Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your patience possess your souls.
-Jesus cautioned His disciples to be prudent in their ministry amid persecution. He spoke of events that would come to pass; characterized by tribulation and rejection even from family and friends. Persecution of Christians and the church has become prevalent in some countries including India, Pakistan, Islamic nations and sometimes in our own country. Churches are burnt down and Christians shot dead on account of their belief. Others who convert to Christianity also fall prey of persecution in their families and among their peers. Jesus overcame persecution and trials especially when those who tested Him asked questions with the intention of killing Him. In the same way, we as His disciples are called to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit through wisdom in word and deeds such that those who have evil intentions remain defeated. In the challenges, trials and tribulations that we face in life; we are reminded to possess our souls in patience holding fast our faith of in God; for He has good plans for each one of us. Jesus is our good Shepherd and calls us like His sheep to follow Him and trust in Him all the time.
Your mercies are new every morning Lord; thank You for loving us. You have revealed Yourself faithful in our lives always Father; great is Your faithfulness. There is no other God but You Jesus; we love You and bless Your holy name. Protect us, our families, churches and nation from the evil one, we humbly ask You Lord. Cover us with Your precious blood and hedge of fire Father; we rely on Your protection all the time. No evil plan fashioned against us shall prosper in Your name Jesus. Guide us Holy Spirit as we possess our souls with patience especially when we are faced by challenges and tribulations. Prosper us Lord in all good things Lord and bless us according to Your loving kindness. We praise You and worship You now and forever. Amen
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