Remaining in place of duty until Christ comes back
The Lord Jesus Christ charged his followers to occupy till he comes. Christ had gone and will come back for his people. Those who will go with him are the faithful who will remain in the place of duty. The place of duty is the preaching of the word to sinners and bringing them to Christ.
Jesus gave this solemn charge because he knew that as soon as he leaves the earth, the enemies would show up to distract believers from the divine assignment and mandate of heaven. The resolve of decisive believers who are determined to make heaven, is to be focused and never allow any discouragement.
For instance, the disciples of Jesus refused intimidation, imprisonment and all odds to stop them from their duty. The early disciples had the fullness of the Holy Ghost in them, which was why they were able to stand their ground. Therefore, Christians should ensure the current experience of the Holy Ghost in order to continue amid persecution.
Whenever there were great manifestations among the early disciples, the enemies usually showed forth to fight and stop them from further spreading the gospel. But the disciples were undaunted and always focused to finish their avowed assignments in the midst of opposition. From world go, harassment, intimidation and opposition herald great manifestations.
The great recoveries made during the 21 days stirred up opposition from the pit of hell against the church of God. However, a believer should not be afraid, especially when he is suffering as a result of his stand for God. Some believers in the early church were scotched, beaten and imprisoned for the sake of the gospel but they continued. Obviously, the gospel cannot be preached without opposition or shedding of the blood of the saints.
The gospel becomes sweeter when the host of hell is triggered through the preaching of the gospel. Paul suffered a lot for the course of the gospel; he was beaten, stoned and banished but he stood for Christ and the gospel. As believers, we must stand at all times to defend the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ no matter what it may cost us. The world may oppose the gospel message but we must stand to defend it.
• For further reading: Acts 4:1-13, 21-31,33; Exo. 33:12-23; Deut. 31:3-8,14,23; 2 Kgs 2:8-14; 2:19-22; 2 Tim. 2:11-13;2:7; Acts 16:16-24; Titus 1:1; Phil. 1:20; Acts 14:21-22; Rom. 16:20; Luke 10:19; Acts 9:1-6; 2 Tim. 4:5-8; 1 Cor. 15:30-32; 2 Cor. 11:21-30; 12:7-10; Lk. 17:32; Acts 13:1-3; 15:36-40; 1 Tim. 6:7-13; Mt. 27:3-8; Rev. 21:14; Acts 1:20; Judges 16:18-20; Lk. 19:3. You can fellowship with us @ Kingdom Power International Christian Praying Centre, 65, Oluwatedo Estate, Isashi, Ojo, Lagos State. For details of our programmes, visit us @www.kpicpc.org. You can also follow us live on Facebook @kpicpc & YouTube @ kpicpc.