As things are escalating in the world as unbelief and darkness grow then I see very real possibilities that within our lifetime very real and substantial persecution is coming our way. As I continue to convert and grow in the love of God which I am at present free to do without much interference from the world I am in a place of comfort. But when the time comes will I be converted enough to be able to stand up to the real persecutions that will be coming our way? Will I be like a shrinking violet and retreat into my cave like Peter and deny all knowledge of Him? I know by grace I can do all things but am I really prepared to make a stand and shed my blood for Him? That means to go beyond a place of fear to a place of trust even in the midst of persecution and martyrdom. We may not have to shed our blood but we should not be surprised if in due course we have to make a real stand and be prepared to shed our blood for the faith. I would like to think I would. I am pretty certain I would. But no one really knows until they enter the furnace fire!!