Be Prepared For Tough Times

Daily God Walk for Saturday, November 27, 2010

 Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.    – Matthew 24:9-13

This passage contains both a warning and a hope. The road would not be easy for those who would follow closely the things Jesus taught, but there was a promise to those who would be faithful to the end.

Disciples of Christ are being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and even put to death in various places around the world today. We must be prepared for persecution.

However, persecution is not the greatest threat to the body of Christ for history has shown that persecution serves to fan the flames of revival. The greatest threat to the body of Christ today is the prevalence of wickedness in world.

There has always been wickedness because sin is in the nature of man, but it is different today. In the past it was easy to tell who was a believer and who was not, but it is not as easy today. Many believers have fallen pray to situation ethics and morality based not in the word of God in the concept of personal rights.

Far too many believers have been deceived in the same manner Eve was deceived in the garden. If it looks good, and no one is hurt by it, and I become wiser, why shouldn’t I do it?

God has called us to be beacons of light in a dark world and if we hide the light, or allow the light to become dimmed by sin, then the world will not see Christ in us. The final words of Christ in this passage is a challenge to us: He who stands firm to the end will be saved. In another place it is written, “When you have done all stand” (Ephesians 6:13).

Principle: There is salvation for those who stand until the end.

Affirmation: Standing firm is not easy, but by God’s grace I stand.

Prayer: Lord, give me the strength to stand faithful. Amen.

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