DayBreaks for 3/11/19 – A Most Sobering Truth

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DayBreaks for 3/11/19: A Most Sobering Truth

On Sunday we recognized, remembered and honored the persecuted church around the world. I’m sure you know the stats: more Christians were martyred in the 1900’s than in all the other centuries combined. In fact, based on one source I consulted, 65% of all Christian martyrs ever were killed between 1901-2000. At one point at the height of communism and fascism, 330,000 annually were dying. Best guesses are that presently between 100-150,000 are being martyred each year – that’s over 410 martyrs each and every day, 365 days a year.

Yet, statistics only go so far. They tell neither the personal stories of those who suffer and die for their faith, nor the stories of their families. Putting a face to those who suffer is much more impactful than the numbers themselves.

On Sunday, we had some people with us from China and India who shared stories – and in the case of the brother from India – his own personal story of beatings and his struggle.

But, as harrowing as some of the stories are, what impacted me the most was this verse from 2 Timothy 3:12 (ESV) – Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…  Read that VERY CAREFULLY. It is part of inspired Scripture and is says that not just some, but ALL who desire to live a godly life will be persecuted. That brought me up short. Are you being persecuted for your faith, really? I am not. Part of that is living in America where we have some freedoms, but the verse didn’t say that only those living in countries without religious freedom would be persecuted…it says that ALL who desire to live a godly life in Christ will be persecuted.

The reason I’m not being persecuted isn’t because I live in America – but this verse tells me that it is because I don’t desire to live a godly life. All my life I more or less assumed I wasn’t persecuted because I lived in a free county. And all my life I’ve been wrong.

PRAYER: Forgive me, Lord, for wanting a persecution free life more than I desire to live a godly life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

 

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9 thoughts on “DayBreaks for 3/11/19 – A Most Sobering Truth

      • We’ve been praying at church for the last several months after someone brought this verse to share: “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body” (Heb 13:3) Your post adds even more dimension. Blessings brother

      • That’s awesome that your church is doing that. If you haven’t already, you should introduce them to Mike’s song, Fellow Prisoners. Powerful stuff….

  1. This was a tough Daybreaks to read. I guess I am not living a Godly life. I do not feel persecuted nor have I ever felt persecuted for my Faith.Am I “Luke Warm” in my faith and my relationship with God? Probably, but I am not sure what to do about it.I must trust in the Grace of God and plead for my salvation through Jesus Christ blood.

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    • You and me both, brother! That verse just hammered me yesterday when I realized the real cause of my not being persecuted. I must learn to love the things of God more…by His grace and Spirit that can happen. But we are all in the same boat that only by His grace will any of us be saved, but we can rest in his promises and love. I love you, brother! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights…

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