Even though it honestly appears that Christianity is becoming more and more persecuted around the world, it is also causing another thing to happen. Those who believe, those who know that Jesus is Lord, are standing firm, even in the midst of trials. You are the light that shines in the darkness. Because you live, not by sight, but by faith in our Lord. Your fight is being prayed for every day, and if it is our turn tomorrow, we will stand strong because of the grace overflowing from the Lord to all the saints, lifting petitions to God, for the encouragement of others. It is to them that I dedicate this Journey today. I thank God for you, and want you to know that you are being prayed for: "To God's church at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord - both their Lord and ours. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:2-3 He is the supplier of faith in the midst of the storm. We are not to be surprised when these things overtake us, because of their hatred for Jesus. But we will remain, strong, united, surrendered in weakness to reveal the power of the Lord, not ours, to break down every fortress of hate that exist, and to let the light shine from within us, to a darkened world. Be encouraged and rest in peace today, for the battle belongs to the Lord.
Father, Yes, Lord, we know the battle can only be won by You. Strengthen us with Your Spirit, and hold us when we falter, and fail. I pray for those who are fighting the battles today with illness, poverty, evil, indifference, rejection, and hate. May Your children be strengthened, and may we, who wait, be strengthened for the battle looming tomorrow. You are our strength, and we will put our hope and trust in You, because of the matchless name given to identify Your Son, who saves- Jesus.