Revelation 2:13 I know where you live – where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city – where Satan lives.
God will recognize you by faith even when your surroundings are evil.
Read Acts 16:25-40 This is the story of Paul and Silas’ in prison.
Paul and Silas were in prison when an earthquake struck and rather than leave, they stayed and witnessed to the jailer and the other prisoners, converting many; the next day, God arranged their release. God knew them even in jail. They remembered their Godly purpose even in their unpleasant surroundings.
Sometimes when bad things happen to us we will feel alone. It is easy to think that there is no one who understands us, and that the world is against us. At times like that it is more important than ever to remember that God is with you, and he can pick you out of a crowd, or find you lost in a forest, or on a lonely mountain top. God is expecting you to remember him, and continue to act in faith even when you are unsure of it doing any visible good. That is why it is called an “act” of faith because you don’t always “feel” faithful. Steadfast faith is a decision to continue in your faith no matter how you feel. In the story above we all ask, “Why didn’t Paul and Silas leave when they could?” Most of us would have run as soon as the door opened. Apparently, they believed that the jailer and the prisoners were an opportunity to share God’s word and they didn’t want to pass it up. They were so in connection to the Holy Spirit through their faith that they knew that this was what they were supposed to do. By this “act” of faith on the part of Paul and Silas the jailer and many prisoners were able to hear the message of salvation and embrace it to become true believers. God for his part knew Paul and Silas’ situation, and also knew the situation of the jailer and the other prisoners. It was all part of God’s plan for their salvation. He let Paul and Silas’ experience the joy that God himself feels when a sinner is saved, by letting them participate in the salvation of those people. Once his plan was fulfilled he arranged for Paul and Silas’ release from the prison.
Sometimes in the midst of bad things that happen in life, there is an opportunity to serve God, but it requires an “act” of faith to recognize that opportunity.
Ephesians 6:16 (KJV) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.