PERSECUTED/REJOICE Huh? Matthew 24:9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and … “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. … When we say yes to Jesus, our way may not be all rainbows and butterflies. Shortly after Jesus’ own baptism, performed by John the baptist, Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan for 40 days and 40 nights. Yikes! We may be put in the position of examining our motives, ideas and behaviors not only by other humans but by Jesus, Himself. If some certain sect of humans in this world have their way, more and more Christians will be persecuted and even beheaded for aligning with Jesus. I know you don’t want to hear that one any more than the other place some humans go to after death that isn’t Heaven. But we need to give some thought to the downside of pledging our allegiance to Jesus and not breaking our vows to Him. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. … Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! … No matter what! We will have some difficulties, and perhaps not as dire as mentioned above; however, it is said that we grow stronger living through difficulties. There are wonderful times too, getting to know Jesus; some of which human words are inadequate to express. We have His love! And we love Him! Rejoicing in this love and for all He is to us and has done for us, are worth more than any pitfalls along the way. I think I am repeating myself again; however, again, this is important to Him, and for us. Rejoice! Give Him praise no matter what. Am I asking you to do something I cannot do? Possibly. I’m working on it, though. Aren’t many of us? In Jesus’ name!

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