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Here is one of them:
HAPPY IN PERSECUTION?
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:10 What? Happy? When we are persecuted? You’ve got to be kidding! No? This doesn’t sound like fun and it surely doesn’t make sense–at least not to us mortals. The result sounds good, but the method to obtain the Kingdom of Heaven is certainly not attractive.
Whoa! Before we run away, let’s look a little closer. It says “…for righteousness sake…”. That means persecution comes when we do what is right. The source of this trouble comes from the unrighteous. So what’s new? Good has always been at war with evil. It’s just that now we have an additional purpose to face the trouble–Heaven is our reward. We must be sure, however, that we are persecuted for the good we do and not for the wrong or weird things we do. The war is between good and evil. Make sure you are on the good side.
Jesus portrayed this war all during his earthly life, even enduring the cross to defeat it. The apostles and disciples continued the war, as Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8) And we are not exempt. If they did this to the Master, and his apostles, surely all his followers will face the same.
We have many promises of assistance and reward for enduring this persecution. Receiving the Kingdom of Heaven is only one reward. We also get to spend eternity in God’s presence. As for instance, Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengeneth me.” (Philippians 4:19)
But best of all, in doing this we reflect the King. This is what he did and what he expects us to do. We must face this knowing he will never leave us or forsake us. Also, that he empowers us through the Holy Spirit. And that no matter what the enemy does to us, we are assured victory if we do what the King would do.
Let us reflect His victory so others will have hope and persevere.
(Matthew 5:10, 18, 19) Copyright Warren G. Blaisure, 5/19/2013
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Flipping through the pages of God’s Word, can bring many different results. I remember one fella who tried to find God’s will for his life by using this method – he would flip the pages, stopping where the book fell open and then, with eyes closed, stab his finger at the page and then reading where his finger was pointing. Here is his result:
- First stab – “Judas went and hung himself”. Not liking that result, he stabbed again.
- 2nd stab – “go and do thou likewise”.
Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway!) this method didn’t work. Hopefully no one would take this combination feeling God had just told them to commit suicide.
A second way to flip through the Bible more effectively is to flip slowly, reading things that seem to “pop” out or arrest your attention. This can lead you to paths you haven’t discovered before.
Third, a much more dependable way is to pick a topic you are interested in and then do a search for scriptures that contain that information.
A fourth way is to pray and ask God what He wants to tell you and then go to passages you feel drawn to after this prayer for direction.
Fifthly, do regular, systematic Bible study.
Sixth, study prepared messages by notable authors writing on the issue you are looking into.
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