Faith in the Last Days
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.Revelations 3:21.
The last days are the days from Christ’s ascension into heaven until his return at the end of time. The events happening today are revealed in Revelations, and it appears that we getting much closer to the Lord’s return. Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10). All faithful Christians are victorious, even though it appears from the worldly view that Satan is succeeding in destroying God’s people. However, if we look from God’s view, we are victorious and Satan and his people are lost souls for eternity. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18). If we remain faithful to the Lord until our last breath, he will take us to our eternal home in heaven.
From revelations we can read how God is bringing his wrath to people whose goal is to destroy God’s people. God’s judgments are revealed in the Seven Seals, the Seven Trumpets, and the Seven Bowls, where the seventh bowl is the end of time. Although Christians throughout the world are being persecuted just as Christ was persecuted, we do not live in fear because we are spiritual beings and we know our home is Heaven. Life does not begin until we take our last breath.
God knows his people will go through difficult times just as the Christians were persecuted by Nero in the first century. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13). The Lord will give us the strength to endure to the end, each day renewing our strength. To endure in this sinful world we are strong in the faith, trusting our Lord to give us victory over anything Satan places in front of us, knowing the Lord will carry us to our eternal home. God sees us as living in heaven with him and he sees us as spiritual beings, therefore he protects our soul for eternity. God sees earthly death as eternal life, because he sees us from heaven, whereas we may see death differently because we are looking from the earthly view. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11).
We always strive to have stronger faith, forever increasing our trust in the Lord to lead us through life as his servant. Walking in faith increases God’s love in our hearts and the strength to be victorious comes from his love. We pray and we trust the Lord to guide us through life leaving the results in his hands. We are ambassadors for Christ, living temporally in a foreign land representing Christ, and when our divine mission is over we go home to heaven to be with the Father and the Son. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20). When we view life as his servants, as ambassadors, we are free in Christ. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) Stand firm and be victorious in Christ, heaven is your home.
Today walk with the Lord in prayer, with praise and thankfulness. Pray for his wisdom in being a light in this world knowing you are walking in his strength. The Holy Spirit lives in the believer therefore the Lord experiences everything you experience in life. The Lord is always with you and he will sustain you, bringing you home when he is ready.
Prayer: Lord, guide through the Spirit giving me the faith, strength, and wisdom to live for Christ today. Take away all fear that comes from Satan, knowing I am victorious in your eyes. Thank you Lord for your perfect love, and fill my heart with your love that I might reflect it to others to my last breath. In Jesus name, Amen