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“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:8-9).

The opposition to the truth has always been present.  Even in the church, there are those who say they love the Lord, but they do not follow His commands, nor truly love Him.  Hatred and opposition is the mark of those who do not listen to and obey the Lord.  The Lord has commanded that we love.  Do not marvel at the hatred in this world.  Marvel that You see the evidence of the Lord’s presence every time there is love.

Lord, the world does want me to leave You and follow its ways.  I feel the tug every day.  Guide me away from the insanity of this world to see clearly that You have given the words of eternal life, just as Peter said.  Guide me, Lord, in the way of life that leads to the Father and help me to walk faithfully the path You have set before me.  Through all things, help me to overcome and hold fast to the way of truth.

Lord Jesus, You have sent Your Spirit so that those who are in You may hold fast to the truth You have revealed.  Guide me this day to hear Your words and act on them.  Lead my footsteps to walk humbly on the narrow path of faith and overcome the obstacles of this world.  In all things, keep my eye upon the prize of the abundant life which is already mine in and through You.  Amen.

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