Will You Deny God If Persecuted?
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33 (NKJV)
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” Matthew 5:44 (NKJV)
Months ago, I posted a request to keep Pastor Saeed in your prayers. There is now international attention focused on his illegal imprisonment. He suffers from internal bleeding due to beatings and has received only minimal medical attention. He is an American citizen, Pastor, and evangelist in Iran.
In the United States, there are few of us who have suffered torture, abuse, and incredible tests of faith. However, there may be a time in the near future where we will be asked to deny our faith, and the God who created us out of love. The bold and uncompromising spirit of the apostles Peter and Paul is in Pastor Saeed. I am inspired by His conviction to remain true to the one living God.
Please consider the trials you face in your own life today. Are they wearing you down? Do you want to give up and stop fighting? Have you thought about denying God because He has not given you what you want? Pause now, consider the disciples and the trials they faced and how they died. Consider the plight of Pastor Saeed and how he is standing on his faith, believing that God’s plans are best for him.
We will once again be a persecuted church…. In fact, we already are, even in America. I fear it will only get worse before we see the return of our Lord. We must build ourselves up by reading the Word and fellowshipping with other believers. We are to pray without ceasing!
Today, I encourage you to examine your heart. God may be testing your faith the way Pastor Saeed’s is being tested. Will you persevere and grow in your trust, believing that God is all wise and all-powerful? Will you lay aside your whys and accept that which God has given you to bear? Will you then determine in your heart to use your sufferings for the encouragement of others?
Facing trials requires courage. You must strive to stand on the promises of God and fear not, for He is with you every step of the way. Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed when you are feeling down. Lifting up another brother or sister in the Lord will help to give you a Godly perspective regarding your own struggles. Trials are a part of life. However, God promises us to equip you for battle. No hardship will you receive that is beyond your ability to bear and overcome, provided that you are depending on His grace and power. Blessings to you! Cheryl
*Pastor Saeed’s wife Naghmeh is also working to coodinate worldwide prayer vigils Pastor Saeed on September 26th – the one-year anniversary of his illegal imprisonment in Iran.
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.“ James 5:16 (NKJV)
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NKJV)