You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. (Jeremiah 1:7)
God sent Jeremiah to Israel to speak on his behalf. His words were to be God's words. God has spoken to us through His Word - the Bible.
In my country, we experience a great shortage of that word. So, for us, the verbal sharing of the Word of God has become very important. "And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us" (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
Whether we are free - or in captivity - there will always be opportunities to share the news that Christ came to save sinners. Do we use these opportunities or are we too afraid of the consequences: Prison, persecution, torture, even death?
May we be people about whom God says, "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death" (Revelation 12:11).
Writer of the Month: Yang Zhang from China. A fiery evangelist from China writing under a pseudonym for his protection.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)
Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you'll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world. Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.