Jesus Understands the Challenges You Face
I know where you live ~ where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city ~ where Satan lives. (Revelation 2:3)
Jesus understands where you live, just as he did the church in Pergamum, and he knows you are living where Satan has his throne. Satan is temporarily in power, and we live and work right in the middle of his territory. It's analogous to living in a foreign land, where you speak a different language, have a totally different culture, and a completely alien set of values to everyone else.
Jesus said we are to be in this world but not of it. So, we are not to allow the people of this world to pull us down to their level, yet we are to be available and open to be their friends, to help them when we can, to spend time with them for edifying and helpful reasons.
Since you live in enemy territory, don't be surprised to discover that those around you see life totally differently because they don't have God's viewpoint. They are spiritually blind, and therefore not able to see God's truth. But you must remain true to the name of Jesus, just like the Christians in Pergamum. That's more important than anything else!
Remember, Jesus knows where you live and he will be with you in your difficult work environment. So take heart, because he has overcome the world.
To be in this world but not of it.
Lord, I know that you understand this world in which I live and work. Sometimes I truly feel like I'm living in a foreign country. Help me to remember that you will never leave me or forsake me, and that I can be in this world but not of it. Teach me how to practice that principle and remain true to your name.
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