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Blessed are the persecuted!

Scripture reading for January 7th:  Matthew 5

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 5:11-12  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus warned and taught His disciples that they would be persecuted.  He, Himself, suffered persecution because of His stand for God’s truth.  Our attitude in times of persecution should not be “woe is me!” Jesus taught that His followers should rejoice and be glad because of a great reward in heaven!  This takes faith and an understanding of God’s word and His precious promises.  He promised great reward and that is enough!  We are not the first to experience this persecution and Jesus wasn’t either.  The prophets of old also suffered!  It is said that Isaiah was cut in half with a saw.  Jeremiah was cast into the mud of a cistern and eventually stoned in Egypt where he had warned God’s people not to go!  The people wanted to kill Moses and return to Egypt.  We stand in good company with God’s prophets when we are persecuted for righteousness!

Observation for over-comers:  Our attitude reflects the faith and rest we have in God’s promises in times of persecution that are already here!  “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear?   The Lord is the Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?”  (Psalm 27:1)

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