12/19/2020 Prayer Conference Call (Voice of the Persecuted) May our eyes see, and our ears hear the Spirit of the Lord. I like to share with you the following from a sister in Christ, Kalli Womack Cook.
Jesus dealt with various wicked spirits during His ministry on earth, but the last one He tangled with on the day of His death was the religious spirit. The same one that mocked Him and spit in His face because He would not forsake the cross.
You cannot argue with this spirit because it will argue Scripture with you nine ways to Sunday, just like the religious leaders during Jesus’ earthly ministry. It is devoid of genuine meekness, confident in its understanding and teachings and perception of religious things. It compels human beings to use God’s word to create divisions and factions, deceiving them to believe that they are teaching righteousness and serving God— when in reality, they are being used by the enemy to provoke division among believers.
You will never be religious enough to suit them. The cross is conspicuously absent from their teaching. The focus is more on how we can be righteous by our “right understanding of this or that teaching”, rather than what it means to die in Christ, to glorify His work on the cross, and to join in His sufferings. It is subtle and deceptive, seducing us with the illusion of our own righteousness instead of our dependence upon Christ’s. It is the amassing of pupils and inculcating hope in religion, rather than pointing people to their only Savior and hope, Jesus Christ.
Beloved, I know this may sound harsh, but I am sharing this by compulsion of the Spirit. What God wants His people to understand in this late hour is that He hates our religion. He hates the religious spirit that Christ battled throughout His ministry. It is this Antichrist spirit that led to his crucifixion— the religious spirit that is full of pride and arrogance and self-righteous certainty. The spirit that puts itself “in the place of” Christ. The spirit that people follow “instead of” Christ— religion instead of Christ, our righteousness instead of His, our works instead of His work: the cross He died upon to show us the way.
The time is coming, and now is, that we will be called upon to make our stand. And when we do, His glory will rise upon us because it will be shown that the only thing we are standing upon, the only thing we teach and proclaim— is Him.
(Matt 5:11-12) Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.
(John 15:26-16:3) When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father—He will testify about Me. And you also must testify, because you have been with Me from the beginning… They will put you out of the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me. source
We will continue to pray for:
- Leah Sharibu and Alice that they will be set free from Boko Haram captivity
On Jul 08, 2020 · Leah Sharibu was kidnapped along with 109 other students on February 19, 2018 when Boko Haram attacked a boarding school in the city of Dapchi, Maiduguri Diocese, in north-eastern Nigeria. A month later, some of the girls died in captivity and all the others were released, except Leah.
- Pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison, for his family, the children, and the church in China
On December 28 the police raided the Early Rain Church and arrested Pastor Wang Yi, his wife Jiang Rong, and ten elders of the well-known 750-member church for holding “illegal” services. Some 100 believers were detained, questioned, and later released. Pastor Wang’s wife was also released. Pastor Wang remained in detention.
- For Anita, an Iranian Christian, persecuted by the Islamic regime.
- For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues
Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani converted to Christianity at the age of 19 and leads a 400-member house church in Rasht, Iran. Since 2006, Iranian authorities have consistently harassed and detained Pastor Nadarkhani and his family. In 2010, the authorities sentenced him to death for apostasy before acquitting him in 2012. Pastor Nadarkhani was tried again in 2017 on false charges of “acting against national security” and promoting “Zionist Christianity,” for which he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. By July 2018, plainclothes agents raided Pastor Nadarkhani’s home to execute the sentence, beating and apprehending him and using a taser gun on one of his sons. He is now incarcerated at the notorious Evin prison near Tehran.
- For the harvest
“2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Luke 10:2
Tonight, we are excited to welcome you to pray on the prayer conference call for our Persecuted family and for the Global Harvest!
In the love of Christ,
Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Leader
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!
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