John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit from birth and that is why he preached repentance with boldness. Jesus also spoke with authority and not as the scribes because of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 7:29 the Bible in reference to Jesus says, “For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (KJV). Jesus was not intimidated by people. He loved people, feared nobody and preached the truth. Due to all this, those who were offended plotted against him just like they did to the prophets, John the Baptist and all those who proclaim the gospel of Christ.
Almost every man or woman of God preaching the gospel today has enemies. As soon as you begin to be used by God you will discover that you have real enemies. This is not something new, it happened to the prophets, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ himself. You are not an exception. In Mark 10:30 the Bible says, “But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life” (KJV). This refers to those who have left everything to just follow The Lord Jesus Christ. In this Scripture what is easy to overlook is the part that talks about persecutions.
No one would like to be persecuted, but it is part of the package. God has made it possible for believers in Christ to rise above anything they encounter as persecution. The reason why most people would not want to accept the idea that persecution is part of a believer’s life is that they do not know how to overcome when faced with such a reality. When realities of persecution confront them, they end up not rising above them. This is all due to the fact that they were not prepared for it. They make believe that this is something that happens only to other people. The fact is that when they face hard times they begin to wonder where God is. Where is God in hard times? Not too far because he is just a prayer away.
How did believers in the book of Acts deal with the hard times. When the believers were persecuted they prayed. In Acts 4:29 the Bible says, “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word” (KJV). In verse thirty one of the same chapter we are told, “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (KJV). The first thing they did was to pray. Whatever you may be going through always pray because that is what gives you access to God who is all powerful.