Rev 2:10 KJV 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.
The church at Smyrna suffered greatly at the hands of those who opposed Christ. They were pressured on every side, poverty stricken, and faced those who proclaimed a false gospel message of salvation through the law and physical lineage. They had much to fear. What a blessing it was for them to hear the words of Christ… “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer”! What a blessing for us as well.
We all, to varying degrees, face fearful times in our lives. This fear can be the greatest opposition we face in our service for Christ. But even in the midst of our greatest fears, if we have trusted in Him as our Lord and Savior, He whisperers into our ears… “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”. With this great promise in our hearts, we can face anything that may come upon us, as we cry out “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
This is the peace and security that a Christian possesses. We have the Almighty Creator of the Universe watching over us, accompanying us, and bringing to pass what is for our good and His glory. Out of appreciative hearts may we all submit to His will for our lives (including the fearful times) and seek to do His will, knowing He cares…
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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