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DAY 1 FRIDAY: MARCH 2019

BE READY TO FACE PERSECUTIONS!

Who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time- houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions- and in the age to come, eternal life (Mark 10:30).

Every Christian should be ready to face persecutions because it is a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will be hated without a cause (John 15:25); simply because you have decided to identify yourself with Jesus Christ. The Bible says in the opening text that who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time- houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions- and in the age to come, eternal life. Whenever a Christian is persecuted for the sake of Jesus Christ, he will be blessed and rewarded forever.

As a Christian, whether you like it or not, you should get ready to face persecutions for the sake of Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus Christ said a servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20). That is why Apostle Paul stated in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” Every Christian should take note of the fact that godliness and living for Jesus Christ will definitely attract persecution from the devil and his cohorts. You can never separate persecutions from the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Also, when you are facing persecutions for the sake of Jesus Christ and His gospel, the Bible says count it all joy because you are partaking of the suffering of  Christ Jesus (James 1:2). That is the reason why Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” It is a great privilege for one to suffer persecutions for the sake of Jesus Christ and His gospel. When a Christian faces persecutions for the sake of Jesus Christ and His gospel, he will indeed be blessed forever. Happy New Month!

Daily Tip: A Christian should not only be ready to face persecutions, but he should rejoice and be joyful when he suffers persecutions for the sake of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Shalom!

Golden Text: Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:12).

PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED

  1. Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
  2. Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
  3. Oh Lord my God! Give me the grace to face persecutions for the sake of Christ and His gospel forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  4. Holy Spirit! I bind the spirit of fear and bondage in my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
  5. Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.

For Further Study: Luke 6:26; Matthew 24:9.             RBT: JOSHUA 7-9

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