How You Can Be Encouraged in the Face of Persecution – Powerpoint – October 29

How You Can Be Encouraged in the Face of Persecution

October 29

Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

1 Peter 4:16

It seems like many churchgoers today love to cry “persecution” at the first sign of resistance to their faith. But the truth is that throughout this history of the church, believers have actually taken pride in being persecuted for what they believe.

Take the very first church outside Jerusalem in the city of Antioch. The unbelievers around them mockingly called them Christians, which means “little Christs.” Now, you didn’t have Christian activists argue against such a title. No, the church embraced the title and considered it an honor to bear such a name.

Real persecution can be harsh and cruel. Yet it really is an honor to suffer for the sake of Christ. And while most of us will never have our lives threatened for our faith, you can be sure millions around the world today who worship not knowing if this is the last day they’ll live understand the honor of persecution.

So pray for our brothers and sisters around the world today who face serious persecution for their faith. And when persecution comes you way, consider it an honor to suffer for Christ’s sake because He first suffered for you. There’s no greater encouragement in times of persecution than to know your suffering is for the greatest cause on earth!

BE ENCOURAGED WHEN YOU FACE PERSECUTION, CONSIDERING IT AN HONOR TO SUFFER FOR CHRIST BECAUSE HE SUFFERED FOR YOU.



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Quiet Walk – October 29

October 29

Colossians 2

Christ is our Savior and example; the center of life for Christians.

INSIGHT

People can no more save themselves than they can fly to the moon. Both are utterly impossible. And because of our spiritual condition and the spiritual laws of God, we stand a greater assurance of making our spiritual condition worse instead of better by trying to save ourselves. Paul says that we were dead. We had decrees written against us that we were powerless to remove. God made us alive together with Christ and removed the decrees against us by nailing them Òto the crossÓ (vv. 13-14). We must gain salvation by grace through faith in Christ or not have it at all.

PRAYER

Praise the Lord that in our utter helplessness He offered us salvation through Christ:
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33).

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
(Ephesians 1:3)

Now pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities
(Psalm 51:7-9)

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.

Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.
(2 Timothy 1:12)

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
greater love for others,
the work of missions in Australia and New Zealand,
your activities for the day,
whatever else is on your heart.

Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
(Titus 3:5

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The Truth For Today – October 29

October 29th

The prevention of desire

The weapons of our militia are not carnal, but powerful in God for the destruction of strongholds, knocking down arguments and all arrogance that rises against the knowledge of God, and taking captive every thought to obedience to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10: 4-5

There are many things in our corrupt society that try to capture our attention: movies, television, books, music, clothing, advertisements, and now the Internet; everything is designed to capture the emotions. For example, advertising experts know that buying is ultimately an emotional decision. Few people know the mechanical operation of the automobile that is advertised, and they are not even interested in it; but they are impressed if it looks like a race car, if there is a pretty girl behind the wheel, or if there are other emotional baits included in the ad.

We have to take care of our mind, our emotions and our will. We have to seek God’s will by meditating on his Word and allowing his will to be ours. A helpless, uncontrolled and stubborn mind will be filled with bad desires that will result in bad deeds. We must control how our emotions and our minds react to the tempting hook they encounter.

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Are You Sitting on the Lukewarm Fence? – Love Worth Finding – October 29

Are You Sitting on the Lukewarm Fence?

OCTOBER 29

According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20

May God help us today in the midst of our lukewarm apathy toward the things that matter most to Him! If it’s worth anything, it’s worth everything. May God forgive those who will not go the second mile.

Now, in some things moderation is good, like eating, rest, recreation, exercise, and finances. But when it comes to spiritual warfare, moderation is a sin. When it comes to believing the Bible, moderation is a sin. When it comes to loving the Lord, moderation is a sin!

Suppose a wife asked her husband, “Honey, do you love me?” And he replied, “Well, moderately.” She’d fix his wagon, don’t you think? God finds lukewarmness disgusting. In your love for Him, He would rather you be cold than lukewarm (see Revelation 3:15-16).

Friend, if the world considers you a “moderate” when it comes to your Christianity, you are riding the fence of lukewarmness.

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