Examining the “10 needs we must understand and live after choosing to serve the Lord” Part 7

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One of my posts on 28 April, was entitled COVID-19 Is a Slow-Motion 9/11 in it Pastor Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network set forth 10 definitive needs every “Christian” must understand and live by after choosing to serve the Lord. I thought I would look at each one individually over the next two weeks.

{Note because of my deployments and the urge to write a typical devotional this is taking an extending time to complete 🙂 }

Accept the reality that persecution is coming and is normal for the believer and those still standing for truth.

(All who live according to God commands will suffer persecution—2 Timothy 3:12; the enemies of truth will persecute you—Luke 21:12; John 15:20)
2 Timothy 3:12, Luke 21:12, John 15:20 (AMP and RVR 1960) 

CONTEXT: 

If you having been reading this series especially Part 4 or Part 5 you will have a good understanding of why so many “Christians” are unprepared for any trouble in their lives never mind persecution. The soft peddling of the Gospel has left the church woefully unprepared for the attacks that are coming it’s way.

In arguably the greatest sermon ever preached, Jesus makes it clear persecution is both a blessing and a fact of life for “TRUE BELIEVERS”, Mathew 5:10-11 (AMP):

Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for [a]doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever]. 11 “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me. 


 

TEXT BREAKDOWN: 

2 Timothy 3:12

The entire 3rd chapter of 2nd Timothy is a reminder of coming troubles and persecutions. Paul writing to his young apprentice says that everyone who willfully and joyfully peruses godliness will be hunted and persecuted. Yup that is the “Good News” I wanted to hear :).  Of course that is why so many pulpits are silent on the matter they are afraid of offending someone or scaring off someone. It is time they Preached the Whole Council of God and let God deal with all the rest.

Luke 21:12-19

Jesus is telling His trusted disciples be forewarned folks are going to hate you and come after you for my names sake. This time of persecution will provide a great opportunity to share the Gospel message but you must be prepared, for the coming evil and the coming opportunities.

 

John 15:18-21

If the hated and persecuted Him, and we are to follow His example what would make us think they (the world) would not come after us? Do we really believe the world has morally advanced since the days of Jesus? Tell me it is not so!!! Yet somehow we seem to ignore this? 


APPLICATION:

As a believer and follower of Christ we must accept that some form of trouble (not necessarily persecution) is coming into our lives. If you are living the ‘good life’ and are free from all such issues, it is NOT because you have enough faith, or are really blessed (that is not in the book) it is because your are not doing anything significant for the kingdom to warrant attention from those who would trouble you. 

Ask yourself is it time I got off the bench and started doing more for the kingdom and God’s Glory (never my own) 


OTHER RESOURCE:

What Is Christian Persecution?


The List
  1. Develop a healthy fear of God. (Have no other god before Me—Exodus 20:1-6; Obey God, serve Him and fear Him—Deuteronomy 13:4; Rehearse history and teach of God’s power so your children learn to fear God—Deuteronomy 31:13; It is whole duty of mankind—Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
  2. Re-embrace the biblical authority of Scripture. (All Scripture is profitable for life and living—2 Timothy 3:16: Living it establishes a person’s path—Psalm 119:11)
  3. Know that the ‘Church’ is disobedient, lethargic and asleep. (Christ’s warnings to the seven churches and to Laodicea—Revelation 2-3; Revelation 3:14-22)
  4. Be aware that 70% of the pulpits in America are occupied by ‘hirelings.’ (Hirelings refuse to warn of spiritual danger and the wolvesJohn 10:12-13)
  5. Be bold to identify and call out the false prophets in the wolves among us. (Christ warned of the false prophets and wolves—Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Matthew 24:24; Jesus warned of mass deception in the last days—Matthew 24:4-5)
  6. Understand that national blessing or national judgment hinges on the actions of the remnant. (“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”—2 Chronicles 7:14)
  7. Accept the reality that persecution is coming and is normal for the believer and those still standing for truth. (All who live according to God commands will suffer persecution—2 Timothy 3:12; the enemies of truth will persecute you—Luke 21:12; John 15:20)
  8. Discover that the preparation for prayer and meeting God’s requirements for prayer is far more important than the act of praying. (God demands a broken spirit and obedience before sacrifice—Psalm 51:16-17; God demands we pray His way: No unconfessed sin—Psalm 66:18)
  9. Realize that the continuance of freedom is a result of God’s blessing, which hinges on obedience and conformity to God’s commands. (Don’t forget that all blessings came from God and if you forget and become ungrateful, God will replace blessings with bondage—Deuteronomy 8:1-20, 1:19-20; 30:1-20)
  10. Understand that the choice for president or other elected leaders, while critically important, is secondary to repentance toward God and the choice for God. (Obey, and I’ll make even your enemies to be at peace with you—Proverbs 16:7)

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