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.

 
 


The letter’s power didn’t come from its one
line of words: “Stop preaching to Muslims.”
Its delivery method made the greater
impact; it was attached to the bloody body of
a Bible college student named Sheraz. The
letter and Sheraz’s body were dumped at the
front gate of his church near Lahore,
Pakistan.
Sheraz hadn’t followed the letter’s advice. He had preached
everywhere he went about the love of a Savior who had died
for his sins. He had preached to the workers at the factory
where he worked, to his Bible school, and to his own family.
A week earlier, Sheraz was working at the factory to support
his parents and three sisters when he got into a discussion
with some Muslim coworkers. They became angry, and other
workers reported a heated argument. That was the last time
anyone saw Sheraz alive.
Sheraz had known the risk. Many others in Pakistan had
been killed for sharing their faith. Others had been accused of
blasphemy and locked away in prison. But the gospel
message was too good, and Sheraz just couldn’t keep it to
himself.
The members of his church wouldn’t take the letter’s advice
either. They continued to preach to Muslims, offering Jesus’
love to those enslaved by the hatred and fear of Islam. They,
too, knew the risks, but they have continued and will continue,
even if they must follow Sheraz’s example.

The most effective witness is a sincere one. We don’t
have to memorize the theological significance of the
atonement to tell others that Jesus makes a difference
in our lives. All Jesus asks is that we testify to what we
have seen and heard with our own eyes and ears. Our
personal experience is the most powerful argument for
faith in Jesus Christ. No one can dispute it, because it
happened to us. Are you hesitant to share your faith?
Are you afraid you will say the wrong thing or be
stumped by someone’s questions? Just say what you
know to be true. Your personal experience makes you
an expert witness in the case for Christianity.


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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