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Pray for the Persecuted

Pray for the Persecuted


by Diane Musil ~ PERSECUTION . . . BUT YET “GIVE THANKS!”

William Brewster, a leader of the Church of England was captured and imprisoned, later fleeing to Holland. Brewster then joined all the pilgrims who sailed to America. He was one of the original signers of the Mayflower Compact and was elected as an elder.  Governor William Bradford wrote, “In England, William Brewster had Christian gatherings at his home where he met with them showing great kindness and providing for them, even at great personal expense.” 

Brewster was one of seven who were captured and imprisoned. Brewster termed it great suffering, but great gain. He worked in the fields.  Since no one was a minister, Brewster took up the heart of a minister, teaching twice on the Lord’s Day with powerful and profitable messages that greatly edified and comforted those who listened.  Many came to God through Brewster’s ministry.

Perhaps you have heard of Queen “Bloody” Mary in England in the 1550’s.  Bloody Mary was a great obstacle to the printing of the Bible in English.  She was determined to force England to return to the Roman Church.  John “Thomas Matthew” Rogers and Thomas Cranmer were both burned at the stake.  Mary went on to burn hundreds of reformers at the stake for the “crime” of being a Protestant.

Many of these Protestants fled from England with little hope of ever seeing their home or friends again. During their exile, they produced the famous 1560 Geneva Bible, which was “The Bible of the Protestant Reformation”.

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Today, many of us are still praying for Pastor Saeed Abedini, who still is imprisoned in Iran.  Pastor Saeed, a native Iranian, emigrated to the U.S. in 2005 and became a U.S. citizen in 2010, but he always remembered his home and the people of Iran.  In 2012, he worked on making an orphanage in Iran. On January 27, 2013, Judge Pir-Abassi sentenced Abedini to eight years in prison. According to reports, Abedini was sentenced for having “undermined the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and … attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.” He has been in prison for over two years.

PERSECUTION, AFFLICTION, OPPRESSION, TORMENT . . . for

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Persecution is done with great hatred and with great ignorance of JESUS NAME and the WORD OF GOD.  Great deep torment affects the mind, body, and emotions and can cause confusion and bitterness.

Look at this rich history . . . William Brewster, the slaughter of hundreds of Protestants by Bloody Mary, the Pilgrims who laid the foundation of Christianity in America, and Pastor Saeed whose life hangs in the balance yet today, as well as the many Christians being persecuted for the Gospel, tormented and martyred for their faith in Iraq and Syria and around the world . . .and YET BY GOD’S GRACE THEY GIVE THANKS! 

The great LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL confronts darkness.

Saints confront evil in the lives of many.

Christians submit to the mind of Christ, which gives them the knowledge that God is in control.  We face it all for the sake of Jesus Christ.

LOOK, LIFT UP YOUR EYES TO HEAVEN.  “REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD, for GREAT is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  –Matthew 5:12

This Thanksgiving Day, as we in America gather together with family and friends enjoying our delicious meal of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberries, relish, rolls, veggies and pumpkin pie with whip cream, followed by our tradition of watching football, let us pause to remember the time in which we are living and pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world who are facing persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ.

PRAYER:  Lord, show us what it means to be thankful. In the overcoming power of Jesus, we pray!    Amen.

 

About the Author:

 

Diane Musil is a prayer warrior and an awesome woman of God. Diane is Deaf and legally blind. Gary shares, “For over 25 years Diane has been an incredible blessing to Rhonda and me personally and also to this ministry!”

 

 

 

 

 

3 comments

  • Tricia Borman says:

    Hi, I enjoyed reading this post related to Thanksgiving and at the same time learning history … Now I was wondering if that alcoholic drink bloody mary was named after that evil leader of England that burned Christians at the stake???
    Thank u for helping us all to realize whether things happended hundreds of years ago, or recently few years ago, that we are blessed not to be persecuted as people in other countries are for their faith.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone.

  • Yamile says:

    HI DEAR DIANE. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT WONDERFUL TOUCHING HISTORY, ABOUT WILLIAM BREWSTER. I’VE NOT HEARD OF HIM, AND IM SO GLAD YOU DID POSTED ABOUT HIS COURAGEOUS, AND VALIANT SPIRIT, WHO STOOD FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, THAT ENCOURAGE ME VERY MUCH. I LOVE HISTORY, BUT THE REAL HEROIC ONES, THE GODLY PEOPLE OF GOD, HAS STOOD BRAVELY FOR THEIR FAITH!!! GOD BLESS YOU, WITH HIS IMMEASURABLE BLESSINGS IN YOUR LIFE. LOVE, YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST, YAMILE.

  • Dorothy M. Callies says:

    Very impressive and a reminder to trust God in all His ways. Thank you Diane.


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