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A Thought for Today: “Persecuted”
 
Most of us in the US, know little of persecution.
Oh, we might be made fun of or ridiculed, but this is nothing towards what others have suffered.
 
For instance, read some of the persecutions the apostle Paul went through.
 
2 Corinthians 11:23-33
23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.
24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.
27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
 
The apostle faced outward and inner persecutions. With the Lord’s help, he made it through these persecutions; he prayed that other believers were doing the same.
 
Would you cling to the Lord God if you were being persecuted?
Before you answer that question, think through and examine your relationship with the Lord God now.
 
If that relationship with the Lord God is lame though these relatively easy times, why would it strengthen during times of persecution?
 
Whoever you are, whatever you are doing, vow to the Lord God to be closer to Him tomorrow than you are today.
Continue to use this formula each and every day.

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