Persecution - Front Line Fire
Around the world Christians are under fire. They are being beaten, tortured, and murdered for the cause of Christ. They are proving their love with their blood.
"By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible." [Heb. 11:24-27]
"...and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth." [Heb. 11:35-38]
"I myself was later in prison together with souls whom God had helped me to win for Christ. I was in the same cell with one who had left behind six children and who was now in prison for his Christian faith. His wife and children were starving. He might never see them again. I asked him: 'Have you any resentment against me that I brought you to Christ and because of this your family is in such misery?' He said: "I have no words to express my thankfulness that you have brought me to the wonderful Saviour. I would never have it another way.'" [Tortured For Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, Pg. 39]
"It must be understood that there are no nominal, half-hearted, luke-warm Christians in Russia or China. The price Christians pay is far too great." [Tortured For Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, Pg.144]
"Lord, I am Your messenger. Throw me like a blazing torch into the night.?" Mary Skobtsova - died in a Nazi gas chamber.
"When they finally released him [Li De Xian] from his torture, he was forced to work on an assembly line in the prison factory putting bulbs into strings of Christmas lights to be sent to America...perhaps we should pray for you Christians outside of China. In your leisure, in your affluence, in your freedom, sometimes you no longer realize that you are in spiritual warfare." Zhao Xia - written in 2002 quoted in Jesus Freaks Vol. 2 Pg. 94-95.