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It Is Through Patience

Luke 21:16-19
(16) And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
(17) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
(18) But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
(19) In your patience possess ye your souls.

In this passage of Scripture is instruction that Jesus is giving to His disciples. He fore-warns them of persecution that will come. Their persecution will come because of being a witness for Christ…telling others about how to get to Heaven. Isn’t it odd how horrible things will come from doing right? That is the way of following Christ. He is not offering you or me a life of ease and leisure, but rather He is offering us a life of great satisfaction and fulfillment. The road that is easiest to navigate is one that we all desire, but that road usually leads to destruction. Nothing good ever comes easy.

So often we as Americans will let the philosophy of success-ism influence how we think about and look at God. God’s view of things and our views often will conflict, but know that His will is the best! The Bible says in I Peter, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1 Peter 4:12-14)

It may sound morbid, but the suffering that comes from serving God will be blessed by God in immense ways. God will always make it worth your while when you suffer for His sake! It may be down here, or better yet, it may be once you get to Heaven. If it will be in Heaven, know that the blessings you will receive will be eternal and not fade away like it would down here.

Verse 19 is also good advice for us as we live this life. Patience is not something that we like or enjoy doing, but it will help us keep our life. Has someone ever tried to “get your goat”? I think this verse helps us understand it a little more, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. ” (Proverbs 16:32). It will take some patient enduring, but God will not only take care of you, but He will also reward you greatly for it when it is over. I am not for sure who this is for, but I feel led of the Lord to share this here today. God Bless You!

May 20, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church

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