Are you willing to suffer for your faith?

October 30, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
(2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV))

When Paul wrote these words to Timothy, it is understood that he wrote them from prison in Rome. Even in the midst of being in prison, he had the strength of faith to reach out to assure Timothy and others that he stood firm in his faith. Paul knew beyond any doubt that his belief in Jesus was true. All you have to do is remember his Damascus Road experience to understand Paul’s strength of faith.

Even though Paul was strong in his faith, there is one statement in this passage that made me stop and reflect on my own attitude. It made me think about human nature and how any of us would react if we were put in prison. Most would feel ridicule, regret and shame. Now, how would you feel if you were thrown in prison for doing what you know is right? Does that sound like it is highly improbable? Take a look at Paul. Take a look at certain countries around the world where professing a faith in Jesus is either a prison sentence or a death sentence. Do you believe that this type of thing could not possibly happen to you?

We don’t know what is in store for us in the future.

We do know who holds our future!

The world may throw things at us that are unexpected. The enemy definitely will attack us with things that are unexpected. Professing a faith in Jesus is not a guaranteed life without hardships.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
(John 16:33 (NIV))

Paul may not have recorded the words that Jesus spoke, but he definitely believed them and lived by them. Relying on your faith in Jesus is not something that we should ever be ashamed of. A true faith means that we are convinced that Jesus is with us even in the midst of suffering. A true faith recognizes this and is willing to deny the world even when it means suffering.

Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying. I am not implying that we must suffer to prove our faith. What I am saying is that there may come a day when we are called to reject Jesus or suffer. If this day ever comes, I pray that all who currently call upon the name of Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior will stand firm in their faith.

Are you willing to suffer for your faith?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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Don’t delay. Tomorrow may be too late!

August 15, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
(Matthew 24:36 (NIV))

What do you have planned for today? How about next week? What about your retirement? You probably have a basic idea of what you will be doing, or at least, what you want to be doing with the rest of your life. But, have you stopped to consider that your plans may be changed in the twinkling of an eye?

Jesus may return before all of your plans come to fruition. How would that leave you? Would you accept Jesus with open arms, or should I say, would Jesus accept you with open arms? Would your life be changed instantly to the point that all of your plans no longer mattered or would you be angry at the chaos that is caused by the events?

The return of Jesus will see many things happen, for most of which there will be two reactions. You can greet His return with joy or you can hide from Him because you have hidden from Him all of your life. His return will be welcomed by some and unexpected by some. Just as He came into the world the first time as a baby, His second coming will be unexpected by many. It will also be welcomed by those who seek Him, just as His first coming was welcomed by the wise men. I am not proclaiming a rapture, but I am proclaiming salvation. No one knows when He will return. All that you can know is that He will return for you.

Have you put off accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? Don’t delay. Tomorrow may be too late!

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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