Here's a little allusion.

"For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does." --2 Corinthians 10:3.

At its first breath, the newborn is suited in armor, ready for battle. What on Earth would a harmless infant be fighting for? The better question is: What on Earth would it be fighting against? It has to nestle with its mother to keep safe. The sad truth is that the child has no idea what it has been born into: a spiritual battle for its soul.

We all have to face the fact that we are going to be persecuted for our beliefs. When we accept Christ as Savior, He warns us that persecution is something that we are definitely going to face: in, for example, Matthew 10:22, Luke 21:12, and John 15:20, there is no doubt when He says that we will be persecuted on account of His name. We are constantly told that whenever something negative happens to us, we need to "rejoice in our sufferings" because God always "gives us an out" when we're at our low points in life and we "had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name," but like everything else in this world, it's easier said than done (Romans 5:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Acts 5:41).

The persecution comes because the devil feels threatened. Yes, the devil is real! Never underestimate that. This past Sunday, my church's sermon was on the illustration of the armor of God in Ephesians 6 and how we should constantly be prepared to fight the battle when threats come our way.

I love C.S. Lewis's Biblical illustrations in his books. Think of the movie Prince Caspian (I know the books are better than the movies, but work with me here): At times, the battle will seem impossible--standing before an army of Talmarines that is three times larger than yours--as you watch your enemy marching toward you, but Aslan will step in and swipe the enemy away right before your eyes!

As we are beat down, don't allow yourself to stay down. Enable yourself to look up to God for comfort and strength that you need to stand. Pray! Never forget to pray! God knows you more than you know yourself, and He knows what you need even if you can't find the words to pray. God knows your heart. Trust in Him. Trust in His wisdom. Trust in His unconditional love for us.

One thing that boggles my mind, and I take it for granted every day, is how much the LORD loves us. It takes me the stubbornness of a person getting teeth pulled to love someone who has only emotionally hurt me, but God, without hesitation, not only forgives but loves the people who crucified His Son. Holy cow, that's love! We have that love!

God bless!