persecution

What I learned being beaten for the Gospel. In 2008 I was with an Australian Christian group we had been sent to a place in Australia to hold an evangelism rally
to where most people in this area had been sent to start there lives again after leaving prison. Most of the young people who showed up where youths
We all started to minister being into bodybuilding and having a decent physique some of the young teens actually 8 of them took exception to me. The whole time
there was anarchy being undergone the whole event they would get up on the stage and speak profanity to everyone in the park taking part. The teenagers decided as I speak
with people about Jesus to start trying to beat me up. I went up to the leader of the rally at the time I was only 20 and I said can I fight back?
He said no because they are minors the police would not look upon it kindly. For the next 45 minutes, I was kneed in the back, punched the ear, king hot or hit in the back of the head
by 8 teenagers I could do nothing to defend myself which is frustrating when you can bench close to 400 lbs and enjoy Brazilian jui jitsu and muay thiai as a hobby after about 25 minutes of being beaten I said to God I just want to get up and unleash on these teens.
The Lord said I will use this as a testimony that did not do much for me as I had blood in my eyes, I had temporary damaged hearing in one ear, my kneck bones
where bruised. The thing that bothered me the most was the senior staff of this ministry just stood around and watched finally the police arrived and it was all put to a stop I had medical attention. It would not be the last time I received a beating for gospel I worked as a youth and care worker and was assaulted over 
7 times trying to show the love of Jesus to people in some of the most violent places in Australia. One of the policemen involved even said to me your job
is as hard as ours only you can't defend yourself he commended me he gave me some advice i will no repeat here on how to handle things in regards to self-defense and how they would turn a blind eye If i choose to defend my self in the future I choose not to take that advice but everything in me wanted to. I was greatly offended by the elders of the ministry being to cowardly to step in and stop the beating I was receiving by those 
8 teenagers that I allowed to happen to take due to laws. I felt for many years how cowardly that generation above me was and I will not lie I had some very harsh words with those elders who did not say a word back afterward to looking back now I probably should have just let it be. Ironically years later some did come to me well long after I had left and apologised for being so fearful to step in. When I was a youth worker and care worker 
I felt that the company I worked for was so cowardly how they pushed things under the rug in the name of political correctness and offered no support
counseling what so ever. The Lord spoke to me about Paul he was beaten physically many times in the bible. in fact some translators believe he was raised from
the dead on at least three occasions after being beaten. Being persecuted for the Gospel is no fun don't let anyone lie to you if it is physical it hurts
and you feel every strike that will come your way. What I cam to understand is that Paul overcame every time he was persecuted and if you read the through
the Pauline writings every time he is persecuted physically or in anyway expansion comes. Whatever the devil has done to you. If you have been beaten emotionally, physically or rejected in the name of Christ. God will always elevate those who have been done wrong by and elevate them the key is to stay humble.
There are some things that we experience in God that we have to go through that is painful because the greatness of what he has for us on the other side
cannot be executed or carried unless we understand the brokenness of things that happen following him. in Acts 14:19 it states But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20 But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. 21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
There are levels of the kingdom of heaven and understanding about winning souls, access to anointing and understanding of love. These levels can only be understood
by persecution so what evere your persecution is a door that is now opened to you by Jesus in the spiritual realm that you can enter because you came through your persecution and came out on the other side as a victor. Your reward is great and God can't wait to give it to you. Anyone who is successful in the kingdom will be able o tell you the trial, and heartbreaks they went through to get to there success. The one consistency I see is that those who don't give up and go beyond what is natural in levels of forgiveness leading to levels that are supernatural in Gods love to overcome and have success every time in their God-given destiny that is you! God has put toughness in you and be rest assured in those times when you feel like the enemy has hit you with one thousand right hands in a season, standing, moving, fighting back God has the blueprint the destroy the works of that devil and release to you James 1:12, NIV: "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." Are reward a crown which in the bible means a new level of royalty and authority.

David Reid