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In the Midst of…..

Don’t be surprised at the persecution that is here now and coming in the days ahead.  In 1 John 3:13, the writer says, “Do not be surprised if the world hates you.”  But Jesus said in  Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdome of heaven.”    What we have here is two promises.  We will be persecuted – Promise #1.  He will be with us – Promise #2. Peter shared in his first letter chapter 4 verse 12, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which cmoes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.”  All of these scriptures are prefaced with the need for us to love one another.  Why?  Because love strengthens our unity as believers and keeps us from feeling like we are all alone.  Because we are not alone!!! God is with us and other believers who call the name of Jesus are with us.  We are rooted in the one who has won the victory of victories by defeating death, hell, and the grave.  Peter even goes on in his first letter in verse “if you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”    We can believe that what Peter is saying is true because he was there and we are there now.  Do not lose heart, when we are persecuted for righteousness sake, but use that as a reminder that in the midst of these things believers should love each other even more and be united as one in our purpose and our calling.  We have gone through much training as believers in how to live this life of faith, but what will we do In the Midst of  the real battle?  Time to fight and be more bold than ever before and see God uplift us to greater heights of faith and love that will defeat, yes defeat, the powers of this world.  We cannot do it, but God can and He will.  Call upon His name and BELIEVE!!!  God does not disappoint.

14 to say,

The Pilgrimage continues….

David Warren

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