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When things go wrong, do you run to Jesus or do you run away from Him? What about when you feel you are in a place (maybe work or school) where those around you don’t understand your faith; do you stand with Jesus in defiance of everyone around you, or do you act as though you are just like everyone else? When faced with adversity, the disciples ran even though they promised Jesus they would stand with Him, even if it meant dying for Him. Matthew 26:31 says, Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.” We all want to think we would run into a burning building, but the truth is most of us do not have that kind of courage unless it involves someone very close to us. If our relationship with Jesus is weak, so will our desire to stand with Him when things get tough. If the disciples ran, what makes us think we won’t? Our strength and courage to stand can only come from our faith and a close relationship with Him.

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