Those who haven't followed my posts might say that persecution is only a terrible thing. I agree that it is for now but it has tremendous blessings for today and eternity.
The Apostles understood how to deal with persecution. When persecuted, they asked for boldness rather than a way to escape it. As it says in Acts 4:29-30 (KJV), "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus."
And what was God's reply? The place where they met was shaken and they went out boldly to preach the gospel.
Though we have had two-thousand years of persecution, it's only increasing in intensity. Why? Scripture says in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV), "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
Satan wants to tempt people to stop believing in Christ. That's why he uses his minions to persecute us. But we won't be overly tempted. Scripture says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV), "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
In my next book, I'll outline the way the Devil tries to dissuade us from following the narrow way to heaven. Stay tuned for updates.