19/09/08

You will be hated if you are a true Christian

Mark 13:13 - And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

There was once a preacher who said, 'I enjoyed life till I became a Christian'. Being a true Christian will give you peace. This peace will be with God and with His people. But on the other side, it will put you in a position of unrest. This unrest will be firstly will be between you against your old self and you against the people of this world.

People are seeing and will see great atrocities against Christians. They will hate you for they hated Christ. During the start of the Church of Jesus Christ when the Christians were persecuted they actually grew stronger and grew in number. The time has come once again for the countries where these things are happening for the change to come. Like a woman during birth of her child suffers pain, so will the Church for a short time.

So, let us be strong in our faith and strengthen each other. The maximum they can hurt is our bodies, but our fight is against their spirits.

About the Lord protecting us; let us be like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who did what was right trusting the Lord, ready even for the worst. Like the Lord did not let them down, He will not let us down too.


[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, the time is come according to your Word. Soon there is going to be new era for your Church. Lord, strengthen your people; put your Angels round around them. Let your glory be seen on your people, so that the world may know that we worship the true and only God. I make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[ Reference Scriptures ]

Daniel 3:16-25
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.


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