Jesus continues His stark warnings. But He also offers hope and encouragement. Read His words slowly, and underline those that offer both to you.
But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to Me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of Me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm and you will win life. Luke 21:12-19
Pray over these verses for yourself and for all believers. Pray for Jesus’ blessing and presence. Pray for wisdom and courage. And be at peace as you hear Jesus say to you once again … do not be frightened.
May God bless you with His peace today.