‘the fire that burns but can not destroy’

Normally anything set to fire is consumed. Fire out of control destroys what ever is in its wake.

This is not the case when it comes to persecution of the church. During the early life of the church we see Satan’s intense fire of persecution against the church, in attempt to thwart the spread of the gospel.

It started with the apostles and spread through the testimony of Stephen. In chapter 6 of the Acts of the Apostles we find Saul of Tarsus unleashing a demonic spirit of persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem. The fire did not destroy… it scattered the testimony of the gospel abroad and throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria.

As Saul made havoc of the church entering into every house and hailing men and women into prison, the fire did not destroy…

The believers were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word. The fire of persecution could not destroy…..


You see my friend when the enemy of the cross attempts to stomp out the ministry of the gospel, the fire of persecution ignites the fervency of the gospel and it spreads like wild fire. It is this environment that produces the most fruit.

Consider the church in Iran… Iranian government cracks down on believers.

“It makes the death penalty mandatory for people convicted of leaving Islam to follow another faith. So that, obviously, is another piece of intimidation.”

What Satan has not figured out is the man or woman who comes to the realization that they are dead in their trespasses and sin and will one day stand before a Holy and Just God… the death penalty is not sufficient for suppressing the gospel.

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

John 11:25-26


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