I asked the Lord what He wanted to speak to you for today's Devotional, and I immediately heard the word, "Faithful". When I turned to the word in my Bible's concordance, I sensed that faithfulness and being faithful by God's definition should highlight this week's entire series of messages. That's awesome. My goodness, loads of marvelous examples about which to write in extolling God's magnificent heart! Every lesson is also a lesson for me... so I'm excited in Jesus to learn what He'll teach by Holy Spirit today!
PRAISE GOD AND UP INTO IT, in Christ's Name!
"Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of Life." (Rev. 2:10)
Wow... we know what that means. God's not pulling any punches, beloved. There's a tough road coming - one that will make the one we're on now look like a cake walk.
So, what are you going to do? Have you given it truly serious thought? I didn't used to think much about this but, of late, I have because it's not that our world is changing, my friends... IT HAS CHANGED; and not for the better but for the worse. It continues to be true that, increasingly, Christians are being prejudicially singled out for mistreatment and discriminatory practices. Increasingly, the world hates us simply because of our belief in the One True and Living, Immortal, Eternal Lord God Jehovah and His Only Begotten Son Jesus the Christ. It's true, and it's only going to get worse.
We have not suffered unto blood as some of our brothers and sisters in Christ,
worldwide... but we will - be assured of it.
So, in light of this truth, I humbly ask again... what are you going to do? I urge those of you who desire to stand in Christ Jesus, not only "to" the end, but through the end - that's right, unto death - to pray this prayer with me:
Almighty God, it's You for whom we are living. You hold the circle of our hearts
and lives on the earth. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth Who came in the flesh we ask that You enable us, by Your power, to do what Your Living Word says, and be faithful TO YOU unto death that we will receive Your Crown of Life Eternal. We commit, commend, and remand our hearts, minds, and emotions into Your custody, dear Father, and ask that You bring Your life and will to pass in us, and for us, no matter what it takes. Again we ask in Jesus' Mighty, Majestic, and Holy Name. Amen.
That's a powerful prayer, friends; and, if you prayed along with me with a heart of
sincerity before our God, rest assured, HE HEARD YOU. Your prayer is on record in Heaven with the One Who is Faithful... and my soul says, Amen.
(Originally published May 28, 2013)