Today’s Devotional – May 24th (A Suffering Church is a Strong Church!)

By admin On May 23rd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – May 24th

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A Suffering Church is a Strong Church!

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In the first few chapters of the Book of Revelation, Christ sent out messages to the 7 churches of Asia.

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And Christ capitalized on the strengths and weaknesses of each church, as He either praised or criticized each church.

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But it is interesting, that the only two churches of which Christ had nothing negative to say, are the very two churches who were suffering persecution!

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Yes, the Church of Smyrna and the Church of Philadelphia were the two exceptions.

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So what do these facts have to do with today’s devotional?

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Well, the title of this devotional is called, “A Suffering Church is a Strong Church! So let’s explore why this title is a true statement…

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THE EARLY CHURCH

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If we take just a brief look at history, it is not hard to see that persecution by Antichrist forces made God’s people strong.

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This was seen in the days of the early Church, as they were persecuted by the Roman Empire.

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Yes, the early Church was heavily attacked, but as a result, was greatly strengthened during those early centuries..

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THE PERSECUTION DURING THE DARK AGES

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But also during the following centuries, when the apostate churches of Europe became a tyrannical beast-power, once again brought trouble and persecution upon the Church.

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And as a result, the true worshippers of God had to separate themselves from the established congregations. And for centuries, God’s true worshippers had to “flee to the mountains”, in which they lived separated lives, in the mountain strongholds of Europe.

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Did God’s people enjoy such suffering?

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Of course not! But that persecution only made the Church of God strong!

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SATAN’S NEW & IMPROVED ASSAULT WEAPON

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Well now, Satan realized that physical attacks were not the most effective means to destroy God’s people.

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Just the opposite! The Church only grew stronger!

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And so, at the time appointed, God permitted Satan to implement a new strategy against God’s Elect.

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Yes, Satan had a seemingly new war-machine, waiting in the wings!

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SATAN’S NEW STRATEGY: OPULENCE AND HEDONISM!

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And so, in the very nations which he had so greatly persecuted, he was now permitted to bring out this new and improved war-machine!

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Thus, physical violence against God’s people came to a halt.

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And instead of war, famine, persecution and poverty, Satan employed the very opposite assault on those nations: peace and prosperity, materialism, leisure, novelties, amusements, entertainment, etc..

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Yes, the Devil began to flood the western nations with every kind of diversion imaginable!

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FALSE BRETHREN BEGAN TO INFILTRATE

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And so, once the physical attacks ceased, the churches once again became filled with false brethren.

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While false brethren stayed far away from God’s churches during the times of physical persecution, now the churches filled up with worldly-minded professors of Christ!

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PROSPERITY-DRIVEN GOSPELS, TODAY

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And so, here we are today.

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Satan’s flood of earthly Mammon continues. The Church has become bloated with worldly-minded “make-believers”.

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God’s house is in a state of spiritual free-fall into its total apostasy!

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Worship services have become more and more appealing to the carnal heart.

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FUTURE REVIVAL WILL BE INDIVIDUAL

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Now for those who want to believe that God is going to revive the various churches and denominations, it should be answered, “This will not happen! That dahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpgy shall never come!”

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Nevertheless, God is just now going to purify His people in such a way, as never before witnessed!

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But it will be only on an individual basis! And that is why the Book of Jeremiah refers to this day as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”.

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Yes, just as Jacob wrestled through the night and did not give up until he received the victory blessing, so also, we must not give up, until the “Sun of Righteousness” has fully arisen in our heart! (see Genesis Chapter 32)

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PERSECUTION OF ANOTHER TYPE

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And so, persecution will come to God’s people! But it may not be the kind that is so visible to others.

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There may not be any bloodhounds chasing us. There may not be black helicopters with tracking-devices searching for us.

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No, we should not be surprised if our persecution comes from invisible evil angels, to either discourage us to the point of renouncing our Christianity altogether, or at least to the point that we throw up our hands and join ranks with the apostate churches.

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HEART PURIFICATION IS EVERYTHING!

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But two things are for sure, regarding the conflict!

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First, it is almost guaranteed that we will be taken by surprise, as far as the details of the coming crisis.

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And secondly, the only preparation that must be made on our part, is to begin hiding God’s precious promises in our hearts! Yes, it is totally worthless to think that food storage, or weapons arsenals or storing of gold, or building of bunkers will be of the slightest help, for the coming Day of the Lord!

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Only those who have cooperated with the Lord in personal heart purification will be able to walk through the devouring fire of persecution which is just before us!

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WHY ME LORD?

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And so, dear child of God, we should not be surprised if our lives become filled with trials and suffering. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Det_Syke_Barn_1896.jpg

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Listen… “And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 1st Corinthians 12:9, 10

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God realizes that trials and suffering are often necessary for His people. These are the means which God has chosen to purify His people.

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Yes, the trials which the Christian might now be enduring, may very well be his or her own personal, “Time of Jacob’s Trouble”.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to joyfully accept the trials which come upon me, knowing that they keep me looking up to Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath” or you can also read… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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A SIGN IN HEAVEN

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“And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:” Revelation 12:1

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You see, God has placed in the heavens, the symbol of His bride, the Church-Faithful. In the summer night-sky, she appears as the woman-in-travail. This is the constellation, Ursa Major. And this article will introduce you to this amazing sign of Heaven, and what it means to you and to me.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Woman in Travail)”

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