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Thought for the Day by Phil Washington (BH Member)
Faithful unto Death
'Be faithful, even to the point of death' Revelation 2:10
Lewes, where I live, is famous for it's bonfire night. We remember, with thanks, the deliverance of our nation from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, and we also remember 17 Protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake in Lewes during the mid 16th century. They were a group of young men and women who believed what we believe, and who loved the Lord Jesus Christ as we do. They sought to worship and serve God as the Bible taught. There's now a plaque on the town hall to commemorate their brave witness, and there's a glass panel in the pavement that shows the very steps they walked up to face their gruesome death in the street just outside.
In Revelation chapter 2 verses 8-11, the risen and glorious Lord, speaks to a group of poor believers in the town of Smyrna.
'I know your affliction and poverty. I know about the slander you are facing' (v9).
He encourages them not to be afraid of suffering, nor of being put into prison (v10). Then in that same verse He urges them to 'be faithful, even to the point of death'. That verse is quoted on the Town Hall plaque in Lewes - those young believers were faithful, even to the point of death. Our freedoms of worship and our open bibles today came at great cost to our brothers and sisters of generations ago.
Those same words speak to us today. We too are called to be faithful to the Lord - even to the point of death. There are many believers around the world who are facing persecution, slander, prison and death. Let's stand with them in prayer, asking God to strengthen them that they would remain faithful to Christ.
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