A Woman's Perspective On The Times We Live In


October 7, 2015

Martyrs For Christ = Defeat For Satan

     I will be completely honest.  I pray for the strength to stand in opposition to Satan.  I do not want to love this life or this host body so much that I am willing to choose either over my testimony for Christ.  I'm sure every Christian in this country put themselves in the place of those faithful souls in Oregon who did not deny their Savior in favor of saving themselves.  I ask myself, "Could I have proclaimed my allegiance to Him when faced with certain death"?  Could you?
     And would I have had the courage to exercise my newfound discernment regarding spiritual warfare, and demanded, "In the Name of Jesus, [that the shooter] put down the gun and leave this room!"  Do I have the faith that I so boldly proclaim; and do I wholeheartedly believe in the Authority of Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit to defeat such evil actions of God's enemy?  I do not want to be an empty vessel of false bravado.  I want my faith to be REAL and an AUTHENTIC weapon against the threats of the devil!
     But when I look in the mirror, is my profession of faith as sincere and genuine as that of the saints in the Middle East who are being martyred for refusing to convert to Islam?  Their stories are almost too difficult to read.  We hear of torture and beheadings and rapes and crucifixions... all because they are Christians who will not deny their faith.  The brutality seems unreal to our Western minds; as if we are reading some ancient text of uncivilized barbarians.  Yet, we must not turn away or refuse to acknowledge that 21st Century Christians are facing such opposition from Satan and his earthly soldiers.  We must prepare ourselves to share our "testimony" in our hour of need, because I fear it is coming faster than we think.
     We must not take lightly that the Oregon shooter was obsessed with Satan; or that he wished to "serve the darkness"; or that he stated that he "would be welcomed in hell and embraced by the devil."  He is no different than satan's workers in Syria who recently cut off the fingertips of a boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam."  The father was a ministry leader who had planted nine churches near their Syrian village, and when he refused, militants also tortured and beat him, and two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.
    But their martyrdom is not an isolated case.  There are reports that nearly 11,000 people have been executed since June 2014.  And their stories are far too common ... villagers praying in the name of Jesus; others praying the Lord’s Prayer; others lifting their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus.  Many of the women are sold into sex slave markets, while the men are slaughtered in front of their families.  I know that sounds too diabolical to happen on our soil, but before last week could you have imagined a demon-filled man asking students in a classroom if they were Christian before shooting them in the head?
     I am not writing this blog post to sensationalize these atrocities. It is essential that we realize that Christianity is very near to being wiped out in Syria, and we must not be so naive as to think that satan will be satisfied with that single accomplishment.  He has many instruments at his disposal. Those who adhere to radical Islam and Shariah law are threatening not only the Middle East, but Europe, and our own country.   But he has also managed to infiltrate the minds of delusional people through drugs, music, and the occult.  And sadly, our culture chooses to remove the Ten Commandments from the public square, while allowing Satanic Temples equal access to "believers".
     So, while I am warning you that persecution is on the rise, and very likely coming to a neighborhood near you -- and sooner than you'd like to admit -- we are not to cower in a corner and hope it passes by us.   We have examples before us; not only the martyrs of the Bible, but modern-day saints who suffered so that they might glorify the name of Jesus.  There is power in their personal sacrifice and testimony ... Power to testify to the grace of God; the power of Christ that is made perfect in our weakness; and the power of Christ's blood that was shed for us that we, too, might rise again --- all signifying utter and complete and absolute defeat for Satan!
     Never for a moment think that he is winning.  We must look upon all opposition as an opportunity to stand and to glorify our Lord.  Satan may come to steal, kill, and destroy, but Christ has come to give us eternal life and it is abundantly superior to anything that satan offers.  Now is the time for us to build a strong foundation of faith on which to stand in our hour of trial, knowing that we can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.  I have a feeling that when the moment comes, He will be holding our mortal bodies up and we will feel His arms around us, as our spirit returns Home.  That is not a day to fear.  Rather, we are to strain forward for what lies ahead, pressing towards our goal of eternal life with our Savior.  If martyrdom is the path I am to take, let me approach it with utter devotion to Christ and with the knowledge that Satan has met defeat.

Acts 7:55, 59:      But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God .... And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 
   

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for acknowledging the fact that this man was obviously demon-possessed. Everyone else is talking about his "mental health," even those who claim to be Christian, and not wanting to admit to the truth. I, too, pray that my faith is strong and authentic, and that I'm able to stand as firmly rooted in my belief in Jesus Christ as these martyrs are doing. Thank you for sharing this truth and reminder.

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    1. Nina, I am finding that more and more Christians are coming to the truth of this reality. And I feel that the Holy Spirit is telling me to write about the spiritual battle that we need to be engaged in. I think we must wake up our fellow Christians -- no matter how uncomfortable that conversation, or amount of resistance we receive. The state of their lives in this world depend on this knowledge!

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  2. Thanks so much, Belle for all that you bring to us here. I, for one, would really appreciate knowing how to pray against the enemy boldly. If you have anything to share regarding this it would be much appreciated.

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    1. Kim, I will be posting an in-depth answer to your request on Saturday, so be sure to check in on that day. But in the meantime, I would highly recommend a book by John Eckhardt, titled "Prayers That Rout Demons: Prayers For Defeating Demons and Overthrowing the Powers of Darkness." It will teach you specific prayers to boldly confront the demons and bind them from harming you. Here is the link:

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159979246X?keywords=John%20Eckhardt&qid=1444270579&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

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  3. Thank you for the truth you write each and every day. I look forward to reading your posts.

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  4. Well said, but not just sleeping Christians but the atheists, secularists and other non-Christians such as the Muslims should be approached and the good news shared with them. The battle against evil always has a spiritual dimension. Recall when the Israelites were attacked and exiled to Assyria and Babylon.

    But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

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    1. Absolutely, Andrew! Each day should be spent with a desire to share the Good News of Christ and what He has done for us because the Father loves us so much. And if the world only knew that through faith in Jesus, we can effect the spiritual realm in His Name, and that there is a Power within us that can defeat evil in that spiritual dimension ... we would be fearless!

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