The Blessing of the Lord
Persecution will only increase the power of the blessing upon the
The early church was persecuted, attacked and harassed, yet the
blessing of the Lord continued to grow. More and more people
were won to Christ; the more evil that was done to God’s people,
the more the power of the blessing was poured out on the earth.
For every believer that was martyred, four believers arose to take
their place. The blessing grew, transforming lives and changing
thousands upon thousands of people.
The Apostle Peter wrote to believers who were experiencing
persecution during that time: "Even if you should suffer for the
sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their
intimidation, and do no be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in
your hearts, always ready to make a defense to everyone who asks
you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with
gentleness and reverence” (I Peter 3:14-15 NASB). He continues,
"If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed,
because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you" (I Peter
The blessing of the Lord cannot be stopped by persecution or
harassment, as long as we continue to walk in God’s ways. If we
experience some suffering for the sake of Christ, it will only
increase the blessing of the Lord. The blessing will be increased
in our hearts and lives; and the power of the blessing will be
poured out in a greater dimension, in the world.