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  • Christians today are enduring more trials, temptations, and persecution than perhaps any other time in recent history.

Beloved, when problems arise, don’t despair; we already have victory through Jesus Christ.

Jesus told His disciples:

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

John 15:20-21

Jesus also warned His disciples:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Christians are not exempt from the attacks of the enemy. We are going to be tried and tested. You may have already faced times of severe testing and your faith has been tried through the circumstances Satan has brought into your life. You may be going through a time of testing right now. You may be facing persecution.

Your position during this time of testing or trial is not one of fear, panic, discouragement, or retreat. You are to resist – to stand against and oppose Satan – to stand firm knowing that Christ will make you victorious.

Peter said:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:10, NIV

These four words – “restore,” “strong,” “firm,” and “steadfast” – describe what God has promised to do for you during times of trial or persecution as you resist Satan.

The word “restore” means to “perfect” or “make complete.” God allows trials, testings, and persecution to come for the purpose of perfecting you. Regardless of the circumstances you face, as you resist Satan, God will use them to strengthen and perfect you. As you resist Satan, God will “make you strong.” The original Greek translation of this phrase means “to strengthen one so he can stand fast in persecution.” As you resist Satan, God will make you “firm and steadfast,” which means “to be put on a firm foundation.”

Say this faith declaration out loud: Lord, I will stand strong, and rely on you to restore and perfect me during my times of testing. Jesus is my firm foundation. Amen.

Scripture Reading:

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

Ephesians 2:19-21

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

I John 2:14

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