The LORD loves them. The LORD loves his Egyptian followers.
Sorrow builds on sorrow. Not everyone is free to worship the way we are in America. We take it for granted. We don’t know what we have.
Christian Egyptians paid the price today. The high price of following Christ in a country where Jesus is not welcome. The faithful followers there are feeling the sting of death in a war that is both spiritual and physical.
Do we understand the war?
Do we really know the cost of following Christ?
Jesus said, “You will have trouble in this world.”
And, he is right.
But there is hope because he has overcome the world.
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
What does that mean when life is so fragile and the hate of other men is rampant and runs free while they take what they can?
God will grow tired of it. He will bring it to an end one day.
He does overcome, but it doesn’t always look the way we expect it to.
He is moving hearts and his Spirit is blowing through, but don’t make any mistakes…this is war.
This is good versus evil.
This is Life verses Death.
This is God verses Satan.
This is war.
The sad reality of war is that there are always casualties. But, those who give everything know what they are fighting for…freedom.
Freedom to worship, but even bigger than that, is the fight for the freedom of our souls.
I realize to a non-believer is seems like foolishness. Is there REALLY a war for our souls being waged?
Yes, there is.
As a Christian I can choose to engage or not. I can put on the armor of Ephesians 6 and prepare for the battle, or I can disengage and hide my head, bunkered down and afraid.
But God did not give us a spirit of fear.
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I’m not content to comfortably forget about those suffering around the world for their belief in Christ Jesus.
So, how do we raise our eyes to the hills with determination and fight for Egyptian believers and every other persecuted Christian, with our safe, boring, self-indulgent American lives?
Then we put on every piece of armor God has given us: Truth, Righteousness, Readiness, Faith, Salvation, and the Word of God.
Then we pray without ceasing.
Pray for Egypt, Syria, and all of the Middle East and Asia.
Pray for all persecuted Christians and those facing any hardship.
Pray for America.
And gear up, because…
This is war.
The Armor of God
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Author: Jacqi Kambish