Enduring Persecution Talk Sheet-3/3/2019
Faith and Persecution go hand in hand.
Our Faith leads us to be persecuted by some but our faith is what carries us through the persecution as well.
Read 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 and you will see that although the churches are being persecuted and are going through many trials they’re having to endure, they persevere in their faith and their faith is alive and growing!
Read the account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3 and you will see that God doesn’t always take His children around the fire—Sometimes He meets them in the middle of the furnace.
Even Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered: One can not truly learn to trust God in the tough places of life by simply reading or being told about suffering. We have to suffer. Suffering is a necessary tool. If even the Lord Jesus learned the meaning of obedience by the things He suffered, how much more must this be true for us. We must also remember that no matter what persecution we might face, it is not up to us to avenge ourselves in this life. It is up to God as to when and how he He will punish those who persecute us for believing in Him.
Question one: Have you ever been personally persecuted for your faith? Feel free to share your answer in a post on our Facebook page.
Question two: 1st Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored every part rejoices with it.”
How much time of your life have you spent in prayer for brothers and sisters in our country and around the world who are truly being persecuted even to the point of death?
Question three: If you got a slip of paper with the country on it, go to google and type in “opendoorsusa.org watch list” or go on other websites and research your country and the type of persecution that goes on for Christians in that country. Pray for them, their families, their needs, and their strength specifically to fight the good fight to bring glory to God despite what it may cost them. Depending on your children’s age, include them in research or at least talk to them about what you found.