8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.
I hear God telling me that my life situations will always be a “mixed bag” – some good things to celebrate and some hard things to struggle through. And that my spiritual health will also be mixed – doing good in some ways and not so good in others.
So I will, in my daily devotions, focus on how rich I am in Christ and seek the Spirit’s guidance on how to apply those resources so I can endure the difficulties and to repent of where I am failing to obey Jesus.
Lord, grant me the ability to apply Your riches to today’s challenges. Amen
Dean Honnette, Pastor
Hope Center Covenant Church – Pleasant Hill