In A.D. 373 John Chrysostom became a hermit. He went alone into the mountains near Antioch, seeking to know God better. Although his time of isolation was cut short by illness, he discovered that with God at his side, he could attend alone against anyone or anything.
That experience served Chrysostom well. In A.D. 398 he was appointed patriarch of Constantinople where his zeal for reform antagonized the Empress Eudoxia, who had him exiled.
After a period of time he was allowed to return once again to Constantinople, but yet again Chrysostom infuriated Eudoxia, who once again sent him away.
Question: How did Chrysostom respond to such persecution?
Answer: With these words:
"What can I fear? Will it be death? But you know that Christ is my life, and that I shall gain by death. Will it be exile? But the earth and all its fullness are the Lord’s. Poverty I do not fear; riches I do not sigh for; and from death I do not shrink."
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Contributed by Lorenzo Edwards on Feb 20, 2008
You have to understand this. If the enemy destroys your house, you can build another one. But if he kills your dreams if he destroys your visions. He can destroy your future. And I come to encourage the saints of God on today. Do not stand by and let