You Will Have Trouble

This past Sunday at ACC we looked at the letter to the church in Smyrna recorded in Revelation 2:8-11. If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast here. Jesus told the church in this letter that they would go through persecution and suffer because of their faith in Christ. Some of them would even be killed for their faith. Notice that Jesus didn?t promise an easy life or even long life to the people in this church. But He did promise that if they were faithful in this life, they would be rewarded with eternal life in heaven.
All of us go through trials and suffering at different points in our life. The question for each of us is: how will I respond when I am met with suffering? Will I be faithful to God with my life and remember His promises, or will I turn my back on God and walk away? I have always been struck by verses such as John 16:33 – “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” It doesn?t say if you have trouble – it says you WILL have trouble.
One of the purposes of the church is for believers to encourage and pray for one another as we endure suffering together. I love how we closed the services at ACC yesterday by inviting people going through suffering to come forward and be prayed for. It is such a powerful picture of the church being the church and doing what it was intended to do!
We also began with a reminder that many Christians in other countries are still persecuted for their faith in Christ today. We are called as the Church Global to pray for our brothers and sisters of the faith who are being persecuted. Will you take a moment right now to watch the video below and then pray for Shafia and others like her who are being persecuted