“…but He who was born of God keeps him,

 and the evil one does not touch him. 
We know that we are of God,
and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
1 John 5:19

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you,

which come upon you for you testing,
as though some strange thing were happening to you;
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ,
keep on rejoicing,
so that also at the revelation of his glory you may rejoice with exultation.”
1 Peter 5:12-13

It’s all about perspective.  We are aliens living in a foreign land.  The natives are not happy that we are here.  They will try to destroy us.  But our hope is in Christ Jesus.  Yes, life will be tough as a Child of God, but we don’t walk through it alone!  Jesus has promised to be right here with us.  We must keep an eternal perspective as the days around us seem bleak.  The whole world lies in the power of the evil one, and darkness and light cannot dwell together.  Be the light of the world and determine to bring as many as possible into glory with you.   Don’t be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, we live in satan’s world and he will try to pull you away from your first love of Christ.  We are in a war.  Each thought, each action, each non-action is our battleground.  Listen to your Commander and you will make it through.  Heaven is waiting.  Whether we get there because of cancer, old age, martyrdom, or the rapture doesn’t matter as long as we get there.  Rejoice in your infirmities and trials.  Allow them to bring you closer to the Lord God Almighty.  They can make you better or bitter.  God is using the hard things of this world to grow us and to test us.  Are you passing?

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