What Can Sustain Hope Despite Persecution?

June 20, 2016 by Janelle P in Bible and Gospel Advancement

What is something you hold dear to your heart? Something you would sacrifice anything for? Is it a person? A belonging? A social status? We all have things that we make a priority, and those things shape our daily habits, which ultimately characterize our lives.

Throughout Scripture, we are shown many examples of individuals who are not perfect but desire to know the One who is perfect with an insatiable hunger. Like a lover that cannot help but to be near the one they love, we cannot help but to honor and be near the One who has saved us.

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” [Psalm 42:1]

Christians around the world facing extreme persecution often tell us that the gospel and God’s Word have become more beautiful to them than even their own lives, and they are willing to be martyred defending its truth. Psalm 63:3 says, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” They have found something that holds the highest place in their life, and they joyfully know that may require sacrifice.

Worshipping God and reading His Word can be a tremendous challenge for those living in countries hostile to the gospel. Owning a Bible can warrant the death penalty in many nations on the World Watch List.

Jesus tells us in John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” We are called to remain in His Word, and the risks that many go to obtain it is a testimony to the great God they serve.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” [Psalm 119:105]

Providing a Bible for a persecuted Christian will not only allow them to learn God’s heart and ways in the most trying time of their life, but can also be a practical way for you to strengthen your family in the Body of Christ.

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