Faith under attack!

THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 13:14-23
“So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.” (Mark 13:23)
Jesus speaks like a prophet, using strong language to make a point.
Like a prophet, He also blends immediate and ultimate events, for dramatic effect.
He refers to the imminent destruction of Jerusalem (70 AD) and the last days.
He quotes Daniel (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11) to describe the warning signs.
The ‘abomination’ refers to when enemies profaning the temple.
Like when Antiochus Epiphanes offered pig flesh to Zeus in the temple (167 BC).
When your enemies get bold enough to attack your faith – bad days are coming.
The destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 was indeed terrible (read more here).
Jesus is preparing His disciples for terrible days to come.
He assures them of survival (v.20) but gives no guarantee against suffering.
The enemy will throw every trick in the book at us, to bring us down.
But if we are on guard, if arm ourselves in the Lord, we will be able to stand firm.
Whether Satan’s attacks are subtle or severe, “be on your guard” and “stand firm!”
As Jesus followers, our strength is in our relationship to Jesus — hang on to Him!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, the enemy is shrewd, and I can be stupid. Increase my sense of urgency for the battle, that I may increase my guard against the enemies schemes.

One Comment

  1. Stand.
    Stand firm upon the Rock.
    There will be persecution. There will be trials. There will be difficult times.
    Yet God is in control. He walks with us at all times.
    What He says will happen. But it is God’s world and He will bring it all to His completion. And He will see us through. Just put your hand in God’s hand. He continues to lead and guide. Trust and obey. That’s comfort. He is the Way. Hope in Him. Let Him lead and guide you at all times for this is God’s world.
    Listen to Him.
    Trust Him.
    Let go and let God lead and guide.
    Yes Father.

    Not a burden we bear,
    Not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss,
    Not a frown or a cross,
    But is blest if we trust and obey.

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