I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)
During the time that rebels in Colombia attacked Christians and churches, the following happened, a group of Christians were meeting in their church in the hills, when all of a sudden a man came running to the church, shouting, "A group of killers are on their way to this church." For a moment fear filled the church. Should they all run away and hide? At this moment of despair a brother stood up and said, "Fear not, you are not in Colombia, you are in Christ." It had such an impact on the believers that instant calm returned to the group. Or, as another Christian leader in Latin America stated, "In order to be a Christian here, you have to recognize the truth, that any extra day you live will be considered a bonus."
Yes, we have died already. Death is not awaiting us. We have experienced it already, in Christ, and have been raised to life eternal. The coming death of the body is therefore just a passage, a pass-through. Let us use the bonus time we have to live for Him. "He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for him..." (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Climatic circumstances (a tropical rain storm) did not allow the group of rebel killers to reach the church in the hills."...He sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous" (Matthew 5:45). Hallelujah.
Horacio Herrera from Cuba. Because of his leading role in the Cuban Church, 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.