Are You Trying To Escape Persecution?

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It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. — Galatians 6:12

In today's culture, the cross has this sentimental value. It's a symbol we wear around our neck or a tattoo on our body. But in Paul's time, crosses weren't made for wearing or tattooing. They were made for dying. They were a public display of humiliation and punishment reserved for criminals by the Roman government. Crosses were a symbol of suffering and death.

And Paul's point here is that these legalists who had infiltrated the church were cowards. They were afraid of taking a stand against the Roman government and devout Jews for fear of persecution. Therefore they choose the path of least resistance. And by doing so, they forced others to do the same. Do you see what happened? They became like sheep and instructed others to do the same.

But before you get all worked up about this, let's go after a challenging application in a single question. Where in your life are you trying to avoid persecution? Where?

  • Have you been going along with the crowd for fear of speaking up about your faith?
  • Have you been tolerating immoral behavior from a prospect to close a deal?
  • Have you been appeasing an immoral partner to maintain an income?
  • Have you been silent in your workplace when mandated trainings and celebrations oppose your faith?
  • Have you been maintaining friendships with people whose behavior you no longer agree?
  • Have you been intentionally silent about your faith to friends, coworkers, neighbors, and relatives for fear of what they might think about you and your faith in Jesus?

In reality, we have all done one or more of these things. And some of us have even encouraged others to do the same. But this has to change. And the only way it's ever going to change is if we stop living in fear of persecution and start standing up. Yes, there might be persecution. People might make fun of you. Friends might call you names. Employers might fire you. Relatives might alienate you. Social media friends might unfriend you. But remember, all these things happened to Jesus, Paul, and all the great men of faith.

So make today the day you choose to stop trying to escape persecution. Persecution is inevitable. Just make sure you're on the right side of the persecution. The side Jesus is on.

ASK THIS: What persecution are you trying to avoid.

DO THIS: Take a stand today.

PRAY THIS: Jesus, as I take a stand, be with me and behind me. May I do it the way you would — the right way.

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Are You Trying To Escape Persecution?

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33 thoughts on “Are You Trying To Escape Persecution?

  1. Bob Smotherman says:

    I know this is a devotional, but you can really preach this message. It should resonate in each and every man and lead them to stand up for their beliefs and not bow down in fear. Thank you!

  2. Garrett V. says:

    What is the price for eternal life? Jesus gave himself up for me. So I will give it all up for him. Lord help me commit everything I have and am to you alone. Regardless of the cost, I’m ready and willing to learn, live and lead to only glorify your holy name. Amen

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  3. Jesse S says:

    I am doing my best to avoid persecution in many aspects of my life, specifically in going off in of what others think that I have too much energy. I try to slow down, but getting things accomplished seems like top priority and managing time efficient/wisely has its benefits.

  4. David Josker says:

    Jesus, as I take a stand, be with me and behind me. May I do it the way you would — the right way.

  5. Keith says:

    Thanks Vince. We need to Stand strong in the word. 💪💪💪💪. I think The book of Jonah would be a great one. Most of us could probably relate to Him. 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌✌️

  6. SG says:

    Would love to dig deeper into Job. We often question God when things aren’t going well from our perspective. Who are we to question God?

  7. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I know that early in my life as a follower of Jesus, I was on fire in church, but outside of church, I was not really ready to declare it in public. Now that I am growing and pursuing Jesus whole heartedly, I am not afraid to declare my faith in any setting, still shy, but not afraid to speak up, just maybe not in front of a LARGE crowd….. yet.

    For a short book, I would suggest Ephesians. For a long book, Genesis, back to the beginning and all.

  8. Ruben T. Garcia, Sr says:

    I need to make a stand and stick with it. Recently I’ve been looking for a job and have to refrain from applying from those that work Sundays. It’s really hard as Financially it’s hurting the family. Facing possible eviction if something doesn’t happen soon. We’ve applied for assistance and are awaiting for an answer. Please pray for guidance and endurance.

    Also how abou the book of Ecclesiastes.

    Thanks for your prayers

  9. CJB says:

    My whole life has been one of compliance. Thanks for the much needed reminder that it is ok to stand up for your beliefs and faith.

  10. Ted says:

    This has got to be the best devo you have given. Straight and to the point declaring His Truth over the logic of the world. Thank you!

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  11. Tom F. Sr. says:

    Thanks Vince! You’re consistent and uncompromising message is the main reason why I love and believe in your ministry. Romans 1:16 – “For I am NOT ashamed of THE Gospel, for IT IS THE power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”🙌

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  12. David Denowski says:

    How about Jeremiah?

    No matter what you pick, it’ll be great. It’s all God’s Word! Thanks Vince!

  13. Randy Fairthorne says:

    Hey Vince, I would like to go through one of my favorite Old Testament books, Isaiah. Peace my brother. ✌️🙏

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