(Voice of the Persecuted) Today, Christians are facing unprecedented persecution simply for being followers of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Warned, “These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling. They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.” John 16:1-2 (NASB)
Why, because we do not worship their god.
“These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me. But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.” John 16:3-4 (NASB)
On Thursday, the U.S. government even declared genocide was being committed against Christians in the Middle East. Though not yet officially recognized, Christians in other parts of the world are also facing or on the verge of experiencing the same. Please pray for them.
When we are facing great trials, Jesus will either calm the storm or become our anchor for us to hold on to and stay afloat. Still at other times, Christ offers Himself as the shelter so that we can ride out the storm under His wing and protection. You can count on Him to be with you through it all. We were never promised that our lives as Christians will be easy, but we are promised that we will never be alone. As revealed in the Scriptures, He will never leave us. There is a victory in Christ, no matter the outcome!
We choose to respond to trials and hardships either with or without God. We were told that in this world we will have trouble. When it comes our way, instead of becoming bitter and angry or giving in to the despair, let us turn to the Lord for hope, comfort, guidance and peace. A divine peace that can be found nowhere else.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NASB) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Father God, we pray that your Almighty hand be on our suffering brothers and sisters. Be with them, holding them in their grief, mourning and sorrow. Father, calm the stress they’re experiencing and give them strength to endure all attacks from the enemy. Silence the Evil One who deceives with whispers, that You have forgotten us. May the Holy Spirit rain down grace and comfort on them. May they feel Your presence and know you are with them through it all. Give us Your heart for those that suffer, may we remember to keep them at the forefront of our prayers and to care for their needs. Lord, we ask that you guide us in the struggles of this life. Teach us Father, to respond not in our flesh, but in Your will. Help us to rely on and rest in the peace that is found only in You. In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Joshua 1:9 (NASB) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
God bless you, brothers and sisters. Don’t give up! Let go of the today’s struggles and Just Be Held.
Together with your generous help, we can reach the goal to alleviate the horrific suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.
Every day, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and to further His Kingdom! As you greatly bless others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!
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