What’s the supernatural truth about persecution against Christians? The supernatural truth is there are only two camps.
Those who belong to the world, and those who belong to the Kingdom of God’s dear Son. That’s the extent of it.
Jesus has us use his example of dealing with things through love mercy and grace, otherwise the fruits of the Spirit. Everything else may be considered Satan and all of his ways, that he tries to encourage us to partake in, one way or the other. This of course includes persecution.
First off I’d like to point out that persecution is going to come no matter what you do so long as you are living after Christ. If they persecuted our Lord and the Apostles, you’d be in good company. It comes with the territory.
Existing as a child of God in a fallen world among a fallen race in need of redemption is a sure way to be persecuted at several different degrees. Jesus had a thing or two to say about it in John chapter 15:
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Later in John chapter 16 he said:
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Fear of persecution needs to be overcome as you rest on God’s strength for all things. In conducting a typical bible study, you’ll find that the phrase ‘fear not’ is said in one way or another everywhere throughout the bible.
So it’s probably best to fear not. God saying it once should be enough as it is.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
That verse is truly awesome in every way. But how much faith do you show when some persecution comes, or sudden adversity strikes? Here’s a simple and telling way you can test what kind of things run through your heart.
The next time something happens to you personally that either upsets, infuriates, scares, or emotionally pushes you up against the wall, pay attention to what comes out of your mouth and take a note of it. What type of thing comes out of your mouth? Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks:
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
The test I was talking about (paying attention to what comes flying out of your mouth when something bad happens) will let you know where an iniquity may be lingering, and will let you self examine your heart’s condition. The remedy? Get in the Word of God! Study it word for word if you have to. Get it into your being prayerfully and in the Spirit of the living God.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Back to the Topic of Persecution
I went through the matter of the heart because when persecution comes in whatever form, it’s typically not at a time of convenience. When it does come, what will be in your heart?
Your spiritual conditioning will dictate how you will handle things. Will you struggle for self justification or self justice?
Or will you have the presence of mind through the washing of the Word to step aside and allow the Holy Spirit to bring to you anything you should say, or to allow him to give you a peace that surpasses all understanding?
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Jesus knows a thing or two concerning persecution (to say the least). What did he do as he was facing death on the cross?
Did he scream and cry for his Father to come and help, remove him from the situation? No, he didn’t ask anything for himself even then but instead asked for God to forgive his persecutors.
There’s allot to say about this, but I brush on it in a post called Why do People get Offended?
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
That’s our Lord talking. Shouldn’t we learn to behave the same way when faced with persecutions that are laughable in the face of what Jesus went through? That’s why spiritually we need to be ready.
2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
There it is. The supernatural truth about persecution is something one must be ready for in order to be able to be instant in season and out of season.
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As it is true that there are supernatural truths in all things in one way or the other, there is certainly a supernatural truth about persecution!