Acts 14:19 NKJV: Then Jews from Antioch and Iconium came there; and having persuaded the multitudes, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.
My dear friend in Christ, not many people will like messages like the one in our text today. Many people are deceived into believing that once you become a Christian, life will become easier and all your problems will vanish into the thin air. While some who are aware simply wish it never come around them and so they fail to prepare for such trials.
Paul the Apostle whom God has been using mightily to perform signs and miracles could not even escape such tribulations. How much more you and I who are learning from His wealth of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ. In today’s text, we could see how other religious leaders connived with others to attack him by stoning with the intention of even killing him so that he won’t preach the good news anymore.
Paul was prepared for an event like that because Jesus Himself has told him that he will suffer persecution but should not be afraid. In Matthew 5:10 ” Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Jesus acknowledged that there would be persecution before you can gain entrance into the kingdom of God.
All you need to do is to prepare for such events. Don’t be surprised when such happens rather rejoice because the words of the Master Jesus is being fulfilled in your life. Don’t be afraid of persecution rather be courageous. Also, encourage others who are going through divers tests. Study more about the word of God and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen your heart in times of tribulations. Shalom.
Declare to yourself loud: I won’t surrender in the face of persecution.
1. Oh Lord my God, help me to be strong when trials come to me, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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