WHAT IF YOUR CAT OR DOG WERE BEING BEHEADED OR BURNT ALIVE (I love animals so don't take this message out of context please, I am trying to open your eyes)? IT WOULD BE DECLARED A GLOBAL CRISIS, A HATE CRIME; BUT BECAUSE YOU DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH SOMEHOW YOU CAN JUSTIFY TO YOURSELF THAT THIS WORLDWIDE SLAUGHTER OF CHRISTIANS IS ACCEPTABLE? SINCE JESUS LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR YOU: 43 MILLION CHRISTIANS HAVE BECOME MARTYRS
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourself also in the body - Hebrews 13 : 3
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular - 1 Corinthians 12 : 26-27
Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in (imposed upon) your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish (stabilize), strengthen, settle you.
To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen - 1 Peter 5 : 9-11
LET US BE A VOICE FOR OUR PERSECUTED BROTHERS AND SISTERS AROUND THE WORLD
Around the world, many believers are persecuted, imprisoned, and killed for their faith. They have done nothing wrong, they have hurt no one, yet it is shocking how so many people around the world can just look the other way simply because they don't share the same faith. If it were any other group of individuals being treated like this, what an outrage it would cause! Do you believe in human rights? Right now 200 million people face persecution for simply believing in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Do you need to believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior to care? My personal beliefs: These crimes are horrific done to ANYONE. I know the Word of God very clearly states that this would happen (2 Timothy 3 : 12; John 15 : 18-20; 1 Peter 3 : 17; 1 John 3 : 13; 2 Corinthians 4 : 8-12; Revelation 2 : 10; Mark 13 : 11-13; Amos 5 : 10; Philippians 1 : 28; Matthew 5 : 11, and so many more), but nonetheless; it is hard for me to remain silent in the face of such evil.
All believers are part of the family of God, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. As a part of this spiritual family, we have responsibilities just as we do our earthly families. LOVE: The great commandment.
Jesus said unto them, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great (most important) commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Leviticus 19 : 18) - Matthew 22 : 37-40
PRAYER IS POWERFUL: PRAYING FOR PERSECUTED BELIEVERS
Because the New Testament was written to persecuted believers (the apostles knew about persecution); it is filled with examples of how to pray for our brothers and sisters under attack. Let us each individually pray about ways that we can support our persecuted brothers and sisters and send them the message that THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN: NOT by God, and NOT by us. Christians in Crisis International Ministry, and The Voices of the Martyrs are two great ministries.
Let us pray that God would protect and deliver them to safety according to His good and perfect will (Romans 15 : 30-31; Philemon 1 : 22). Let us pray that God would give them the right words to say as fearless ambassadors for Christ (Ephesians 6 : 19-20; Colossians 4 : 2-4). Let us pray that their future glory would overshadow their present afflictions (Romans 8 : 18). Let us pray that their unshakable joy in Christ would be a witness to their persecutors (Acts 16 : 25; Philippians 1 : 27-28). Let us pray that they would see the grace of Christ as all-sufficient (2 Corinthians 12 : 9). Let us pray that they would treasure Jesus more than life itself (Philippians 1 : 21; Acts 20 : 24). Let us pray that they would trust in God's wisdom, strength, and deliverance (2 Corinthians 1 : 7-9). How they need our prayers!
November 11th is the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted. Our dear sister Irene Belasco has set tomorrow (October 17th) aside as a day of fast and prayer for this very reason. I encourage all who can participate in this fast and prayer to please do so. I understand that some individuals have specific health needs and cannot participate in the fasting part of this, but if you would pray tomorrow that would be so beautiful. GOD BLESS YOU ALL MY DEARLY BELOVED BROTHERS AND SISTERS!