I’ve noticed some modern-day persecution of Christians on Youtube, for example. Whenever a video receives almost nothing but “glowing messages” in the comments section, that usually means that there’s some minor error that’s wrong in the video that most people haven’t picked up on. However, when there’s nothing BUT truth in a video, oftentimes there will TONS of messages of hate and severe persecution underneath the video that can NOT be backed up by the bible. If the comments underneath a video can be backed up with the bible, then it’s likely to be humble correction on the part of the commenter.
However, if what a commenter says can NOT be backed up with the bible, that’s usually the mark of a true demonic attack on the video poster themselves. But persecution doesn’t just happen on Youtube. It happens in news articles, in public and even in the home or workplace as well. For example, I work in a place where, the most part, people don’t love God. Anyone that goes to church or believes in Jesus is seen as “uncool” and there’s ALOT of pressure for people to go out and drink, party, have casual sex relationships and smoke hash.
And if you DON’T do any of those things, the coworkers act nice to you in person and then talk about what a “spiritual hypocrite/religious bigot/goody-two-shoes” you are behind your back. And any attempts to tell them about Jesus (on your part) is somehow seen as “HATE”. Not to mention that upper management hints at you with this look of “better keep your religion out of it or you’ll likely lose your job, here!” In fact, our latest employee handbook says that no necklace jewelry is to be worn other than a medical one. So it would seem they don’t want people wearing cross necklaces for fear of offending all the atheists/etc. out there.
James 4:4 says: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. And I’m gonna be brutally honest with you, here. It is NOT easy to live a life set apart from the world. People will laugh at you, make fun of you, argue with you, make you feel guilty and like you’re some sort of “religious bigot”, exclude you from group outings, PRESSURE YOU TO BECOME MORE LIKE THEM — FULL OF DARKNESS — etc. all because you believe in Jesus Christ and following his commands in the bible.
People that are “friends” with the world are “worldly”, meaning they chase after ungodly pursuits such as lust, pride, greed, arrogance, envy, money/materialism, humanism, intellectualism without God, fame, etc. And in so doing, they become “enemies” of God, since God outlaws these practices and pursuits in the bible. However, those who pursue RIGHTEOUS pursuits such as chasity before/outside marriage, humbleness, giving to others less fortunate than them/putting other’s needs before their own, intellectualism WITH God, the disinterest in money/materialism, etc. are considered “friends” of God but “enemies” of the world and its “wordly pursuits”.
But one of the most IRONIC times that Satan uses to attack Christians is when they are at a HIGH point in their lives. Because lets face it, when everything’s going well in our lives, we tend to think our success is of our OWN accord, instead of on Jesus Christ’s accord. For example, maybe a missionary has successfully converted 70 people in one week in like, Guatemala or somewhere. And at the end of week, that Christian missionary starts to become full of themselves, saying to themselves from within: “wow, my missionary skills are TOTALLY AWESOME, I’m INDESTRUCTIBLE!”, totally forgetting the facts that it was the Lord who put him/her there in that country to begin with, the Lord who brought those spiritually hungry souls before him/her and the Lord himself who worked in the minds, hearts, bodies and spirits of those saved/converted people.
Or perhaps a Christian on WordPress or Youtube suddenly gains many subscribers and starts letting it go to their heads, instead of gracefully, fearfully and humbly thanking the Lord Jesus for opening up those peoples’ minds, hearts, bodies and spirits to his wonderful Eternal Truth (the truth of Salvation in him and him, ALONE!). When we have everything we need, we tend to forget God and his hand in things and that’s when Satan swoops in on us and thinks to himself “haha! NOW is my moment, during their most vulnerable time of weakness!” But when we DON”T have everything we need and are STRUGGLING, that’s when we REALLY start to get down on our knees to cry out to Jesus Christ, am I right?
Satan knows he doesn’t have a very good chance of trying to get us while we’re struggling (he KNOWS many of us will cry out to Jesus Christ in prayer during those times) but he knows just how truly VULNERABLE we are during times of “great accomplishment” in our lives. Hebrews 11:6 states: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. In other words, we must believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is (the Son of God), and also that he rewards those who diligently seek him; not just halfway or partially seek him but DILIGENTLY seek him. Simply put, we must have FAITH.
Revelation 21:8 says : “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. In other words, those who FEAR they’re not truly saved by Jesus Christ and those who do NOT believe that Jesus Christ is who he says he is or that he even exists, shall be eternally condemned in the lake of fire. And so once you become a fully-submerged baptized person in the name of Jesus Christ and become a bible-believing and bible-APPLYING Christian, you must CONTINUE being a bible-believing, bible-APPLYING Christian. You can’t just give up at the first sight of spiritual onslaught.
The degree to what Satan tempts you is ALSO a good sign of where you currently are, with the Lord. If Satan tries to tempt you ALOT, then you KNOW you’re in good with the Lord. But if he only tempts you from to time, then you need to re-examine your spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and find out if there’s something holding you back from a true spiritual relationship with him. Because lets face it, Satan doesn’t really have to tempt someone that much who’s already is or who’s become a “wayward Christian” of sorts. Think about it, folks!
I pray that all who read this will be saved in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and will stay saved for all eternity. Amen.