He brought to mind that the disciples were persecuted; those who chose to follow Him were persecuted; He was persecuted. As I thought on this, the Lord went further in His reminder to me. He said those that are anointed, are persecuted; those that are called are misunderstood; those that He has separated for Himself are shut off from others. As tears began to well up in my eyes, He reassured me that I was on the right path.
And so I began to think on all of His reminders. I knew that I would continue to follow Him no matter what persecutions came. Much more than that, I knew that even if the enemy promised me a life without persecution; a life filled with everything I could possibly want, wealth and everything that comes with it, marriage and children, I would still follow after the Lord.
You see as I sat there, eyes blurry with tears, it became clear to me that without Him, I am nothing. I could not live a life without God. There would be an unmistakable void that nothing and no one could fill. So although my soul is suffering, I am rejoicing in my Spirit because I know the enemy does not attack his own, he only attacks those pressing into God.
So the encouragement I received, I share with you. Do not be discouraged when the enemy comes with all manner of evil or all forms of distractions to delay or deter you. It is a mere tactic to get you off track. I encourage you that when persecution comes (and it will), go to God in prayer and in conversation. He will not only hear what you say but more importantly, He will hear what you do not say and He will respond to both and set your heart right. He is just that kind of God and I love Him!! Thank You Lord!!!