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.

 
 


 
 
 
“You are saying it wrong,” the exasperated
guard instructed the elderly Chinese believer.
“You are supposed to say ‘Prison is good,’ not
‘Jesus is good.’”
Al Ling smiled. “But prison is not good. That’s the point. Am
I supposed to lie?”
“Then give me fifty push-ups!” the frustrated Communist
guard commanded. “Just like yesterday.”
Seventy-year-old Al Ling did her push-ups and returned to
her camp. Ling’s husband had been arrested for spreading the
gospel, and he had passed away. Now she was in prison for
telling her fellow Chinese people about the love of Christ.
“Food is good, prison is good!” the prisoners were forced
to shout as instructed after a hard day’s labor in the field.
“Jesus is better!” Her strong voice stuck out from the crowd.
“Al Ling, do you want more push-ups today?” the guard
asked.
“I want you to know how much Jesus loves you,” she smiled
in response. She was thrilled at the opportunity to tell the
Communist guards and other prisoners how good Jesus was,
even if it meant doing daily push-ups. Upon her release, the
guards decided to interrogate her one last time. “Where does
your husband work?” the young guard asked.
“Oh, he is doing underground work,” she answered. The
interested guard took out a notepad. Al Ling smiled, “He
passed away years ago.”

Al Ling was no theologian. She was not a practiced
orator. Yet with her innocent, steadfast, and even
humorous replies, she was able to confound the
Communist enemies. We may play mind games,
wondering what we would say or do if we were in the
same situation. Could we think on our feet? Jesus
reminds us that we ought not worry about what we will
say when we are asked to defend our faith. We are not
asked to give a prepared speech. We are asked to rely
on him for words of wisdom—at the moment we need
them most. When that moment arrives, God will give
you the words to say to be an effective witness for his
sake.
 


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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