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Oracle to the Angel of the Church in Smyrna. Revelation 2:8-11. 8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.
What is suffering?
What is faithfulness?
What is a time in your life where you have been faithful to God? What is a time where God has been faithful to you?
Day 1 – Revelation 22:12-13 Jesus refers to himself as the Alpha and Omega how does this help people who are suffering for their faith.
Day 2 – James 1:2-4 In Canada we don’t usually face persecution, but we can at times face opposition. What should our attitude be?
Day 3 – Matthew 12:33-37 One of the ways that the church in Smyrna suffered was through malicious slander. How does this passage help you work through the pain of being slandered?
Day 4 – Isaiah 41 is a declaration from God to restore his people. As Christians how does this passage encourage us when we face fearful situations?
Day 5 – Hebrews 4:14-16 – Jesus said to the church in Smyrna that he knew of their suffering. Jesus showed empathy. Read these verses and be reminded that Jesus does know of our struggles.