A couple of Sundays ago it was the official day to remember the persecuted church around the world and it turned into a day that rocked mine...
We were informed about what is happening to the believers in Nigeria, Egypt, Iran and Pakistan. We did a lot of praying and some crying. It was very sobering. We were implored to keep the brethren in these countries in our prayers, and lest we forget, hubby and I have set an alarm that goes off at 9:00 PM every night to remind us to do just that.
"In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world." John 16:33
Tribulation = oppression, stress, adversity, crushing, squeezing, distress. (as in the crushing of olives or grapes)
"Think it not strange, concerning the fiery trial that is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you..." -And I always do 'think it strange' and unfair and like God's forgotten me...Pitiful, I know!
"But rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed but on your part He is glorified." 1 Peter 4:12-14
Oh Lord, May I remember these brethren and PRAY:
~ The girl who was set on fire, by people she knew, for her faith.
~The young woman whose throat was slit, who lived and forgave!
~The young boys who saw their parents and siblings killed because they were Christians and who were themselves slit with cutlasses and left for dead, but lived.
~The pastor who was beaten
~The evangelist whose home was burned down and yet he preaches still...
If you'd like to be more informed about brethren around the world go to Voice of the Martyrs website.
"He will redeem their life from oppression and violence and precious shall be their blood in His sight." Psalm 72:14