Day 245/260: Read Revelation 7
Who is blessed? According to the Master Teacher, “the poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3), “those who mourn” (Matthew 5:4), “the meek” (Matthew 5:5), “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6), “those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake” (Matthew 5:10).
He told his disciples, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29).
Peter says, “If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified” (1 Peter 4:14).
Suffering in this life for Jesus leads to eternal blessings in heaven. It is written of the martyrs that John saw in his vision: “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
Revelation 4:11. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
Pray for perseverance, remembering eternal blessings out-weigh any suffering we may have to endure in this life.