Bible Reading: Revelation 13.
《Today’s spiritual meditation》: “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.” (Rev 13:10)
Meditation one: If you are arrested or persecuted because of your faith in Jesus or because you evangelize, will you face it calmly? Our God is righteous, faithful, and omnipotent, and He rules all things. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Mat 10:28) One can stand firm only by taking hold of the faith, and onlythe one who stands firm to the end will be saved (Mat 24:13).
Meditation two: What is the proper response of Christians in persecution? It is not a counterattack, nor revenge. Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world. If it is of this world, His servants will fight for Him. Yet the kingdom of heaven does not use power to fight, nor by sword or force. The key to Christians’ victory is “patient endurance and faithfulness”. Having God wrestle for us, we surely will be more than conquerors.
Prayer: God Abba Father, thank You for being my ever-present help in trouble. The spiritual warfare of the last days will surely become more and more fierce, and it will become more and more hideous, but You have promised that You will not leave us as orphans. Please give me a firm heart to rely on You. I will follow Your footsteps every day until the end of the heavenly journey. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!