Daily Courage - January 9

from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way.  (Psalm 46:1-2)

Mehdi Dibaj

In the story of Daniel's friends in the fiery oven, God teaches us an important spiritual truth, if we want to walk close to our Lord we must be willing to go into the fire because it is the safest place for us. Not only will our socks not burn, but our clothes will not even smell of fire.

I praise God that during these seven years that I have been in prison for my faith, the Lord Jesus Christ has been my strength in a wonderful way. I not only may walk close to Him in the midst of the fire, but I go forward as well.

He leads me through water and fire

He leads us in the way of the Cross.

Yes, God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble.

Mehdi Dibaj is from Iran. While this book was being compiled, Mehdi Dibaj had been in prison for nine years. Early in 1994 he was released, but was murdered six months later. His courtroom defense was edited to form part of this book.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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