Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. (Psalm 20:7-8)
We live in a time where materialism is defended, where being an atheist is normal, and being a Christian abnormal. Many people criticize our faith saying it is a remnant of the past, of colonialism and exploitation. They conclude that the church is for the weak, a shelter for the defeated. According to their philosophy our faith is a failure and the Christian race will soon become extinct, to make place for a new, perfect society.
Communism nevertheless, has lost its grip. They are the ones that have failed. The new, perfect society turned out to be a utopia. The church, on the other side, has grown. The weak Christians turned out to be so strong that all atheistic teaching could not destroy them. The so-called faint-hearted, turned out to be people full of hope, joy and power.
Today's society is in a bad shape, while the Church of Jesus Christ awaits the return of the King of kings, Jesus our Lord. "They are brought down and fall, but we rise and stand firm."
Trust in the name of the Lord our God and stand firm with us.
Andrés Noriega from Cuba. This pastor and Bible distributor has greatly spread the Gospel in Cuba. He writes using a pseudonym.
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.