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, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.
Jesus commends this community for their perseverance, but he also highlights the reality of the spiritual warfare in their city. It serves as a reminder to the people of Pergamum, that they do not suffer absently, but as part of a greater spiritual warfare. Yet they are commended for their perseverance despite the dark nature of the surrounding city. It was their perseverance despite enormous pressure and fear which was commended.
I do not believe all suffering is of a demonic nature, but I do believe that suffering can be used to spiritually discourage and sway our faith and hope in Jesus. When we can recognise that perseverance in suffering is the way of Jesus we gain an upper hand against even the plans of the enemy.
Father, give me the courage and the hope that, even in the face of suffering I will cling to the hope I have in Jesus. Not just in my temporary comfort. Jesus, help me to discern when I am in the middle of spiritual warfare that I might cling to you in spite of difficulty. Amen