Stephen was stoned. Paul sat in jail for years. John the Baptist was beheaded and Jesus hung on a cross. When you think about persecution, you are not thinking quite on that level. I mean, let’s face it, the persecution Christians face today in the United States looks like Martha’s Stewart jail time compared to the gruesome persecution believers in Jesus’ time experienced in their life time not to mention the ones in other countries facing now. We are blessed in the amount of persecution we have received and in the way it has been….but a day is coming, a day that what we believe will be looked upon as detestable…how will we respond?
The spirit that is already among us is stirring the hearts and minds of those that later will hate us. I see it in those when I talk about what God has done and is doing in my life. I have had some that roll their eyes as if to say “Oh here she goes with her God again.” I remember hearing a testimony from a youth who went to Marti Gras to evangelize during the bead throwing week. He spoke of a night they walked down one of the main streets where people began to throw drinks and food at them and gone so far as to start spitting on them and urinating on them from the balconies. Call it what you will, but I would say what those people were hearing from the mouth of this youth and those with them began to look and sound detastable to them. His backlash you asked? Nothing because he knew it wasn’t them, but the spirit of addiction, discord, and the lot of them meeting there for that “fun” time of year. “Cmon, Cis…you really believe in stuff like that? That there are ‘spirits’ that make people do things..like ‘the devil made me do it’ kinda thing. I only know what the Bible says and I believe the Word of God and in it says in Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” and in Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” So, yes, I have had many experiences that tell me there is an unseen realm where souls are being battled for and it is our job, not to glorify it, but to know about it, and react accordingly.
When people do us wrong or we feel we are being persecuted it is so easy to allow our flesh to come to our defense, to think of ways to “get back at them” and to want Karma to hurry it’s little way to them, but that is not the believers way. Our vindication will be from the Lord. He will have the last word, the last stand, and the last flaming arrow will be His to throw. It is not up to us to do His, ours, or anyone else’s battles. Well, “he said that, and she did this” you say? Isaiah 54:17 says “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.”
If you have been facing persecution or someone has done you wrong I encourage you to first pray for them as commanded in Matthew 5:44, secondly, to know that your vindication will come from the Lord and only from Him, and thirdly, to know that no weapon against you will prosper..the enemy has no hold on you or your life. You belong to God and there is nothing the enemy can do to take you from His grip! So stop waiting on Karma and start waiting on God…He is the one that has your back and will do battle in His perfect timing 🙂