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OPPORTUNITY

March 9, 2016

Wednesday

 

Revelation 14:12 

 

Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

 

 

LESSON

 

This verse contains John’s word of encouragement to believers going through the Great Tribulation. It is better to experience the beast’s punishment, even martyrdom, than God’s punishment. “The prospect of this fearful and imminent retaliation is not only a warning to weak-minded Christians but a consolation to the loyal. In view of their hope, believers during the Great Tribulation should persevere in obedience and trust, good works and faith in God, plus ethical conduct and reliance on Jesus Christ.
What a contrast there is when we comes to verse 12! We leave the wrath and judgment of verses 6-11 and we are exposed to the sweet fragrance of God’s grace. Having declared His judgment against the wicked, God now demonstrates His grace toward the righteous. Having shown us the wicked, God now casts the spotlight on His faithful remnant. He says, “You have seen the wicked ones, now take a look at my children. These verses show us what will happen to the saints of God when they leave this world.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:16

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