October 15, 2015

2 Kings 18_30

2 Kings 18:28-37

Persecution and temptation come in many forms. In 1 Kings, Judah is facing the Assyrian army and is being forced to choose; submit to the Assyrian king or trust in God. They chose to trust God and He delivered them. Weekly we see the extreme forms of persecution in the news where radical followers of Islam behead faithful Christians for refusing to renounce their faith. Thank God for these martyrs who set the example for us. But what about the more subtle forms of persecution?

Our children are ridiculed for their faith for refusing to “go with the crowd” and take drugs, engage in sex before marriage or participate in illegal activities. Adults are tempted in all sorts of ways to place any number of idols, money, power, prestige, social standing, ahead of their Christian faith. And now confessional Christians are being forced to choose between the popular teachings of same-sex marriages and their call, job or business. How will we respond?

Will we submit to peer pressure, the temptations of the world or popular teaching rather than the teachings found in the Bible? Or will we place our trust in God to strengthen us in times of persecution?

Prayer: Holy God, keep me steadfast in your Word, that I may always follow you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.

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One Response to October 15, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Many churches are being persecuted by our own government. Just a few years ago, the IRS was holding up great men of God from receiving their 501(c)4 tax exempt status. Men like Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, and Dr. James Dobcon. Even more recently, the IRS held up Naomi’s Heart Mission for 18 months from getting our 501(c)3 status as a church in the Philippines. Persecution comes in many forms just as Pastor Steven King shows above. We must learn from the scriptures and hold fast to what is right.

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