Standing firm in Our Faith - Thursday's Dose - 13th July 2017

“May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones” - (1 Thessalonians 3:13).

Thoughts for Today

Paul tells us not to conform to the ways of this world (Romans 12:2). However, many times our beliefs and morals are challenged to a point beyond anything we have known. It is so easy to get caught up in a quest for more money, freedom, and material possessions.

What does nonconformity mean in today’s world? It means standing firm in our faith; no matter what the cost. 2 Timothy 3:12 reminds us, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Throughout the Bible, those who followed Jesus Christ endured much persecution and hardship from those who despised the Lord and His followers. But the saints of God never gave up.

Though it ultimately cost them their lives, their physical death meant being in the presence of God. Jesus said, “Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33).

Even in the midst of persecution, the godly will move forward, grow upward, and receive victory. When you feel overwhelmed by life’s temptations, turn to the Lord. His strength will protect you so that you will be able to continue on the path He has ordained for you.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
Please help me to remember that persecution for faith in you is to be expected. Your Word tells me that I will have trouble in this world, but that there is strength in the fact that you have overcome this world. May my eyes be fixed on the eternal life I have in you and may I be intentional about sharing you, Jesus, with others, no matter the cost. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you.

Source: Daily Dose Devotionals Team