Time to Rejoice

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Mt 5:10)

Jesus expounds upon this point, “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.” (Mt 5:11-12)

If you’ve experienced persecution, it’s seriously time to rejoice. God has counted you faithful and the enemy has counted you a threat.

Both Jesus and Paul prophesied that believers would face persecution. But if you respond the right way in the face of persecution, increase will come. I have read about it, I’ve witnessed it, I’ve lived and I can guarantee it. No, it’s not fun, but rejoice anyway. No, it doesn’t feel good, but you can find contentment even in the midst of the warfare.

It’s an Opportunity:

Don’t waste a good dose of persecution. Make it your servant. What Satan means for harm, God will use to promote you in His Kingdom if you keep your heart like Christ. Remember these words the next time someone speaks evil against you, harasses you or otherwise persecutes you. Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will see to it that vindication manifests in your life.

Taking the Posture of Praise:

Until we determine to rejoice, there will be little justice. The Bible tells us we must make “room for God’s wrath” (Rom 12:19), get out of the way and allow God’s action on your behalf. Remember God loves people and those who do evil are only the devil’s mouthpiece. There is a spirit behind these activities and God will ruin their assignment against you if you begin to praise His Name.

You are God’s Mouthpiece:

  • Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand. To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples. To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron. To execute on them the written judgment. This honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord! (Ps 149:5-9)

God will give you the strength you need to persevere. My friend, let that first word of praise come forth and God will turn it into a rejoicing spirit. As quickly as you shift the atmosphere of your heart, you’ve already won the battle. Just keep walking and you’ll see the victory.

The Apostle Paul exhorts us: “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)

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