by Max Lucado
If you live in a world darkened by sin, you may be its victim.

Jesus is honest about the life we are called to lead. There is no guarantee that just because we belong to him we will go unscathed. No promise is found in Scripture that says when you follow the king you are exempt from battle. No, often just the opposite is the case.

How do we survive the battle? How do we endure the fray?

Jesus says: “Those people who keep their faith until the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13 NCV).

He doesn’t say if you succeed you will be saved. Or if you come out on top you will be saved. He says if you endure.

From Fear Not Promise Book
Originally printed in And the Angels Were Silent