Be Faithful to the End
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. This is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: “No servant is greater than his master.” If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you also (John 15:18-20).
This week presented another difficult hour for the body of Christ. 148 believers were martyred in Kenya. These are our brothers and sisters, and they are now with the Lord.
Let us take this opportunity to follow their example and be encouraged to hold on to our faith. The Lord God is with us and He keeps us. To be in Christ means to be perfectly held by the Father in heaven. We know that His grace is and will be in direct proportion to the degree of our need. So we do not fear the challenges that are ahead.
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy the soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Let us remember on this Easter weekend that even up until the last hour before His crucifixion, Jesus was setting people free from demons and healing the sick (See Luke 13:32). So we, too, will minister in the power of the Holy Spirit poured out upon all believers in this day and hour.
“Only hold on to what you have until I come. To him who overcomes and does My will to the end, I will give authority over the nations…” (Revelation 2:25-26).
“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).