“That takes some kind of faith’ is what makes our Christian walk an exception and an expectation of bold faith in the face of trials. Against all odds and pressures from the world, if we choose to stand firm in our faith to believe God, there is nothing that can stand before us. Here is an inspiring incident that Persecution Relief presents to you to spur the Body of Christ on toward an emboldened faith walk sharing Jesus Christ to a fallen world.
This recent incident that took place in the city of Pandesara, Surat, Gujarat was brought to the notice of Persecution Relief by church Pastor Shalom (name changed for security reasons) who conducted the house worship meeting. While the church believers, less than 50 in number, had gathered for the service adhering to the COVID norm, a group of religious fanatics forcibly entered the premises demanding aadhar cards of the believers present, threatening them with consequences of continuing worship and accusations of conversion. The group leader of the extremists walked into the private premises of the believer with his gang without permission from the society and evidence of objection to the conducting of church service by any local complainant. His high-handed behavior, projecting himself as an authority in the local area was resisted in a gentle, calm Christ-like loving manner, without any heated exchange of words between the church and the extremists for almost an hour.
Desperate to see the church service aborted and unable to see their attempts to instill fear in the faith-filled believers foiled, the matter was taken to the local police station. However, the extremist group ended up apologizing to Pastor Shalom and the believers for their unruly behavior. No case was registered against them as the church chose to forgive them. However, the believer and Pastor Shalom were asked to get police permission to conduct future services at the residence of the believer.
Persecution Relief through this incident wants the brethren to understand that the resistance to any persecution is bold faith in Christ even at the potential cost to one’s life. Even in the face of seemingly unsurmountable challenges that forces believers to either quit or compromise one’s belief in Christ, we encourage the Body of Christ to make faith in Him, who has overcome the world, a habit. A life of faith lived according to Hebrews 11:1 only guarantees that the hope and trust we have placed in Christ assures us eternity with God.
Please pray for the Body of Christ that we may unite together in love and continue worshipping our living God in spirit and in truth that will knock down the walls of resistance in this fallen world.
Please pray that our fellow believers will fearlessly face every persecution in any form with a bold faith in Christ that the power and might of God is revealed to the world.
Please pray that we as a church in the midst of persecution will occupy the Earth, building and planting the kingdom of God, till Christ returns.
Relief and Aid to persecuted Christians though is extremely necessary, the fact that we need to live exemplary lives of faith in Christ and teach others to do so is also just as important. Exhorting Pastor Shalom and the church’s fearlessness in standing for Christ in the face of danger is Persecution Relief’s message to all the bold believers that you are not alone in your time of persecution. We are here for you whenever and wherever you need us.
In John 17:14 Jesus says we are not of this world and we will be hated by the world. We as the family of Christ are called to follow God above all other things. He is the author and finisher of our faith. It is time to press into action every kind of relief and aid to help our fellow believers, evangelists, pastors who are persecuted in their march to advance the kingdom of God and the gospel to the unsaved.
We ask you to prayerfully contribute in taking the mandate of Christ placed upon us by Him to help reach timely aid and assistance to the fearless soldiers of Christ in the places where you cannot physically go.
Hebrews 11:24-25 – “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin”
Hebrews 11:30 – “ By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days”
Romans 14:1 – “ Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful deputations.”
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