4 Messages on Persecution

What to Do When Others Want to Harm You Because of Your Faith

By Linda Canup
  • April 06, 2015

It may not be something we like to admit, but as Christians, we may endure persecution for our faith. Perhaps we’ll have to face cyberbullying because of our beliefs. Or maybe we’ll have to stare down the barrel of a gun while a terrorist asks pointed questions about our faith. No matter what the future holds, we can be encouraged to know that God promises to bless those who stand up for Him in the face of opposition (Matt. 5:10).

What will you do when the time comes? Here are four audio messages from Dr. Stanley that share biblical insight into how we can respond to threats:

    Persecuted
    Despite an ever-present opposition down through the centuries, Christianity is still growing. It cannot be broken, stopped, destroyed, or silenced. Will you be part of its survival or contribute to the attacks against it?

    When We Are Persecuted
    Are you facing persecution? Is there an obstacle in your path that seems insurmountable? Don't give up. You might miss the blessing of watching God remove the problem. 

    Believers Under Assault
    Peter instructed believers so that when persecution came, they’d know how to respond. Learn how the presence of God and His blessing enable us to be confident, enthusiastic, committed, and engaged in the Lord’s work.

    Purity and Persecution
    Christ suffered, not for doing what was wrong, but for doing what was right. His crucifixion freed us from the power of sin. With this incredible burden lifted, we can now concentrate on following Christ’s will for our lives rather than on our own needs.

We don’t know what we will have to deal with in the days ahead. But the Bible is clear: Difficult times are ahead (2 Tim. 3:1). Thankfully, no matter what happens, we know that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God” (Rom 8:39) and our suffering produces “an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:7-18).

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

1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;

9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

12 So death works in us, but life in you.

13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe, therefore we also speak,

14 knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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