“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 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 2:8-10)
Today’s Morsel: During the Tet Offensive of 1968, during the Vietnam war, the North Vietnamese launched an all-out assault with massive forces against the American soldiers and their allies. Many lives were lost on both sides. Some think that this was the turning point of the war. As I think about that assault and others, my mind is drawn to the church. Can she handle an all-out assault by the enemy when it comes? Will she be battle-ready, or will she fold? I often ask myself, why is there so much evil against the church and the saints of God. But then I am reminded of what Jesus said, “You will be hated by all men for His namesake.” Even Paul tells us that some will come in unawares to draw many away after their pernicious ways. In the last days, the church can expect much tribulation, temptation, opposition, and rejection. If you have not already prepared yourself for what is coming, you better get ready. Now is the time to prove your armor. Rearm and refit yourself with the word of God. And make a new commitment to not give in or give up. Even if you become a prisoner of war. Remember, heaven is always at stake, and there is more with us than them.
Sing: Farther along, we’ll know all about it; farther along, we’ll understand why. Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine. We’ll understand it all by and by.
Thought For Today: Faithful unto death said the Master.