Have you been under persecution for your faith? More persecution of the church and believers is expected especially as time is short and the enemy will hinder the spread of the gospel and the winning of souls for Jesus. If you are active and energised to do the work of the Lord and to spread the gospel, you are a target for the persecution from the enemy.
Stay faithful. Know that you are being counted worthy to suffer for the Lord. He will give you grace to withstand the persecution and be with you. Be encouraged.
2 Timothy 3:12 ESV Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
John 15:18 ESV“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
Matthew 5:10 ESV “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
1 Peter 4:12-14 ESV Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
Romans 12:17-21 ESV Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Lord, please help me!