Ramadan Day 18- Self Control
In describing the Christian’s helmet, Paul wrote in 1 Thess 5:8, “‘let us be self-controlled, putting on the faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” The best armor you can give a soldier is the kind that cannot be destroyed by the enemy. Iran ‘ Maheen’s husband had been in prison for several months when she began to fear the same fate for herself. She began to pray, “Dear Lord, I am not ready to go into prison because of my Christian faith. Please don’t test me beyond my ability.” She knew that she would not be able to handle being arrested, fearing that she might reveal the names of believers, or worse, deny Jesus. Three days later, the secret police knocked at her door. As Maheen slowly walked down the stairs to answer the door, she argued with God, “I have already asked you not to put me in this situation, so whatever happens, it is not my fault.” Blindfolded, they placed her in solitary confinement. “I was scared to death and felt sick,” recalls Maheen. “But then I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit. I felt God’s peace, and my fears went away.” The next day she was brought before the high official where she courageously testified of her Christian faith. “It is an honor for me to tell you about Jesus and salvation too.” The official responded in anger, “Do you know the consequence of this? You can’t evangelize. It will cost you a heavy charge.” Maheen replied, “If I don’t share the truth with you, I will be accountable to God. Therefore I can’t keep silent.” The following day, she was again brought before the official. Sensing the power of the Holy Spirit, she boldly shared Jesus with him. That night she had trouble sleeping. Tossing and turning she was alarmed when the official visited her in the cell. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “I believe God sent you to this prison so that you can share about Jesus and salvation with me.” Maheen talked and prayed with him for three hours; in the end, he repented and accepted Jesus. A few days later, she was released from prison. STAND “ONE WITH THEM” Today, put on a hat, symbolizing the “helmet of salvation,” as you pray for Christians living in Islamic-dominated countries to have the self-control to withstand fears and the courage to share the gospel with their neighbors. PRAY “ONE WITH THEM” Holy Spirit, strengthen Christians’ minds to not succumb to pressures during this season of Ramadan; instead, through Your power, bear witness of Your gift of grace.