VERNA’S DAILY DEVOTIONAL

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2020

2 TIMOTHY 3:12

2 TIMOTHY 3:12
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

 

PAUL IS PROPHESYING INTO THE FUTURE, AS WELL AS USING HIMSELF/HIS OWN EXPERIENCES AS A LESSON FOR GOD’S PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT SUFFERING, AND SELF-SACRIFICE ARE PART OF THAT TO WHICH GOD’S PEOPLE ARE CALLED.

PAUL HAS BEEN BEATEN, JAILED, AND LEFT FOR DEAD MORE TIMES THAN PRACTICALLY ANYONE, SO HE CAN SPEAK WITH GENUINE AUTHORITY ON THIS TOPIC. BUT HE IS ALSO MAKING A SPECIFIC POINT ABOUT THE “LAST DAYS,” AND THE FACT THAT GOD’S PEOPLE WILL BE SUBJECTED TO ALL MANNER OF PERSECUTION, SUFFERING, AND TRIBULATION.  

JESUS/YESHUA ALSO WARNED HIS FOLLOWERS IN JOHN 16:33 TO EXPECT TRIBULATION IN THIS LIFE. NOWHERE DOES GOD TELL US IN HIS WORD THAT WE ARE GUARANTEED TO HAVE STRESS-FREE, TROUBLE-FREE LIVES IF WE FOLLOW HIM. IT IS QUITE THE OPPOSITE. WE CAN HAVE INNER PEACE DESPITE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, AND ATTACKS OF EVERY SORT; BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN THOSE THINGS WILL NOT OCCUR. THEY SIMPLY WON’T DEFEAT US. WE WILL WALK IN PEACE AND VICTORY AS LONG AS WE ARE SECURELY CONNECTED TO HIMABIDING IN HIM/HIS WORD.

AS WE ENTER INTO THE LAST DAYS, GOD’S PEOPLE NEED TO BE PREPARED TO MEET WHATEVER IS TO COME

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