Life and times from the land where it all began-the Bible that is. Much is going on in this land both politically and spiritually. The width and depth of the love of God continues to pour out abundantly amidst extreme religion opposition and persecution. It's time to stand with Israel and be counted with those who lay down their lives.
I was born at a very young age in Wisconsin. I was raised by Catholic parents and I have 3 brothers-2 older, 1 younger. There was always a deep longing for the Lord in my heart. It was really based on the pain I was in from this life that caused me to search and long for something more.
CONTENDING WITH THE NATION OF ISLAM IN THE LAST DAYS
When Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple,
they were "terrified because of the peoples of the lands" (Ezra 3:3). In spite of their fear,
they still offered burnt offerings on the newly built altar. Burnt offerings symbolize
entire consecration to the Lord. It was a 'whole' burnt offering, given freely over to God.
It represents a TOTAL surrender to the fire of His love. It was COMPLETELY consumed
on the altar. It is entirely possible to offer yourself to the Lord in complete surrender, even if
you're afraid. As Ray Comfort says, "Courage is not the absence of fear. But going on IN
SPITE OF fear." Joshua was told 4 times in Joshua 1 to "be strong and courageous". Why?
Because he was going to need much courage to face all of the enemies in the Promised Land.
It says that they offered "burnt offerings morning and evening" (3:3). They worshiped the Lord
even though they were terrified. This is truly an example of a 'sacrifice of praise'.
In taking the gospel to the Muslims, we will most likely be afraid and in need of God's
inspiring confidence and strength. But will we offer ourselves entirely to Him, in spite of our fears?
Will we go for Him, bearing His reproach outside the camp? Will we "follow the Lamb wherever He
goes" (Revelation 14:4)? Will we love not our lives even unto death (Revelation 12:11).
I can hear the Lord say, "Be strong and courageous;" "You can do it;" "Fear not, for I am
with you." The God Who gives encouragement through the Scriptures (Romans 15:4) persuades us
to stand up for Him in this crooked and perverse generation. He is compelling us by His love and
grace to go forth boldly and preach the good news to the Muslims in our midst. It may be intimidating
at first, but allow His perfect love to drive out your fears. Let's offer ourselves to Him and His purposes
in this generation. IN SPITE OF how we feel, He is with us, compelling us to go. They have already been prepared
by His tender love and they are waiting for us to tell them about the Father and His beloved Son, Jesus!
We don't have to 'go' into all the world to do so. He has brought them to us! Muslims from all of the nations have come to
live in America. The harvest is ready! Let's do it!