Acts 5:41 (NKJV)
41 “So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted
worthy to suffer shame for His name. “
Living as a believer in the public may not always win friends or gain approval from those in authority. Quite the opposite could happen. As it appears, it seems American Christians will one day experience what we hear about in closed countries and God’s Word. Many talk about a great revival in America. I would love to see this happen, yet maybe the best thing to happen to Christians in America is to go under the heavy hand of Christian resistance. When resistance occurs, growth occurs.
When the disciples endured opposition to their beliefs, they did not cry about it. They rejoiced. Can you rejoice when the times comes for you to stand before rulers or authorities concerning your faith? Even in the face of dying for being a Jesus follower? Only by the Spirit’s help can we stand for our faith and rejoice when we suffer for being a Christ follower.