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THE COST OF LIVING FOR CHRIST   Leave a comment

Good morning all. This Word is very uplifting and encouraging. It puts things in perspective. Personally for me. When I began to receive the truth in God’s Word I had opposition. That caused me to take it personally; which caused me to get into self-pity and strife. I began to have thoughts that were against the ones I tried to minister the truth to. I took it personal because it came from people in the church. I thought if anyone would listen and receive, it would be those I knew in the church. We can’t be against even our brethren who are blind. Just like when Jesus was on the earth and there were Pharisees and Sadducees, we have them today. Putting the church and people down isn’t the answer. How I responded was wrong. It wasn’t out of love like the Lord Jesus did (and still do), but I wanted revenge because I took it personally. The Holy Spirit told me not to take it personal. Reading this Word helps me to realize the danger in taking it personal. They weren’t rejecting me. They were rejecting the Word of God; which is dangerous for them. Even this morning prior to reading this devotional I was sharing the Word with someone and was ignored in a really rude manner. I started telling the person how rude that was, but the Holy Spirit said to stop correcting them and to stop talking to them about the Word because they are rejecting it. Then He led me to pray in this manner “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing”. The same prayer the Lord said. The same prayer the Lord’s disciple, Stephen said in his last breath. When they are rejecting the Word of God, they are hurting themselves more than what they think. So instead of getting angry, remember they aren’t rejecting you, they are rejecting God and that’s more dangerous. Have compassion on them and pray for them. Remember, God loves them also. Jesus died for us all, even the ones who rejected and persecuted Him. When we respond the way God tells us, it keeps self-pity, strife, ungodly anger, bitterness (ALL things from satan) from entering our hearts. Finally, don’t forget it’s a good thing to suffer for righteous sake. Rejoice… Peace and blessings to you all.

Veronica

THE COST OF LIVING FOR CHRIST – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 9:58 "And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."

MATTHEW 8:18-22; LUKE 9:51-62

This verse has often been used to support the misconception that Jesus and His disciples lived in poverty. However, in this instance, the fact that Jesus had nowhere to lay His head was because of persecution. The Samaritans, because of a religious prejudice, had just refused Him hospitality and a place to stay as He journeyed to Jerusalem. Persecution is part of the cost of living a Christian life. Jesus was communicating to this man that not having a place to stay at times was part of that cost.

There are many forms of persecution. Having your life threatened because of your faith in Jesus is one way you can be persecuted, but it is not the most damaging. History shows that the Church has always flourished under persecution with increased numbers and zeal. During intense, life-threatening persecution, people’s priorities get straightened out and the Lord assumes His rightful place. This always works for our good, regardless of what our outward circumstances might be.

A far more deadly form of persecution is men simply speaking evil of you or separating you from their company. It’s more deadly because it’s more subtle.

Many who would never directly deny the Lord will fall into self-pity or strife because of someone’s criticism. This will render one just as ineffective as a negative reaction to having one’s life threatened would.

It helps to recognize that it is not you that they are persecuting, but rather Christ in you. You are actually becoming a partaker of His sufferings and will share His rewards. With this in mind, we can actually shout and leap for joy in persecution!

Posted June 30, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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The wedding photo of Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani. (Photo credit: Gabriel Wani)

Pray for Christian Mother Sentenced to Death for Apostasy

[170] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Meriam Yahia Ibrahim.

A 27-year-old Sudanese woman, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, was sentenced to death in early May for apostasy. Eight months pregnant at the time of her sentencing, she gave birth to a baby girl on May 26. Ibrahim explained to the court that she had grown up as a Christian under her Christian mother’s care, but the court convicted her of apostasy because her father is Muslim. In addition, she is to receive 100 lashes for a charge of adultery, relating to her 2011 marriage to a South Sudanese Christian man. Since Ibrahim’s father is Muslim, the marriage is not recognized under Sharia law. Her own family filed the complaint about her marriage, resulting in the charges. The court gave her three days to recant her Christian faith, but she refused to do so. Ibrahim’s 20-month old son, Martin, and newborn daughter the couple named Maya, will be held in prison with her until her execution.

Voice of the Martyrs–Nigeria: Kidnapped Girls Escape   Leave a comment

Good morning all. Please pray for our brothers and sisters that are being persecuted. Pray for the releasing for all this girls. Pray the captures receive salvation. We have His great power residing in us. When you read this story, don’t focus on what satan is doing through the terrorist, but remember the greatness that resides in us and believe. Perfect love cast out fear. We are victorious in our Lord Jesus. The jailers must set them free. There is NO comparison to the exceeding greatness of Lord’s Power. Our enemy IS defeated. Ephesians 1:19-23; And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.

Please read this article from Voice of the Martyrs (VOM):

Nigeria: Kidnapped Girls Escape

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VOM is providing assistance to two sisters who recently escaped captivity from Boko Haram.

Two sisters, Kamka, 19, and Naya, 16, were sleeping when radical Muslims invaded their home. The armed terrorists entered their brother’s room and shot him in the hand before demanding to know where the girls’ father was. When they realized the two sisters were not married and their father was not home, they took the girls by force.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has declared war on Christians in Nigeria, frequently attacking Christian villages, burning Christians’ houses and murdering indiscriminately. They also kidnap teenage girls and force them to convert and marry Boko Haram members.

After forcing Kamka and Naya to walk through the woods at gunpoint, the terrorists immediately put them to work fetching water and cooking. A few days later, the girls were told that both of them were to be married. “We’re too young,” Naya protested. But the leader then showed them his daughter, a girl of 7 or 8, who was already married.

VOM assists Christians who have been injured because of their faith by paying hospital bills, obtaining quality care and even providing prostheses. 

“If we refused to cooperate, we would be killed,” Naya told a VOM worker. “The man whom I was forced to marry took me. He picked up his gun and a knife and threatened to murder me if I continued to resist.”

The sisters cried and prayed together, unsure of what would become of them. But after two weeks, a Muslim woman took pity on them. While fetching water with the girls, she showed them an escape route and told them to run away.

The girls escaped under cover of darkness. They knocked on the door of the first house they came to, praying the owner would be friendly. Although he was Muslim, the man took pity on the girls. He allowed them to bathe and eat, and then had his sister take them to a nearby Christian village.

The girls were traumatized by their experience but are now doing reasonably well. Since it is unsafe for them to return to their home, VOM is providing care for them at a safe house through one of our project partners.

“I thank God that He has saved us from the hands of these bad people,” Naya said. “Everything is now behind me and I’m not afraid anymore. I only want to look forward now.”

And Kamka is also thankful for God’s protection. “I am very grateful that many Christians pray for me,” she said. “Despite what I’ve been through, I still have faith in God.”

The Voice of the Martyrs invites you to support our work in Nigeria. Your contributions help believers like Naya and Kamka as well as providing support to families of martyrs and medical assistance to victims of extremist attacks.

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Please remember to pray for those kidnapped by Boko Haram and for all our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are under attack. Share this e-mail with your Christian friends so they can join us in prayer.

Opposition To The Gospel   Leave a comment

OPPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Matthew 10:34, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."

MATTHEW 10:34-42

This statement seems like a contradiction to some prophecies concerning Jesus and some of Jesus’ own statements concerning peace, as well as what was written of Him in the New Testament Epistles. However, the peace that Jesus purchased was peace between God and man. We have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). We are exhorted to take this peace and extend it to all men, but it is also made very clear that not all men will receive it.

Peace can only come when we relate to God on the basis of faith in what He did for us, instead of what we do for Him. A person who is thinking that he must perform up to some standard to be accepted by God will have no peace. That puts the burden of salvation on our shoulders, and we can’t bear that load. We were incapable of living holy enough to please God before we were saved, and we are incapable of living holy enough to please God now that we are saved (Heb. 11:6). We were saved by faith, and we have to continue to walk with God by faith (Col. 2:6). Not understanding this has made many Christians, who love God, unable to enjoy the peace that was provided for them through faith in Jesus.

The Gospel will always produce opposition from those who don’t receive it. This "sword of division," even among family members, is not God’s will, nor is it God that causes it. But, it will inevitably come, and Jesus was simply preparing His disciples for that time. As much as we would like everyone to receive the good news, we must not think it is strange when even our loved ones don’t receive it. Jesus was rejected by His own, and we will be also. We must remain faithful to continue preaching the Gospel, for there are others who will receive. Keep sharing the "Good News!"

About Persecution   Leave a comment

ABOUT PERSECUTION – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Matthew 10:23, "But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come."

MATTHEW 10:16-26

Persecution is an inevitable part of the Christian life. Persecution is from satan and is designed to uproot God’s Word in our lives by taking our eyes off Jesus. We should not think it is strange to be persecuted. "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Tim. 3:12). We can actually rejoice because we are being persecuted, for Jesus’ sake, knowing that the Lord will be with us in the midst of the persecution and that there will be more than ample reward when we stand before Him (Heb. 11:26).

Persecution is an indication that the ones doing the persecuting are under conviction. They realize that they are not living what your words or actions are advocating and so, in defense of self, they attack the ones whom they perceive to be the source of their conviction. If this is understood, it makes persecution much easier to take. They aren’t just mad at you; they are convicted. When the Gospel is presented in the power of the Holy Spirit, there will always be either a revival or a riot, but not indifference.

There are many forms of persecution. Having your life threatened because of your faith in Jesus is one way you can be persecuted, but it is not the most damaging. History shows that the Church has always flourished under persecution with increased numbers and zeal. During intense, life-threatening persecution, people’s priorities get straightened out and the Lord assumes His rightful place. This always works for our good, regardless of what our outward circumstances might be. Remember it is not you that they are persecuting, but rather Christ in you.

Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ   Leave a comment

From Voice of the Martyr’s – http://www.icommittopray.com/

Mar. 26, 2014 | India

Praise God for Jailed Believer Who Led 14 to Christ

Vani, a 30-year-old widow, spent 15 days in jail after being charged with kidnapping and forcing a child to convert to Christianity. During her two-week stay, she witnessed to more than 70 women, 14 of whom became Christians. Vani was charged in connection with an incident in early February, when she helped a teenager and introduced her to some other believers. Vani was arrested after the girl’s parents reported her to police. While Vani was in jail, the jailer encouraged her to share the gospel and pray for the other women because he had seen dramatic change in those who accepted Christ. Vani has been released from jail and is now interested in continuing prison ministry.

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Vani and her daughter pray together after her recent release from prison.

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Mar. 26, 2014 | Nepal

Pray for Pastor Beaten for Sharing Gospel

Pastor Mohan Limbu was recently chased out of a village and beaten by local Hindus who were angry that he was distributing Bibles. Two of his ribs were broken in the attack, and his motorbike was also stolen. In addition, the pastor was charged with giving Hindus money to convert to Christianity.

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Pastor Limbu with his family.

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Mar. 26, 2014 | Egypt

Pray for Christian Man Beaten and Arrested

Kamel Saleh Gad Elrab, 67, was severely beaten by Muslim neighbors after he filed a complaint against them for trying to have him evicted from his property. A group of seven armed men came to Kamel’s house, stripped him of his clothes and beat him severely, breaking both of his legs. Kamel was taken to the hospital, and when police arrived they handcuffed him to the hospital bed and placed him under arrest. Egyptian police commonly arrest Christians even when they are the victims of a crime.

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An Egyptian man is receiving medical care after being attacked for his faith.

Persecuted Christians   Leave a comment

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INDIA: House Church Attacked in Karnataka On Jan. 24, Hindu radicals attacked a group of house-church believers at a one-day prayer meeting in Karnataka. The leader of the house church, Pastor Anand, has ministered in the area for more than three years, and the house church is attended by about 10 families.

At about 4 p.m., six hours after the prayer meeting began, Hindu radicals arrived at the house church and interrupted the meeting by shouting at the believers. They snatched Bibles from believers’ hands, tearing some of them up and taking others away. They beat some of the Christians and took them to the police station.

Pastor Anand as well as another pastor and four other believers were charged with forced conversions. The men were detained overnight and released the following afternoon. The case is ongoing.

Please Pray! Pray that all charges will be dropped against these believers and that their work for God’s kingdom will not be thwarted. Pray for their protection as well as that of their families. Pray for the salvation of the Hindu radicals.

"Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us." Is. 8:10

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