"Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer… Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life…" (Revelation 2:10)
The Church in Smyrna is described as the suffering and poor congregation, a church and a group of individuals, who in the midst of this was nonetheless still rich. But the church's major problem was the fear.
Many churches and many individual Christians today are also battling with fear - fear of the future, fear of other people or fear of financial problems or illness. We know that God holds the whole world in his hands, even me, and that he has everything under control, but when we look at the circumstances surrounding us, fear comes creeping in.
The opposite of fear is boldness, and God wants his people to be full of just that - boldness! God promises to all who win the victory over fear and live in boldness, they will not be harmed by the ‘second death’, where all evil, including the cowardly, will receive their punishment (Revelation 21:8). God wants us to be boldly faithful to him because he wishes to give us the victor’s Crown Of Life.
Jesus, today I want to defeat evil with good. I want to conquer fear with boldness. Thank You for being present in my struggle.