One thing that we all have in common is there is something going on in each of our lives. We were never told it would be easy to serve the Lord. There is a heavy price to being obedient. Though it is always much better to obey the Lord and do His will, it is not always easy.
We must be fixed and resolute in our mission as we go forth for Jesus. Knowing that God will deal with the things we cannot and be with our families when we can't be. Paul said it like this..
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 3:13-14
We must pick up our own cross daily to serve the Lord. We are entering into a new day, a time where it will not always be easy to identify ourselves with Christ. The media and the powers that be are diabolically coming against Christianity. Just yesterday the horrific massacre was pinned on a radical christian group. There will be more of these in the days to come as this "New World Order" agenda continues to establish itself. Don't be surprised when the persecution comes, be surprised when it doesn't. If you are truly living for God, living a life of Holiness and walking as a disciple of Jesus persecution will come. Paul didn't say lightly "From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. NLT Gal 6:7" These marks were literal and spiritual marks that identified Paul with Jesus.
But we know that we have the victory in Jesus! Our eyes must be fixed upon the Lord, not our circumstances. God must be big in us in this hour. Many great miracles and breakthroughs are and are about to take place; but only for a short time. Then we will see the persecution start here in America. Yes there will be a great Outpouring of God's presence, but it will be during the persecution that is about to come. It was when the church was persecuted that it spread out and grew, things will be no different in the time to come.
It's not a time to be afraid, just soberminded. It's time to take our heads out of the clouds. Our eyes must be fixed and unmoveable upon the Lord! Time is short there is a harvest to reap, we (all of us) must be busy about the Father's business. Go Forth! Go Forth! Go Forth in Jesus name!