Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
(John 15:18 (NIV))
Do you think that because you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior that everything will be smooth sailing?
Think about the words from John.
Did Jesus have it smooth during His time among us? He faced crowds that wanted to hurt Him. He was betrayed. He was falsely accused. He was severely beaten, and He was crucified.
Jesus was hated by the worldly systems and the powers of the earth.
Are we, as the modern church, ready to face this same type of hatred? Are we willing to surrender our lives and take a stand for Jesus?
We have all seen the reports of what is being perpetrated by ISIS on Christians. We have seen the threats that they are coming to this country. We have seen society turn away from Jesus and anything to do with Christianity. We have watched as the lie of separation of church and state has become the accepted thought. We have watched as our own government is abandoning Israel and embracing its enemies.
What are you prepared to face?
Will you abandon your faith in Jesus because society tells you to, or will you take a stand for Jesus and face the hatred that the enemy and the world heap upon you?
Following Jesus is not an easy task, but the rewards for being faithful are like no other. We will face the enemy. We will face death. We will face more than we can possibly imagine, but take heart. Jesus is returning for His bride. We will be embraced in the loving arms of God. Our sins are forgiven because we have placed our faith in Jesus, the only begotten Son of God!
Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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