“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”
Psalms 63:1-4 NKJV
Better than life
God is giving us a foreshadowing of things to come, as followers of Christ In Afghanistan await the coming terror. Already, it is reported, that some pastors have gotten letters stating: “we know who you are, and where you are, and we are coming for you.”
We have been fortunate here in the USA, as persecution has not visited the church as it has in other places. It would be a mistake to think that it is because we are special. We are not.
Over the last few decades we have sought to follow the god of politics, and not the Lord Jesus. We have become hyphenated, giving only half our allegiance to the Lord. The spreading of the Gospel has become an after thought. We are no threat to the evil one.
When I read the passage in Psalms 63, this morning, I was reminded of life under trial. It seems that when things are at their darkest, our desire for God is increased.
I am sure that those who call upon the name of Jesus in Afghanistan are desiring God like never before. Don’t be surprised if the Taliban is defeated, not by might, or power, but by the Holy Spirit.
“So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.”
Zechariah 4:6 NKJV
It is by the power of God that the Afghan believers will endure, encouraged each day by the knowledge that even if today is their last, they will go to be with Jesus.
For them, this faith is most tangible, as it is all they have.
Brothers and sisters, let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, and let us take instruction. Jesus told us that in this world we would have tribulation. Let look and see how they conduct themselves, and let us count the members of the Taliban who come to Jesus. May the enemy be defeated from within, as cross breaks sword.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we will be overcomers, when what is happening there will happen here. Like them, we will discover that this great salvation is better than life. We serve and give it freely.
“But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”
John 12:23-26 NKJV
May we become worthy of persecution, suffering and death. These are the hallmarks of the true follower of Christ.
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.”
I Peter 4:12-16 NKJV
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