Called To Persecution
Called To Persecution
All Scripture taken from the Son Of Man Bible, SOMB.
Acts 26:14-15, “When we all fell to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me that said in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’15Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ He replied, ‘I AM Yeshua of Nazareth, whom you persecute.”
Always remember, if someone is persecuting you, that person is persecuting Yeshua. Yeshua will judge that person in due time, you don’t have to worry about dealing with that person, other than to pray for them or witness to them. Matthew 5:44, “And I say to you, divinely selflessly love your enemies and pray for those who slander and persecute you, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you,” Your persecutors are just demonstrating to you how blessed you are. Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely for my sake.” We need to receive and accept our persecution and calling. Yeshua works it all out for our good. Romans 8:28, “We know that for those who love Yehowah, he works all things together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” Persecution is never meant to be an excuse for not preaching or teaching the Word, or to stop reaching out to the lost around us. Just use persecution as a springboard for greater work, greater outreach, greater sermons, greater opportunities to witness and share our testimony! Persecution should just strengthen our resolve to continue to minister.
Romans 12:14, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” It’s tough to bless someone who is beating you, or cutting you up, or shooting you, or just cursing you out. But just keep telling them how much Yeshua loves them and is willing to forgive them! Just keep pouring the water of the word on them. That is our duty. They may get saved or kill us, but we will have fulfilled our duty and calling. Luke 11:49, “For this reason also, Yehowah’s wisdom said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and they will persecute and kill some of them.’” Martyrdom may be the result of some ministry, but you instantly enter the presence of the Lord. You are still blessed.
We proclaim Yeshua, what happens when we do that is in the hands of Yehowah. Luke 21:12, “But before all of these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you over to the sanctuaries and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors because of my name.” Our obedience to his command is what matters in the eternal Kingdom. What matters to our bodies in this temporal life is not that important. Salvation of lost souls has always cost blood. Sometimes it only costs Yeshua’s blood. Sometimes is costs Yeshua’s blood and the blood of his servants. Our King and Savior is Sovereign over whose blood is spilled to save a soul. We don’t always understand it, but we’re in a bloody war for the souls of humans. Yeshua thought it was worth his blood to save one human. Isn’t it worth our blood also?