Revelations 6:9-11 (NIV)

9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters,[a] were killed just as they had been.

Good Monday Morning! The Lord had given me these scriptures yesterday in my quiet time way before the terrible tragedy in Texas occurred. I knew that we could use some encouragement today as we face another tragic act of evil. My word from the Lord was so encouraging that I couldn't wait to share it with you today! God has a white robe waiting on you so don't give up or give in-- our eternal home waits for us!

I began to search all kinds of commentaries and things to further understand the scriptures above. The greatest part for me was the truth that our testimony coupled with the blood of the Lamb is the most powerful weapon against the enemy and evil! Many times I am asked about how one can fulfill their purpose or how do I know if I am doing what God is asking me to do with my life. Right here in today's scripture God is showing us that the power of your testimony is one of your greatest gifts you can give back to the eternal Kingdom!

God more than ever wants the faithful to stand for His truth in the midst of the darkness and the evil of the world! God needs your faithful witness to who He is and what He can do for those that love Him. My urgent plea to all of us is to stand firm, stand strong, and to share with everyone our own personal testimony of what God has done in our lives and what God continues to do through us!

My challenge this week is: if you are bogged down in the tragic events of the darkness of our world and the evil that we face-- take heart God has a white robe with your name on it waiting in heaven! Be bold and courageous and share your own personal story to everyone of what God has done for you in your life! I challenge all of us to be a light in this dark world. YOUR story matters and God gets ALL of the glory for all that He has done and has yet to do! Be encouraged today that the world is a temporal dwelling and that one day we will be in our eternal home with Jesus Christ dressed in our white robes-- clothed in Jesus' righteousness!