Friday, 22 April 2016

How May We cope With Persecution?


 In view of the previous post, some readers might suggest that we're just expected to "tough it out" when we're persecuted for our faith. The Father knows what we'll face and won't let us be tempted above what we're able to endure but he'll make a way of escape for us. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

My friend Kay Belantoni reminded me recently that the Holy Spirit has another job beside teaching us. He is also our comforter. Not only does he comfort by consoling us but he also gives us the strength we need when we need it.

The Holy Spirit helps us in prayer as well. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:26 (KJV), "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

The next verse shows that He also intercedes for us. (Romans 8:27 KJV)  "And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

How wonderful it is that when we don't know what to say, the Holy Spirit does. He also is our "go between" so that we are guided to pray according to God's will. Prayer is made all the more joyful as a result.

In my next book, I'll explain in detail about the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism. This is important to know since so much misinformation is being preached by false teachers.