Matthew 10:20 (MSG)
‘Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favour, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.”’
Persecution will follow you when you begin to really do some damage in the enemy’s territory and start to bring the kingdom of God into dark places. But Jesus says not to be alarmed by the response of others to your boldness. He says that whilst they are unaware of it, their mistreatment of you is actually giving you a platform so that the wonderful news of the Kingdom can be preached even amongst those in authority.
When insults and slander come your way do not be alarmed. When people discredit your character do not despair. The mocking you receive does you no harm. It actually enhances your sphere of influence so that the impact of your words can spread far and wide. Ill treatment grabs the attention of the masses and even elevates you into the limelight of those in high authority. What the devil means for harm God uses for good.
Through the trials of persecution God is building you a platform to give glory to Him. It is through this trial that God will create a stage for you to have an opportunity to speak to multitudes and see them come to the knowledge of Him.
What a wonderful opportunity that awaits you! So don’t be deterred by the opposition you are currently facing, but rejoice in the knowledge that a place of great influence is being prepared just for you. Now is your time.