1 Timothy 6:12 (NASB) says “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
BE WELL BALANCED AND SELF-DISCIPLINED
1 Peter 5:8 (AMP) says “Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.”
BE ALERT AND CAUTIOUS
Lions attack sick, young, or struggling animals. They choose victims who are alone or not alert. Here we are warned to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persecuted. Feeling alone, weak, helpless and cut off from other believers, so focused on our troubles that we forget to watch for danger, we are especially vulnerable to Satan's attacks.
1 Peter 5:9 (AMP) says “But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]”
RESIST THE DEVIL
During times of suffering, seek other Christians for support (but, be careful who you choose). Keep your eyes on Christ, and resist the devil. Then, “he will flee from you”. James 4:7
GOD WILL COMPLETE YOU
1 Peter 5:10 (AMP) says “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be].”
YOUR SUFFERING WILL END
When we are suffering, we often feel as though our pain will never end. In comparison to eternity, our suffering lasts only for a little while. Some of us will be strengthened and delivered in our own lifetime. Others of us will be released from our suffering only through death.
WE ARE ASSURED OF ETERNAL LIFE WITH CHRIST
Revelation 21:4 (NIV) says “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Remember, all of God's faithful followers are assured of an eternal life with Christ where there will be no more tears or suffering.
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