Do you follow someone or a group on Facebook…Twitter?
How about a favorite sports team?
To follow is to move in the same direction...
to go to the same place
To watch carefully and pay attention to somebody or something
To go along a certain road or path;
traveling in the same direction as something else…
Matthew 16:24, “ If you want to follow Me,
you must deny yourself the things you think you want.
You must pick up your cross and follow Me.”
The Voice (VOICE)
Do you model or imitate someone?
Do you follow the trends?
Our culture changes its course as often as is convenient.
Think of all the trends that are in the social media circles.
To “follow” or “un-follow”…who or what is popular…by a click of your mouse.
As the wind changes direction so do we.
You may be committed to a cause and then….
the tide starts to recede
and so does your devotion to what it was that you followed.
tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching,
by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. “(HCSB)
These past two weeks I have been moved to tears and saddened…Thus I have been in deep thought and much prayer regarding those who have stood firm against the choice to…”convert or die”…
Aug. 10, 2014 in The Christian Post; an article by Leonard Blair
“National spokesman for Iraqi Christians and Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said the "evil" being carried out by ISIS militants in Iraq now includes shocking beheadings of children…
They are systematically beheading children, and mothers and fathers. The world hasn't seen an evil like this for a generation. There's actually a park in Mosul that they've actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick," Arabo . told CNN’s Jonathan Mann last week
"The letter that they sent out with those three items (convert, pay a fine or die), they did ask to pay a fine but actually after they pay a fine, they (ISIS militants) are actually taking over their wives and their daughters and making them into their wives. So really it's convert or die, face death by the sword," explained Arabo.
"They've marked the red stamp of death on Christian homes and basically saying we know who you are and if you come back, you will get killed. That's why we're saying this is a Christian holocaust within our midst and the world community cannot turn a blind eye," said Arabo. "They are absolutely killing every Christian they see. This is a genocide in every sense of the word.
They want everyone to convert and they want Sharia law to be the law of the land."
Psalm 31:5, “I place myself in your care.
You will save me, Lord; you are a faithful God."
As we have seen, the reports that are coming in, many have stood firm even to death.
1 Peter 2:21, “You were called to this kind of endurance,
because Christ suffered on your behalf.
He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps.” (CEB)
But wait…their hope is not here on this earth…they know something so much sweeter…the hope of Heaven …
“But we are citizens of heaven
and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has power over everything,
and he will make these poor bodies of ours
like his own glorious body.” (CEV)
I would like to ask you to do something…this is not a chain letter…you will not turn into a pumpkin if you don’t.
1 Corinthians 15:58, “So, my dear brothers and sisters,
be strong and immovable.
Always work enthusiastically for the Lord,
for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (NLT)
Will you join me in a prayer commitment for those facing these moments of decision…
testimonies of faith…
to follow Jesus or die?
If you will agree to be in prayer for these Christians who will not convert to Islam…
will you hit the like button on your facebook page?
And if you are up to an additional challenge hit the share button
to let others know we will stand firm for those who need our prayers.
James 1:12, “Happy is the person who can hold up under the trials of life.
At the right time,
he’ll know God’s sweet approval and will be crowned with life.
As God has promised,
the crown awaits all who love Him.”
Won’t you join me in prayer for them? Click “Like”
Encourage others to take the stand and pray...
click “Share” with your friends or timeline or pass this on as an email.
Pray for Their strength to trust the Lord,
1 John 5:4-5, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” (NLT)
For a peace, that will sustain them through the hardships.
John 16:33, “I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” (GNT)
For victory through the intense storm that rages around them.
1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
That the testimony of Faith be heard around the world!
2 Corinthians 2:14, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (NIV)
For the hope…that one day we will all be joined together in our New Heavenly home….
Revelation 7:9-12, “After this I looked,
and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation,
people and language,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:
Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”