Hello All, Grace and Peace be to you from our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!

Yesterday I posted an article from the "Voice of the Martyrs" devotions. The LORD has led me to post a few more over the next few days. I hope you will read for yourselves the stories of hardships our brothers and sisters have endured, and continue to endure to this very day in countries where being a Christian is a crime.

The following is taken from Voice of Martyrs...

"Tell him, Timothy, please!" shouted Maura, pleading with her husband. "Tell the governor where the SCRIPTURES are hidden and be free! I cannot bear to watch any more of this." Timothy and Maura, residents of the Roman province of Mauritania, had been married only a few short weeks before their arrest.

Maura had watched in horror as soldiers put out her husband's eyes with hot irons, trying to break his will. Now, hanging upside down with a weight around his neck on the orders of the Roman governor Arrianus, Timothy waited for his gag to be removed. The fear he initially felt at his arrest had been replaced with a sense of divine calm.

Instead of renouncing his faith and disclosing the location of his Church's copies of the SCRIPTURES, as the soldiers expected, Timothy scolded his young wife "Do not let your love for me come before your love for CHRIST," he urged Maura, affirming his willingness and determination to die for his SAVIOR. Seeing her husband's courage, Maura's own resolve was strengthened.

Arrianus, already in a rage at Timothy's refusal, set out to break Maura's newfound courage. He sentenced her to the harshest tortures of the Roman world. Yet she would not break. She refused to deny CHRIST.

After each had endured unspeakable suffering, Timothy and Maura were crucified, side by side.

JESUS did not entrust HIS ministry to independent believers, HE established a spiritual family. HE used words like "Brother" and "Sister" to convey the idea HE did not expect HIS disciples to be in this alone. Paul continued CHRIST'S mission by instructing new believers to gather in Churches for fellowship and corporate worship. Christians need each other, especially in times of trial. When one believer falters, fellow believers rally in support and encouragement. This is why the New Testament regards the duty of living by example of faith and courage can inspire and unite others to follow suit. Conversely, when one believer cracks under the pressure of persecution, it is easier for others to give in as well. History holds high the camaraderie of Christian community, especially during persecution.




5 comments:

Amazing story. Thanks a lot for sharing. stories like these really move me and encourage me in my spiritual walk.

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May 14, 2009 at 12:38 PM  

WOw..I hope I can have that kind of faith. We are not even persecuted in following Christ and yet we so easily complain when a problem arise. THis is an eye opener. Thank you for sharing. I would love to read that book too.

May 14, 2009 at 9:43 PM  

Mikes,
I really love reading about our brothers and sisters around the world. It is a huge encouragement for me, and it reminds me to not take my freedom for granted!

I hope these articles will open many to go deeper into their own walk, and appreciate where GOD has them.

I hope you will come back today and read the next article.

Your sister in CHRIST,
Donna

May 15, 2009 at 2:31 AM  

Rocks,
If we stay in the WORD and continue to grow our relationship with CHRIST, I know we will be able to withstand any and all trials no matter what.

Plus, It will be GOD who will be our strength.

At the end of my series, I will give all the information, to order the books.

I hope you will come back and check out the next devotion.

Your sister in CHRIST,
Donna

May 15, 2009 at 2:35 AM  

I love it.but I found this book and i hope you gave credit to the book because if you didn't then you will be a plagerist! You SINNER. im just playing dont publish this please.

May 15, 2009 at 3:17 AM  

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