Jesus Christ turned the tables over in His Father’s House, and He said that His House would no longer be a den of thieves but a house of prayer.
Instead, many churches have become businesses with tax exemption.
Many countries are suffering great injustices toward the helpless and the innocent,
The churches are thriving in these countries, but the people are in great peril and persecution.
The churches are not praying in most cases or these countries would become righteous, and the suffering of the poor and innocent would be stopped.
The church as a whole is not using its awesome power of prayer.
We have been given all authority over the enemy Satan and our own flesh, but we have to activate our power through believing prayer.
Each week, churches all over the world are given the perfect opportunity to pray together in one accord.
There would need to be several prayer leaders who have the burdens to pray, and then all would agree with the prayer leaders.
One will put one thousand to flight and 2 ten thousand. How powerful would that be each week?
What love, unity, victory and peace that would bring into the churches.
We read in Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34 that God will raise up a church in the last days that the gates of hell will not be able to prevail against.
What will be a sign of this last day church?
The ministers in the glorious last day church will care for that one soul. They will be willing to leave the 99 and go out and find the one soul that is in trouble.
The last day pastor will be like our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and he will be will to lay down his life for one soul, just like Jesus Christ was willing to lay down His life for one soul.
How do we get from here to there? How do we get from a church that is carnal and like the Laodicians church to the glorious last day church?
It is through prayer. The prayer of the righteous availeth much.
However, when you have many righteous praying together, daily and weekly; it will transform the world.
It will change the Government, the people, the businesses and the morals of all of the socieites all over the world.
We must find leaders who will lead by example. Those who take on the role as servant, and those who will deny themselves, take up their crosses and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
The church and the Body of Christ has all of the power in heaven and earth given to us by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, the blood of the Lamb and the Word of God.
We pray and we move upward and outward from a position of 100% VICTORY.
Jesus Christ has already won for us everything that we, our churches, our families, our nations need for a life of abundance, righteousness and success.
All we have to do is appropriate the total provision through heartfelt prayer and fasting as needed.
Right now, there are very viable Christian mean and women of integrity who would be good stewards in the high positions of our countries.
However, they cannot do the job without our prayers.
We must pray that God’s men and women will be raised up in each country. Those men and women who will be good stewards of the authority that they have been given.
We must continue praying for them even after they have come into power or they could be put in such a pressure cooker that they could cave.
We all need to pray that almighty God will raise up the prayer warriors, the churches of prayer and the men and women of God who have the boldness and courage to stand strong in these evil last days.
If our current churches become Houses of Prayer; there will be hope for the world.
The anti-Christ system can be thwarted and all of the plans of Satn can be pushed back to Eden.
Satan has targeted the greatest and the best for destruction, but when the church prays; all of his evil deeds will be destroyed.
We need to pray that all of the evil deeds of darkness will be exposed and that Jesus will destroy all of the works of Satan as Jesus came and died to accomplish.
We need to have Godly men and women to be placed in the highest positions, but we also must understand that our battle is not with flesh and blood.
Our battles are with the power, principalities, rulers of darkness and wickedness in high places.
We can only combat these powers through
Wake up churches, and take your places to become Houses of Prayer.
I know for sure, that if the churches in America do not start praying, praying, praying; we will not have any churches where we can prayer.
Righteousness is needed for the effective prayer, and the church also need to repent so that The Lord can heal our land.
There is so much sin in the camp that needs to be purged through solemn assembles to pray, fast and repent.
Then The Lord will be able to restore everything that the canker worm, caterpillar and locust have eaten.
The Lord want so badly to reward and restore His beloved people, but because of our carnal and Laodicean behaviors;The Lord’s hands are tied.
Our loving, but just God cannot reward rebellion and sin.
We hear many messages of prosperity and the blessings of God, but always remember that every blessing is provisional and condition.
If my people….”humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways, then He will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our lands”.
God’s promises are based on our obedience, our devotion, our faith and our use of all that we have been given.
God rewards all that diligently seek Him. God’s grace needs our response in obedience guided through our love for God.
We show and prove our love for God by our obedience to His commandments.
Do not be deceived. God is a God of grace and love, but He is also a God of justice and Truth.
My prayer for the church:
I pray that your people will turn to You with all of our hearts, and we will become the House of Prayer.
Each Christian is a living stone being formed to come together and build the last day glorious church.
Please make all of us into the people after your own heart and a people that will please You, oh Lord.
Please raise up those with a spirit of Joshua, Caleb, Josiah, Jehu, and countless prayer warriors, and worshipper all over the world.
The world is about to get shaken and shaken and shaken and only what is founded on the rock of Jesus Christ will remain.
We pray that we will all be counted worthy to escape what is coming on the earth and be able to stand before the Son of Man.
We thank You Lord with all of our hearts for Your wonderful goodness and mercy. We thank you Father for sending Your Son to die for even one of us sinners. We pray tht You, Lord Jesus will receive all the honor and praise for your great and unspeakable sacrifice on the cross in Your Name and by Your blood and according to The Word of God. Amen, amen and amen.
All those who have made The Lord their refuge, their fortress and their everything will be saved. Those who endure to the end will be saved.
Those who work out their own salvation with fear and trembled will receive their reward.
This is not the time to go into apostasy as many churches, but this is the time to turn to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with all of our hearts.
May all the churches throughout the world move upward and onward and may they all become glorious Houses of Prayer for all nations in Jesus Name!
CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE STILL IN THE FAITH
Are You Still in The Faith?
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Are You Brave and Very Courageous?
King James Version (KJV)
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Many years ago, a friend of my mother said to me that she refused to go through the tribulation. Since then, I have heard many other Christians saying similar things.
We, Christians of all people should have no fear of death. We overcome Satan by The Blood of The Lamb, The Word of our testimony, and we love “not” our lives unto the death.
This is the Scripture that tells us how to become “Overcomers”.
Fear is a lack of faith and trust in the power of God. Fear comes when our faith is not strong.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Without faith; it is impossible to please God.
How do we attain faith? Faith is not only a fruit of The Holy Spirit, but it is also a gift of The Holy Spirit.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by The Word of God or The Holy Bible.
When we read, listen to, and study God’s Word our faith grows stronger and stronger.
The Word of God tells it like it is, but it also provides the redemptive side to our lives, our future and our work on this earth.
The Word of God provides faith, hope, wisdom, knowledge, anointing to teach, power to believe God, and it contains all the power of Jesus Christ inside of its words.
The world was formed by His Words spoken through the power of The Holy Spirit. It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, sayest The Lord Jesus Christ.
Come to the River of Life, faith and Light. Come to The Word of God and find a regenerated faith and hope and love for God.
The enemy hates the Word of God, and he goes to any length to try and discredit it, and he has been trying to destroy it for centuries. However, it remains as strong and as powerful as ever.
We need it now more than ever before. Dust off your Bible, and jump into a sea of love, joy, peace and renewed faith.
I have The Bible in every form possible.
I love to listen to it on my electronic mp3 player, I love to hear it on youtube, I love to check out Scriptures throughout the day. It is like being resurrected spiritually.
How is your faith? Are you still in the beautiful arms of faith in our loving God through Jesus Christ and activated by The Holy Spirit?
If you have all kinds of fears and phobias; The Word of God can deliver you from them all.
Speak the Word of God that tells us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, timidity or cowardice, but He has given us a spirit of power, perfect love and a sound sharp clear mind.
Speak the words of life, and the words, deeds and thoughts that bring death, fear and doubt will vanish.
What we speak is crucial to our mental, physical and emotional health. The Word of God brings new life and vitality to our minds, our hearts and our bodies. It renews our immune system, and our ability to bear fruit for The Kingdom of God.
Blessed is the man that walks not in the way of the ungodly……
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of waters, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his
leaf shall not wither, and whatsoever he does shall
My prayer for You:
Dear Father God,
Please give all of Your children a love for Your Word and a love for The Truth. It is the Truth that sanctifies us and Your Word brings new life into our lives.
It refreshes our salvation, and it generates new trust in You. It is powerful and it is sharper than any two-edged sword.
It causes us to grow up into the image of Jesus Christ, just by absorbing it daily like the Israelite at the manna in the desert.
Thank You For Your Glorious Word.
May we come back to our first love for You and for Your Word in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen, amen and amen.
Peggy Kannaday is The Managing Editor for “Church Growth International” which is a non-denominational ministry headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
King James Version (KJV)
2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
o person is above the law. The Constitution has never been legally changed. It is still in effect.
All of the illegal executive orders are worthless because they are all “unconstitutional”. They are not worth the paper that they are written on.
I’ve been fighting these NWO mercenary terrorists for 9 years since moving to Regent Park/Glenn Ridge, Fort Mill, SC. I have learned how they operate, and I have learned the power of prayer, binding, loosing, and speaking out the truth.. The pen is far mightier than the sword. I joined to share what I know has worked over 9 years of daily attack.
These criminals have tried to ruin my work, my reputation, my property and to try and murder me. They are very covert and careful not to be caught and so they try and make their crimes completely unexplainable or like an accident.I know that these traitors are cowards. They go way out of their way to save their own skin, and yet they try every way to destroy a patriot or a law abiding citizen.
Their leader is a psychopath, and they use occult practices to try and enhance their evil forces. However, they have not been able to stop me or may work in 9 years because The Lord Jesus Christ is on my side. It must be very frustrating for these criminals.
Gideon in The Bible gathered 22,000 soldiers, but the Lord had only 300 good men selected, and Gideon was victorious.
God must be on your side in order to win any battle.
My prayer for the militia, the patriots and their loved ones.
Please build a fiery and flaming hedge around all of the patriots going out to take back our land. Please apply Your Blood over their minds, hearts and bodies.
Please give them wisdom from You as to how to proceed. Please protect them from all harm, evil and temptations. Please give them supernatural boldness and courage in doing what is right and just.
Please bring our country back to our heritage because America was founded on Jesus Christ. Please restore our Constitution, Bill of rights and our Declaration of Independence. This country is of the people, for the people and the people are to rule in America in accordance with our Constitution, justice for all, freedom for all, the pursuit of happiness for all and not just for a few of the elite. We ask in love, unity and one accord in Jesus Christ’s Name and all for His glory. Amen and amen.
by Wayne Blank
Gideon, from the Hebrew word meaning hewer or feller, was the son of Joash, an Abiezrite (Judges 6:11), from the town of Ophrah in the Manasseh territory (see Tribal Lands) of Samaria, a short distance from Mount Gerizim (the view from the summit is seen in the photograph below). Also known as Jerub-baal (Judges 6:29, 32), Gideon was one of the series of Judges, or tribal leaders, whose story is substantially detailed in recorded Bible History (Judges chapters 6-8).
View From Mount Gerizim We first read of Gideon at a time when “the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of The Lord; and The Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years.” (Judges 6:1 RSV). When the time of punishment was completed, The Angel of The Lord appeared to Gideon and said, “Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” (Judges 6:14 RSV). With some reluctance, and a request for signs that God was truly with him, Gideon finally accepted his calling (Judges 6:17-22).
Gideon’s first attack was somewhat modest; under cover of darkness, Gideon and ten of his servants destroyed the people’s altar of Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole that had been erected beside it (Judges 6:25-27).
Using a Shofar, Gideon then mustered a force of 22,000 Israelites (Judges 6:34-35). Of that number, God had only three hundred selected (Judges 7:2-7) so that they would know that it was God who delivered them from the vastly larger force that had been troubling them. And so He did; the 300 Israelites obliterated an army of 120,000 Midianites (Judges 7:19-25, 8:10) and drove the invaders back beyond the Jordan.
The memory of this great victory is referred to a number of times in The Bible (1 Samuel 12:11; Psalm 83:11; Isaiah 9:4; 10:26; Hebrews 11:32). It was so complete that the Israelites had peace for 40 years afterward (Judges 8:28) – exceptional for the times.
Gideon died at a good old age, and was buried in the tomb of his fathers. Incredibly, soon after his death the Israelites again drifted back into idolatry and other degenerate behavior, a cycle that would last for centuries until their total defeat and exile, as God allowed – first the Kingdom of Israel (the “Lost Ten Tribes”) in the north by the Assyrians in 721 B.C. (see Ancient Empires – Assyria), and then finally the Kingdom of Judah in the southern lands around Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. (see Ancient Empires – Babylon).
Fact Finder: Is Gideon referred to as a man of faith in the New Testament?
Jesus: The Whistleblower Margaret (Peggy Henderson) Kannaday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feHbP4k_tdk Jesus was not only our Savior, our Lord, and the King of the Universe, but He was also a whistle blower. Whistle blowers are brave, and they want to expose the evil deeds of darkness and the hypocrites in the Body of Christ. They want to work the work of The Lord in destroying “all” of the works of Satan. Whistle blowers are “not” wimps. They are mighty men and women of valor as Jesus Christ was when He overturned the tables of The “Den of Thieves” who were using His Father’s House to make money. Jesus spoke out against the “Religious” leaders continually. He called them vipers, wolves in sheep’s clothing, whitewashed sepulchers, and He said that they will travel over the ocean in order to make one proselyte and then make them twice the son of hell as they are. Today, we are living in similar times. People giving themselves high sounding titles have infiltrated our churches, schools, and every type of ministry. These people are the rogue or shadow Christians. They do not walk in the Light of Jesus Christ. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? (Matthew 23:33). Why did Jesus blow the whistle on these reprobates? He knew their hearts. He saw their motives in everything that they did. Jesus was totally pure and holy, and He only did what His Father showed Him to do. He didn’t have a self-centered bone in His body. He saw right through the hearts of the leaders who were stalking him, harassing Him and lying about Him continually. All those who have the same heart, mind and Spirit of Jesus Christ, and who desire to follow Him completely, and to live a righteous life; will be persecuted by those who are doing their own thing under the pretense of following Jesus. You will know them by their fruit. Jesus was a target individual. The perpetrators stalked Him, and tried to get Him to say something that they could use against Him. They followed Him; not because they loved Him, but because they wanted to destroy Him. They wanted to kill Him before His time to die, but they were unsuccessful. Only when the proper time came were these criminals allowed to stir up the people against Jesus in order to have Him crucified. All of these things were a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Jesus knew what He would suffer, and He surrendered all for the sake of even one human being. Today, the people who are called “whistleblowers” are being gang stalked, harassed, fired, shunned, and in some cases they are murdered, and it is made to look like an accident or suicide. These are very courageous people who desire to speak the Truth in love even if it means horrible consequences to them, their family, their friends and their work. That is why it is so refreshing to hear countless whistle blowers speaking out the truth through the alternative media sources. They know the risk, but they care more about The Truth. Jesus Christ “is” The Truth, The Way and The Life. I do not like the term whistleblower to describe a person who speaks the Truth regardless of the consequences. Let’s start calling those who are exposing all of the evil deeds of darkness, Truth Bearers. Let’s call those who desire to do the Lord Jesus’ work of destroying all of the works of Satan as Overcomers of evil. Let’s all be exposers of the evil deeds of darkness and also Christians who desire to destroy all of the works of Satan. These are our duties and the commandments from our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Father, Your people are speaking out the Truth in America despite the fact that they know they will be attacked by the mercenaries, the anti-Christ factions and the minions of Lucifer and Satan. Thank You Lord for these people, and I pray that their numbers will increase exponentially to the glory of God in Jesus’ Name. Please protect these Christians, heal them, and deliver them from the false prophets, false teachers, false, apostles, false Christian leaders of every kind, and the hypocrites. Please raise up Your mighty standard in America against those who only desire to demoralize, and destroy our beloved country. Please bless all those who stand up for the Truth in Jesus’ all-powerful Name, amen and amen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feHbP4k_tdk Peggy Henderson Kannaday has been the Managing Editor for “Church Growth International’ for 22 years. She was a missionary in South Korea for over twelve years before moving to Fort Mill, SC. Contact: email@example.com, Phone: 803 500 1267 , 707 Torrey Pines Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715.
Who is God?
We know that there are many so-called gods which is a tactic of Satan to bring confusion among the masses. The most high God is The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Paul and all the Disciples. His Son is Jesus Christ who died on the cross for every human being’s salvation. After He ascended into heaven; He sent The Holy Spirit to the earth to guide and direct His beloved people.
Why is Jesus Christ the most blasphemed God in history? Why is His Name under attack? Why has His Bible been under attack throughout history? Why is His Name banned in many underground locations that are used by satanic powers? Why have Christians always been under attack and often times martyred for no other reason that they are followers of the most high God?
We are living in the end times today; the enemy is roaring, accusing and trying to destroy the true and living God from off of this earth as per Psalm 2.
God just laughs at all of the enemy’s attempts to destroy Him and His anointed.
It is because The Name of Jesus Christ holds all power in heaven and earth, but He must abide by His Word and so He is limited in what He can do on earth. Mankind must chose to disobey God’s command, and so they entered into sinning against God.
However, God sent His Son to die in order to redeem mankind from their sin. He was the only acceptable sacrifice. With the greatest gift of grace that any person can imagine; people still accuse God of every type of atrocity. It only shows their vast distance from knowing God personally as their Lord, Savior and coming King.
Any person that really knows God would be in fear and trembling to speak about Him in the way that these people speak about Him. They will stand before Him some day and answer for their idle words and lies from the pit of hell. May God have mercy on their souls.
I have witnessed countless people who totally ignored God over the span of their lives. They never acknowledged Him as their Creator and/or the Creator of the Universe, but yet when something bad happened to them, they said, “Why did God allow this to happen to me?’ These people seemed to enjoy accusing God of what was the opposite of His character, and His nature. It seemed to come from an anti-Christ type of spirit.
This view of God is getter stronger as we grow closer and closer to the end of this age.
God has a good plan for every person, but we must make the right choices in order to enjoy the good life that He has created for each one of us.
How do we know what the right choices are in order to have a good life? We learn the right choices by knowing almighty God. We must be led by The Holy Spirit, and we must receive Jesus Christ into our lives, hearts and minds in order to have The Presence of The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will bring the believer into all Truth, and as we surrender our will to God; He will guide us in the best possible scenarios that will be the best for us. Father always knows what is best for us, but we must seek Him for His guidance and direction according to Proverbs 3:5-6. The New Testament tells us that the sons and daughters of God are those who are led by The Holy Spirit.
However, we must know God’s Word and will by studying and reading the Word of God daily. If we know The Word of God; we will not be easily deceived by the lies of satanic powers. Reading the Word of God is an activity like eating the manna every day, which will cause us to have the faith we need to follow Jesus Christ unreservedly.
We know that The Bible tells us that God is love.
He also proved His love for each human being by His
Voluntary death on The cross.
We all know John 3:16, which tells us about our Father God’s great love, and how He gave us the most precious One in His Life for our salvation.
Everything “good” comes down from our Father, and Jesus Christ His Son paid the unspeakable price for our redemption.
There is a Satanic doctrine that blames everything “bad” on our gracious and glorious God. This is a lie out of the pit of hell.
To say that God is in control of everything is an erroneous statement. Why? Because God has all authority in heaven and earth, but as His Word explains; He has in turn given man the power to choose right or wrong, good or evil. It is our choice, and so why are we blaming God for what others are doing out of His will, in rebellion to His Word and in direct defiance to everything that God died to save, deliver, heal and redeem?
I found the below tract online, and ordered a bunch to pass out.
There is such ignorance concerning the will, Word and power of the most high God.
I have heard people say that everything that happens is “controlled” by God. How ridiculous is that?
God is “never’ the author of hatred, sadism, racism, perversions, pedophilia, bestiality, murder, lying, stealing, destruction of who and what is good. God is the author of everything that is good.
However, because He gave man a free will; He will not violate His agreement with mankind.
Man has a choice in each and every situation. Even when we are tortured by satanic beings; we are then given a way of escape by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why? Because He is a good, and He cannot do anything evil. He only allows evil for those that love Him and are called according to His glorious purposes as He turns it around 180% and works it all together for the good of real Christians, or followers of Jesus Christ and His Word and will.
As in the case of Job; he was a righteous man of God who loved God, and that is why Satan came around to tempt Job into denying and accusing God. However, Satan’s plan went awry as usual, because Job stood strong in The Lord, as God knew that he would stay faithful.
All those who try to live a godly and righteous life “will” be persecuted for righteousness’ sake, but we are also told to rejoice in the midst of it because so were our forefathers persecuted before us. It is an honor, and remember that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver them out of them all. Glory to God!
The Power of Suffering! Peggy Kannaday
Hebrews 5:8 KJV  “Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which he suffered;” Jesus Christ is the greatest example and model of the power of suffering. He is the King of kings and Lord of lord, but yet He learned obedience through the things that He suffered. In short, suffering produces obedience to God. Obedience to God and His commandments signifies our love for almighty God. We have all heard the true life stories and testimonies of wonderfully strong and very courageous people who had tremendous suffering in their lives. However, they did not allow these adversities to deter them, but they by the grace of God; overcame all of their afflictions. Through this process; they became more faith-filled, more patient, stronger and stronger, wiser and wiser, and they learned to trust in The Lord Jesus Christ as never before. Count It All Joy: 2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed “ (James 1:2-9). Those that try to live a godly life; will be persecuted. We are forewarned by The Word of God and so we are forearmed. When people try to criticize you for going through persecution. Remember, the Word of God, and do not receive their accusations. 2 Timothy 3:12 (KJV) “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus “shall” suffer persecution.” Job’s friends were worried about “why” these things were happening to Job? However, the real question was why weren’t Job’s friends suffering any persecution? When you love the Lord with all of your heart and put Him first; you will be hated by the world and the anti-Christ system. They will lie about you, harass you, and they will try to destroy your good name, and if it is possible; they will kill you. However, they cannot kill a child of God until the Lord Jesus gives satan His permission and if it is the proper time for that child of God to go home. Remember to live is Christ and to die is gain or a promotion. Glory to God! “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.” —John 15:18-20 Many Christians suffer because of their disobedience to God or because they are not seeking The Lord first in their lives. They will suffer the consequences of their own wrong choices. God allows this to happen in order to discipline His beloved children and to teach them right from wrong. God disciplines those He loves just like good parents discipline the children that they love. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you “ (Matthew 5:10-12). To suffer because you are obeying the Word of God is a privilege, and it is an honor to suffer for Christ’s sake. When we suffer for obeying The Lord; we are to rejoice and be glad. We know that we will receive our reward in heaven. When we suffer for obeying God, then He will in turn defend us, bring us through the afflictions, heal us, work it all together for our good, and He will cause our weak areas to become our strengths. When we are weak; He is strong in and through us.
Suffering produces a dying to one’s self and our own selfishness. Dying to self produces the fruit of The Holy Spirit. When we die to ourselves; we live to Christ, and we gain His resurrection power to defeat the enemy and to be an over comer in our lives.
You are counted among the great Christians in history who suffered for righteousness’ sake, i.e. Joseph, Job, Daniel, the Disciples and the list is endless. Jesus Christ endured the suffering and the cross for the joy that was set before Him. We have a wonderful eternal life with Jesus Christ that is set before us. We cannot imagine the glorious blessings that The Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for those who love Him and obey His Word. My prayer for you: Dear Father, We love You, and we desire to obey You and Your Word with all of our hearts. We know that we will be persecuted because of this, but we know that You are working it all together for our good and for Your glorious purposes (Ro. 8:28). We thank You and praise You for allowing us to suffer a tiny bit of what You suffered on this earth. You suffered, betrayal, harassment, torture, slander, and finally a horrible death and You were perfect. You were without sin, and the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins. We praise Your holy Name, and we worship You with all of our hearts. You are The one and only Living God, all-powerful, all-knowing and Omani-present. You alone proved Your love for each and every human being. We will be worshiping Your forever and ever amen. May Your Name be lifted up and glorified, and You will draw all people to Yourself. In Jesus Name we pray, amen, amen and amen.