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Remain Firm

Remain Firm

08 September 2011

Reading: Lamentations 1-2; Obadiah; Revelation 14

Scripture:

12 Let this encourage God’s holy people to endure persecution patiently and remain firm to the end, obeying his commands and trusting in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:12-13 NLT)

It really struck me this morning as I read Revelation Chapter 14. The Lamb of God was standing on Mount Zion with thousands of faithful saints. In heaven, a great choir was worshipping in front of God’s throne. Then angels were flying through the heavens with the message of the Everlasting Gospel, and with messages of judgment on the nations and on those who finally reject God and his mercy. The third angel shouted, “Let this encourage God’s holy people to endure persecution patiently and remain firm to the end, obeying his commands and trusting in Jesus.”

That’s what God’s people do when the whole world erupts in confusion and times get tough and it’s hard to know how best to carry on. God’s people take what comes patiently, with their eyes on eternity. God’s people stand firm. God’s people obey God’s commands. God’s people trust in Jesus.

I don’t know the meaning of all the radical changes and events happening in the Middle East. I don’t know if our nation’s leaders have got it exactly right in our involvements there. I don’t know what will happen to the global economy. I don’t know how bad things are going to get in America and how godless we’re going to become. I don’t know if the next generation of leaders will take us down a road from which there is no returning. It may become harder and harder to be a Christ-follower in America—or anywhere, for that matter! I don’t know.

I do know that God’s people patiently and confidently stand firm. God’s people stand firm, obey God’s commands, and keep trusting in Jesus. That’s what I know!

Prayer:

Father, In a world that seems to be less and less predictable and more and more uncertain, I purpose to take what comes and stand firm. I purpose to keep your commands, keep trusting in Jesus, and do my best to live for you until you come for me. Amen.

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