Remember the Former Days

32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. ~ Hebrews 10:32-34ESV

The writer said, remember when you first got saved, how happy and joyful you were. You were even willing to suffer insult for His name. That’s where we Christians today need to get back to. We need to get to the place where Jesus is the most important person/thing in our life so that He takes priority. So, that when we’re attacked for our faith, we don’t get offended and angry at our persecutors or God, but instead we rejoice and praise God that we were counted worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus.

Persecution of the Church is already happening all over the eastern world, and it will soon be all throughout the free world, here in the west, as well. We have to spiritually prepare ourselves so that we won’t be angry or fall away when persecution comes, but instead, we will rejoice and hold on to our faith so that we will hold on to the hope of eternity with our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, help us to hold to Your promises. Fill us with Your everlasting love that we may love those who hate us and pray for those who persecute us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit that we might be strengthened for the time of persecution coming. Teach us how to be as the first Church was. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

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