MONDAY, MAY 13
Scripture: Matthew 10:16-20
Matthew 10:16-20 says, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” Are we walking in the kind of dominion necessary to withstand this level of persecution? We must be aware that the undercurrents of it are developing right here in America. How many Christians sitting in the pew are really ready for this level of persecution? May the sons and daughters of the King rise up as trumpets and call their slumbering ‘family’ members to maturity and action! I believe the most important promise in Scripture for us in this hour is Revelation 3:10. This verse says, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” This Word-promise forces us to ask a question, of the several types of churches which one are we attending? If we attend an Ephesus-type assembly, we could lose our lampstand. If we’re at a Pergamos-type, the Lord fights against us. If we’re attending a Thyatira-type could we lose our kids? If Sardis, we could see our name blotted out of the Lamb’s Book of Life! Going to church might be dangerous in the last days!