Practical Help in Times of Persecution

October 29, 2013 | Tags: , ,

If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

-1 Peter 4:14

Beloved, God is so faithful to help us in our times of distress and need. He loves you so much and is for you, even when it seems the world is against you. This morning, God brought me some encouragement through the practical steps found at the end of 1 Peter. Remember 1 Peter in suffering for the name of Jesus Christ. He wrote it to encourage those going through suffering.

Below are the steps in God’s word we can take when facing persecution. I pray they encourage and strengthen your hearts today for whatever you are facing.

1. Pray. PRAY. PRAY. (God couldn’t emphasize that enough to me today).

Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer. (1 Pet. 4:7)

2. Rejoice.

Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory. If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. (1 Pet. 4:12-14)

3. Do good and entrust yourself to God.

So those who suffer according to God’s will should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator. (1 Pet. 4:19)

4. Submit to God and cast your care on Him.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. (1 Pet. 5:6-7)

5. Resist the devil and stand firm in the faith.

Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. (1 Pet. 5:8-9)

6. Remember God’s promises.

Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. The dominion belongs to Him forever. Amen. (1 Pet. 5:10-11)

God will not leave you in your suffering, Beloved. He is coming to your rescue. It is never, ever God’s will to leave us or forsake us. One way or another, He will rescue His children who call upon His name. In the meantime, He will carry your through your trials. He will be in the fire with you. And in the end, you will emerge as pure gold.

Gracious and Heavenly Father,

I pray for each and every person reading this devotional today. I pray your grace overflow to them like streams of water in the desert. I pray they experience the power of your Holy Spirit in their lives to overcome the challenges they are facing. I pray that they understand their weakness is actually your power to carry them. Help them, O Lord, to thank you for the provision you are sending. Help them, O Lord, to remember and believe you are good and your faithful love endures forever. Father, remind them of the truth and highlight the lies of the enemy so they can turn away from the lies and walk in the truth of your great love for them. Thank you for your precious love for all your children, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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