Blessed are the Persecuted

Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”


We have seen a certain progression in the Beatitudes. It starts with humility before God, and mourning over our sins and shortcomings. These attitudes will begin to produce a meekness, a quiet strength that seeks to stand for God and His righteousness, which will, in turn, create a greater hunger for His righteousness to be fulfilled in us.

As we grow and mature into righteousness, it is critical that we have an attitude of mercy toward others when they stumble or have their own areas of weakness. Later, after the model prayer, Jesus emphasized that we must forgive others in order to receive God’s forgiveness (Matthew 6:14, 15).

As we walk in these things, we will become pure in heart and learn how to become peacemakers. In so doing, we become children of God in truth. In John 1:12 we are told that those who truly receive Christ and learn from Him have the right, the power and ability, to become children of God. In other words, we will develop the character of Christ Himself.

The final Beatitude is the blessing of being persecuted for our faith in Christ as demonstrated by righteousness. The world system is under Satan’s power, and hates true righteousness, and those who take a stand for God’s Truth (John 15:19; 1John 3:13).

There have been periods in various places where Christians have been able to live in relative peace. We in America have been blessed to have a fairly long period of little to no persecution. Gradually, though, this is coming to an end as more and more Americans pervert God’s truth to fit in with a God-hating world system, and as unbelievers actively rebel against God in greater measure. Other parts of the world that used to enjoy relative peace for Believers are even further in decline.

Don’t let false and weak-minded Christians sway you into choosing the path of least resistance, a path that leads to destruction. Keep pursuing God’s righteousness, even in the face of persecution. And I guarantee that – unless God grants America and other places repentance – that persecution is going to increase.

Baker’s and others being fined and/or put out of business for refusing to cater a gay wedding is only the beginning. The time is soon coming when we will be required to not preach about certain sins or face legal troubles – as is already true in other “free” countries. It won’t be long until it gets even worse than that, when employers will fire Christians simply because of their uncompromising faith, when more demon-possessed men such as the one who attacked the black church recently are given greater freedom by God to come against and test the faith of those who believe on Christ.

These things MUST TAKE PLACE (Matthew 24:6). Jesus warned us in the Olivet Discourse that the time would come, just before His second coming, when Believers would be hated in all the world for His Name’s sake.

We must stand firm for God’s righteousness in the midst of what is coming. But don’t worry about these things, for if our heart is truly to honor God then He will empower us and give us the strength we need to endure all things (Romans 8:35-36). We will be more than conquerors through Christ who gives us strength.

REJOICE and be exceedingly glad, if you are ever persecuted because you stand for righteousness; Those who do have a special and great reward awaiting them in heaven.

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Free eBook July 25, 2015 Only!

On July 25, my book, The Rapture and Second Coming of Christ, will be available for free download for Kindle from Amazon.  One day only! Click on the title of the book above to take you to the Amazon page for the book.
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I Get To …

Wednesday our pastor taught on our attitude or mindset as Believers. Just a quick nugget, with an instruction for you to think upon it, meditate on this truth, that it might create an excitement in you to serve God:

Many look at the Christian faith as things we have to do, or have to stop doing. “If I expect God to bless me, then I have to stop (specific sin). Now I have to start giving money to the church, I have to go to church. …” You can put anything here that you view as something you have to do as a Christian.

That is totally the wrong way to look at it. If you have really believed upon Christ for salvation, your attitude should be, “Wow, God chose me. I get to worship Him in Spirit and truth. I get to serve Him and honor Him. He has given me the opportunity and the power to become like Him.”

When you look at it as a great opportunity God is giving to you, then you will have a growing desire to please Him. You will WANT TO do the things He asks. It won’t be viewed as a heavy burden.

Selah (Stop and think about this).

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The Rainbow Flag

Someone commented on a Facebook post related to the rainbow flag: “People offended by Gay Rights deserve to be offended, they are the kinds of Pharisees Jesus spoke against.”

Here was my reply:

What you fail to understand is that this is NOT about the right
to marry for tax purposes and other civil matters related to marriage. Some think it is about this, but it is not. If they were happy with just a civil union for tax and legal purposes, while I would still call it sin I would not be so strongly against it. They will not settle for that. They want marriage for their agenda.

This is merely a stepping stone in the gay agenda. The next step is to force churches to marry gays even when it is against our beliefs. Just saw a news article. The ink has hardly dried on the paper of the ruling, and some gays have already filed suit. And in states that already had gay marriage, there have been several such suits.

In conjunction with that, they will seek to muzzle Bible-believing Christians so that we cannot preach or teach against homosexuality. Some countries that are further along in the gay agenda have already put such laws on the books.

It is about infiltrating the church by force, those who would not be infiltrated by stealth such as those that now approve of homosexuality.

This is pictured in the story of Lot. Jesus said it will be like the days of Lot when He returns. What happened is that some angels came to Sodom to visit Lot. The town folk saw these handsome guys (as they thought them to be), and went over to Lot’s to try to get them to join with them in their homosexual orgies. Lot tried to dissuade them. They were having none of it, and tried to force their way into Lot’s home. Even when the angels struck them blind they kept coming. So the angels delivered Lot and his family from Sodom, and rained fire on Sodom that same day.

This is something of a prophetic picture. We know this, because Jesus told us that in a prophetic passage of His coming. Thus, the homosexuals forcing their way into the church is a major sign of the nearness of the coming of Christ.
But we are still called to spiritual battle, and we are still called to take a stand against the sin (along with all other sin).

The rainbow was a sign of remembrance of God’s wrath when He destroyed the earth because of sin. Among those sins are included pursuing strange flesh (homosexuality, beastiality, perhaps relations with fallen angels). It was also a sign of his promise not to destroy the earth with water again.

When the homosexual agenda took the rainbow as their symbol, they did it to mock God. They were slapping God in the face. God is offended, and will bring wrath in His time, if they do not repent. He will bring judgment on America in His time because much of America has approved of their agenda.

So, yes, I admit … I also AM OFFENDED at the rainbow flag. Any true believer should be.

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The Supreme Court Decided, Now So Must We

Originally posted on The Recovering Legalist:

Folks, let’s be honest and get right to the point: all Hell is about to break loose upon the Christian church, its leadership, and anyone who dares hold on to the biblical definition of marriage. Make no mistake, demonic forces are gleefully frothing at the mouth, along with those they are influencing, at the buffet of litigious opportunity that has now been afforded them.

At this point you’ve no doubt hear the news: the Supreme Court has redefined marriage to be whatever makes a person happy, therefore making it a constitutionally protected right.

Because of today’s ruling, we will be seeing attacks on the Church and Christians from every conceivable angle. They will use today’s decision as the basis for ending tax-exemption, closing churches, and imprisoning ministers. The rainbowed sky is the limit.

Supporters of the new law will threaten and intimidate Christians in the workplace; deny benefits and contracts…

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