Friday, June 12, 2015
If you suffer persecution let it be for living as a Christian, and not for some other reason. It's never in vain. Yes, do like Saeed Abedini has done.
There is someone for some dumb reason dreaming of, plotting, and working twenty four hours a day just to take it all away from you, and from others too. And they might even one day succeed, but that doesn't mean you need to let them hurt others, or (like some foolish leaders or those duped) help them to, or start to hate. Live and work so that people will stop bein' ripped off by thugs and can start living free. Be, think, and consistantly live so that even the thugs would hear you ..so that they might stop, repent, and also live changed in Jesus Christ.
Read the Bible and muse in Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Please realize that the dumb reason behind the thug's evil work to hurt people might be a religious one (remember when religious people with religious motives gave Jesus a hard time thinkin' they were glorifying God), but God has never been cold-blooded, or mean, or religious for one second.
Listen, if you enjoy some freedom today, then I challenge you to use your freedom for the sake of the truth Gospel instead of to hurt or take from others. Become a real Christian doing what Christ would do.
I've listened to a bold Christian witness, Mrs. Naghmeh Abedini who has taken Christ's Message before many world UN leaders. I've heard her talk about her faithful Christian husband, Saeed, who is (since 2012) still locked up. He has been tortured there in an Iranian prison for his faith. Please pray for them and for their two children who miss their daddy. Let's follow their example as they follow the good example of Jesus.
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." ― Paul, Romans 8:28-29 nkjv
"The way we lived our life, we didn't really have a ministry, we didn't have any direction," Abedini said about life before Saeed's arrest in Iran in September 2012.
"...after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ." Acts 5:40-42
"It was strictly forbidden to preach to other prisoners. It was understood that whoever was caught doing this received a severe beating. A number of us decided to pay the price for the privilege of preaching, so we accepted their (the communists') terms. It was a deal; we preached and they beat us. We were happy preaching. They were happy beating us, so everyone was happy." ― Richard Wurmbrand
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