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“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days.  Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).

Jesus told us that the one who finds life must lose it and the one who clings to their life will lose it.  You are not in control.  Look around you and ask, “How many act as if they were in control?”  In our age of rebellion you will either go your way, or else go the way of the Lord.  Learn what it means to be faithful by turning to the Lord and He will teach you.  He who redeemed you will stay with you through all trials.

Lord, You have warned me that there will be times of trial.  Lead me, O Lord, so that I do not look to myself, but look to You in all things.  Teach me what faithfulness means.  Take away from me the love of this world and teach me to stay the course You have set before me.  Whatever comes, it is only for a season, for the day is coming when all of this will pass away and I shall stand before You in eternity.

Lord Jesus, You have paid the price so that I can live into the new life You give.  Guide me to be faithful no matter the trials and tribulations that come my way.  Lead me in the faith You give and grant me the fortitude to stay the course.  Lord, You know what lies before me.  You alone have the strength to see me through.  Grant grace and mercy so that I remain faithful unto death.  Amen.