After the woman with a Masters in Islamic studies failed to get her to return to the Moslem creed, her dad locked his only daughter in a room and threatened to kill her. To live and receive his blessing, all she had to do was simple. Deny that Jesus was divine and deny that He died on the cross for her sins.
Raised on the West Bank in a Palestinian home, through reading the New Testament and her mother’s childhood stories about Jesus, she crossed over. Jesus became her Savior, but when her dad threatened her, Fatima was terrified. Was it her last day on earth? What should she do? She prayed.
“Now a large crowd was accompanying Jesus; and He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father, his mother, his wife, his children, his brothers and sisters, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever is not carrying his cross and following me, is not able to be my disciple. For which of you who wants to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to determine whether or not he has enough to finish it lest after laying the foundation, you are not able to complete the building? Then everyone seeing the unfinished project will mock saying, ‘This person began to build but was not able to finish.’ Or what king, who goes out to engage another king in battle, will not first sit down and figure out whether he is able with ten thousand men to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if he doesn’t think he can win, while the other king is still a long way off, he’ll send an emissary and seek terms of peace.
So every one of you who does not leave all that you possess is not able to be my disciple.
Salt is good, but if it has lost its taste, how can it become salty again? It’s no longer good for the ground or for the dunghill. They just throw it out. The one who has ears, let him hear.’” Luke 14:25-35
Jesus was clear. When it comes to our allegiance, He takes absolute precedence over everything--our families, our material stuff; even our lives.
Fatima kept Jesus at the core of her life and refused to obey her father. Three months later she was still alive. In fact an opportunity came for her to move to the United States where she could worship freely. For many years her dad refused any contact, but before he died, she was able to speak to him.
LORD, I pray for other friends who have crossed over to faith in Jesus from Islam who still live under intense pressure from their families and from their culture. Encourage and sustain them. And help Your children as we celebrate Independence Day this weekend to realize that freedom of religion is one of our country’s most precious gifts.
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