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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.
Seek Daily (NBC)

Saturday, April 6

Matthew 10:16-25

HANDLING AND SURVIVING PERSECUTION

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves”. Matthew 10:16, NIV.

A young Baptist undergraduate with other Christians fell into the hands of Boko Haram sect. They asked them to alight from the vehicle and identify themselves by their religion. Those who are Christians were separated to one side and were asked to renounce their faith otherwise they would be beheaded. While few consented, this young Baptist with another Deeper Life pastor refused to deny their faith. They were subsequently beheaded and others were released. In our passage for today, Jesus warned upfront that believers will be persecuted as a result of identifying with Christ. The early followers of Jesus knew what it means to suffer for Christ as a result of sharing the gospel with people.
Are you going through a measure of persecution at the moment as a result of your faith in Jesus? Is the suffering becoming unbearable for you? You need to hold on to the profession of your faith knowing that Jesus Himself went through the same suffering while on earth. It is vital that you stay focused on God’s plan, not your pain or problem. That is how Jesus endured the pain of the cross, and we are urged to follow His example. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy that comes with it. So, you too should hold on to Him.

Birthday Blessing: “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” Psalm 18:2.

RBT Passage: 2 Samuel 17-19

“It is the fire of suffering that brings forth the gold of godliness”. – Madame Guyon

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