August 7, 2017
“It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian” (1 Peter 4:16). As a child you may have suffered for the choices and actions of others. As you grew up you began to suffer for your own, mistakes, bad choices and actions. You may even suffer for saying and doing the right thing. Perhaps most painful is suffering for who you are, suffering for being someone, not for doing something. When you suffer for your identity, you have no reason to feel ashamed, especially if it is for BEING a follower of Jesus. LORD, encourage Christians who are persecuted solely because they are believers in Christ.
July 29-30, 2017
“Most of the time we gaze at life and glance at God,” says author Levi Lusko. But to get an eternal view on every situation, Lusko advises that we “glaze at God, and glance at this life.” That’s how Apostle Paul, who suffered repeatedly as a Christian, viewed his troubles: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). Focus on the eternal and gain God’s perspective on whatever you’re going through.