God encountered opposition to his plan early on in the beginning of the world. We do not know when the devil made his choice against the Lord and began his work to derail humanity, but we see him in the Garden of Eden. Today, the father of lies continues his efforts. He uses people to speak against the divine will and to persecute his people. God knows this and will bring all to justice. Glory to God for his work that uses even evil to bring forth good for his children!

READ: “For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for him” Phil 1.29.

THINK: Suffering for Christ is an experience as basic to the disciple as believing in him. Granted translates the verb to give grace, a positive act on God’s part. (“God has given you a special gift” WE.) He who flees to avoid suffering for the kingdom flees from discipleship, 1 Pet 2.21ff. Suffering as a Christian is our glory, 1 Pet 4.12-19. He who fails to confess/preach Christ for fear of persecution will not be confessed/claimed by him in the judgment, Mt 10.21-39. Continue reading

Persecution of Christians“It was amazing,” he said. “You get punched for actually having sincere beliefs.”

So said Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, amazed at a rare political move on the part of Republican leaders in the American House of Representatives, punishing those committee members who voted on principle.

Even after so many years in public service, Mr. Paul seemed to be amazed at the move. Continue reading

Faithful to the Point of Death

by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

Revelation 2:10

Faithful to the point of death,
Of dying for the glorious Name,
Confessing with expiring breath,
To stand before the Lord without shame,
Let this of me be said,
“He lives though he be dead.”

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