Thursday, March 15, 2018

Please do not forget the persecuted church, which numbers in the thousands.


D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones






A well known hymn says, "If through fiery trials your pathway should be".  The history of the Church has much to say about  fiery trials.   The apostle Peter in the fourth chapter of his First epistle uses that expression in the twelfth verse: "Beloved, he says, "think not it a strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you." 

It is not strange, it is the lot of God's people. It always has been, it always will be.  "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus," says Paul to Timothy, shall suffer  persecution"( 2 Timothy 3:12, KJV).

The wicked one can bring these things suddenly to bear upon us.  By these means, Satan,tries to alarm us, tries  to fill us with fears.  Do our enemies intend to kill us?  Do they propose to take everything from us? Am I going to lose my position because I am a Christian?  Or will you be troubled about your wife and family?  Will you be troubled about your church, about the whole cause of Christ? Terrible periods of persecution come to the Christian Church.  Again there may be long intervals when there is no persecution except some minor matter, just an occasional shot here and there.  But sometimes the devil, as it were, has been preparing a great mass of fiery darts, and he hurls them all together at the same time; and the onslaught may continue for a period...

The Apostle's teaching is that there is only one way to deal with these attacks.  We must take an use the shield of faith.  It is the only thing that can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. What you must do is to take your shield,.and hold it up, so they they may hit against that portion of the shield which is specifically meant  to deal with them as they burst against it, and  so do you no harm...  These excerpts are from The Christian Soldier, An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10- 20.
The author is D. Martyn Lloyd Jones.



Did you know that you can write  people  who  are in prison, because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?  The Voice of Martyrs has made it easy.

1.Go to, "Prisoner Alert www.prisoneralert.com/ 
2. Click on "Write Letter," which is found next to the image of a prisoner. This will enable you to greet the prisoners, and write encouraging Scriptures, which are in their own language.
3.You can then print it out (the address will be on it) and send it to the prisoner.


Photo - Hadi Asgari












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