Extreme Devotion

 
How dedicated to Christ and the Great Commission of spreading the Gospel are we? There should never be an excuse as to why we aren't doing all that we can! God gives us many opportunities daily to talk to someone about Jesus and what he has done for us. Jesus said in Luke 9:26 "For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's and of the holy angels."
Our testimony of how we live our lives should speak for itself as in the statement "you should witness everyday and then talk to a few people". How true this is, our lives should be a shinning light in this dark world. Jesus is the answer to the worlds problems!

The weekly listings below will give you some insight to how Christians in the past and also the present day and time have suffered great pain and agony to serve our Lord & Saviour.

 
 


What do you do with someone who is boiled
in oil but doesn’t die?
It is said that Roman emperor Domitian commanded that the
apostle John be boiled to death in oil, but John only continued
to preach from within the pot. Another time, John was forced
to drink poison, but, as promised in Mark 16:18, it did not hurt
him. Thus John, the head of the church in Ephesus at the time,
was banished to Patmos in A.D. 97.
John survived all of this because God had not finished with
him yet. A “revelation” still had to come.
While he was in a cave on the island of Patmos, John
received a vision. This vision became the book of Revelation—
the book that would act as the driving force for evangelism in
the church age. It prophesied the events that surround the
return of Christ. John wrote of Christ’s second coming and
welcomed his arrival. Even today his writings inspire believers
to anticipate the glorious return of Christ.
Two years after John’s exile, the emperor Domitian died,
and John returned to the church in Ephesus. The youngest of
the disciples lived also to be the oldest, dying in peace in
Ephesus at the age of eighty after over half a century of
resilient service to Jesus’ church.

It’s impossible to retire from God’s service. Just ask
John. At a time when the average age of death was
much younger, John lived on to be eighty years old,
faithfully serving all the while. Perhaps you have been
struggling with your own usefulness in God’s service.
Perhaps you feel too old and find yourself thinking God
could use someone younger in your place. Or perhaps
you are young and single and wonder if a married
couple might be more what God has in mind. Instead of
letting you quit on your own excuses, God wants to
build into you a spiritual resilience that is not readily
discouraged. Start asking today for God to reveal your
next steps in service to him.


Forgetfulness. It is the number one enemy of prayerfulness.
We are quick to offer our prayers of support. Unfortunately, our good intentions are rarely good enough to help us carry through on our commitments to pray for those in need. What can remind you to pray for those who are persecuted around the world? Perhaps a small sticker on the face of your watch will remind you. Each time you look at your watch throughout the day can be an opportunity for you to remember a people group who live under religious persecution. Whatever method you choose to be more mindful of the missed opportunities for prayer, follow through on it. Reading stories about extreme believers will not change anything. Praying for extreme believers can change everything—maybe even today. 

from VOM-Extreme Devotion

 

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