Sunday, November 29, 2015

Amazing Testimony

Testimony from a persecuted pastor in India:

In May 2014, the anti-Christian government came to power in India’s general elections. Persecution had always been bad in our region. Now, the persecutors were suddenly in highest seats of government. Things worsened quickly.

Last month, many of our pastors were beaten while preaching inside their churches, as Hindu mobs stormed in and attacked the congregations. The police came. Instead of doing justice, they arrested 
one of the pastors for “insulting Hinduism.” The charge was false. He hadn’t said a word about Hinduism or any Hindu deities: he spoke only of Jesus. 

The arrest was in one of the most mafia-infested, criminalized cities of India. Only the most dangerous offenders end up in jail. The police threw our pastor in jail, in a crowded cell with dozens of murderers. “Whom did you kill?” several asked him when he’d slumped into a corner. 

“Nobody,” was his shocked reply. 

“Then what did you do?” 

“I was preaching,” he said. This confused them. They asked if he’d been preaching politics. He said no, he’d been preaching Jesus. They said they knew nothing of Jesus and asked if he would tell them.

He did and God’s glory swept in. For the next two weeks they had what our pastor called “revival meetings” every day. All the inmates and several of the guards gave their lives to Christ. This terrified the authorities. To prevent further problems they kicked him out of jail! 

When our pastor was arrested, I wept and prayed every day. I’m a mom, and I can’t help but worrying for our people like I would for my own kids. I saw him a few days after his release and asked if he was ok. I’ll never forget his answer. His face radiant, he said, “I’m ready to go back to jail any time!

[This reminded me of Joseph's response when he forgave his brothers:]  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20

Friday, November 27, 2015

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34 Message

I was blessed by this verse today! Thought I'd share it with someone else who might need it, too!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Singing for Joy

At a nursing home outreach, a nurse wheeled a man into the fellowship hall that had not joined us before, staying by his side the whole time.

I asked if anyone had a favorite song. The man began to sing: "Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art". Both his nurse and the other residents shed tears of joy, and started singing with him.

The nurse explained that the only words he had said since coming to the facility were, "Go home".

My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You because You have redeemed me.

Psalm 71:23

Sunday, November 22, 2015

God of Love

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
I receive newsletters from missionaries that I met in Kansas City who are now serving in the middle east and in northern Africa. They tell of many who are turning to Jesus Christ and hungry for God's Word. These people see the injustice and cruelty every day. I pray that they know the one true God  -  the God of Love.

Father God, You alone are our refuge and our strength. May we trust in You in these troubled times.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanking God

"It does not matter what your circumstances are, the instant you begin to thank God, even though your situation has not changed, YOU begin to change. The key which unlocks the gates of heaven is a thankful heart; entrance into the courts of God comes as you simply begin to praise the Lord."
Francis Frangipane

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise:
Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting;
And His truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jesus, Be the Center of My Life

Instead of worrying, pray.
Let petitions and praises
shape your worries into prayers,
letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it,
a sense of God's wholeness,
everything coming together for good,
will come and settle you down.
It's wonderful what happens
when Christ displaces worry
at the center of your life.
Philippians 4:6

Monday, November 9, 2015

Getting Offended

One morning, I was having a wonderful time in God's Word, when I was interrupted by someone who said something very cruel and untrue about one of my family members. In an instant, I went from cloud nine to the pit! I felt like my whole day would be ruined.

I was still furious when my grandchild arrived for a visit. She noticed my open Bible beside my chair and began intently turning each page. "What are you looking for?" I asked.

"I want to see Jesus!" she told me.

"My Bible doesn't have pictures," I explained. She kept turning and found a slip of paper that I had tucked between the pages a while back. She handed it to me. In my own handwriting, it said, "Don't become offended!"

Later I thought about the fact that all of us have done wrong. All have been guilty before God. All of us have a choice to stay bitter or accept the peace Jesus has provided.

He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:5 Amplified

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Praising God - A Full Time Position With Benefits

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And all that is within me,
bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with
lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Psalm 103:1-5

I read the inspiring book WAR ROOM this weekend, based on the Christian movie in the theaters now. It's a story of an elderly woman who spends time in her Prayer Closet, which she calls her War Room, and the many benefits that follow - far greater than her expectations.