Good afternoon and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. A quick message for you. We made it home from the Middle East with new passion, new fire, new resolve, and new respect. NEW PASSION for the persecuted church around the world, for the Body of Christ, and for Jesus. NEW FIRE for time in the secret place, the anointing, serving others, and witnessing. NEW RESOLVE to never give up or quit, to inform and involve more Christians concerning World Evangelism, to pray Christians find their place and “occupy till’ He comes,” and to see an end to whining and complaining when we have it so good. And finally, NEW RESPECT for the persecuted in Iran and the rest of the world, for those who have given their lives for the Gospel, and for those who risk their lives daily for being a Christian.
My book on a bookshelf in Turkey!
The hunger and the zeal the Iranian Christians have for the Word of God, worship, prayer, and to know Jesus is unmatched by any other group of believers I have met. We went to teach and train leaders and pastors and ended up being “schooled” by their examples. No words can describe what we were able to witness. I will make attempts in future devotions as I can. The video below is from The Voice of the Martyrs Organization. It will give you a snapshot view of what it’s like to live as a Christian in Iran. The GOOD NEWS is…because of the persecution, the Christian faith is thriving and growing. In Acts chapter 8, right after Stephen had been martyred, it says…
“And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” (Acts 8:1-4 NIV)
Don’t wait for persecution, preach the Word everywhere you go!