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by Benjamin Munsell on November 26, 2016
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But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; WHAT PERSECUTIONS I ENDURED: but out of them all THE LORD DELIVERED ME. Yea, and ALL that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION. 2 Timothy 3:10-12. If this had been written about Christ, "easy believers" could quickly say that Christ had to suffer, He Paid For our sins, and that would be true. But this was written by the Apostle Paul TO ENCOURAGE FELLOW BELIEVERS. Paul is actually telling other Faithful Believers, "Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, no sweat guys, the Lord delivered me out of ALL that stuff, AND HE'LL DELIVER YOU TOO. All you Godly men (and women) of God will go through the same stuff I did.  Some more, some less, but you will ALL suffer Persecution to some degree or other". Paul is also giving a rebuke to some "followers" by saying, "I was shipwrecked and almost drowned, stoned and left for dead, and had my back beat to jello 5 times, so don't come crying to me if your friends turn their backs to you and leave you hanging in the "wind" all alone. It not only CAN get worse, it WILL get worse, AND ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, GOD WILL DELIVER YOU OUT OF ALL OF IT. Now, let's go Praise and Honor the Lord for a few hours between beatings". OK guys, how many of you are ready to go out into the fields ready for the Harvest and call yourselves the True Believers, Christians, the Followers of Christ, AND LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL? No, I'm not making fun of this, just reminding you (and me) of the real REALITY of what it takes to be a part of the Army of God, the Bride of Christ, as sheep going to the slaughter as they Work in the Fields. Are you a part of this?  Are you all in with Christ? If not, now's a good time to leave before you get hurt. If so, LET'S GO FIND US SOME LOST SHEEP AND WE'LL ALL, BE BLESSED.
 
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