Persecution is not only a Communist act, for example, persecuting the Church. The chase takes place at various levels and places. Anyone who wants to be a man or woman of God will be persecuted. Maybe not all the time but it will happen. Just because the light bothers the darkness. It bothers religiosity, bothers vulgarity, frivolity, corruption bother.
When you talk about loyalty, the adulterer bothers and rises against you. When you stand on holiness, you go through persecution. Because it bothers the ones warm in the faith. Fidelity bothers those who refuse to compromise.
The persecution of the devil is a threat against you, and every threat has color, smell and name. You know who you are, and being an instrument in the hands of the devil against you. Satan uses people and situations. See the biblical context in 2 Chron. 20:14-15
“ Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly. He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
The battle is not your Jehoshaphat. That was the news that God has brought to the king. We do not have the strength to fight human nature. That’s not how we win. Everyone can act natural, but the servant of God has their mighty weapons through God.
The only thing that God told Jehoshaphat was to remain in his position. Do not leave his position as king. And this is exactly what our God also tells us: You’re a prince; do not leave your position. Stand firm and do not retreat in battle. The position you occupy in your family, your work was given by God. He put you in that position, so do not leave it. Even if we pass through moments of shame or discomfort, do not give up. God is working for you. The battle is not yours, says the Lord. The battle belongs to Him.
God can not remove the fear and insecurity in your heart. Because these are human feelings and it depends on each one of us to remove it through faith. But we can and must stand firm on values established by God and never in the worldly values. The values of the devil that govern this world system will never prevail. Believe me; God is working in your favor.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5
Pay close attention, God is preparing a banquet for you and delight in the presence of your enemies. All those who rise up against you will see his victory. You will delight in victory in front of everyone. That’s the promise in this verse. Do not think that your blessing is taking too long; God is allowing his enemies to come closer to see his victory. Hallelujah!
“… You anoint my head with oil … “After each battle God has a new overflow of anointing for your life. Even if you do not see the oil, the anointing, you must believe and receive this new anointing, this renewing force for your life.
“And my cup overflows.” It is a manifestation of joy before the Lord, a manifestation of joy inside you. In place of all reproach and shame of all, God gives you double honor, fills your cup, your life of joy and anointing.
As with Jehoshaphat, so it will be with you. God works in your favor. And acting God, who will go against it?
Believe and receive this promise for you and your family.
God bless you.
Apostle Cesar Sousa