Persecutions & Sufferings
I Thessalonians 3:3 “None of you should be swayed by affliction. You yourselves know that persecutions is part of God's will for us.”
Acts 14:22We all have to experience many hardships, they said, before we enter the kingdom of God.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the victor's crown, the life God has promised to those who love Him.”
I Peter 4:12-13 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the conflagration you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed and exulting Him when His glory is revealed.”
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. He humbled you… to teach you that man does not live by bread alone but by everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”
Genesis 22:1-2 “Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, Abraham! Here I am, he replied. Then God said, Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and… sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.
Exodus 20:20 “Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.
Psalm 66:8-12 “Praise our God, O peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; He has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For You, O God, tried us; You refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.”
I Peter 2:19-23 “It is grace when, because of conscience, we endure sorrows with a clear conscience toward God. After all, it is no credit to you if you are patient in bearing a punishment which you have richly deserved! But if you do your duty and are punished for it and can still accept it patiently, this is grace with God. Indeed this is your calling. For Christ suffered for you and left you a personal example, so that you might follow in His footsteps. He was guilty of no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth. When He was insulted He offered no insult in return. When He suffered He made no threat of revenge. He simply committed his cause to the One who judges fairly.”
John 15:18-20 “If the world hates you, know that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own… Remember the words I spoke to you; No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also.”
I Peter 4:1 “Since Christ suffered in the flesh, you must arm yourselves with the same thought. To be free from sin means bodily suffering, and the man who accepts this will spend the rest of his time here on earth, not in being led by human desires, but in doing the will of God.”
II Timothy 3:12 “In fact, everyone who wants to live a devout/godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while wicked men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
John 16:2-4 “In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is doing a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or Me. I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you…”
I Thessalonians 3:3 “So that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know that we were positioned for them.”
I Peter 1:6-7 “This means tremendous joy to you, even though at present you must be temporarily sorrowed by all kinds of trials, that the testing of your faith, which is infinitely more valuable than gold. Gold, though perishable, must also be purified by fire.”
James 1:2-4 “Rejoice when all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives! Realize that the testing of your faith is producing endurance.”
II Timothy 1:8 “Accept your share of the hardship with the gospel, in accord with the power of God.”
I Peter 4:12-14 “And now, dear friends of mine, do not think it strange that fiery ordeals come to test your faith, as you participate in Christ's sufferings. One day, when His glory is fully revealed, you will be filled with the most tremendous joy. If you are reproached for being Christ's followers, take joy in how God's Spirit of glory is resting upon you.”
II Corinthians 4:16-17 “This is the reason we never lose heart. The outward man is decaying, but every day the inward man receives fresh strength/renewal. For momentary, light affliction is winning/producing for us a permanent [transcendent into transcendent] age of glory.”
Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquering by the power of Him who loved us.”
Colossians 1:24 “It is true at this moment that I [Paul] am suffering… yet I am glad, because it gives me a chance to contribute in my own sufferings something to the uncompleted pains which Christ suffers on behalf of His body, the Church.”
Romans 5:3-5 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
Romans 8:18 I recognize that what we suffer in this life cannot be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is about to be revealed to us.”
Hebrews 10:32,35-39 “Recall how, in the former days when you were enlightened, you endured a vast competition of sufferings… You should not, then, throw away your confidence/boldness; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere/endure so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a little while, He who is coming will come and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.”
I Peter 4:16-19 “…if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear His name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins from/with us, what will the outcome be for those who are stubborn against the gospel of God? And, If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner? So, then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator in doing good.”
Revelations 2:9 “I know the trials you have had, and how poor you are -- though you are rich! Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Luke 12:4-5 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who can, at most, kill the body. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after killing the body, has the power to throw you into Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear Him.”
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept my commandment to endure trials, I will keep you safe in the time of trial which is going to come upon the whole world…"
Romans 8:28 “Now we are aware that God is working all things together for good to those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:35-39 “Who can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus? Can trouble, pain, or persecution? Can lack of clothes and food, danger to life and limb, the threat and force of arms?… No, in all these things we are winning an overwhelming victory through Him who loves us. I have become absolutely convinced/persuaded that neither death nor life, neither messenger of Heaven nor monarch of earth, neither what happens today nor what may happen tomorrow, neither a power from on high nor a power from below, nor anything else in God's whole world has any power to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord!”