Unshaken Courage [Awakening Faith]
Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat.” (Revelation 7:15 – 16)
“The sufferings of this present time are not to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). Who would not wholeheartedly strive after such glory, to become a friend of God and immediately rejoice with Christ, to receive heavenly rewards after earth’s torment and suffering? Soldiers of this world take pride in triumphantly returning to their home country after they have defeated the enemy. How much greater is the glory in returning triumphantly to heaven after conquering the devil? The presumptuous accuser is ousted and the trophies of victory are returned to heaven, the place from which Adam was cast out for his sin.
We offer the Lord a most acceptable gift: our uncorrupted faith, the unshaken courage of our spirit, and the glorious pride of our dedication. We accompany him when he comes to take vengeance on his enemies; we sit at the side of his judgment seat, share in his inheritance, have an equal footing with the angels, and enjoy the possession of a heavenly kingdom together with the patriarchs, apostles, and prophets. What persecution can defeat such thoughts? What torture can overwhelm them?
Cyprian of Carthage
Awakening Faith: Daily Devotionals from the Early Church
by James Stuart Bell and Patrick J. Kelly
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