Daily Courage - August 7

from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

The Lord is my light and my salvationwhom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

For in the day of trouble, He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle... (Psalm 27:5)

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Comments of a Chinese pastor who has spent 22 years in prison for his faith-

"If there's no struggle, there will be no strength.
If there's no cross, there will be no crown.
There is no way we can follow Christ without a cross. Let us cherish it and cling to it."

If a man in the free world would have spoken these words, one could have laughed at such theatrical statements. But now that a Chinese brother speaks from experience - 22 long years of imprisonment, torture, and hard labor - we should listen carefully.

When asked what sustained him in prison he replied: Psalm 27 and the song "The Old Rugged Cross." "Let us cherish it and cling to it." Today and every day.

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