Do you suffer for Christ

7.1.15 Do you suffer for Christ? 
Acts 5:41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they servants of Christ?--I speak as if insane--I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death.

1 Peter 2:20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.

1 Peter 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.

By choosing to obey the Lord Jesus Christ, we are setting ourselves at odds with the world. By closely adhering to the teachings of the Bible, we set ourselves up for rejection, mockery, loneliness, or betrayal. If we choose to take a stand for righteousness and biblical truth, we ensure that we will be misunderstood, mocked, or worse. We need to keep in mind that no threat of suffering deterred the apostles from preaching Christ. In fact, Paul said that losing everything was worth it "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death" (Philippians 3:10).

Suffering in some form is always going to be a part of being a true follower of Christ. Often our greatest suffering comes from within as we battle for control over a heart that must die to its own will and surrender to Christ’s lordship (Romans 7:15–25). In whatever form suffering comes, we should embrace it as a badge of honor and a privilege that we, like the apostles, have "been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name."

Unfortunately there are people every day who die because they worship God. We are so privileged to be able to worship God, but 1 day who knows that may be us who are being asked to deny Christ or be put to death. Thank about that for a minute, what would you do? Would you stand for Christ or would you deny Christ? Wow that's a mouthful but I would rather live for Christ then live for the world. Well I hope you really think about this situation because who knows when we will have to face what people in other places are facing every day,

God I love you even in the sufferings, God I just want to pray that if it comes down to it, If I'm asked to deny you and live or stand for you and die, I pray I would say i would rather die without Christ. I ask that you be with all my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

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