Do not fear what you are about to suffer. The devil is about to throw some of you in prison and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
Be warned. Christianity is not smooth sailing. More appropriate, and historic, is the representation of being out at high sea under tumultuous conditions. Alone, you will never make it. You will suffer and eventually be overcome. Jesus has bound us together in Himself. We are the body of Christ. Together in Christ, we are a sturdy ship ready to cut through every breaker that comes our way. We will still suffer; we will do so together. Waves will come crashing over the sides of the ship; together we will withstand. The devil will attack you and seem victorious; he loses. Christ gives the crown of life. Your crown awaits, faithfully fearless one. In the meantime, don’t be afraid.
Jesus, strengthen me to stand fearlessly in you. Amen.