Persecution Will Come
16Â â€œBehold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17Â Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues, 18Â and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles. 19Â When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. 20Â For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21Â Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, 22Â and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23Â When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” Matthew 10:16-23
To be continued …
About Season Of Light
I am writing a devotional series called â€œSeason of Lightâ€ (#SeasonOfLife) during the beginning of 2016, focusing on the 40 day season of Epiphany (from January 6 â€“ February 10). Weâ€™ll explore the major biblical themes ofÂ the beginning of Jesus ministry, and Iâ€™ll comment as the Holy Spirit inspires. This is for the purpose of growing in our relationship with the Lord. My desire â€“ my hope and prayer for you â€“ is that yourÂ heart may expand and your spirit grow brighter as we seek to be filled with the knowledge and presence of God. So, I invite you to join me on the â€œSeason of Lightâ€ journey!
Often Iâ€™ll be inspired by a scripture from the Daily Audio Bible readings and use that as a writing prompt. Hereâ€™s theÂ DAB readings for January 14:Â Genesis 30:1-31:16; Matthew 10:1â€“23; Psalms 12:1-8; Proverbs 3:13-15
Our church is also on a reading plan of four chapters per day, starting in the New Testament. Today is Matthew 17-20.