I’ve always had a heart for Christians who endure persecution around the world. This time of year I’m reminded that another group of Christians who were being persecuted left a land they had known and loved to make their way to a new world. I can’t imagine what it was like for them, what they had to give up and how devastating their losses were.
They pushed on knowing that their very lives would be at risk. That’s how much they believed in their faith and their right to practice it as they saw fit. Even though the way was extremely rough and their faith tested, they continued and they sowed the seeds of one of the greatest nations on earth.
We are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving here in America. This is my favorite holiday. It’s not about buying gifts and there is no commercial hoopla around it. It’s just a time to be with family and be thankful.
I challenge you this year that as you pray with your families, remember those around the world who are fighting for their life because they want to have the freedom to worship like we do. The Christians in Egypt, and Iraq are being displaced and slaughtered. Yet the church is growing by leaps and bounds! That’s what confounds the world, they don’t understand how someone would risk losing their life just to believe in Jesus.
For those who are saved, we say, “How can we not give our lives for him?” He gave his for us. In a time where the church is riddled with false doctrine stating that you’re only going to be blessed, we have to return to the Word of God and realize that God never promised an easy ride. As a matter of fact he said we’d be hated and persecuted for his name’s sake.
Be thankful. Take the time to thank God that we live in a land where we have freedom to worship him. Yes there are things we’ve seen even recently that let us know that even here in America we can risk our lives by stepping into a church. Don’t worry. God has our days numbered. He knows the amount of hairs on our heads and our days are in his hand. We do not have to fear what man can do to us.
My Prayer of Thanks
Heavenly Father, I thank you that I’m living in this great nation. I have freedom to worship you in the way I see fit. I have food. I have shelter. I have my needs met. How can I ask for more? These things are all I need and if I only have these I’m more blessed that most of the world. Thank you for everything you’ve done in my life and for always being there when times are hard. I’m so thankful that you are my Father. Your love for me is overwhelming and I can’t contain my emotions when thinking about it.
Thank you Father, for everything.
Thanks to YOU!
Thank you all who read this blog. I appreciate your support and I LOVE that you come here. I look forward to reading your comments and interacting with you. God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving and if you’re not American, then I still pray you and your family are blessed.