Suffering for Christ – entering into eternity.

Scripture:
After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. – Acts 14:21-22

Observation:
Paul and Barnabas returned to several cities they had previously visited in order to encourage the converts there. They built them up in the most holy faith and reminded them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.

Application:
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the path to heaven is an easy one. Even Jesus himself stated that the narrow gate leads to the narrow path that leads to life. He continued and said that the narrow path IS DIFFICULT and there are few who find it while the road to destruction is wide and traveled by many. If you have not suffered in this life for the cause of Christ, then you might want to take a closer look at your relationship with God. Sure, those in the USA enjoyed a great time of physical prosperity and abundance, but those days are swiftly coming to a close. You had best be preparing yourself to endure the coming hardships that face this nation. IF you truly are a believer of Jesus the Anointed One, then there comes a day in the not-so-distant future where you will pay a hefty price for standing up for your faith in the One, True, Living God. Are you ready to make that sacrifice and suffer for the kingdom?

Prayer:
Father, I look forward to the day when men will revile me, persecute me, say all manner of evil against me, and use me. For, you told me to rejoice when such things happen because it means that I am suffering for the cause of your name’s sake. There is a great reward for being persecuted for the kingdom of God. Your word is clear. We must suffer many hardships for your name’s sake in order to enter your kingdom. I say, “Let it come.” I put my hope and trust in you, Dad, and may your will be done, not mine. I want to see you high and lifted up from the earth that all men may be drawn to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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