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Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:10) #BEDA 2018


Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. - Matthew 5:10 

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." - Daniel 12:1 King James Version (KJV)
The Bible tells us there will be a time of great anguish, many will be persecuted for their faith. We see this happening now and it has happened in the past (Hebrews 11: 35- 40)
 and will again be repeated.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

 "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." -Ecclesiastes 1:9 

When we find that we are suffering for the name of Christ we are only preparing for greater trials. Through trials and persecution, the glory--character--of God is revealed in His chosen ones.” - Ellen White 
 "Trials and obstacles are the Lord's chosen methods of discipline and His appointed conditions of success. In His providence He brings these persons into different positions and varied circumstances that they may discover in their character the defects which have been concealed from their own knowledge. He gives them opportunity to correct these defects and to fit themselves for His service. Often He permits the fires of affliction to assail them that they may be purified."-  Ellen White 
“They which are persecuted” below there are several meanings of this word.

Let us focus on the definition from point B, “to be mistreated”. The verse as a whole states that if we are mistreated for doing good it is a blessing. Sounds ironic? But Christ informs us that we who decided to stand for him will be punished

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20 King 

How can persecution be a blessing? Let us turn to the Bible 
Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” As  previously mentioned trials refine our character. Through tribulation we learn patience or how to perseverance there are some lessons we will never learn if we do not undergo some from of trial.  
Through trials and persecution, the glory--character--of God is revealed in His chosen ones.”
Challenge: Reflect on how you respond to difficulties. Do you see them as a opportunity to reflect Christ?
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