53. I am thankful for the religious freedoms we have here in the United States of America.
54. I am thankful for organizations such as The Voice of the Martyrs who keep me a little up on what is happening in so many other countries where people do not have the freedoms that I have — and some are even paying the ultimate price by standing up for what they believe.
In a newsletter that I just received on August 11 from The Voice of the Martyrs, they shared this:
“Imagine waking up one morning to find a red spray-painted symbol on the front of your house, identifying you as a Christian. The Arabic letter for “nun,” meaning ‘Nazarenes,’ was recently painted on homes of Christians in the city of Mosul, Iraq, by an organized terrorist group called IS (Islamic State). Then on July 17, Christians were given a choice: convert to Islam, pay a high tax, flee or die.
VOM workers reported that some recited the shahada (Muslim confession of faith) and converted to Islam. None paid the tax to stay, and most fled the city to save their families’ lives. The believers fled without their belongings, many on foot.”
After reading this, I thought the question that almost always comes to mind when I read real-life stories of old . . . and real-life stories that are actually happening today about how Christians are willing to stand up for faith, how they are willing to “lose it all” in the world’s eyes.
I thought the question, “Would I do it?” Would I be able to see my children being threatened and still stand strong? Would I risk my life by fleeing to a “safe place” and leave my home and all my belongings behind because I could never recant my Savior. He who gave His life for me. Could I not cave and be willing to give my life for Him, realizing that even if I did die a physical death, I would be with Him for all eternity?
I hope I would! I say that is what I would want to do. But I still don’t know what I would do if someone took one of my children and threatened their lives.
Yet that is what God did! He gave His only begotten Son — so that we could live!
I was reading in Numbers 9 how that God directed the children of Israel through the wilderness with a cloud and a pillar of fire. It said repeatedly in this passage, “At the commandment of the Lord, the children of Israel . . . .” Then the passage goes on to show how the children of Israel obeyed.
I too need to obey the commandments of Scripture and have such a close walk with the Lord that I know His leading and follow it. My devotional read,
“God wasn’t simply testing the Israelites; He was leading them to the Promised Land He wanted to take them to a better place. so it was with us when God asks us to follow Him. He wants to lead us to a place of closer fellowship with Himself. His Word assures us that He is loving and faithful in leading those who humbly follow Him.”
Even in those times of difficulties or persecution, God is with those who believe on Him! He will lead us!
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