KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3:12. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution”
The Lord Jesus made the following observation about men in John 3:19 which reads, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil”. Men naturally love darkness. This is the reason living a holy life in this unholy world becomes a challenge. The system would oppose you. Consider a state department which has been taking bribes before certain cheques are signed. You as a Christian decide not to pay that bribe. This officer puts your cheque somewhere and the loan you took to execute that contract starts accruing interest. The bank starts calling for loan repayment. The officer says put some fat envelope on my table before you take your cheque. What do you do as a sincere child of GOD?
As a young lady graduate you go seeking for a job. The boss says let me have you for a night and the employment with some benefits would be yours. Meanwhile your parent’s rent has expired and you would be ejected if you don’t have money to pay. The scripture said all who would live godly in Christ shall suffer persecution. The bible said, not all men have faith. They would put every pressure for you to give in.
Dear child of God, do not yield under any of these conditions. WE serve a miraculous God who would come through for you. There are cases when things don’t get better but worse. There may be times when you would have to go hungry because you decided to stand for Christ. Remember that some have been killed because of their faith in the Lord. Do not compromise your stance. Victory to the Christian is not when all things go well but when you keep faith with the Lord.
The Lord allowed Job to be tempted because he knew Job would not fail and that was his crown. Persecutions are tools of the enemy to break us down, yet they are God’s medium to receive glory unto his name when we overcome. Read Job 1:6—12. You would discover that God our father believes we love him, and serve Him not because of what he does for us alone, but also, we sincerely love Him even above our comfort. Do not compromise.
I have decided to follow Jesus. There is no turning back. No matter the opposition or loss, I would not give up my holy walk. My father is glorified when I stand for Him in the midst of the trials.
Revelations 2:11. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death”.
1 Peter 1:7. “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”: