Revelation 2:10 "Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."
Introduction & review
In the letter to the church of Smyrna, we have discovered that Jesus Christ wants a courageous church from the following two thoughts:
1. Courageous faith comes from Jesus Christ. Revelation 2:8
2. Courageous faith is strengthened by trials. Revelation 2:9-10a
In today's post we will consider a third thought from this text that reveals how Jesus wants courageous faith among His people and churches, namely that courageous faith feeds on the scripture.
Courageous Faith Feeds on the Scripture. Revelation 2:10b-11
You would think this could go without saying concerning the Bible being the believer's source and food for daily living. Though many Christian's will tell you that they believe the Bible to be God's word, statistics tell us that only 16% of people in our churches read their Bible's daily. Jesus states to this church in Revelation 2:10b-11 "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death."
How else can you and I hear what the Spirit is saying to us individually and as a church unless by the scriptures? 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words." God affirms His will through the Bible and confirms it through people, circumstances and peace of the heart. Unless your emotions or mind have been exposed consistently to the scripture, you will not hear God speaking to you. The Holy Spirit in you gives you the ears to hear what He is saying in and through the scripture. Unless you and I are going to the book, we won't hear.
To prove how scripture feeds a faith in need of courage, let me list for you some scriptures that equip you to face fear head on:
1. Deuteronomy 20:1 “When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you."
2. Jeremiah 1:7-8 "But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
And all that I command you, you shall speak.
8 “Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord."