HOLINESS REVIVAL MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE
EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA / Int'l director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 2019
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10.
Getting saved is easy because it is an act of grace, but remaining saved is tough because in addition to God's grace, it involves proving your faith in difficult times.
One of the difficulties you will face as a Christian, is persecution.
Persecution will bring harassment, oppression, maltreatment, discrimination, torture and in extreme cases, death. This is something many Christians are not prepared for because they have set their expectations too high in this world.
Preachers who give the impression that being a Christian is an all-rosy affair are not helping matters.
Even Jesus did not have it easy in this world. His crucifixion was the climax of the relentless persecution by His enemies. Virtually all His disciples experienced violent death.
Persecution is the road path to the kingdom of God.
"Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." Acts 14:22
Persecution comes in many forms. Evangelism can bring persecution from those who practice other religions. A believer may be hated for his holy and righteous lifestyle in the midst of perverse and wicked people. He may be denied promotion or other entitlements in the office for not behaving like others.
Women who dress holy may be persecuted by their husbands, relatives or friends who taunt them as ugly-looking without make-ups and adornments. The husband may even threaten divorce.
What are we to do when faced with persecution? Jesus says in Matthew 10:22, "And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved."
Since persecution is inevitable in the life of a Christian, you must learn to persevere under it when it comes. This is the only way to preserve your salvation.
The apostles persevered in the face of severe persecution and even rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for Christ's sake.
Let's be encouraged by Apostle Peter's comforting words in 1 Peter 4:14, “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you": on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified
Thought For The Day:
"Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD." Jeremiah 1:8.
Song For The Day:
O troubled heart there is a home
Bible Reading For The Day: Joshua 21-22; Luke 6:1-26
PASTOR PAUL RIKA