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The Ability To Withstand Persecutions

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Pst Glen The ability to withstand persecutions
Text: Acts 4:29-31
After the day of Pentecost, the apostles began to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness and great joy; they performed many miracles because the Lord was with them. Acts Chapter 2

One day, two of Jesus’ disciples (Peter and John) healed a lame man, who sat daily by the temple gates to ask alms from the worshipers. Acts 3:1-7

Immediately after this incident, Peter and John were confronted and arrested in the temple by the priests and the teachers of religious law, because the apostles “…taught the people and preached through Jesus…” Acts 4:2

Believers please note the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in John 15:20-21 “…if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you…but all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent me.”
Persecutions are inevitable:

  • Jesus Himself was persecuted! John 15:20
  • The early Church suffered persecution! Acts 8:1
  • Believers throughout the ages were victimised! Acts 13:50, Matthew 5:12

Persecutions can and does come in many different forms such as abuse, slander, mockery, isolation, rejection, violence etc…

It is therefore wise that believers should pray for fortitude, resilience, and courage to face oppositions in whatever form they may emerge.

Although Peter and John were commanded “…not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus…” (Acts 4:18), the disciples prayed to God asking him to grant them boldness “…and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” (V30)

Verse 31 tells us that “…they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

When we truly put our trust in the Lord, He will grant us the ability to withstand persecutions; you and I must believe that ultimately we will triumph and have victory, over any and all weapons formed against us in the name of Jesus

God bless,
Pastor G Ferguson.

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