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Matthew 5:10-12

Matthew 5:10–12 (ESV): "10 "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. It was persecution that moved the disciples from Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria to the ends of the earth. As the enemy continues to use persecution to try and thwart the church God continues to use it as a catalyst for growth. Talk about a colossal backfire.

The eighth and final Beatitude relates to the blessedness of those who are persecuted. Jesus said a servant isn't greater than his master. If the world persecuted Him they will persecute His followers (Jn 15:20). Persecution comes with the decision to follow Jesus but so does the blessing! There is a special place for martyrs in heaven. They shall be honored for laying down their lives for Christ (Rev 6:9-11).

When American's read a passage like this we don't tend to fully grasp the reality like the majority of Christians who live in parts of the world where persecution is a daily part of life. As more and more persecution comes to America believers will experience the blessedness of suffering for Christ. Make sure you are growing in your faith Christian because it's the close relationship with Christ that will make you willing to suffer for Him, amen?

Father, we thank You for perseverance and steadfastness. We would not and could not stand for Christ when under fire if You didn't empower us in the Spirit to do so. May we never fear the future but may we prepare ourselves as best as we can for it by drawing as close to You as possible so when persecution comes we do not waiver we pray in Jesus' name, amen!
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