His Spirit to strengthen those who are persecuted for their faith

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, August 13, 2016

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Today’s scripture reading:

Again Peter brings to mind Jesus’ words: “God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers.” Christ will send His Spirit to strengthen those who are persecuted for their faith. This does not mean that all suffering is the result of good Christian conduct. Sometimes a person will grumble, “He’s just picking on me because I’m a Christian,” when it is obvious to everyone else that the person’s own unpleasant behavior is the cause of his or her problems. It may take careful thought for wise counsel to determine the real cause of our suffering. We can be assured, however, that whenever we suffer because of our loyalty to Christ, he will be with us all the way. (NLT)

1 Peter 4:12-16 – Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world.

Be happy if you are insulted for being a Christian, for then the glorious Spirit of God will come upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble, or prying into other people’s affairs. But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his wonderful name!

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If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. –1 Peter 4:16 (NIV)

Margie Harding (Maryland) titled her story “TO BE A MISSIONARY;” here is Margie’s story:

“The word missionary conjures images of traveling to foreign countries to spread God’s word, and I’m always inspired by letters from missionaries describing ways they serve God by serving the people around them.

“However, we don’t have to move to another country to be a missionary. I can be one by telling the good news in my own neighborhood. With evangelism, the issue isn’t where we are but our willingness to spread God’s message. Do we have the faith to call on and believe in the Holy Spirit to help us face our fears, our discomfort, or our insecurity about sharing the gospel of Jesus with others?

“In the past, fear of rejection from my peers overwhelmed myt sense of knowing – and sharing – who I am as a Christian. It was easier to back away from those situations than to face my discomfort boldly with the faith that the Holy Spirit would see me through. But I have discovered that prayer, Bible reading, and a growing faith can prepare any of us to confidently share the knowledge of Christ – whether out in the wide, wide world or in our little corner of it.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My mission field is the one I’m standing in.

Prayer: Dear Father, forgive our hesitance to talk to others about you. Help us to be bold in sharing your good news. Amen.

Prayer Focus: MISSIONARIES

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