Bless This Home Part 5: Persecuted for Righteousness
Matthew 5:10-12 (NIV) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven . . . .”
Everyone is being persecuted for something. The more you stand for something, the more persecution you’ll face. Persecution is part of this life.
PREPARING YOUR FAMILY FOR PERSECUTION
1) EXPECT IT. Persecution is going to happen.
2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted . . . .
We are not a Christian family. We are a Christ-Centered home. If you are Christ-Centered, you will be persecuted.
Psalm 119:161-167 (TLB) Great men have persecuted me, though they have no reason to, but I stand in awe of only your words. I rejoice in your laws like one who finds a great treasure. How I hate all falsehood, but how I love your laws. I will praise you seven times a day because of your wonderful laws. Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble . . . . I look for your commandments, I love them very much.
We don’t face spiritual opposition because we’re doing something wrong. We face it because we’re doing something right. Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness—great is their reward!
2) ENDURE IT. Everything significant we do for God will be met with resistance.
1 Corinthians 4:12 (NIV) . . . When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it.
The goal of persecution is control. Satan is trying to control your destiny and silence your witness.
Mark 4:16-17 (TLB) The rocky soil represents the hearts of those who hear the message with joy, but, like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep, and though at first they get along fine, as soon as persecution begins, they wilt [give up and fall away].
- When family identity is strong, peer pressure is weak.
- When family identity is weak, peer pressure is strong.
Peer pressure is not strong when you have purpose.
3) EMBRACE IT.
Matthew 5:10-12 (MSG) “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.” “Not only that— count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—-give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”
All through history, when the church is persecuted, it becomes stronger. God’s remnant becomes more united, passionate, and bold. It weeds out the fake and strengthens the real. And the church becomes more effective.
During these seasons focus on what God is doing in you!