Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Courage Under Fire

I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. And here is how to measure it, the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

You say goodnight to your children, laughed with your husband and kissed him goodnight. You put your baby down for the night, but took an extra five minutes to indulge yourself at how beautiful and precious this little human is. You ponder on her future, who will she marry and hope for the best future. You ask God to keep your family through the night. You kiss your husband one last time and rest your head on the pillow and closed your eyes.

The morning ascended, but you awake to chaos, evil, and death. Madness! Destruction has brought himself to your front door, without knocking he has already entered in, but not just at your door he has taken over the whole city. Ill prepared you must leave your home and all that holds a place in your heart.

The sun you use to enjoy is beating down on you and your newborn baby.
You have been travelling for days looking for refuge. There are dangers all around you. Maybe you have lost your husband and or perhaps a child, your heart is wrenching inside of you but you have no time to grieve. Hope and faith are your only  friends at the moment. They tell you it will be OK, just hold on a little more.

Does this sound like a Hollywood movie? Well it is not, this is the truth for thousands right now in Iraq and Syria.

Courage is the ability to act on what we know is right and good, to dare to do what we should or MUST. Fear paralyzes; courage is what helps us to move ahead. Courage is like a chain, we gain or lose courage by watching others, and others gain or lose courage by watching us.

We are called to serve others as Jesus laid a perfect example of love and unselfishness. I am not perfect, I am not even the most upright in all my daily living. But how can we sit back and not see that we are needed.

Hatred has no border line and evil has no face. God loves us all. “For He shall deliver the needy when he cry, the poor also and him that hath no helper”.

Our prayers are very mighty weapons. When we call upon the name of our Lord Jesus it can cause the lions to not open their mouths. When we trust in the Lord he causes the fire not to scorch us.

Mordecai said it plainly to Esther, “If you keep silent, God has others”. If I keep silent, God will use someone else. If you keep silent He will also use someone else.

I am imploring you to take action with me on March 30, 2015 as I use this day to fast and pray for the refugees of Iraq and Syria. Throughout the day please take five minutes to breathe a word of prayer for the refugees of Syria and Iraq. 

There are also many other ways to help, let the Lord lead your hearts. I have also posted some links; please take the extra time to read if you want more informative news. There are many more links on the internet.

Plead my cause O Lord with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of shield and buckler and stand up for mine help. Draw out also the spear and stop the way against them that persecute me, say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

Thank you.

Resources: New  Living Translation(Touch point Bible), King James Bible,  ttp://www.vosizneias.com, European Parliament news,  abcnews.go.com www.dailymail.co.uk www.om.org/syriarelief-ca  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28761383

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