Be Faithful unto death
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer, behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried and ye shall have tribulation ten days, be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10
Today I want to speak to people who feel that they are facing circumstances that are beyond their control. That may even be you. If you are in the midst of a very difficult situation, hopelessness and fear may have tried to wrap its head around you and drain you of the personal fortitude you need to stay in the battle. But I want to tell you the truth. Every person has faced something fearful at some point in his or her life. If you are feeling this way, I want to encourage you to stay faithful to the very end, because victory lies at the end of the battle you are facing right now.
It’s so important to learn how to respond to a crisis, because the one you’re facing right now is not the last one you’re going to face in life. It’s naïve to think that the devil is just going to lie down and watch you flow from one victory to the next. He does not want you to succeed at fulfilling the will of God for your life. You will always have another opportunity to quit, throw in the towel, or bend to circumstances. You are required to have a determined mindset that says, it doesn’t matter what happen to me or what the devil says. I am going to do what God called me to do.
To be victorious we must decide that we will not budge in our commitment, regardless of the price that is to be paid. Any other attitude will lead to compromise, and compromise leads to failure, and failure leads to defeat. We must decide that we are committed to the end, even if, as revelation 2:10 says, the end means that we must be faithful unto death.
We must not forget that many people in previous generations, as well as many people right now on this earth are facing crushing circumstances every day that seem to be beyond their control. That was true of the believers in the church at Smyrna, one of the seven churches that Jesus addressed in revelation 2 and 3. They were under a constant onslaught of persecution, and Christ was aware of the situation they were facing, just as He is aware of what you are facing today.
Jesus knew that the believers in Smyrna refused to throw in the towel and to surrender to the hostile forces that were arrayed against them. Aware of their steadfastness and the possible troubles that still awaited them, Christ urged them, Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried and you shall have tribulation ten days, be thou faithful unto death.
Christ did not give them a false hope. He saw what lay before them and warned them honestly that pressures against them were far from over. But in spite of the fact that they were facing more persecution, imprisonment, and possible death, Christ said, be thou faithful unto death.
A faith that remains steadfast only when times are good is unacceptable.
The saviour endured the cross in order to experience His resurrection and exaltation, and now He calls on you and me to endure to the end. Just as the Holy Spirit enabled Jesus to run His race to the end, the Spirit of God will enable us to endure any affliction, hardship, pressure, problems, trials, we encounter as we prove the sincerity of our faith. When the battle is finished, like Christ we will experience resurrection and exaltation.
We are called to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Regardless of the price we are required to pay. That may not be pleasant to consider, but it is a fact nonetheless. Scripture never teaches that we are to draw back from our faith when hardships approach. Rather, Jesus asks for our commitment and faithfulness, even unto the point of death, if that’s what is required as a part of our journey in Him.
Jesus had already foretold the church of Smyrna that they would be falsely accused, thrown into prison, and intensely tested by the devil. In addition, He forewarned them in a most straightforward manner that moral dangers were coming and that for many who faithfully followed Christ, the danger would prove to be fatal. For these believers, a death penalty would be issued against them and carried out with great cruelty. Yet regardless of what they might have endure, Christ urged them to be faithful unto death.
You and I must ask the Lord to help us see each situation as He sees it. When Jesus died, God didn’t accept the thinking of the vast majority who said, Jesus is dead. Its over. It’s finished. Instead, God saw an opportunity for resurrection. Oh, that he would give us His eyes so we can see how He sees.
My Prayer today:
I confess that I am committed to do what God has called me to do. Regardless of the forces that are arrayed against me. I will endure to the end and receive an eternal reward a crown of life presented to the faithful who stand before the Lord on that day when we give an account of what we’ve done. I will not only be rewarded in heaven so I can have a crown to lay at Christ’s feet on that day, but also, I will taste victory here on earth. My best days are not behind me, they are before me. I declare that I am committed to the very end.
Love, Pastor Cindy.