God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Pastor Samuel Lamb
When we suffer for our faith in Jesus Christ we should never complain to God or hate those who cause the suffering. The Bible teaches us again and again that suffering is a mark of true discipleship. Those who complain do so at their own cost, they will only suffer more and thus lose their victory, and when you lose your victory, you lose God's blessings. Therefore, hardships and trouble are times to experience the help of God and is that not what we want, God's help?
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
I have had the privilege to be punished by 21 years of imprisonment. That's what my accusers named it, punishment. It turned out to be my privilege.
The troubles were many. Oh, how I longed for God's help. It has taught me this spiritual truth: The greater the need, the greater the help. What a blessing. I dare say - if a preacher has never suffered he cannot fully comprehend God's help. I have experienced plenty of trouble ... it opened the way to see plenty of God's help. Available for me. Available for you.
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)
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