Revelation 13:10 Patience & Faithfulness Required

 

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“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Revelation 13:10

God revealed to John that there would be a day in which the beast, the devil, would be given power to rule upon the earth. He would be given power to fight against all believers. During this time it is pointed out that anyone destined to captivity or dying by the sword will go into captivity or die by the sword.

Over the centuries many different leaders have led many different countries. Each one is a little different. Some are sympathetic to believers, while others fight believers directly. The world as a whole, however, does fight against believers. While it does appear to ebb and flow some, as a whole it the fight is getting stronger and stronger.

No one likes to hear that they may have to go into captivity or be killed. This is especially true for the believer, who is not doing anything wrong, yet, this is what will happen to many believers.

John is quick to point out that believers must then be patient and faithful during this time. While sitting in captivity, they must have patience in waiting on God’s move. They must be faithful all the way to the point of death.

In the end God and all His people will win the battle. However, until then, times will be rough, persecution and suffering will be great, and death will occur. No believer is to throw in the towel and follow the ways of the world. Nor are they to fear what is happening or could happen.

As you go through or see rough times, you must stay focused on God. He has given the promise to save you. He has shown you how to live your life. He has promised that in the end He will win the battle. There will be a time when all suffering and death will end.

Until that time, stay faithful to God and wait patiently for His timing. Do not be anxious or worried, God will win in the end and if you are following Jesus, you also will win the battle.

Are you being patient and faithful today?

I pray today that you will know the promises of God for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear the evil in this world; that God will fill you with His patience; and that you will be faithful to God.

 

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2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Encouragement, Strength & Hope

 

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May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Life is tough. There are never ending problems everywhere. There is pain. There is suffering. There is violence, hatred, sickness, death and sin. When a person looks at the world, there does not appear to be any hope.

People all around the world are committing suicide because of the loss of hope and the amount of pain they are in. All types of drugs are used by people to help cope with all the pain that they are going through, both physical and emotional. Doctor’s prescribe many different types of drugs to people to help them calm their nerves and be able to deal with life.

Fear runs rampant among people. Fear of the government, fear of other people. Fear of death or sickness. Fear of the unknown.

Even in the church, there runs a level of fear. People fear that they are not good enough for God and will not be allowed into heaven in the end. They fear that God has not forgiven them.

Yet, God does not work with fear, He works with love and grace. God is there to encourage a person and give Him real hope and strength to make it. Believers have a hope of a better life, one that will be found in eternity. This can encourage a believer to stay strong and true to God’s word, despite what this world looks and acts like.

God, in His great love and grace, is giving every believer strength to do what needs to be done, to do the good works He has called every believer to do. He is giving strength to overcome sin and be His witness in this world, and to look past the momentary and painful sufferings of this world.

Take a look at what God has given you. Take a look at what God has promised you. Be encouraged and rely upon His strength to keep moving forward in His ways, to do good and be His witness.

Know that some day you will inherit eternal life in heaven. All that you are going through today will be worth it when you step into eternity with God.

Be encouraged and strengthened today.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the salvation He is giving you; that you will know God’s love and grace to you; that God will strengthen you; and that God will encourage you to keep going in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 1:5 Suffering And Comfort

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For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5

Suffering is a part of life on this earth. Everywhere a person looks, he will see suffering of some amount or more. Sometimes it is just a little bit of suffering, while other times it is extreme levels of suffering.

There are two types of suffering that people go through. One is suffering of sickness and general problems in life. These are because of the sin that is in this world. Sickness and problems came into this world when Adam and Eve first sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden.

The other type of suffering is found only in believers. This type of suffering is being persecuted for being a believer. Persecution can be very light, just words being said, all the way to being physically tortured or killed. In some areas of the world this is a common daily event for believers to suffer just as Jesus suffered.

However, unlike the world, believers also can receive comfort in their suffering. There will be times God will heal the person or solve the difficult situation. Other times God does not remove the suffering, but is brings about comfort in spite of all the suffering.

Believers have the hope and assurance that the suffering will come to an end some day. They can know that some day Jesus will return and all suffering will be removed. Having this type of hope brings comfort and peace to the heart and mind of a believer who is suffering.

This comfort is not only for the believer himself, but also to pass on to others. Comfort is to be shared with all who need comfort.

As you are going through a time of suffering and pain, focus your eyes and mind upon what Jesus has in store for you. Do not complain about or fear the suffering you may be going through. Think about the joy you will have when God brings you home or Jesus returns to bring you home. It will be an eternal joy, comfort and peace that none in this world can know now.

As God comforts you pass that comfort on to others around you. Share what God has given you and be His witness of His great love and power in your life. It will be worth it in the end.

I pray today that you will know God’s comfort in your life; that God will strengthen you in your suffering; that you will share God’s comfort with others; and that you will keep your eyes focused on Jesus. 

Romans 8:18 Greater Things To Come

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I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

In this life, there is a lot of suffering. It does not matter whether a person is a believer or not, there is suffering. Suffering comes in many different types of forms.

Individuals suffer from sickness, injury, weariness, confusion, being mislead, abuse, physical defects, loss, fear, depression, and much more. Along with directly suffering, many also suffer from seeing others going through suffering.

Suffering is a common place thing in this world. The majority of the world does not know how to deal with suffering. There are many people who turn to different types of drugs, whether legal or illegal. Others will turn to other people for help. Some will seek out death to end the suffering.

When a person is in the middle of suffering, there does not seem to be any hope or an end to it…unless there is something greater to look forward to in the end. There has to be something to hope in and believe in.

Believers are also subject to suffering. Jesus even said that there would be suffering to occur. Yet, as a believer, one has hope, a future to look forward to.

Paul said that with all the sufferings that they are going through as a believer, it does not compare to what is to come.

There is suffering in the life of a believer, because he lives in a fallen world. God also allows suffering to build a person up in Him. It causes a believer to focus on God and what He is doing. It causes  the believer to lean on God and His strength during the time of trouble.

The time of suffering that you may be going through is only temporary. God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. There is coming a day when He will call you home and you will step into eternity shining bright for the rest of eternity.

While on this earth, you can shine the light and hope of Jesus to the rest of this world that there is a hope beyond the suffering. There is a purpose to go on living. There will be an end to all suffering at some point.

Do not be discouraged in your suffering, but focus on the greater things to come!

I pray today that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the future God has for you; that God’s presence will strengthen you in your suffering; and that you will lean on God during your suffering. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 New Compassions Daily

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is  your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

As the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, there was a lot of destruction and suffering. At the time, there did not seem to be a lot of hope. The end could not be seen and it appeared as though God had completely abandoned them for all eternity. Yet, Jeremiah notes that God’s love is so great that they would not be completely destroyed. Despite what was going on around them, he could see God’s compassion for them being renewed each day.

When people are going through hard times, they often feel as though they are completely alone and that God has abandoned them. It is common for a person to feel as though God is full of anger and hate, not wanting anything to do with him ever again.

These hard times can be something physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or one of many other difficulties in life. The pain that one is feeling is real.

You may be going through a situation right now in your life, or you may have gone through one, or you will go through one some day. Jesus had said that you will have troubles in this world.

As you are going through a troubling time, keep in mind that God has promised you life and salvation through Jesus. There is a hope that one day Jesus will return and take you away from all the troubles of this world.

Another thing to remember is that no matter how difficult your situation is, it could be worse. The situation could be worse if you had no hope of salvation. If you do not believe in Jesus, then you can only look forward to an eternity of separation from God. As long as you are believing in Jesus and trusting in His work in your life, you have the hope of eternity in heaven.

As you get up each morning, realize God has spared your life on this earth for a purpose. He is showing you great love in keeping you going forward. Do not lose hope or give up. You may be hard-pressed, but you are not crushed or destroyed. Trust God through the tough times because He is faithful and will not abandon you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s faithfulness; that you will know God’s love and compassion; and that you will have hope in Jesus.