Remembering the Persecuted Church 1B
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.
The writer of Hebrews through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit enjoins us to remember those in prison. We need to remember that there’s one Body of Christ comprising of individuals grouped in different local assemblies in different nations. When one of us suffer, we all suffer. See 1 Corinthians 12:20-26.
There are Christians suffering persecution in many nations of the world. Some are brutally murdered, others are maimed, raped or imprisoned. It has been said that Christians are the most persecuted group of people in the world including western nations. Many have lost their jobs. Some have been thrown in jail for standing for Biblical Values.
John 15:18-20 NKJV
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
There are nations where the Name of Jesus cannot be mentioned publicly. It is considered an offense. So people opt to pray in the Name of the Almighty or in God’s Name. But it is obvious from the Scriptures that we are to pray in the Name of Jesus Christ. Persecution is real. Religious intimidation is obvious all around the world. None can deny it. It is sad reality.
Hebrews 10:32-35 NKJV
But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
It is time to stand for the truth of God’s Word. It is time to embrace, embody and exemplify the Vision, the Virtues and the Values seen in the life of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. May God give each one the courage and the boldness to speak. May God give each one a genuine concern and compassion for the lost around them. May He open the heart of the lost to our message.
Lastly let’s remember to pray for Christian brothers and sisters who persecuted all around, marginalized and ostracized for their love and faith in Christ Jesus. For those in western nations that are suffering. We will keep praying for an awakening in your nations. Please let those of us who are free using our liberty as an opportunity and a platform to speak up for the oppressed and the persecution. Where it is possible, let’s visit them. It will comfort and strengthen them.
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Remember that whatever you do to any child of God, you have done unto Christ. We must see one another from a true kingdom perspective. Christ Himself shows us that anything done in favor of the Body of Christ especially those who cannot nothing for themselves will not forgotten. Whether it is for the weak, the poor, the sick or those imprisoned for Christ’s sake. See John 15:18-25.
2 Timothy 1:16-18 NKJV
The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.
As we close this piece, it is important that I show you a Scripture that you could use in prayer for those in prison for their faith or those who find themselves behind bars unjustly.
Genesis 39:21 NKJV
But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
I pray for Christians who are being oppressed unjustly and persecuted all over the world. May God show you mercy before all who seek to oppress you. May God give you favor before influential people and decision makers. May the judgment be in your favor. Amen.
To be continued.
For the King and His Kingdom,
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