The great people of the Bible, who stood firm in the face of persecution, even unto terrible death, did not simply do so under their own strength and power of will. God, Himself gave them the strength to endure, to hold tight to their faith, to the truth, in the face of something we might otherwise consider unendurable. Consider Jesus who, being a man, looked toward his coming death with great concern for what He would face. When the time came though, He endured the whole of it with a grace and dignity that were not born of human ability. God has promised us the same power that He made available to Christ. Therefore, we too can endure any trials, any persecutions, without the fear of failing God. He will help us stand firm.