Sunday, June 12, 2016
Bible Questions Answered:
“..what are we to do if the church seems to be more and more under persecution...”
Charles/ Rotherham, England United Kingdom
While many Christian people are seemingly lukewarm and complacent, the fact is that over 100,000 Christians die, every year, ….for their faith. Raped, beaten, crucified, beheaded, jailed or left refugees.
It has stated that a Christian is murdered in the Middle East every five minutes.
Why, oh why?
Revelation 12:12 KJV
"...Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having
great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Early believers, knew well of persecution and death.
In Acts chapter 4, Peter and John were imprisoned and threatened, not to speak about Jesus. The church prayed and this is what they prayed.
Acts 4:23-31 NLT (Be sure to read Acts 4:1-22)
23 As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said.
(They praised God, for He alone is The Creator.)
24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—
(They believed that all that happens is a part of God's great plan, and thanked Him.)
25 you spoke long ago by The Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying, ‘Why were the nations so angry? Why did they waste their time with futile plans?
26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle; the rulers gathered together against
The Lord and against His Messiah.’
27 “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your Holy Servant, whom you anointed.
28 But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will.
(They besought The Lord for His holy anointing when speaking His Word.)
29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your Word.
(They asked to be "endued" with Holy Spirit power.)
30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your Holy Servant Jesus.”
(And God heard their prayer.)
31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with
The Holy Spirit. Then they preached The Word Of God with boldness.
Matthew 5:11 KJV
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.
Matthew 10:22,39 KJV
22 And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.
Matthew 19:29 KJV
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Romans 8:16,17 NLT
16 For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
17 And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering.
Philippians 3:10,11 NLT
10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death,
11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!
II Timothy 2:11,12 KJV
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:
Hebrews 11:24-27 KJV
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.
James 5:10 KJV
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of The Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
I Peter 2:20,21 NLT
20 "... if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in His steps.
I Peter 3:14,15 NLT
14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.
15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.
I Peter 4:14-19 NLT
14 If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for
The Glorious Spirit Of God rests upon you.
15 If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs.
16 But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name!
17 For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?
18 And also, “If the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to godless sinners?”
19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to The God who created you, for He will never fail you.
I Peter 5:10,11 NLT
10 In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.
11 All power to Him forever! Amen.
Revelation 6:9 KJV
And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for The Word Of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Revelation 20:4 KJV
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for The Word Of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Please pray for persecuted Christian people.