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Monday daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Open Heavens 21 September 2015) – Enduring Hardship


Topic: Enduring Hardship [Monday 21 September, 2015]

Memorise: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute
you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. –
Matthew 5:11

Read: Matthew 5:10-12 (KJV)

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say
all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so
persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Bible in one Year: Leviticus 6:8-7:38, 1
Corinthians 5:1-6:11

MESSAGE:

The devil knows the glorious tomorrow that awaits every believer in Christ when
they cross the finish line of the Christian race. This is why he fights tooth
and nail to derail us from reaching our goal. He was a part of the heavenly
bliss that will be our reward, but he lost his place due to evil thoughts (Isaiah 14:12-15). He does not want us to
taste what he lost; hence he works through wiles to bring us down (Ephesians
6:11). One of the wiles that Satan uses in making believers in Christ abandon
the Christian race is hardship. Some people have pulled out of heaven’s
marathon before getting to the finish line, due to their inability to endure
hardship. Our Lord Jesus Christ described such people in Mark 4:17

“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they
are offended.”

The expectations you had when you entered the Christian faith matter a lot. The
Christian faith is not a bed of roses. The way of the cross that leads to
Heaven is not a path laden with gold and easy to take. If anyone tells you that
once you believe in Jesus, all your problems will disappear and everything will
always go well, you are being deceived. The day you signed up as a believer in
Christ, the die was cast and the battle line was drawn between you and the
kingdom of darkness. From that day, you become a sworn enemy of the forces of
darkness. They will surely attack you and try to make you feel miserable.

You are expected to endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). The inability to endure
difficult and trying times makes one a bad soldier of the cross. Even when God
blesses you, He still leaves room for you to be persecuted, tried and
ridiculed. Your faith in Christ may be tested through lack, hunger, unanswered
prayers, false accusations, ill health, and so on. Jesus in our Bible reading
taught that if you can take persecution, being reviled by men and false
accusation in good faith, you are blessed and on the path to Heaven. On the
other hand, if you easily get offended by these, if nothing is done to correct
your attitude, you may become derailed from the faith. Are you offended in
Christ? Towards the end of his stay on earth, John the Baptist began to doubt
if the same Person he had declared to be the Son of God was the true Messiah (Matthew 11:2-6). In His reply to John’s
questions, the Lord told him not to be offended in Him. It is a good thing to
suffer persecution for your faith in Christ. Never get to the point of being
offended in Him.

Prayer Point: Father, let patience have its perfect work in my life, so
that I will be wanting in nothing.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest
evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s
Ministries.


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