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Visalia First
July 29, 2017
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07/30/2017 Visalia First: The Church of Smyrna
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

http://bible.com/events/255502

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A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

1. GOVERNMENT Persecution – I know your sufferings.

A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

2. ECONOMIC Persecution – I know your poverty.

A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

3. RELIGIOUS Persecution – I know the slander against you.

A. Four Reasons For Persecution:

4. PHYSICAL Persecution – You will suffer ten days.

B. Two Responses To Persecution:

1. There is one that ENTICES you to depart the faith. (Reaction)

B. Two Responses To Persecution:

2. There is one that brings you CLOSER to God. (Response)

C. Two Rewards For Overcoming Persecution:

1. You will RECEIVE the crown of life.

C. Two Rewards For Overcoming Persecution:

2. You will escape the second death.

Revelation 2:8-11 NIV
“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. 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. 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. 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.

http://bible.com/111/rev.2.8-11.NIV

John 8:31-47 NIV
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father. ” “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the works of your own father.” “We are not illegitimate children,” they protested. “The only Father we have is God himself.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

http://bible.com/111/jhn.8.31-47.NIV

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God does a lot of things in our lives . Giving us the crown of life.
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Let your mess become your message… your test…your testimony… 

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