In Matthew 23, Christ ends His ministry to the Jewish leaders by rebuking them because they are unwilling to come to Him. In the next chapter, Jesus leaves the temple because God has deserted it. Jesusâ€™ disciples, however, were still focused on the exterior things and wanted to show Jesus the temple because they didnâ€™t realize that God had abandoned it. When God calls us to something new, we cannot get stuck in what has always been. We must move on in obedience to the call of God. Christ tells His disciples of what will come in the future, but He tells them to not be troubled by these things. People will come deceiving many, so we must see and discern that we ourselves are not deceived. We must be diligent to study the Scriptures, and to test the spirits. In the media today, we hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see that you are not troubled. Donâ€™t be ignorant of things going on, but donâ€™t be consumed with all of it. Instead, fix your eyes on God and His promises. These things must come to pass, but the end is not yet, so walk by faith in the confidence of God. Remember the God that you serve. He is Sovereign and is working all things together for good. Persecution will come to Christians because there is hatred for Christ. There is a greater purpose being worked out though, so do not be troubled by it. People will betray and hate you, but we are commanded to endure--to persevere, and to hold fast to the faith. Weâ€™re also commanded to preach the Gospel and to bear witness to all. Instead of obsessing of the things that will come, set your mind and heart on reaching others with the truth of the Gospel. Christ is with us to the end of the age, so what do we have to fear?