It seems funny how we perceive things that we read or think that we
understand. I remember reading in the gospels how You turned to the
disciples after teaching them on a particular subject and said; "Do you
understand?" And they all replied "yes Lord". They didn't have a clue!
Lord, You taught that we would be persecuted, hated, even thrown into
prison because of our belief. Brother against brother, whole families
torn apart because their faith.
God teach us today that You did not tell us that in Your word so that
we would seek a way to be persecuted, or to look for a way to measure
our salvation. Endurance is not something I must do in order to be
saved. Help me to realize that persistence is not a means to earn
salvation but, simply a "by-product" of a dedicated life in You. Oh God
help me to be that dedicated that I will be found enduring to the very
end if needed. Let me be committed 100% to You!
In Jesus name I pray,
"Everyone shall hate you because of me, but all of you who endure to
the end shall be saved"