Can Persecution be a Good Thing?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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We have a special guest blogger today. Taylor Wilkins ison staff for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA is reaching out to the local high schools in my area, and Taylor (with God) is the reason for all of its success. This post will show you why.

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Signs of Hope- The Honor of Persecution

“they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” -Revelation 12:10-11

Have you ever been put down, persecuted, or physically abused for your belief?

I’m sure to some extent all of us have experienced this; but for most of us, we don’t consider persecution a blessing—At least not yet!

Throughout this past week God has been highlighting to me Persecution. In John 15:20 Jesus tells his followers; “no servant is greater than his master, if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” and again in John 16:33 Jesus says; “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As I asked God to search me and show me the places in my life that need to grow, the fear of persecution has been revealed to me as a weakness. This is not good because this causes a compromise in my obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice and leading in my walk with him.

The reason to fear persecution usually comes from a lack of understanding about the treasure behind it. Jesus says that blessed are you when you are persecuted for my names sake. Even when the world comes against us for our faith we are blessed by our father in heaven. The weight of being persecuted by man compared to being blessed by God is of no comparison, yet we often fear the latter!

It could be that what I’ve been describing above is resonating with you—or maybe you have been abused for things completely unrelated to faith. We live in a world that often tears people down better then it builds them up. Your story could be of broken trust, abuse, bullying, an affair, sexual abuse, or abusive parents. My heart breaks thinking of the terrible things that are happening to wonderful innocent people—and often the ones who can’t defend themselves. If your story of persecution is along these lines, I want you to know it is the glory of God to redeem that which was lost. God has been through everything with you and he will not let your tears fall to the ground unnoticed. He loves you, and He will redeem your life.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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* 12-03-13 …Update on our new book, ” Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days.”

Coming out soon!

You will be very blessed once this book is available. No timeline for a publishing date as yet.

I am very pleased with the quality of the devotions for the book that will reach out to those who suffer anxiety, fear, rejection, self-doubt, depression, addiction, and the many other usual suspects.

+ I had a special moment recently when my first book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,” received a national award from the annual Readers Favorite Awards. It is an honor to receive this award, and I recommend you check out the book by going to the bookstore on this site. They are only $15.99 with no shipping fees. (Think Christmas!)

Books coming in the future:

  • Signs of Hope: For the Military. This book is a much needed book when you read about all the suicides in the military. I am looking for ways to reach out to the military with thoughts from my own time in the military, plus principles from the Bible to help them. 
  • Signs of Hope for Seniors: The Alligators that Chase us. Getting older isn’t for sissies!

NEVER GIVE UP!

(Keep  Looking here for more updates)

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We all face trials and storms in our daily lives. The question arises of how do non-Christians, and Christians handle them differently?

It is hard, at best, to wade through the muck and mire of this world. It seems like we go forward a few steps and then falter and fall backwards.

But, how do we as Christians handle our afflictions?

  • God’s comfort shows up in the suffering, weakness, and trials of Christians. God’s children are aware of what we will face, and are prepared for persecution, and suffering. It doesn’t make us people who love adversity. In general we would rather avoid these tests of faith.
  • Christians have a different world to face. They face pressure to conform, temptations to compromise, and complying with the rules of the country they live in, no matter where they are in the world.
  • Christians face being rejected because of their faith, yet they know that God looks at the heart of a man, and not the outward appearance of those who seek fame and fortune.

When someone tells you that you are really different because of your faith in God, you can feel that this is the greatest compliment someone can give you.  You are different! You are a child of God who is commissioned to be ambassadors for Christ.

An ambassador according to Webster’s Dictionary is:

“A diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by on sovereign or state to another.”

No, we aren’t expected to be that kind of ambassador unless you accept that God has named you as His ambassador to reach out to all of those around the world with your faith. Then you are a true ambassador for Christ.

Again, you and I will face many road blocks and walls in our lives. We need to know that God is there for us. He will help us choose the right path to walk on that road to avoid the blocks, and helps us climb over those walls that try to stop us.

You are different!

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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