August 12
Today's Message from Chip Brogden

"All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be
persecuted." -2 TIMOTHY 3:12 ESV

Persecution should come as no surprise to those who seek first the
Kingdom of God, because that kind of singlehearted pursuit for
things Above will only antagonize those earthly-minded folk who
cannot comprehend that level of Righteousness where Jesus is really
All and Everything.

Persecution for the sake of that all-encompassing Righteousness,
that universal dominion of Christ on His Throne, is the best proof
we could possibly give that we really are kings and priests. The
depth of our sufferings reveals the depth of our relationship with
God, and if our suffering is light then our relationship is
certainly shallow. When we can take up the Cross daily and follow
after Christ then the centurions of this world will be able to look
at us and say, "Surely this person is a son or daughter of God. Not
only do they represent Him with their life, they represent Him with
their death."

Source: "The Irresistible Kingdom" by Chip Brogden

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