Nehemiah faced stiff opposition in his quest to follow God and “live a Godly life in Christ Jesus”. Faithful believers should expect persecution and opposition at the hands of a Christ rejecting world. Don’t be surprised when people misunderstand, malign, and criticize you because of your belief in Jesus Christ. Verse 12 is ultra-clear that this will and does occur. However, we are not to run scared and give up. As followers of Christ, we are to persevere with the power of the Holy Spirit and continue to fight for truth, especially in these uncertain times.
1. In what ways have you faced “persecution” for living a Godly life in Christ Jesus?
2. How do you see people react when you begin to talk about your faith in Jesus Christ? Is there anger? Are people quick to change the subject?
Challenge: Don’t expect false teachers and evil people to reform and change just because you talk about your faith in Christ. Left alone, they will go from bad to worse. Keep persevering and if given the opportunity, correct and admonish them to bring them to the one who can produce change; Jesus Christ.
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