In Matthew 10:16-42, Jesus warned the disciples to prepare for persecution. To avoid all things which gave advantage to enemies, not meddle in worldly or political affairs, avoid appearance of evil, not selfish. Christ foretold persecution so that troubles might not be a surprise to hold onto faith confirm their faith. Jesus Christ said they will suffer many things. Yet God’s Grace is Sufficient to keep them faithful. So Jesus says even in the worst times in life He will send the Holy Spirit to Strengthen and Guide to do His Service. when perilous times come Jesus deals with believers in helping to count the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts because they prey upon those of their own kind. In a dog eat dog world some turn on others to aggrandize themselves. So Godly values of strong bonds of love and duty are broken through from enmity within against Christ. Believers suffer from friends and relations in many grievous ways. Those determined to serve God in adversity to endure to the end become targets of loved ones. This is because their focus shifts to live better lives in Christ as First Love as all are commanded to do. As a result, changes from worldly lifestyle to dwell more in the Presence of God in times of devotion, prayer, meditation, dedication and devotion to God. In fact, a saved, transformed, renewed mind, does not tolerate certain practices taken for granted in the past. This means a sharp sensitivity and more inclination towards Godly values to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. In Mark 29-30, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a 100 times as much in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions and in the age to come, eternal life.

This transition means change of habits to conform to Godly Standards. Some interpret this which seems to appear plainly to others as abandonment and rejection. In Matthew 10 :37-38, Jesus said 37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. In Luke 14:26, Jesus said 26 “If anyone comes to Me does not hate father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, even own life cannot be My disciple. 27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.There is a period of grieving and feeling lost for missing old friends and family unable or unavailable to join in past actions of bonding with them. Unless well-adjusted, new challenges surface in living totally for Christ. This causes tensions in the family especially as a believer becomes isolated in faith. Those who live Godly life in Christ Jesus suffer persecution and go through many tribulations for the kingdom of God. Jesus therefore warns with these predictions of trouble to counsel and comfort in times of trial. The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted so their ruin is sought but God’s Wisdom guides them. Though harmless like doves and minding their own business, people enraged against lack of attention. Christ foretold troubles, so they might not be surprised but confirm their faith. In 1 Thessalonians 4:8-11, the Bible says anyone who despises another person despises not that person but God. So have Godly Agape love for God taught you to increase more and more in the love of God because God is Love. Study to be quiet and mind your own business. which includes Godly, human, emotional, physical and material business of the kingdom of God. So Isaiah 4:11 says, “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced, those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” Some take their venoms to extremes as Matthew 10:21 and Mark 13:12 says, And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and a father his child and children will rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. Some fall away, betray or hate others because the Spirit of God is at work in believer’s life.

The religious evil spirits of hatred, envy and jealousy unleash destruction against true worshippers. Exactly like Christ crucified by the religious people who hate change. Christ fortifies the minds of disciples by Divine Influence and Assistance, through the Holy Spirit and angels sent to help and comfort people. So although hatred proceeds to sorrows, troubles, and afflictions they expect God’s Faithful Providence in the Gospel to counteract evil. God orchestrates victory over death by preserving the soul eternally resurrected to live with God. So those who kill the flesh of the human body cannot kill the soul. So, true followers of Christ were persecuted, betrayed, delivered to be treated badly by their nearest relations and fellow brethren like Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ. The very nearest blood relatives and closest loved ones who should oblige to deep affection and kind tender love to each other become fre-enemies. In Acts of the Apostles, in Acts 6:8 – Acts 7:54-60 this happened to Stephen who devoted himself to prayer and ministry. Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people but was stoned to death for exposing their evil ways. Despite securing property, wealth and riches yet preserving of life of believers seems daunting to them. There is a misconception good riddance means end to people who remind or challenge them to live right for God. So hope to deliver up relations in the bonds of consanguinity into hands persecuting men in power to put to death by barbaric savagery of unnatural instances. The world becomes so distorted that good is called evil and evil good. So twisted mindset of the father the child, and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

The father lays aside natural affection for his child raised and brought up. Despite love and taking so much care and delight in yet professing faith in God through Christ is vexed and offended for being different from his religious beliefs of faith. People are so sincerely wrong in blind zeal and bigotry they break all ties of parental relation and affection. So betray and deliver children into hands of wicked magistrates to put to death. Similarly, on the other hand, children forgetting bonds of loyalty and commitment to obey and love parents betray them. Although God commands children as obligation to obey and honour aged parents, rise up against them. Some appear as witnesses against them. Others give their hearty consent to take away their lives, killing them either with their own hands to murder them. Despite God’s Wisdom of placing them as means and instruments of bringing them into the world and raising them. The world distorts human values of respect and love and sadly corrupts human nature. So the Gospel of Christ becomes a source of enmity, inveterate malice and hatred of satan against Christ’s Interest. Many Believers are warned to prepare in advance themselves in the times of the Messiah lasting for a little while before Christ the Son of God and son of David and son of man Return in His Second Coming on earth. Jesus warns, the son shall deal basely by his father, the daughter shall rise up against her mother because a man’s enemies shall be from own household. The face of modern generation does not reverence God or parents. Deliberate avenues and profiling spying sets up means to divide and rule families. To overcome the snares of brother that shall deliver up the brother to death and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death, pray!!!. Do not delight in lodging information against believers with authorities. Do not cause perplexing snare to disturb peace to try to entangle must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God’s love to them or theirs to him.They may experience deep and virulent hostility of the old human nature because they dared to be bold for God and different in Christ. There is hatred because of their new life by turning their back belial to Christ Jesus. By rejecting old generational religions and covenants they are mistreated. So endure issues in awful wrenches of the dearest ties. As genuine disciples of Jesus Christ as their Advocate, He Prospects their cause from such attacks launched upon them by the society. Christ prepares believers by for the worst persecution. Christ encourages believers not to allow their love to grow cold. And do nobody any harm but bear ill-will from haters. So patience and care must be taken to possess the soul not to be anxious, perplexed but cast care upon God. The disciples of Christ are to keep watch as the elect, do well, speak well. In times of peril the disciples of Christ may go out-of-the-way of danger though not out-of-the-way of duty. To trust and depend on God the Source to reveal to them the means of escape of door of God’s opening. So Fear  God Who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver message publicly in doctrine of the gospel to make the whole counsel of God known in Acts 20:27. Christ says be of good cheer because suffering is witness for God’s use against those who oppose gospel. God directs believers to speak for Him so depend on Holy spirit in Christ to teach what to say. So pray for God’s help and guidance.

A believer’s end after troubles is great joy and everlasting life. Whereas in the end the torturer’s finish in hell torment forever. God strengthens believers top endure to the end.  God wins in the end through Christ so it is a great encouragement to do Christ’s work. God provides for birds and all creatures, even the sparrows. God’s people are of more value than many sparrows. The hairs on a believer’s head is numbered because God takes Personal Interest to Keeps His people. Believers by faith suffer for Christ in serving God. Persistent Confession of Faith Blesses God in love. God’s Truth shall Stand no matter how powerful they take counsel together against the righteous just of God. Christ Se a Great Example in Suffering in Obedience even unto the Cross. So Lead believers through suffering to glory with Christ Jesus. This present life shall pass away and be regenerated into a new earth and a new heaven after the battle of Armageddon in Israel. So believers continue in love to show kindness to Christ’s disciples and hose who use you and abuse you. God’s Day of judgement is an occasion of God’s Supper to settle once and for all evil stated by Adam and Eve. Christ will reward with crown of life from the hand of God. So believers continue to freely give the free gift of God for eternal life. Believers boldly confess Christ’s love despite adversity in all things. Christ gives  distinct idea of the events to give a good understanding of the times. Our Saviour cautions disciples to stand on guard against false teachers against God and Israel. Jesus foretold wars and great commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected Christ God left their houses desolate so the sword never departed from them for refusing the gospel. Those who will not hear the message of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ hear the messengers of war. So Christ warns believers to keep eyes on God to fix their heart in trusting God. For those who keep their hearts and mind’s on God in perfect union with Christ have Great Peace Within. Remember God keeps in perfect peace all who trust in God by thoughts fixed on God according to Isaiah 26:3. Jesus says, Peace I leave with you. My Peace I give you not as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid in John 14:27.

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