from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. (Matthew 5:11)

Pastor Samuel Lamb

Those who are persecuted because of righteousness are "blessed." When people insult you because you are a Christian, you are "blessed." Suffering for righteousness is participating in the sufferings of Christ. Every Christian should participate in this suffering; "Blessed are you when people insult you ... great is your reward in heaven" (Matthew 5:12).

I want to look to the reward, not to the circumstances. The greatest help during these times of persecution is to keep looking to Jesus. He is always near. The greater the persecution, the nearer He is. The reward in heaven is only an extra bonus.

"Blessed are you." Blessed is He.

Writer for the month - Samuel Lamb from China. This noted pastor was in prison for over 20 years. He is still under great pressure from the authorities. Hundreds attend his so-called House Church, especially young people. His story is available in a book Bold as a Lamb published by Zondervan, 1991.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)

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