“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
by: Trisha Gerstel.
I recently have learned a wonderful phrase: “Nothing is a surprise to God.” No matter what we face, God has already made a plan to use that circumstance for our ultimate good. This is a profound truth that has brought me peace in some very troublesome times, but only because I have chosen to believe that it is true. Any number of Scripture passages or godly sayings can be rendered impotent if we choose to turn our backs on the truth that lies within their words. We cannot simply speak those words; we must believe in the promises on which they stand.