Daily Courage – February 14

from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. (Isaiah 61:1)

Brother Jacob

After being thrown into prison I had to undergo hours of harsh interrogation. Finally I was brought to a dirty cell in which a number of other prisoners were sitting or standing around. It was a group of pathetic, dirty and hungry human beings – my co-inhabitants for an undisclosed time.

One man looked at me and asked, “What are you here for?” Yes indeed, why was I there? For no other reason than for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I realized that the Lord had placed me amongst these captives because they were there without hope. They were not just physically hungry, but also spiritually. I started to witness to them and the response was beyond belief! Two of the prisoners were back-sliding Christians. As soon as I started to speak about love and forgiveness they started to cry. They fell on their knees, confessing their sins, weeping bitter tears of repentance. Others followed their example and in the following three months many accepted the Lord Jesus as their Savior.

That dark, dirty, smelling prison cell became a place of light. Such was the change that two prison wardens also accepted the Lord. The place of curses changed into a holy sanctuary, filled with songs of praise and hope.

We all can be fruitful in the place where we are. To the glory of God and to the salvation of others.

Brother Jacob from Mozambique. He and Open Doors work closely together.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)

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