Saturday, November 26, 2011




Read Revelation 2:8-11

      "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'these things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: "I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich)..." Revelation 2:8-9a
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     The believers in the church at Smyrna were suffering persecution and all their material goods had been confiscated. Jesus tells them that He sees everything that is happening to them and though they are poor, they are actually spiritually rich in hope for the future. (This stands in contrast to the church at Laodicea who were rich in material goods, but spiritually they were poor.)
     The worst is yet to come for those in Smyrna, as some of them will be cast into prison even unto death. They will suffer for their faith, but for a limited time.  Jesus said, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison - that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days... (2:10a)
    Though some may have to suffer persecution for following Jesus in this life, God’s Holy Spirit will give us the ability to endure. We have all of eternity to enjoy the rewards of a godly life. Jesus said, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (2:10b)
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    Lord, at this point in our culture we have not experienced real persecution, but there are many throughout the world who are in prison and have even died for their faith in the past few years. Should we ever have to endure this Lord, help us to depend on You. Even in a time of material blessing, keep us faithful unto death.
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    "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death."   Revelation 2:11 NKJV

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