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Monday, January 23, 2017

Smyrna: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Revelation 2:8-11

“I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich…Do not fear what you are about to suffer.”

“Be faithful until death, and “I will give you the crown of life…Whoever conquers will be not be harmed by the second death.”

‘Looks can be deceiving’ is a warning we have often heard growing up and pass along to the next generation. We are encouraged to not take things for granted and look beyond the surface.

But no one can see directly into our hearts and thoughts and souls as clearly as the Lord does. We may look good on the outside, even in the mirror, yet the Lord knows what worries and anxious thoughts weaken our lives when doubts and confusion and real fear stalk us.

Fear of the unknown and fear of the known can both paralyze our actions and our hope, for ourselves, or for others.

Jesus doesn’t pretend not to see our fear or pretend it doesn’t exist. Not only does He name our fears, when we are willing to listen, but He may even add a few more details that cause us to tremble. He doesn’t pretend that real suffering doesn’t exist.

Instead.

He brings the evil into His light—His power—His dominion.

He reminds us that whatever the outcome will be He brings life. He will conquer and asks us to believe, to stand firm. Whatever prison we may be entering into for however many days ahead He is present and at work. Trust.

Lord, please give us Your strength in times of terror, and by Your grace a faith that will conquer.


Psalm of Worship: Psalm 27:11

“Teach me your way. O Lord, and lead me on a level path

because of my enemies.”

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