“This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; from the seven fold Spirit before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 1:4-6 NLT)
John the apostle is on the island of Patmos writing the seven churches in a region know as Asia Minor (which is now part southwest Turkey today) God saw the good and bad in each church and He had a message for each of them.
The Church in Smyrna “I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan. Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Whoever is victorious will not be harmed by the second death.” (Revelation 2:9-11 NLT)
The church in Smyrna had to endure a lot they faced much persecution from a group of people that claim to be Jews but really aren’t. Christ encourages them to stand firm. And endure they may not have much in the physically but they are rich in spirit. Christ warns them of coming persecution from satan. He encourages them to remain faithful. No matter what happens even in the face of death. In the end they will receive their reward for their faithfulness.
As followers of Christ we will face persecution. We will have to take a stand Christ. And when that persecution comes we must endure, just as Christ endured the cross. Our reward for enduring the trials of this earthly life is eternal life and so much more. God will give you the strength to endure any and all trial that will come your way
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Song to Listen to: Oceans (where feet may fail) by Hillsong United https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw