All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who
are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28
As written about in the post
“Knowing Our Express Purpose”, Paul was determined to carry the name of Christ
before the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. There was
tremendous pressure applied by the Jewish leaders as they plotted to kill Paul
but he never gave up and continued to set out to achieve his express purpose.
In present times, Christians are
having to face instances similar to what Christians faced during Paul’s time.
Secular thought wishes to push God out of our lives. Examples include
redefining marriage, using the word holiday season instead of Christmas, and
many other aggressive actions that go against the Way.
In many cases, those who make a
stand for God, can face media bullying, threats to their lives, and even criminal
prosecution. It’s bad enough in America but persecution goes to extremes in
other places throughout the world where Christians are burned, beheaded, and