When you learn to obey God in the face of persecution, you can literally get rich – in the areas of finances, favor and opportunity – off the very persecution the devil sent to keep you down. Make no mistake, that is the devil’s intention. He sends people across your path to offend you and mistreat you for the express purpose of stealing the Word of God – and the anointing that goes with it – out of your life. Mark 4:17 says, “…persecution ariseth for the word’s sake.”
     The devil knows how powerful you are when you are anointed. He knows because he once was anointed himself. The Bible says before evil was found in him, he was the “anointed cherub.” So it is his one ambition to trick you into cutting yourself off from that anointing That’s why he sends bigots to insult you and thieves to steal from you. That’s why, whenever he can, he goads people around you into being insensitive and unappreciative. He wants you to get offended and cut off your supernatural power supply.
     Most believers don’t realize it, but that’s what offenses do. You can see that in Matthew 11:4-6. There, the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked if He was truly the Anointed One. Jesus answered and said to them: Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. We need to realize, my friend, that offenses are serious business. They are sent by the devil to rob us of the anointing and block the flow of the blessings of God. That fact alone should be enough to make us decide never, ever, to be offended again. Once we decide we will take a devil-sent opportunity for offense and turn it into a harvest of blessing, the first thing we need to know is what God wants us to do in that situation. If we’re not supposed to strike back, if we’re not supposed to get our feelings hurt and go off in a huff, what are we supposed to do?

    I Peter 4 answers that question:   Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you…(verses 12-14). Think about that for a moment. When people mistreat you, they’re actually giving you the opportunity to receive greater measures of power and success from the Spirit of God. They are opening the door for you to step up to a higher plane of heavenly reward!
     Religion has taught us that we couldn’t enjoy such heavenly rewards until after we die. But nothing could be further from the truth. God intends for us to make use of our heavenly rewards here on this earth where we need them! God doesn’t want us to cry and complain when someone does us wrong. He doesn’t want us to sue them. He wants us to REJOICE!   I can just hear your old flesh groan: “Man, you have to be kidding! I’m supposed to rejoice when someone does me wrong? What do I have to rejoice about?”
According to Jesus, persecution sets you up for blessing. It opens you up for great rewards! Jesus made that very clear in Luke 6. He said “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven…(verses 22-23). To get the full meaning of what Jesus was saying there, you have to realize what the word blessed means. It’s not just a weak, religious sentiment. To be God-blessed means you’re empowered by Almighty God Himself to prosper and succeed. It means you’re empowered by the Holy Spirit to be exceedingly happy with life and joy in spite of any outside circumstances. “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  Jesus also spoke of that heavenly account when He said: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
     If you’ve studied the Word under this ministry any length of time, I’m sure you already know how to lay up treasure in your heavenly account by giving financially into the work of God. You know about the spiritual law of seed, plant and harvest. You know that when you give to God of your material resources, He multiplies it and gives it back to you a hundredfold (Mark 10:30). But let me ask you this: Did you know you can do the same thing with persecution? Did you know that you can plant it as a seed by obeying God, by leaping and rejoicing in it instead of taking offense? Sure you can! And when you do, it will bring forth a harvest of blessing! What’s more, because persecution attacks your soul and the very anointing of God on your life – which is far more precious than anything money could buy – the value of the harvest it brings is absolutely priceless. The seed of persecution when planted according to the Word will be worth far more to you than any financial seed you could ever plant! Now, I’ll be honest. It’s a tough seed to sow. You have to sow it out of commitment. It doesn’t feel good to do it. But the harvest is worth the pain. I wonder if it would work like that for me.” It will if you’ll put it to work. Look back at that passage in Luke 6:27 where Jesus explains this principle and says, “I say unto you which hear….” In other words, this will work for anyone who will listen. All you have to do is hear it and do it.
…Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smites thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that takes away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asks of thee; and of him that takes away thy goods ask them not again…. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again (verses 27-30, 35-38).
     For the most part, we’ve misunderstood what Jesus was saying there about turning the other cheek and giving to the guy who tries to steal from us. We thought He was saying we should just lie down and let people run over us. But that wasn’t His point at all! He was trying to teach us about this seed, plant, harvest principle. He was trying to show us how to get blessed. He was saying, “Don’t sue the person who stole your shirt and try to get your shirt back. Give it to him. Then give him your coat too. Those things will be worth more to you as seeds than they would be if you kept them. If you’ll sow them instead of fighting to keep them, the power of God will go to work on your behalf. He’ll multiply that seed and bless you with a hundred times as much!” If you fight, you do it on your own. If you give, all of heaven will get in the situation with you. Just start taking those opportunities for offense and planting them as seeds. Instead of crying over how badly you’ve been hurt, turn those hurts into harvests and start laughing at the devil. Take everything ugly he has ever thrown at you and sow it as a seed.

     Begin now by praying:  Father, in the Name of Jesus, right now I sow as seed in the kingdom of God every hurt, every bad feeling, every theft, and every evil thing any person has ever done or said to me, my family or my ministry. I release every person who has ever hurt me and I forgive them now. I lift each one of them up to You and I pray for those people. I pray, Father, that they’ll come into a greater knowledge of You. I pray that their spirit be saved on the Day of the Lord.
Now I declare before You, My God in heaven, that I expect a reward. I believe Your Word and by faith I set my sickle to my harvest. I believe I receive a hundredfold return for every wrong deed done to me, every unkind word spoken to me and every dime stolen from me. I expect to receive a blessing of equal benefit. I claim it. It’s mine and I have it now in Jesus’ mighty Name!

  R.G.    7 /28 /14