Tuesday, 03 January 2012
This week has been a week of weeping for me; so much has been going on and my heart is just shattered. My brethren, here and all across the world are in such trial and so many of them are crying out to God for help as they feel so unprepared and ill-equipped.
As an example -- in this article, Lao Officials forced Christians to recant in order to bury their deceased family.
Satan has not rested one moment in spreading his wrath over the whole of the world -- uttering deceptions as old as the Garden of Eden itself, to spreading persecutions as severe as a sword -- the whole world lies under his sway; thanks be to God, who through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has delivered us from the sway of Satan!
But in this I also weep; who was there for our brethren in Laos to strengthen them and encourage them to remain steadfast? Who was there to help them stand firm? I hope that my fellow brethren, who are faithful, will join me in praying for these brothers and sisters, that they would be restored in mercy and that they would be given a spirit of boldness and immovability by which they can stand secure.
Even more, I hope that we pray with open and sincere hearts for God to raise up servants, faithfully prepared to do His work, and send them out to these places, willing to die for the sake of their brethren!
These are our brothers and sisters being put to death, being starved, imprisoned, and deceived by deceptions that are silently sweeping over the whole world.
In our time, right before our eyes, the scriptures are being fulfilled in that the brides have fallen asleep and have been found unprepared.
Where is our heart for our brethren? If we say we love, and wish our brethren well, but go and do nothing, is our love not as unlove?