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 the crown of life. NIV
The Message paraphrases this part of the verse, “Don’t quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing.” MSG
Whatever comes, whatever trials you must endure, whatever or whomever tries to rob you of your joy … be faithful!
That’s what I’ll think about today.
Revelation 1: 17-18
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” NIV
John is understandably terrified. This is the first chapter of Revelation, and he has just come face to face with the presence of God.
The words here were an encouragement to John in the midst of his fear.
But, how much more encouraging they are to us in 2010!
We don’t have to be afraid. God, our God, is both the first and the last. He was here before there was anything else, and he will be here long after everything has ceased to be.
Christ came to live among us, he died, was buried and rose again … to live forever and ever.
He has overcome death.
If the Lord is with us, who can be against us?
That’s an awesome reminder not to worry, and that’s what I’ll think about today.