How To Handle Persecution
2 Timothy 3:11 – You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.
This is a really important subject that we need to address. No one ever prays for persecution or wants to be persecuted, but unfortunately, it’s something all believers would face, especially those who are deliberate about living a godly life from their saved and renewed spirits. Persecution basically means being resisted for what you stand for, or for what you believe. The truth is we are in this world, but we are not of this world, so our attitudes and what we believe in would be very different from those who aren’t believers, and this would often lead to persecution, just like Apostle Paul faced, but we have an assurance from Jesus that He’ll always be with us, that’s why you’ll see Paul being rescued whenever he was persecuted.
2 Timothy 3:12 – Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution
So this just stamps the fact that as a believer, you are bound to be persecuted. The scripture says everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ will suffer persecution…everyone, yourself inclusive, but when persecution comes, are we supposed to cry, weep, wail, and act like our worlds have caved in, though these feelings would initially come, but no we aren’t to remain in that state. Our response should be to trust God more and rejoice.
Acts of the Apostles 16:25 – Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening
We see Paul and Silas showing an awesome example. While in prison, they began to pray. Prayer is a sign of trust in God’s power, and if you read further down that chapter, Gods power was made available to them. So in persecution, simply trust God more, and the best way to show you trust is to pray, then in prayer, your heart gets filled with joy, then you can rejoice.
Acts of the Apostles 13:50-52
Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town.
So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium.
And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit
Verse 52 shows us the believers response, they were filled with joy, which means they invariably rejoiced. They being filled with joy wasn’t immediately after the persecution that Apostle Paul had faced, it most likely took a while, but their response in the end was to rejoice, it affirms your faith, and reminds you of the reason you are a believer, and why that’s the best choice you could have ever made. Isn’t this awesome, even when we are persecuted, we stand strong in Christ.
Thank you Jesus for always being with me, I trust more in your ability because I know you’ll always be here.
Author – Gem