With the rising tide of persecution against Christians and the Church, some may be wondering how we are going to survive. I fully understand there are deep concerns, doubts and even fear as we see the increase in evil that is coming against disciples and followers of Jesus.
We must anchor our thoughts and emotions in what does not change; God’s truth in Scripture. When Jesus was testing the disciples about who they confessed Him to be, Simon Peter got it right; “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Peter said this because it had been revealed to him by the “Father who is in heaven” (16:17). That revelation to Peter became the foundation of something equally grand.
Here is the grand plan of God based on the revelation of who Jesus is; “And I tell you, you are Peter (Petros - little stone), and on this rock (petra - large rock) I will build my church (God’s plan), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (God’s protection)” (Matthew 16:18).
It does not matter what happens in this world or how difficult times will become, God’s plan to build His Church is also covered by His protection – “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” DO NOT doubt God’s power to finish what He has begun. It will be for His glory and the exaltation of Jesus on whom the Church is built.
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