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God Does Not Always Deliver From Persecution

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burned-at-the-stakeYesterday I shared with you some thoughts on the way Christians live here in North America. I also presented the idea that we need to be prepared for the coming persecution.

I believe that God’s judgment is upon our nations because we have, as nations, become wicked and sinful. We, as God’s children, have failed to be the salt and light we are called upon to be. We are to live in such a way as to expose the evil that is going on in our society. We have allowed our governments to pass wicked laws that allow the killing of babies within the womb and so forth. We have not stood against the open fornication within our societies, not just within the homosexual community, but in society in general.

Not only are these things happening among the lost, they are happening in what is supposed to be the house of God. These sins are against God. David understood that his sin was against God (Psalm 51:4) and we need to learn the same thing.

God cannot just wink at these things. God’s holiness requires judgment of sin. There are consequences for sin. There are consequences for individuals and for nations.

The Bible tells us in Luke 12:48 that to whom much is given much is required. Our nation has been given the richness of the Word of God. We have been given the freedom to worship according to the dictates of our hearts. We know better and I believe that God’s judgment will be greater because we do know better.

God has laid upon my heart to help you prepare for the coming persecution. I believe that we are close to the last days. I believe that, according to the Scriptures, the Lord could come at any moment. God could rapture His saints out of this world and bring His wrath upon this evil world. We call this coming judgment the Tribulation.

Since the Scriptures tell us that no one knows the day nor the hour, I also believe that the rapture could be a number of years away. It could be another generation or two or three, we really don’t know.

I am concerned for those who take the attitude that the Rapture is near and can’t wait for the “jump” but who will do nothing about the growing evil in their communities. But, what if it will be another generation, or even two or three generations? What will you leave for your children and your grandchildren?

Back in the 2012 election I talked to many people and they said they couldn’t vote for Obama because the see him as a Muslim. They also said they couldn’t vote for Romney because his is a Mormon. The result was that they said they would not vote for either of them. I told them that Romney’s value system was closer to ours than Obama’s and if you don’t vote for Romney you are giving a vote to Obama. There response was “The Lord is coming and if I vote for Romney I might delay His coming.”

The day of the Lords coming is set in Heaven. We cannot hasten or delay it. Obama’s election will not cause Him to come one day sooner. It may be a sign that it is soon, but it did not, and will not speed it up one bit (Hebrews 10:37).

There are things going on in my country that I never dreamed would happen. The whole idea that one should allow, or even aid, the increase of evil in the world is beyond me. It is a bit presumptuous to think that you or I can aid the Lord in hastening His coming. The whole idea of not standing against evil is ludicrous. I can’t see God putting His stamp of approval on such a thing.

As I have said many times, we need to be salt and light and stand up against evil. We need to say that God says those things are evil and I am standing with God. We may not be able to stop the spread of evil, but we need to expose it and speak out against it.

Whether the Lord is coming this year, this month, this week, or in a hundred years, one thing is sure: those who will live for God will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). God has told us that suffering will come to those who take a stand for God.

As I said yesterday, God is really laying these things on my heart. I want to start preparing you for the coming persecution.

Christians around the world are suffering persecution at the hands of Muslims simply because they call themselves Christians and not Muslims. It is coming here and we had better be prepared.

In North America we have been blessed with a Christian heritage and all that comes with it. The season is changing. Today we see our Christian views and values attacked left, right, and center. It won’t be long before Christians are being put into prison for their views. They will have their church buildings taken away, etc.

Laws are already being formulated and passed that punish Christians for their views. Laws are being passed that force Christian churches to perform homosexual marriages. In Washington State, a florist was taken to court because he would not provide flowers for a homosexual wedding. Right now the penalty is only a fine, but if we don’t pay the fine the next step will be prison.

It has started already, but you will see more and more homosexuals going to churches and Christian businesses demanding services that they know are against the values of these churches and businesses. Their sole purpose is to bring them to court and create fear in those who oppose their abominable agenda.

Mark my word, persecution is coming. It has started, and it will get worse (2 Timothy 3:13). The day is coming where Christians will be killed for their faith here in North America. Taking a stand for the things of God will cost you. There will be a separating of the sheep and the goats, the true Christians from the false.

Remember the three Hebrew boys who we know as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These names were given to them by the captors. There real names were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. For some reason we know Daniel by his real, Jewish name. His Babylonian name was Belteshazzar (Daniel 1:6-7).

Nebuchadnezzar ordered them to bow down to a golden image. They refused to do it. Their response to the King is found in Daniel 3:17-18; “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

We like verse 17 where it says we will not bow down and God will deliver us. I would like to point something out about what they said. They said God was able to deliver them out of the fiery furnace. They did not say he would. They said we would deliver them out of the hand of Nebuchadnezzar. This would have been true even if God allowed them to die in the furnace.

Look at what verse 18 says. It says, “But if not, O King.” They said that they would not serve Nebuchadnezzar’s gods even if it cost them their lives. What we learn here is that God may not deliver us from persecution and even death.

We all would like to be verse 17 Christians where we take a stand and God delivers us from the persecution. But what if God does not deliver you? What if He chooses to let you suffer even unto death? There are times when God does not deliver us from the suffering of persecution.

Let me take you to Hebrews Chapter 11. I have only heard preaching on what I am going to say one time. In all my years as a Christian, with all of the sermons I have heard in church, on tapes, or on the radio, I have only heard one message addressing the fact that God may not deliver us from persecution.

Hebrew 11 is known as the hall of faith. We look at the great men of faith like Moses, Abraham, and others. When this passage is used in our preaching we like to show how God blessed those who were faithful. We forget that in this chapter God tells us of a group of people who were not delivered from suffering and persecution.

Only one time have I heard anyone address Hebrews 11:36-40. This passage talks about people of great faith who were not delivered from persecution. Maybe sometime today you could get your Bible and study these verses.

In this passage we find those who were tortured, who were destitute, who were imprisoned, who were killed, and so forth. Notice that it was not because they didn’t have faith. It is so often preached that if we have faith God will deliver us from persecution and God will overcome the difficulties in our lives. These were faithful people, yet God chose them to carry a cross from which they would not be delivered.

The point I am trying to make is found in 1 Peter 4:16 “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” Here is the point. You are not here because of you, you are here because of God. You are here so God can receive glory from your life.

Folks, If God has chosen you to suffer for His name, remain faithful through whatever He allows in your life. Let your life bring glory to God.

Remember this; True faith does not cause God to deliver us, it gives us the strength to go through what ever God has for us, be it blessing or suffering. Our goal should be that in the end He receives the glory.

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