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CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED (even when just trying to talk)
Days of Apostasy
The days of apostasy are upon as. Truly we live in one of the greatest eras of the church. Many events ( I will go into in future hub) are occurring around the world as I type and you read. These times are all leading to Christ coming in the clouds and calling those of us that believe home. I THES. 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. My friends that day is coming soon, though I am not ignorant enough to put a date to it. But until then we have a calling of God to spread His love and show salvation is of the Lord.
OUR DUTY TO EACH OTHER
I Thessalonians 5: 15-22
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the spirit.
Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
We as Christians need to get together on these writings of Paul and admonish them in our hearts; and towards each other. We need to pray for our fellow servants of God whether we know them or not. My wife and I were starting our business account at the credit union, the manager was helping us to get it made as we would need, and shared a need with us. She knew we are Christians because of the account we are starting and by speaking with us as we worked together. She let us know her brother is in a coma, organs shutting down from sickle cell anemia. The family does not know if he will make it through, if he does it is by the healing hand of the Lord jesus Christ and none other. We prayed with her and hugged her as we left, letting her know we love her in the bonds of Christ and will pray for her and her brother. That is exactly what we as Christians are to do, edify the fellow believers. Lift them up! But, so often we do not speak up we keep our lips closed and voices quieted.
PERSECUTED FOR SPEAKING UP
I have read how Christians the world over are being persecuted daily. Three Palestinian teenage boys are out casts in their families for accepting Christ as Saviour. They have nowhere to live but the streets because their families have rejected them. Yet they press onward for Jesus. Here in the U.S.A we have a teenage girl seeking adoption or foster care for following Jesus, afraid her father or brother will kill her if she returns home. Throughout the Middle East Christians are being slaughtered in masses for their faith. Back home again we are losing ground on churches , we are losing the battle daily over the Ten Commandments hanging in public places. What's next? Are they going to tear down the Washington Monument because it says,"Praise God" on the very top panel that faces heavenward? Bet most people did not know that!
OUR DAILY DUTIES FOR CHRIST
WE ARE NOT TO BE SILENT! WE ARE TO SPEAK AND WARN THE LOST OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS THAT THE DISCIPLES AND CHRIST FORETOLD! WE ARE TO CONTINUE TO GO OUT TO THE STREETS PREACHING THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD! WE ARE TO LIVE IN CHRIST, AND EVEN DIE FOR HIM IF DUTY CALLS! WE ARE TO REJOICE IN THE PERSECUTION WE RECEIVE, I KNOW THIS IS HARD, BUT BROTHERS AND SISTERS WE HAVE A BATTLE TO FIGHT, WE HAVE A VICTORY TO WIN! WE ARE CALLED BY A holy CALLING NOT TO SIT BACK AND BE QUIET, BUT, RATHER TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, PUT ON THE ENTIRE ARMOR OF GOD AND GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD! PRAISE GOD AMEN! Ok enough of the shouting, ( that was all free by the way ) on to the glorious days we have ahead of us.
"Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine oh what a fore taste of glory divine," Fanny J. Crosby. She never saw the falling away like we are seeing. She never lived the Christian persecution as we are in danger of today. All she did 150 years ago was live in a world not being able to see it. Blind she had to endure daily struggles we could not fathom. Technology then did not allow her the freedoms a blind person today has. But she loved her KING, she loved her Jesus. I heard a report from a church synod saying they wanted to take out her songs from the hymnals because they are not doctrinally correct. Heir of salvation purchase of God born of his spirit lost in His love! Is there ever a quote that is more pure than that? Jesus said,"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Jesus said,"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Jesus also gave us promises that day on the mountain when he spoke of these days. He said,"Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." What a promise we will be in Heaven one day through all our struggles in this life and He has promised us eternal glory. Jesus said," Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in Heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." My friends He has given us a promise of the bliss of Heaven. He has made us a dwelling place to ever be with Him. I look at the cross, the pain and torture He endured to forgive my sin; I must preach on for Him. I must go to the hedges and highways and compel them to come in that His house may be full! The apostle Paul penned the words," For to live is Christ, to die is gain", I have to live for my Jesus, I have to show the love and compassion Christ had shown on Golgotha 2000 years ago. WHAT JESUS DID FOR ME
I wear a tattoo on my right arm, three nails forming a cross, it is a daily reminder of what Jesus did for me, MY JESUS! Jesus said if He goes away that He will come again, come to take us home forever to be with Him. The last words He spoke in our written word," Surely I come quickly." Will you my friend be ready? For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, none that doeth good. For the wages of sin is death. Death is eternal separation from God. But, God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. My friends you have just rode the romans road. Jesus said," He that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out", won't you give your life to Him today? Ask Him to come into your heart and forgive your sin debt? He is a prayer away, waiting for you today. Don't wait another day, you have not the promise of tomorrow. One last story, a true story and I will close this hub. The old preacher I learned under in church told this 25 years ago but it is still meaningful today. " I was at a friends house to show him how to be saved. I talked with him for 20 minutes asking him if he would accept Christ and repent of his sins. HE said he wasn't ready but to come back later and he would listen again. I told him God's spirit will not always strive with man and we do not have the promise of tomorrow. He said that was ok, he just was not yet ready. Finally he said he needed to go in and asked if I were finished. He politely asked me to go. As I turned and walked away I heard a thud from the porch. I quickly turned back only to see him fallen down holding his chest. He was dead that fast. No it was not a heart attack but rather his heart just stopped. Gone and never repenting, what will you do?" My friends it is up to you now. You have seen the way of salvation, repenting ( turning from sin) of your sin and asking Jesus into your life. Remember,All the angels of Heaven cannot make you get saved if you say no, but, all the demons of Hell cannot stop you if you say yes. AMEN, I hope you say yes to Him. It is not an easy life, but it is filled with Heavenly reward!