MARTYRS – PART 2

MARTYRS – PART 2

Many wonder how the young girl with a machine gun to her head could easily stand strong and refuse to deny Christ, even though many of her elders had done just that right before her. We even wonder how a grown man could go straight back into spreading the gospel at the threat of death, after he was just tortured in prison for the previous 18 years. To these individuals, though, the decision not to deny Christ or to spread the gospel was made long before they were faced with death. The power of the Word is far beyond what we could fathom, and sometimes, we don’t get to see the fullness of that power until it is challenged. All they had to do was believe. The boldness came from their yes. We have to realize that this isn’t a different faith. This is the same faith we carry, and it is more powerful than death. All they had to do was believe. The boldness came from their yes. Click To Tweet When Peter stepped out of the boat, he had clear sight of Jesus standing (on the water!) right in front of Him. He wasn’t going blindly; Peter was going with an awareness of His omnipotent King and the power of His invitation to come onto the water. Similarly, those who have faced death or persecution have been called and their eyes are keenly set on their Maker. Having the boldness to take risk certainly looks different to those of us living in the comforts of the free Western world, but it is still needed. We don’t need to...
MARTYRS – PART 1

MARTYRS – PART 1

Truth be told, I’ve had the thought of one day becoming a martyr. In fact, I even had a legitimate discussion with my friend about how it would be unfair of me to get married and have kids because I may die in some foreign country one day. (She quickly debunked that, saying I could just marry someone who would just pray and resurrect me; definitely shut me up). However, the chances of that happening while I live my happy little life in Isla Vista, California are slim to none. No matter what though, there is little that inspires me more in my walk with Christ than the life of a martyr and those persecuted for their faith. You may never have to face the decision of whether or not to die for your faith, but every day you face the decision of whether or not you will live for it. “You may never have to face the decision of whether or not to die for your faith, but every day you… Click To Tweet People want purpose. The inner hard wiring of our DNA seems to cry out for something worth living for. You see it especially in young people. College students rally to protest before they even know what it’s about. We want to have a voice and stand for a cause. That, to me, is a huge reason as to why martyrs are so inspiring and people in all walks of life will stand in wonder because of them. Think about it though: if you realized you had found the greatest purpose of all existence, the very...
THE SECRET PLACE (PT 2)

THE SECRET PLACE (PT 2)

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…” 1 John 4:18 I am about to say something crazy. I actually love facing trials and change. I hate the pain of the process, but I love the way the circumstance pushes me deeper into my relationship with God. Because of the history I have with God in the secret place, because of the peace, love, joy, and passion I have found there, I have no fear going into these hard times. A few months ago, one of my best friends was about to get married and then move across the country to start a completely new life. I asked her if she was scared to leave home at all and she answered, “No, Taylor (her fiancé) is my home.” In that moment, something inside of me clicked. I finally had a language to explain why I could go through huge transitions, seemingly impossible trials, and devastating losses and come out stronger than ever. God is my home, and where I meet Him most is one-on-one with Him in the secret place. In all of those times, I have learned to lean on my Father-to really press in, even when He seems so far away, because He has proved Himself faithful time and time again. I thrive in these times because I have learned to let Him be my strength. Now don’t get me wrong, thriving does not necessarily look like dancing through the daisies with a ukulele; I still have had to work through tremendous amounts of pain, but for me, thriving looks like my hunger...

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