Daily Courage – February 22

 
from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

Seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:22)

Grace Dube

A couple of years after my husband died my son and I were singing in a meeting in Soweto. We gave our testimony about the hurt and about God’s provision. There was a wonderful spirit in that meeting. We sang our love-song again. “Father forgive them…”

The audience was listening spellbound. Then I was asked to speak. I read from Matthew 18:21-22, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “…seventy-seven times.”

I spoke for some time and then I invited people to accept the Lord Jesus as their Savior. Some people came forward and asked me to pray for them. One man however hesitated. He seemed to be scared. I encouraged him to tell me what was bothering him so much. He said, “I need your Jesus, I need forgiveness. I … I was one of the mob who killed your husband.” I was trembling, scared, confused. What should I do? Singing, Father forgive them, is one thing, but now … Then the Lord must have touched me, deeply, very deeply. Because He gave me strength and courage to put my arms around the killer, and forgive him – as Jesus forgives us. 

“You are now my brother,” I whispered. He left a brand new person. And so was I.

Grace Dube from South Africa. Her husband was stabbed to death. She continues to preach his message of forgiveness.

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

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)

Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you’ll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world.  Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.

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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)

Compelling wisdom from the pen of actual believers living amidst persecution, you’ll be connected to the suffering, courage, and depth of life that exists in the harshest places in the world.  Each of these 365 thought-provoking devotions will deepen your understanding of Christian persecution and provoke you to pray for our brothers and sisters with a new found depth.

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Settling in for the long haul – Experiencing LIFE Today – February 22, 2021

I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench. — Satchel Paige

Life is like a marathon. It’s a good, long race that lasts a long time (Lord willing). But you don’t decide on Saturday to run a marathon on Sunday. Marathons take preparation, vision, and training. The apostle Paul says that we’re supposed to do the same thing in life. We’re supposed to discipline and train our bodies as the race ahead of us is long.

They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave… (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)

Your body is trainable.

That’s actually very exciting news because the Scriptures also say that offering our bodies is worship:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)

Training and disciplining the body is also worthwhile:

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:13)

What a great perspective to have about your body: It is a living sacrifice, an instrument of righteousness in the hands of God! THAT is a good reason to be joyful if I’ve ever seen one!

O God, I am so glad that I can prepare myself to resist the world and better myself for You! Continue to give me strength as I settle in for the long haul. I worship You as I change and offer my whole self to Your will. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.

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Settling in for the long haul – Experiencing LIFE Today – February 22, 2021

I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench. — Satchel Paige

Life is like a marathon. It’s a good, long race that lasts a long time (Lord willing). But you don’t decide on Saturday to run a marathon on Sunday. Marathons take preparation, vision, and training. The apostle Paul says that we’re supposed to do the same thing in life. We’re supposed to discipline and train our bodies as the race ahead of us is long.

They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave… (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)

Your body is trainable.

That’s actually very exciting news because the Scriptures also say that offering our bodies is worship:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)

Training and disciplining the body is also worthwhile:

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Romans 6:13)

What a great perspective to have about your body: It is a living sacrifice, an instrument of righteousness in the hands of God! THAT is a good reason to be joyful if I’ve ever seen one!

O God, I am so glad that I can prepare myself to resist the world and better myself for You! Continue to give me strength as I settle in for the long haul. I worship You as I change and offer my whole self to Your will. Amen.

Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.

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A Good Thing – February 22

Day 22 ThemeFacing Temptation
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation– Matthew 26:41

What a wonderfully concise directive Jesus gives us for fighting temptation! This world affords a thousand enticements to a thousand different sins. And our sinful nature assaults us from the inside with a complex and varied array of lusts, fears, ambitions, and doubts.

Yet Jesus’ simple, balanced admonition is an effective weapon against every one of these temptations to sin: watch and pray.

Lest we expect God to do all our fighting for us, we are told to watch. It is our responsibility to keep our spiritual eyes open (which sometimes means keeping our physical eyes closed or averted) for any avenue by which sin might gain entrance into our soul. We are to guard our heart from disloyalty, and our testimony from indiscretion, by actively engaging ourselves in the relentless pursuit of purity and goodness.

On the other hand, we cannot possibly expect to overcome our ever-present inclination toward sin, or the age-old cunning of Satan, in our own strength. And so we must pray. We must rely on the sustaining grace and purifying power of the Holy Spirit’s work within us.

Because our flesh is so weak, no matter how willing our spirit may be it is imperative that we be in a constant posture of watchfulness and prayer. In fact, there is a direct correlation, Jesus tells us, between our prayerful watchfulness and our ability to withstand or avoid temptation.

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