Revelation 2:10 Be Faithful Unto Death

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Revelation 2:10

Being hated and harmed is never easy for any person. Most people hate and want to fight back. Others give in to the demands of their persecutors, just to stop the suffering.

Many will compromise their standards in order to avoid persecution.

John quotes Jesus warning the church of Smyrna of persecution about to happen for a time of severe testing. He encourages them to be faithful, even unto death, to get a crown of life.

Persecution of Christians is something that has been occurring all over the world. Some places it has been extremely severe for many years, others it is just rising to become more severe.

There have been many believers who compromised their standards because they were ridiculed and made fun of for their beliefs. They did not remain faithful to God in the time of light persecution.

The enemy, the devil, will continue to rise in the last days, before Jesus returns, to persecute believers more and more. Places that have not yet imprisoned believers will begin soon. Believers have been warned of this coming, so that they do not lose faith.

Every believer needs to be willing to stand on his belief in Jesus regardless of what the world throws his way. He must not be afraid of what mortal man can do to the body, but fear God alone, who can kill both the body and soul.

Yes, persecution may end in physical death on this earth, but it is rewarded with the crown of eternal life for faithfulness.

At this time in your life you may or may not be going through any persecution for your belief in Jesus, however, it will come at some point. Know what you believe and whom you believe in.

Trust God and His word and stand upon it. During times of coming persecution put your focus upon God and the return of Jesus. God is watching your faithfulness and will reward you accordingly.

Do not allow yourself to fall short and give into the enemy. On God’s side, you will win eternal life in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will remain faithful in living a holy life for God; that God will strengthen you and remove fear of what man may do to you; and that God will be able to reward you with eternal life some day.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 Don’t Be Surprised When Persecution Comes

In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. 1 Thessalonians 3:4

No one really wants to believe that trouble is going to come their way. Most people are hoping for favor with others and very little to no severe opposition.

Often when one sees trouble ahead, he will turn a different direction to avoid the trouble. Some will continue to boldly move forward in spite of the trouble arising. This movement forward is spurred on by the strong belief in the need to keep moving forward.

Paul reminds the people that he had told them that he would be persecuted and that it actually occurred as he said it would.

One thing that believers can expect is opposition and persecution. The world does not like to be told that they are wrong and are being condemned to die in eternal agony.

The gospel message is one that tells people that they are living in sin and are going to be condemned for eternity. This goes against what the majority of people in the world believe. Since it goes against what they believe, they will fight against it. This fight is persecution.

Jesus, Himself, was persecuted. His followers would be just like Him and also will be persecuted. There is not a place in this world in which there is not some level of persecution against believers. Satan does not want any believer to succeed at all costs. Persecution may be just some words of ridicule, or it may be prison time, or it may even include death threats and acts.

Every believer has been warned of coming persecution, so none should be surprised when it occurs, nor should they back done from passing on the gospel message.

No matter where you live, you will face some persecution for sharing the gospel message. It may be a daily threat, or it may be just a once in a while threat, however, it will come.

Do not be surprised when people come against you for sharing the message of Jesus. Be bold and share the message to everyone. While many may reject the message, there will be some who will hear the message and believe in Jesus.

Do not back done or give in or be surprised when opposition arises to your message.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be bold in sharing the gospel message of Jesus; that God will give you strength in the midst of persecution and opposition; and that many will believe in Jesus due to your message.

1 Thessalonians 2:2 Do You Dare To Tell The Gospel Message?

We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 1 Thessalonians 2:2

Giving out information on something is usually safe. Hundreds of thousands of businesses promote their products or services everyday in thousands of different ways, without a lot of harsh opposition.

However, there are some groups that openly oppose some products or services. These groups can sometime be very harsh in their disagreement, even to the point of breaking the law to stop the product.

Paul points out that they had been previously treated badly in Philippi, but with God’s help he was able to speak the gospel message to them in spite of severe opposition.

In some places, the gospel message can be spread without much opposition. Most of the people in those places are willing to hear it, whether they agree or disagree with the message.

However, in a majority of the world, there is a strong disagreement with the gospel message. The opposition is strong enough that the life of the messenger will be seriously threatened. Some nations do not have a strong death threat against the gospel message, but will ridicule and try to discredit those who speak it.

Regardless of the level of threat against the gospel message, believers need to get the message out to everyone. Severe opposition should never stop a believer from talking about Jesus and what He has done.

God will pour out His Holy Spirit on a believer to have the boldness and strength to speak the gospel message in spite of severe opposition and/or persecution. The believer needs to go in with the strength and boldness of God and dare to spread the gospel message.

No matter what your position in life is, one thing God has called you to do is be His witness by spreading the gospel message. As you do this there will be times that you will have to face some opposition. This opposition may be just light ridicule or it may be physical harm.

Regardless of the opposition, be bold in the Lord and pass the message on. People are dying without knowing Jesus and you may be the one who can tell them. It may be your message that may change their life.

Dare to tell people about Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be bold in spreading the gospel message about Jesus; that God will give you strength and favor being a witness; and that God will turn lives around through your message.