Borrowed Truths

Hiding From Persecution

hiding from persecution
Borrowed Truths

Hiding From Persecution

How much pain and suffering can you endure, how much heartache, how many tears, how many adverse conditions can you live through? “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” (1st Peter 3:17)

Christ suffered His reproach outside the gate, we are to follow Him out there, He was a man acquainted with grief and sorrow, despised and rejected. How much are you willing to suffer before you hide your face from Him?

I would like to ask you a question today, are you intentionally placing yourself in positions where you know you will be persecuted for the sake of Christ? “Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.” (Acts 20:23) If you are going to seek for the lost, you must go into Satan’s world, into his territory because that is where they are, you must go to where the wolves are, where the roaring lion will be waiting for you.

There is no other way.

Far too many who profess the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior today believe that He wants them to live a life free from pain, free from suffering and sorrow, and they know that if they speak His name in public those things will come upon them, and so they simply watch the evil on their television or cell phone, asking the Lord to keep it from them. It takes in their mind a “specifically called” person to witness for 120 years, to stand against 450 false prophets, to call known sinners vipers, to go where they know they will be tortured and whipped, to be able to say “Thy will be done” no matter the possible consequences to themselves.

No, if those consequences can be avoided they will do all they can to avoid them.

For many years I sat amongst many people in many different places who proclaimed the Lord Jesus Christ only in the comfortable setting of others who did the same, outside of those places though His name rarely if ever crossed their lips.

I read something the other day that I would like you to hear, and I would ask if you can understand it, or if it applies to you. “It is not amazing to me that I confess the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in public, what is amazing to me is that He will profess my name to His Father and the angels in heaven.”

I ask you to consider this, there are not just special rewards in heaven waiting for those who seek the lost, who speak to those in this wicked world about Him and the sacrifice He made, about the love that He has for them, those are the only people going to heaven.

I am going to presume that many reading this will disagree with those words, they do not forsake the assembling of themselves together, they own a Bible, they are polite, rarely contentious, never judging, reproving or correcting, and they love their neighbor, but they do not speak His name in public places. They suffer, but not for Him, they face trials, but only those that are relative to the normal person, the aches and pains, the expected heartaches and sorrow, but they are not persecuted for His namesake. And they never will be, for they are not seeking the lost.

When the roll is called up yonder, they will not be there.

Will you?

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