The headlines are full of bad news these days. They tout very little that is good in comparison. The truth is that Jesus warned us His disciples that this would be the norm. He told them to expect tribulation and trouble in this world. He told them that His followers specifically would face hate and persecution—just as He did.
John 15:18–20 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 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. 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.”
Christians in the United States have been allowed to experience a long period marked more by respect than persecution, but the tide is quickly turning. Those who choose to follow Jesus as Lord and are trying to live their lives in accordance with the word of God are being singled out for persecution for those beliefs to the point of having to choose between their livelihood and their faith. Those who truly try to live according to God’s will as revealed in His word are considered radicals that are categorized with terrorists. The influence of the forces of darkness is growing at an alarming rate.
Thankfully, the Christian can rest in the truth that God is still sovereign and His plan is unfolding exactly as He has purposed. When the time is right, the Lord is going to return in power and great glory and eliminate those forces forever. The future of the Christian is one of peace, joy and abundance in the presence of God for eternity.
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