Unfortunate Fortune (Part 3)

Monday, October 17, 2011

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

Persecuted, but not forsaken.” (2 Corinthians 4:9a)

For the past two weeks, we have discussed the emotional (trouble) and mental (perplexed) aspects of Unfortunate Fortune. You may still be asking yourself is there really fortune in the unfortunate? Or is there really a way to see the good in bad situations? Yes, there is! When we train our minds and bodies to look at and respond to unfavorable circumstances spiritually, we develop a new attitude, not merely of acceptance, but of contentment (Philippians 4:11). This new attitude and mindset allows the good to totally outshine what seems to be a horrible predicament to be in. A complete trust in God, believing He understands, knows, and has experienced everything we’ve gone through and has come out triumphant makes this attitude change possible.

This week we pursue the social aspect of Unfortunate Fortune: persecution. Persecution can come in many forms; it can be physical harm to the body, verbal assault on the mind, even social eradication from fellowship opportunities with your brothers and sisters in Christ. The devil will use anything to steal, kill, and destroy us and persecution is just one trick in his ugly bag of evil! He has tried to attack us emotionally, mentally, and now he is trying to break us down socially by attacking our associations and connections with others.

Persecution {dee-ok-o} means, “to flee or pursue, follow after, or press forward onto something.” For the apostles in Paul’s day, and for us Christians today, it means being treated badly by friends, being made to feel you don’t belong when you’re standing up for right; and/or being ostracized by those we call family (biological/spiritual).

Persecution is not merely being treated badly for any reason; persecution comes with standing up for the truth, and for righteousness’ sake. Many people suffer from the Jack Nicholson statement when it comes to God… “they can’t handle the truth!” When people can’t handle the truth it results in ultimate persecution. When someone constantly stands up for right, striving to live as Christ, and endeavoring to please God in all their communications, the devil and his chick persecution, always tend to show up just when God is ready to praise you (Zephaniah 3:19-20).

God has great plans for us! Plans not to leave us! He says He will never forsake us and God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Forsaken means to be “left behind or refused.” God did not create us to be defeated by the spiritual enemy. Neither is God going to leave us hanging out here on the battlefield to fend for ourselves. God knows that when we stand up for what’s right, we will suffer at the hands of man, but lovingly He will not desert us. Through physical eyes we may look alone, ejected from social circles, but spiritually the love of God and a host of His angels surround us.

Ask yourself these questions:

Have I ever felt like the world was against me?

Have I ever experienced unreasonable separation from those I’ve called friends?

Have I ever been talked about, stabbed in the back, and made the object of negative discussion around others dinner tables?

Have I ever suffered due to lies, jealousies, or power struggles among my church family?

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, consider yourself persecuted. We may not suffer the same persecution like Paul and the other apostles did (such as being beaten, sent to jail, being nearly killed by stoning, or whipped); but when we realize that any torment we take at the cost of being a Christian, whether physical, verbal or public, it places us on the same line of suffering as our Savior Jesus. Yet, Jesus triumphed over the persecution. There will be tough times in our lives, but like Jesus we can seize and demolish the enemy too. We do this by submitting to God and resisting the devil (Titus 2:12, James 4:7). Let us work diligently to triumph over others insults and persecution and destroy the devil like our Lord did!

The Unfortunate: that people will persecute you for standing up for the truth
The Fortune: that God will never forsake His children and that the truth shall make them free


Scriptures to Reflect on:

Matthew 5:10-12
John 15:18-21
Romans 8:35, 37

Thank you:

For each of you who have taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. We pray for your strength and faith to increase as you walk in the purpose that God has set for your life. Feel free to share your comments on "No Child Left Behind" below. We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us.



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3 comments

  1. I'm so thankful he loves me. Hallelujah Lord Jehovah for not leaving me. I shout your name to the most high. You are worthy of my praise. God I love you and I thank you for using your servants to speak to my soul today.

    Jasmine
    Hopkinsville, KY

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  2. Excellant word! I always take these and pass them on to a young lady that I am working with right now and it really helps Keep doing what you young ladies do God is smiling and I am too! love ya!

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  3. Jasmine & Bernice, thank you for your responses. Keep sharing and keep Growing. Know that we are praying for both of you.

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