Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Persecuted Church

Trust (Photo credit: vagawi )

Lord, your harried people
Have been fleeing year by year
And by grace proclaiming
Christ to ev'ry hearing ear.

Enemies are killing
Christians daily yet today,
But they keep on calling
Men to Jesus: Trust! Obey!

Is my life too easy--
Wrapped in plenty year by year?
Some day clear and breezy,
Persecution may appear.

Help me, then, be ready,
Loving not this wicked world,
But still firm and steady,
Trust you while hell's hatred's hurled.

But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  (Mark 13:9-13 ESV)
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1 comment:

dfish said...

So few understand that "...all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." It is only when we do that others see the power of God in us.