“Stand firm, and you will win life.” Luke 21:19
The disciples were looking at all the great looking buildings in Jerusalem and commenting on how great they looked. Jesus tells them that all the things they see will one day be destroyed. He then goes on to tell them some bad news. This news was that they will be persecuted. This persecution would even come from their own families. It would be because of Jesus that they will be persecuted. He continues with the fact that they will not be harmed, but they must stand firm.
As the days pass, the time of persecution is rising more and more. The world is taking a stronger stance against Christians each and every day. Satan is on the warpath. He knows his time is limited, so he is making every effort to stop believers from believing in Jesus.
Jesus said to stand firm. This is standing on what you know is the truth. Do not allow yourself to be persuaded of anything different. The persecution will get very rough. The times will be very tough. You must be willing to hold your ground.
Know that you know that Jesus is the One who is saving you and will return someday. Know the truth that Jesus preached and live it. Do not allow others to change those thoughts.
There are some people, when under persecution, give up. They feel that God has abandoned them and all is lost. Others will feel it is not worth the persecution and pain.
Life with Jesus in heaven will be perfect and for all eternity. There will be no sorrow, pain or suffering in heaven. The suffering and persecution of today is very small and short in light of all eternity.
Do not give up! In the end you will win the crown of life. That life will be for all eternity. What better prize could there be than that?
Each day be willing to be God’s witness and live for Him. God is on your side and you will win.
I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will strengthen you to follow Him; that you will stand firm in what you know to be true; that you will not allow anyone to deceive you; and that you will know God is by you and with you in all you go through.