from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church,
If we endure, we will also reign with him. (2 Timothy 2:12)
Pastor Samuel Lamb
Endurance means suffering here. In English the word "patient" is the same for a sick person and for a person who endures. A sick person cannot choose. He must be patient. As we suffer for Christ we have to be like the patient who must be patient.
Those who endure suffering for Christ's sake are patients who are very healthy. They secure blessing upon blessing and will reign with Him in glory.
When we share in His sufferings we will also share in His glory. Do not complain about your sufferings - but pray for endurance. "Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7). Not just prison doors but also spiritual doors of darkness and defeat. So that we might walk in the light.
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12).
Writer for the month - Samuel Lamb from China. This noted pastor was in prison for over 20 years. He is still under great pressure from the authorities. Hundreds attend his so-called House Church, especially young people. His story is available in a book Bold as a Lamb published by Zondervan, 1991.
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.