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|Persecuted Church (letter to believers) (standard:other, 1054 words)|
|Author: A.M. Snead||Added: May 10 2003||Views/Reads: 2211/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|More Christians have died for their faith in this century than in all of history...|
There seems to be an issue that has been overlooked- or possibly ignored- within the Body of Christ here in America. I feel the Lord leading me to write this, and I pray it will not be ignored or its importance down played and pushed aside. In countries all over the world, our brothers and sisters are suffering severe persecution. Old news? It should never become Old News to anyone claiming the name of Christ. The Word tells us- "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it." We are all part of one body, and each and every part is important and to be cared for. But no member of the Body of Christ should be forgotten or pushed to the back of our minds. Because I guarantee you, Christ has not forgotten the persecuted ones. We, in this country, have become accustomed to an easy life. We have our trials, and even our persecutions, but it in no way compares to what Christians in those countries are suffering through. How many of us wake up each morning wondering if we will be required to die for Christ this day? Any of us? Do we really even know what true persecution is? I doubt it. And we can't, until we taste our own blood on our lips from being beat for our faith, or are facing down the dark caverns of a gun barrel as we're forced to make a crucial decision- Deny Christ or die. As a whole, the Christians in America have become lax in their duties to their fellow believers. When was the last time you sent up a prayer for a persecuted Christian? When was the last time you took a moment and really thought about what life must be like in a filthy, cold prison cell, every muscle and bone in your body aching from beatings and torture, your mind being assaulted by doubts and fears, wondering if God really does know you're there? Wondering if anyone knows you're there, and if there is even a single prayer going up for you? When was the last time? Or was there ever a time when you thought about it? It is time we quit convincing ourselves that a couple nights a week in a church building is sufficient for our Christian walk. It is time we stopped laying the burden on someone else and took it upon ourselves. And it is far past time for us to stand up to the enemy and drive him back, and not just drive him back, but pursue him and take back what belongs to us as children of the living God. Read your bible! We are CONQUERERS through Christ! Did we ask God into our lives to sit idly by on a pew somewhere? Are we really satisfied with our own salvation alone? Have we become so selfish?? Christ is our example, never forget this!! Did Jesus turn a blind eye to the lost? Wasn't the lost his prime objective? And what about the persecuted believers? What about them? We have forgotten, haven't we? We have separated ourselves from them. But I promise you, this separation won't last forever, because persecution is coming to this nation. And one day, life as we know it will cease to exist. And we will be waking up each morning wondering if today is the day we will be required to make that ultimate stand. Are you ready for that? I mean, are you really? Because the entire nation doesn't have to come under the persecution, for that persecution to come to your door. And if you don't believe me, remember the incident at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, April 20, 1999. A teenage girl died that day because she believed in God. 1999. Not so long ago, was it? Not so far away, either. Persecution of God's people is invading this country. And one day it may just walk up to you, jam its deadly finger in your face, and inform you it is time for you to decide just how far you are willing to go for your God. The imprisoned Christians in those countries over there have proven the depth of their faithfulness to their Lord. The young Girl in Colorado has proven hers. When our time comes...will our faith come through the fire? The days are coming, and coming upon us fast, when our faith will be required of us. This is not a game we're playing down here. We are in spiritual warfare. We are soldiers for Christ. We are His army. Why are we lounging in camp, when it is our duty to be in the battle? And why are we turning a deaf ear, a blind eye, to the cries of our fellow soldiers suffering for the same cause that we ourselves are supposed to be fighting for? GOD IS NOT PLEASED!!! How, I wonder, can we look ourselves in the mirror each morning and go about our day without a thought of the blood of our sisters and brothers being spilled for the same Lord we ourselves claim to serve. God is calling us to pull our heads up out of the sand and WAKE UP!! Our lives are not our own, we are bought with a price! We have work to do, people, and there is no time left to say it "gently"!! God is calling us to commit- not get comfortable! Hell is out there, and souls are succumbing to it everyday. It is time we got off these pews and did something about it!! How can the kingdom of God prevail when his army WON'T EVEN FIGHT!! Christians all over the world have answered God's call of commitment- and paid the ultimate price for it. How willing are you? Don't close your eyes to your brothers and sisters suffering for Christ, don't turn away from the work that needs to be done. It's time we woke this world up to our God. Are you ready for battle? Are you ready to be the Christian Christ called you to be? "Why do you shed your blood for Christ?" The persecutor asks. "Because He shed his for us." The persecuted answers. "You will die." The Persecutor insists. "He died for us." The Persecuted answers. Tweet
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