“REJOICE IN PERSECUTION”

AND YOU SHALL BE MY DISCIPLES – Lesson #3

  • Rejoice in persecution

“10  “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11  “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.

12  “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10–12).

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? 

First, let me define these words so we can get a clearer understanding.

We are told to Rejoice: to rejoice, be glad, to rejoice exceedingly, to be well, thrive.

We are told we will be Persecuted:  dioko = to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away in a hostile manner; to harass, trouble, molest one. 

The word “persecuted” comes from the world “Diakonos” which translates DEACON, which is a servant of God, a minister.

Why and how do you rejoice when being harassed or terrorized?  You cannot and you should not unless something unusual, something exceptional is happening.

What we discover is that Jesus is teaching about your “Sanctification” and He is saying that you will be purged, refined and been restored, when you follow Him and are fully surrendered to God and His Will. 

Persecution is a necessary and inevitable step.  You are walking in the step of Jesus, in His likeness, doing His Will and His Works.

Experience God’s Will

HOW MUST YOU DO IT?  ____________________________

HOW YOU MUST TEACH IT?  ________________________

Your reward in heaven is great.  Great, indeed.

Your Brother and Friend,

Mike Young

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Michael Young, Sr.

I am a practicing Christian, a disciple of Jesus, a husband of over 50 years, a father and a grandfather, a business man, a veteran and a friend to all who will have me. I have served or am serving, at various times, as an Evangelist, a Pulpit fill pastor, an Associate Pastor of Evangelism and as Senior Pastor of a church plant. My passion is for practicing and teaching the Bible, building small groups, reaching the lost with the message of the Gospel of Jesus, recovering the straying Sheep of God and the gathering together the Called of God, in neighborhoods, business settings and in churches by equipping other Christians. I have authored a few small books and I have a background in professional business management, finance and investments. I am glad to meet you, even if it is virtually. Write me at any time and let's become friends.

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