Preparing For The Persecution
Take God's Word and turn to Matthew chapter five. We have been studying together the Beatitudes. And I don't know about you but my own heart has been blessed and enriched as we have studied together the Word of God, these Beatitudes. As we've said the attitudes that ought to be the character of a Christian, what a Christian is really like, and we call these the Keys of the Kingdom. And today we come to Matthew chapter five and verse ten. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. And I have a feeling ladies and gentlemen that we are living in the lengthening shadows of the last day. I believe that Jesus Christ is coming soon and one of the marks of the last days and we can see it fulfilled is the persecution of the saints of God, the children of God, the new whipping boy in the world today, do you know who he is? He is the Bible believing Christian. Ugh, you can ugh ridicule other groups and get in trouble, but today if you want to become the bud of jokes, if you want to receive the wrath of the world become a true Bible-believing Christian. There's no way to be a genuine Christian, a true man of God and true woman of God and escape persecution. I want you to put in your margin II Timothy chapter and verse twelve. Don't turn to it but listen to it. The apostle Paul said "Ye, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." There's no ifs, ands, and buts about that. All will, that is who determines to live godly in Christ Jesus. So I want to speak to you today on this subject, "Preparing for Persecution." And you need to prepare your children, just as you prepare them to go to school, ...
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