24 comments on “Persecution, Followers, and Stalkers

  1. I do so appreciate your words Dee. I see so much of the church shining through but I hesitate – I do – there is a too good to be true shine to them sometimes. I hear peace, love, etc – but peace like our very souls in a work in progress – Christ to me – and yes I do believe He is the Way the Truth and the Light – is not about peace on this earth but about peace in his promise – in short right now this very moment, there is hell to pay for many believers – for us in that we believe.

  2. Excellent post, Dee. As the Word says, “Indeed all who ..are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand] (2 Timothy 3:12 AMP). And you hit the nail on the head when you said, ‘either He is just Who He said He is, or He’s not.’ There is no in-between, no grey area to debate about…either He is the Son of God, or He is not, period. And He requires a firm decision from each of us, sooner or later – He tells us to have a backbone and be either ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ toward Him, and not lukewarm (though, actually, lukewarm is gonna be treated just as cold is – it’s gonna be spit out by Him – Revelation 3:15-16).
    The wonderful thing is that although persecution is all around us -and even directed toward us – if we’re actually dwelling in the secret place (by obedience to Christ;and remembering the promised protection and provision of that [Ps 91; John 15:10]), whatever’s happening we can still have the peace of mind to know that everything will be alright for us…because He promised it. And, either His Word to us is true and worthy of our confidence, or it’s not. Again, that’s the decision we make…to trust in Him completely…and we must make it daily, in the face of whatever comes against us. Thanks again, Dee…

    Lester

    • Thank you so much for your additional insights, Lester. Yes, how wonderful that in spite of the persecution, sneers and rejection all around us, we dwell in the protective secret place of the Most High. Following Christ means to believe in His words, and not doubt and fudge around them, and following Christ involves a definitive decision. The Lord bless you, Lester. Dee

  3. Dee, it’s funny in a way I think. So many today are quick to turn away from God because they are persecuted (where was God when that happened to me) ~ and yet, there lies a very important lesson. Not to abide in His love would mean that we stop believing that we are loved (and seek approval from those who persecute us). We look at our circumstances – perhaps desolation or disease or abandonment – and we conclude that we are not loved by God anymore. That’s the opposite of abiding in the love of Christ. Abiding in His love means that regardless the way or the difficulty, we are surrounded by faith that we are loved. In that understanding, we are home and we can never be made less than love made us in the beginning. ~ Beautiful, Dee. ~ Love, Bobbie

    • Dear Bobbie, persecution is a test which leads to the natural reaction of turning away from God. But you are so right in pointing to the important and profound lesson: that not to abide in God’s love would mean we stop believing we are loved. Indeed abiding in his love is key to our staying in faith. Thank you so much for your beautiful thoughts. Love, Dee (p.s. apologies for the late response as I have been traveling). xoxoxo

  4. When I chose to respond to the Lord’s calling to follow him, I lost some friends I had been very close to. But the ones I gained were so much more healthy and real. We truly love and sharpen each other. Jesus is worthy of our all! ~ Wendy

    • Dear Wendy, what you experienced was exactly what the Lord said that the servant is not above one’s Master — if they persecuted Him, so shall they persecute His followers. Thank you, Wendy, for sharing this. God bless you! Dee

  5. Wonderful word, Dee! This brings to mind the promise…that “…our light and momentary troubles are building up for us a greater weight in glory…” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Also, Psalm 34: 19: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them ALL!” Praise the Lord!

  6. came to read this post again…and have enjoyed reading the comments too. a wonderful discussion. and where´s my poem? i miss you.

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