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“If anyone has an ear, let him hear.  If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints” (Revelation 13:9-10).

Some say, “Times are bad.”  There are bad times of increased violence and other times where there is less violence, but there has always been bloodshed and wickedness.  This age is not peaceful.  The peace of the Lord that surpasses understanding allows the faithful to persevere through all that happens in this age of rebellion.  Open your ears and listen to the word of the Lord.  Be guided by His goodness and mercy.

Lord, I have become used to this world and think that its masked wickedness is normal.  I cannot comprehend a place where all truly love one another and where peace is normal.  Help me to persevere through all the difficulties of this age.  Guide me according to Your will so that I may not be overcome by the times of difficulty, knowing that Your promises are always before me.

Lord Jesus, You know what it is to struggle in this age.  You too were under threat, hated, and constantly harassed.  Help me to live through these things and remain faithful.  As I struggle today, guide me in Your goodness to know that I can lean on You and that You are there to hold me up as I move through all the difficulties this life will bring this day.  Thank You for providing for my every need.  Amen.