For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him. (Philippians 1:29 NIV)
The above verse is not so popular with Christians in this country, unless you count giving something up for Lent as suffering. We tend to be “comfortable” in our Christian walk, but to hear us talk, well that’s another story. If we should take a look at what real suffering is, we will pale by comparison.
As Revelation unfolds, religious freedom will be disappearing. There is coming a day in America when professing to be a Christian will come with persecution and death. It already exists in other countries. There is coming a day when all the church programs and the Sunday morning “get together” will be obsolete by law. Believers will still gather together, but they will be meeting in secret for fear of their life. Is the only time you will want to read your Bible when someone says you can’t?
It’s time to step out of those comfortable pews and return to the dusty paths of the Gospel road. It’s time to be accountable for those who have yet to “see the Light.” It’s time to take to our knees that we might reach heaven. It’s time for Intercession.
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. Romans 13:11 NIV
…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2