thing is, you have to learn when to pull back, not give up on them, but give them to God.
You are being persecuted, because they see a light in you!
I have found that the people that have been the meanest, have been the ones that have no satisfaction in their lives, they go through their lives like a hamster on a wheel.
No real purpose.
I know God has a plan for my life, and He has a plan for yours, and letting the world throw a few darts, letting it shake us;
It really makes us question if we believe in what is the truth.
Sometimes we forget how close Jesus is in the hardest times of rejection, and just being hurt by those we thought loved us.
He is there, we are not alone.
This is all why I try to tell people who are new Christians, that you can’t let your guard down; you don’t know how to use the tools God gave yet.
You aren’t supposed to.
You need a solid support system. And you need to keep yourself prepared for anything daily.
Sadly, its like ” new” means fresh meat.
I have been a Christian since 1999, so I can tell you in all those years to now, I have probably been solid in all honest for the last three years.
Obviously, it took a great deal of counseling and just realizing that in order for me to know my Savior, I had to find out for myself who He really was. Listening to others, it didn’t do any good.
Its easy to create an idol out of things you think are good.
Its always best to back it up with the word. KEEP UP WITH THE WORD!
You have to get passed the same persecution, and ridicule, you have to remember what you stand for, what you LIVE for.
I sat with my friend in the prayer room the other day, and she didn’t want to pray or anything and that was fine; I told her just the room itself, knowing all the prayers that have been prayed there, how strong the presence of God was.
She easily told me how not good enough she felt about herself, and how she didn’t really believe she was really forgiven on everything in her life.
She told me she let Jesus into her heart, but obviously didn’t really know what that meant.
I told her that forgiveness comes with giving your heart to Jesus; that He cleansed all of our sins, so we can start fresh, and lead a new life.
But I just saw it in her eyes, she really didn’t believe she had been forgiven, and I also can tell you she is a victim of her enviorment when it comes to family.
The major place she would face persecution, and its hard to go over there and just be nice to them, because they know I am the ” holy-roller” as they call it.
So her living there, I can imagine that it has to be much worse for her.
She more than likely plays the part to make them happy.
I did that for a lot of years, for a lot of people. Especially people close to me.
I am not an actress though, that is not my calling in life,
God wants us to be real, He wants us people to know the truth, therefore don’t you think they need to SEE the truth too.
God always makes a way for us, it may take years, but He really does.
The end result is we are going to be persecuted, we can’t hide from it.
As a friend of mine has said, We are not an island by ourselves, we have to deal with the world. Only then will we grow.
I think Paul would say it best though, at the height of persecution;
and this verse my friend Faith used in her words today, would also go perfect here:
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
” To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9But he said to me, “ My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
AMEN TO THAT SISTERS!!!!
So I don’t know if you have experienced persecution in your week, but I can tell you whether or not you do, that just remembering who you are and what you stand for, REALLY will help you have a clear conscious in knowing and saying the right things.
Because I know we all have choice words we would love to say sometimes..lol.
I will leave you with a few verses, and then head to bed for the night:)
John 15: 18
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.
As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
That is why the world hates you.
20Remember the words I spoke to you:
‘No servant is greater than his master.'[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. “
Romans 12:14 ” Bless those who persecute you.”