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“When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and in terrible pain.” Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.”  But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home.  Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.  I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers.  I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come.  And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.”  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed.  Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!  And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world-from east and west-and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. But many Israelites-those for whom the Kingdom was prepared-will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”  Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, ‘Go back home.  Because you believed, it has happened.”  And the young servant was healed that same hour.” (Matthew 8:5-13)

“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom.  And he healed every kind of disease and illness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few.  So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (Matthew 9:35-38)

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.  Keep on seeking, and you will find.  Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives.  Everyone who seeks, finds.  And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?  And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:12-14).

According to research done by The Joshua Project, there are over 6,550 people groups on earth who have not heard the Good News about eternal life through our Savior and Messiah Jesus Christ.  Want to know who they are and where they are?  Click here (But first count the cost of having access to this knowledge, as you will instantly realize your responsibility to intercede for these people through continuous prayer): http://public.imb.org/globalresearch/Pages/ResearchData.aspx

Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his fields to share the truth of eternal life through Jesus Christ to the remaining people who have never even heard of Him.  Like the Roman officer, let our faith put events into motion in the heavens.  When we pray for the Lord to send workers into these fields, we must understand the power behind our prayers.  We know the will of God on this issue (that ALL would hear), so we know our prayers match His will.  And we know that our prayers are the vehicles through which He accomplishes his purposes on earth.  We are called upon by the Most High God to use our voice on behalf of the lost, to lift them up in faith, that God would reveal himself to them so that they may be saved.

Scrolling through the list of the unreached, we see that many of these people groups have less than 100 people; they are completely remote and tribal.  They live on remote islands, at the top of unchartered mountains, in unexplored parts of jungles, and wild habitats.  God loves them all and wants them in His family.

These are our future brothers and sisters; our future family.  We cannot let them down by failing to pray for them while they are lost.  We see that hundreds of thousands of these people are lost because they are physically deaf and cannot hear the Word of God.  Most are also illiterate, so how can they be reached?  God will reach them through our prayers.  In response to our prayers, God will say ‘Go,’ and His workers will GO!  God will say ‘Do this,’ and his servants will do it.  The Roman officer in God’s Word understood very clearly how it works.  Do we?

Here is an example of how we can pray for them:

Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for the gift of life and for saving me and bringing me into your family through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.  Somehow you made sure that I heard about Christ and you prepared my heart to believe in Him.  Lord, I know that it is your will that all would hear of the free gift you offer through your royal Son Jesus Christ and that none would perish.  In response to your love and for saving me, I long for all to experience what I have with you.  Today I lift up these unreached people groups [HERE, SPECIFICALLY NAME PEOPLE GROUPS IN THE LIST], that you would send your workers into their fields to proclaim the Good News about the Kingdom and Jesus Christ to them.  I pray for their salvation, that they may live in the House of the Lord forever.  May they praise your Holy Name and bring your Name great honor and glory through their praise and by living holy lives in honor of Christ Jesus.  May they acknowledge their sins, confess them to you, repent of them wholeheartedly, and follow Christ Jesus’s example in every way.  May they fellowship with each other to grow in their faith, pray for each other, and may they have access to the Word of God.  Lord, I also ask for your protection over them as they grow with you, that the enemy cannot come to kill, steal, and destroy the relationship they have with you.  Give their hearts good soil which receives your Word and causes it to grow deep roots that can never be uprooted by any force contrary to your will.  May your Holy Spirit do His work in their lives wherever they are and may your Kingdom come!

And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all peoples will hear it, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

“Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth.  They cause the grain to grow, producing see for the farmer and bread for the hungry.  It is the same with my word.  I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

From Voice of the Martyrs Ministry–“VOM workers distributed 2,000 Bibles in rural Nepal in August, through the support of Bibles Unbound sponsors.  A pastor who oversees 13 churches was so desperate for Bibles that he traveled to the Nepali capital of Kathmandu to get secondhand Bibles from several churches there.  Only 35 of the more than 600 believers in his churches owned Bibles.  While in Kathmandu, he learned of the VOM Bible program and submitted the names of 634 believers who needed Bibles.  He was amazed when he learned that he did not have to pay for the Bibles.  In Nepal, converts to Christianity from Hinduism or Buddhism become social outcasts, and some are even beaten.  Proselytism is not allowed, and those found guilty are subject to three years in prison.  Three months after the pastor requested the Bibles, a VOM team delivered them to his village.  ‘I still remember the day when I was searching for who could provide us used Bibles,’ the pastor wrote.  ‘But now we all have very new…Bibles.  This is not only a blessing; this is our God’s plan to have Bibles for us.’  The pastor old us his church reserves time each week to pray that the Bibles Unbound program will bless many other believers. (Voice of The Martyrs Newsletter, November 2012, ‘Bible Blessings In Nepal’)

While these Bibles were delivered in 2012, Bibles are actively being delivered all over the world, in the native languages of the people they are being produced for.  The Bibles Unbound program is a program that produces Bibles for people who have asked for them.

Projects are currently ongoing for Christians in Nigeria, China and India.  These people cannot afford their own Bible or cannot access one altogether, but they worship Jesus and desire to know Him more and more.  We have a unique opportunity to have a direct impact on their lives and an indirect impact on everyone they share the truth of Jesus Christ with.

These are NOT people who may or may not treat their Bible as some informative pamphlet, maybe reading it, maybe throwing it away.  These people want their own Bible and have asked for help to get one.

If this excites you, please visit http://www.biblesunbound.com/qry/mc_home.taf to sponsor ongoing Bibles to various projects.  

Or, you can make a One-Time contribution to get the Holy Bible to someone who desperately needs and wants one.  Just go here:  https://secure.persecution.com/p-418-bibles-to-captive-nations.aspx

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.  As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.’  Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect.  They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.  For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’  But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?  And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?  And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?  And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?  That is why the Scriptures say, ‘How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!'” (Romans 10:9-15)

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

For the word of God is alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God.  Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)

The Voice of The Martyrs is a ministry dedicated to serving our persecuted Christian family throughout the world.  In all nations, the most common two requests VOM receives is “Please pray for us” and “Please send Bibles!” 

Voice of The Martyrs uses their resources to print Bibles in hostile and restricted nations where persecuted Christians desperately need God’s Living Word, both for the renewing of their own mind and so that they can share His word with others.

VOM offers two opportunities to be part of this work:

1) Bibles To Captive Nations — through this opportunity, you can be involved from time to time as a “One-Time” contributor and VOM will use your contribution to print Bibles and distribute them where they are most needed.   https://secure.persecution.com/p-418-bibles-to-captive-nations.aspx

2) Bibles Unbound — this opportunity is more detail oriented, as you set up your Bibles Unbound homepage, which begins as a blank world map.  You choose which country/operation you wish to contribute to and set up an Ongoing Contribution that VOM can rely upon as a recurring contribution to their Bible Distribution efforts.  Each restricted/hostile country you send Bibles to will be marked on your map.  You have control over which projects you’re funding.  Once you have your homepage set up, you also have the opportunity to make additional One-Time contributions as you want to.  http://www.biblesunbound.com/qry/mc_home.taf

We live in unprecedented times, with resources and opportunities no generation before us has had.  We have the power to literally reach the whole world with the Gospel of Salvation through Jesus Christ.  There are many ways to use our life to fulfill the Great Commission our Lord has entrusted to us and the two opportunities VOM offers are an amazing way to be involved and fruitful in God’s Kingdom, if you have been looking for new ways to help.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.  He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20)

Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.  Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your won bodies.”  (Hebrews 13:3)

Richard Wurmbrand, founder of The Voice Of The Martyrs Ministry, spent 14 years in solitary confinement in a Communist Romanian prison.  During this time, even the luxury of seeing colors was withheld from him, as he was dressed in grey clothes and held in a grey cell.  His existence was sustained by one piece of bread a week and water.  Every day, for 17 hours a day, he was forced to sit upright with his eyes open and listen to repetitive brainwashing like “Communism is good.  Christianity is stupid.” His human contact came only as abuse from his torturers and prison wardens.  14 years.

Later, he wrote a short book called “Tortured For Christ”, documenting all that happened.  Interestingly, although forced to endure 17 hours of mental torture a day, when he was left alone, he would walk his grey cell, giving sermons from memory and praying.

What he found out later was that others could hear him.  The other prisoners in solitary confinement listened through the walls and were comforted and sustained by his presence.  And he was comforted and sustained by his Christ Jesus.  Only God knows how many souls were saved over those 14 years, but Richard Wurmbrand would say if even one believed because of what happened to him, it was well worth everything he endured.

As we pray for our brothers and sisters in prison, let us do so with the hope and expectation that their circumstances glorify the name of Jesus Christ.

Prison is often a place where people are sent to be broken and forgotten about.  But God forgets no one.  And when His children are arrested and put in prison for His sake, they are not alone.  Christ is with them always.

“Dear God, we confess that we are sinners. I confess that I cannot save myself through my own good works.  I believe that You died on the cross for my sins.  And they put You in the tomb, and You rose from the dead after 3 days.  I believe that You are alive and have the authority to forgive my sins and to make me righteous in front of the Everlasting God. I ask that you accept me and as You promised, please give me a new life.  I thank You for hearing my prayers, Amen.”

“Lift up your eyes and look on the fields that they are white for the harvest” — Jesus (John 4:35)

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“After saying all these things, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come.  Glorify your Son so he can give glory back to you.  For you have given him authority over everyone.  He gives eternal life to each one you have given him.  And this is the way to have eternal life — to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.  I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.  Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.  I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world.  They were always yours.  You gave them to me, and they have kept your word.  Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the message you gave me.  They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.  My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you.  All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory.  Now I am departing from the world, but I am coming to you.  Holy Father, you have given me your name, now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are.  During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me  I guarded them so that not one was lost, except the one headed for destruction, as the Scriptures foretold.  Now I am coming to you.  I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.  I have given them your word.  And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.  I’m not asking you to take them out of the world , but to keep them safe from the evil one.  They do not belong to this world any more than I do.  Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.  Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.  And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.  I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.  I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one — as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.  And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.  I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.  I am in them and you are in me.  May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.  Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am.  Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me before the world began!  O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.  I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so.  Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.'” (John 17)

The Living Word of God shares with us Jesus Christ’s last prayer before His crucifixion.  In it, we are allowed a glimpse into the mind, dreams and desires of God Almighty.

Why did Jesus do what He did?  Why did He do miracles? Why did he heal every sick person who crossed His path?  Why did He take the time to teach truth in the Temple every single day?  Why did he take the time to travel to those who didn’t go to the Temple, so that they too could hear the truth?  Why did He turn Himself over to suffer and die a terrible death when He’d committed no crime?

It all comes down to love.

Many of us have experienced the absolute bliss of loving someone and being loved by someone so deeply that we don’t want to be separated from each other even for a moment.  We want to always be in each other’s presence; we feel empty without the other.

Some of us have never experienced this, but long for it.

This ability and capacity for love is straight from the very heart of God.  This is His desire with us.  We see it clearly in Jesus’ prayer, “Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am.”  Christ was willing to do whatever it took to make sure we arrive home safely to be with him forever.  With his life, he fulfilled the requirements to make it so and he has entrusted us, whom he calls his friends, to follow in his footsteps and tell the world about him, so that they too may make it home to be with him.

The task is difficult, treacherous, full of suffering and persecution, but we are one with Christ and with each other.  And this is why Christians are also willing to pay whatever price is necessary for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even risking and giving their earthly lives, just as Christ did.

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

More than 19 million people in North Korea are forced to worship the Kim Il Sung family, wear their image on their bodies and praise them as they would God.  This ideology or religion is called Juche.

This video documents the task and difficulties of spreading the Good News of Jesus to people who live in North Korea.

Please pray for them, their efforts, their resolve, their protection and for the recipients of the Word of God, that His truth would take root in their hearts in such a way as to not be plucked from them when persecution comes.  Our Lord loves each of them and wants to be with them for all eternity.  Father, may Your Kingdom come!

 

No devoted thing, that a man devotes to the Lord of all he has, whether of man or beast, or of the field of his possession, can be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy to the Lord” (Leviticus 27:28)

“Jesus sat near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money.  Many rich people put in large amounts.  Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.  Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions.  For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”  (Mark 12:41-44)

“Jesus told this story to his disciples: ‘There was a certain rich man who had a manager handling his affairs.  One day a report came that the manager was wasting his employer’s money.  So the employer called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? Get your report in order, because you are going to be fired.’  The manager thought to himself, ‘Now what? My boss has fired me.  I don’t have the strength to dig ditches, and I’m too proud to beg.  Ah, I know how to ensure that I’ll have plenty of friends who will give me a home when I am fired.’  So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation.  He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe him?’ The man replied, ‘I owe him 800 gallons of olive oil.’  So the manager told him, ‘Take the bill and quickly change it to 400 gallons.’ ‘And how much do you owe my employer?’ he asked the next man. ‘I owe him 1,000 bushels of wheat,’ was the reply.  ‘Here,’ the manager said, ‘take the bill and change it to 800 bushels.’ The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd.  And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light.  Here’s the lesson:  Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends.  Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.  If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones.  But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.  And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.’  The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him.  Then he said to them, ‘You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your hearts.  What this world honors is detestable in the sight of God.'”(Luke 16:1-15)

“Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.  ‘Teacher,” they said, ‘we know how honest you are.  You are impartial and don’t play favorites.  You teach the way of God truthfully.  Now tell us — is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?  Should we pay them or shouldn’t we?’  Jesus saw through their hypocrisy and said, ‘Why are you trying to trap me?  Show me a Roman coin, and I’ll tell you.’ When they handed it to him, he asked, ‘Whose picture and title are stamped on it?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied.  ‘Well, then,’ Jesus said, ‘give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.’ His reply completely amazed them. (Mark 12: 13-17)

Jesus often addressed the topic of money.  He made it clear that money is of this world and not of God.

We know from Scripture that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil; things that draw us away from God and into temptation and death.  (1 Timothy 6:9-10)  Whether it is Caesar’s denarius or America’s dollar, it is, in and of itself, of the world. But with money being the essence of our every day lives, how do we sanctify that which is of the world into a holy use for God’s treasury house on earth and the purposes of His kingdom?  How do we, in all practicality, take away something from Satan that belongs to his wicked kingdom and claim it instead for God’s glory? How do we infiltrate and plunder Satan’s territory, namely his world realm of finance, and bring the spoils home to our Father?

Scripture teaches us that, in order for something to be made sanctified for the Lord, it must be destroyed as far as the giver is concerned.  Destroying a thing for the Lord leaves no opportunity for us to reclaim that thing and re-use it later; we cannot redeem it, give it, or sell it again to be used.  That is why it is a sacrifice.  Only the Lord receives it.

Applying the concept of sacrifice and sanctification to money is the same as to any other thing we would sacrifice: GIVE IT TO THE LORD, thereby destroying it; destroying our ability to use it for anything else in the world.  Give, not randomly, but out of habit, in proportion to what we have, earnestly and with purpose.  Paul wrote the Corinthians, saying “Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving.  Give in proportion to what you have.  Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly.  And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves.  I only mean that there should be some equality.” (2 Corinthians 8:11-13)

This habit of giving in proportion to what we have and eagerly is pleasing to the Lord.  It is a sacrifice that helps others and brings glory to the Lord’s name.  Do not be intimidated by the amount, as it doesn’t matter.  Jesus sat and watched rich people donate lots of their money to the Temple, but it was the two little otherwise worthless coins that the poor widow gave that impressed him so.  Why? She was making a sacrifice.  Jesus’ statement about the others’ giving from their surplus was not meant to discount their giving, but only to highlight the fact that God cares not about the amount we give, but the condition of our heart in our deliberations to give and in the act of giving.

Unlike the “prosperity gospel” which is false teaching, giving to the Lord, His purposes and Kingdom, is not a platform for positioning ourselves to get rich.  It is Scriptural that those who can be trusted with little can also be trusted with much and will be given much, but the context of that meaning has been perverted by the “prosperity gospel” so that those who preach it can get rich at the expense of their followers.  That money stays in Satan’s kingdom because it is not sanctified and made holy.  The whole premise of the false prosperity gospel of giving money is to see it returned as-many-fold as is possible.  That is greed and is exactly what Jesus warns us about when he says we cannot serve two masters.

No, give as a sacrifice, expecting to never see it again. Let it be “consumed by the Lord.” Give to the Lord, converting worldly money into heavenly purpose.  Let your money feed and clothe the poor, widows and orphans. Make it buy Bibles for those who cannot buy their own.  Make it benefit your local church and people who attend it. Make it strengthen your community.  Let it take care of the families of Christian martyrs around the world who are suffering.  Let it build water wells and houses and churches abroad for others who cannot afford these things.  Make it aid your family members who need legitimate help. Let it send others out to spread the Good News of Christ.  Use it to help others and lift them up, all in proportion to what you have.

We are God’s Treasury House on Earth.  We are His army and His stewards. His Kingdom spreads through our right living, praying and giving, all of which are sacrifices which greatly please Him.  What an opportunity and privilege it is to use the things of this world to honor the Name of the Lord.

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goatsHe will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.  For I was hungry, and you fed me.  I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.  I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  I was naked, and you gave me clothing.  I was sick, and you cared for me.  I was in prison, and you visited me.’ Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?  Or a stranger and show you hospitality?  Or naked and give you clothing?  When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’  Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.  For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me.  I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink.  I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home.  I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing.  I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’  Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’  And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’  And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”  (Matthew 25:31-46)

Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself.  Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.” (Hebrews 13:3)

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Prison is a place where people are often forgotten.  The people behind prison bars, especially in America, have often done things so atrocious they have been justly judged as unfit for society. They are considered dangerous, often exhibiting extreme or perverted ideals, views, and behavior, and have been convicted of stealing, killing and destroying.

Angry, fearful, proud, jealous, murderous hearts and minds are the most opportune breeding ground for extremist ideals, especially ideals that take advantage of these weaknesses so that the criminal can be manipulated and encouraged to steal, kill and destroy again in the name of something bigger than himself.

Radical Islamists are recruiting angry, fearful, proud, jealous, murderous men from America’s prisons.  The radical Islamists are visiting these men in prison, letting them know they are not forgotten, that Allah remembers them and they can please Allah and redeem themselves of their sins by doing work for Allah.  The prisoners, needing purpose in their lives, are eager to be embraced, praised and loved.  How amazed are they then, that they can belong to something that embraces the monster inside them and nurtures it to make it more monstrous.  That is what they are offered, and to the lost, it is too appealing to turn down.

The wide, easy road is the road where the prisoner can walk, fostering the very behavior that made him a criminal in the first place.  Radical Islam welcomes the prisoner as the destroyer that he is and offers to mold him into an even more destructive human being in the name of Allah.  When the prisoner makes parole, he goes to any of the 17 known Islamic warfare training camps in America where he is further indoctrinated in hatred and anger until he is finally given his command to act again, this time not as a street gang member or otherwise deviant person, but as an Islamic terrorist.

He is deceived into waging war against flesh and blood, wasting his life on earth, consumed with hatred.  Doomed.

But Christians know the true battle is not against flesh and blood.  The true battle is unseen because it is not occurring in the temporary physical realm, but the eternal spiritual one.  It is fought with weapons of faith, righteousness, truth, love, peace, salvation, and the word of God, which is the sword of the Spirit.  What a stark contrast to the radical Islamic ways of intimidation, manipulation, false testimonies, suicide bombers, mass murder, terror, fear, and hatred.

One is light.  One is darkness. The prisoners will ultimately make their own decision as to which road they will follow, as all of us do.  But if we are not answering the Radical Islam prison visitations with Christian visitations that present them with the truth of the Good News of Jesus Christ and His way, we are failing them.  And God has made it clear in His Holy Word that we are not to forget those in prison, but to remember them and visit them.  Their eternal lives are at stake.  Their impact on other people’s lives is also at stake.

PRAY for the forgotten.  Pray for the men and women in prison, that God would make them able to receive the truth and discern the lie.  Pray that the Lord will call on people to visit those in prison and that those called upon to visit will answer with an emphatic ‘Yes!’  Pray that the truth that “ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” is a concept that the troubled and hurting hearts in prison can accept; that they will understand and accept that their sins, too, are covered by the blood of the Holy Lamb of God Almighty, Jesus Christ; He has already atoned for their sins.  They need only believe.

The Most High God answers fear with peace.  He answers hatred with love.  He answers death with life.  Any other message is false and the responsibility is ours to present the truth to the lost.

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them.  Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.” (Hebrews 13:3)

“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.  They shouted to the Lord and said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?’ Then a white robe was given to each of them.  And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters –their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred–had joined them.” (Revelation 6:9-11)

The Voice of the Martyrs reports that over 30,000 people are suffering in concentration camps this very moment for one reason:  they worship Jesus Christ and not Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea.

These Christians, our brothers and sisters in Christ, and their families have been rounded up by their government and forced into camps that are so barbaric, North Korean officials deny they even exist.  These Christians are living their lives as caged animals; let out only to be tortured or forced to work 15 hours a day in grueling conditions without even enough food and water to sustain them.  Most of them die either of starvation or torture.

Suffering for the glory of Christ is a great mystery that the natural, self-preserving mind cannot comprehend.  Suffering for Christ is a spiritual concept and is the ultimate victory in this spiritual war we are fighting in during our lives on earth.

The enemy Satan thinks that locking Christians away to die horrific deaths will somehow give him the edge in his war with God Almighty.  The truth is that Satan is only speeding towards his own judgment, fulfilling God’s prophecy that once the full number of martyrs is reached, our Mighty Lord will rise up and avenge them.

Nonetheless, the injustice and atrocities committed against Christians should arouse righteous indignation in all of us.  As their family, we must do our part to intercede on their behalf in every way we can.

First, prayer is critical.  We must pray for the protection of their souls, that the Lord would make them able to stay faithful to Him, no matter what they are forced to endure.  Pray that their faith is strengthened by the Lord every day and that they are able to keep their eyes and focus on their eternal promise, and not this temporary, fleeting life and world. Pray also for their oppressors, for their repentance and salvation.  Our prayers are a great privilege and they’re heard and answered.  Let’s stand up and intercede in prayer for our family in Christ!

Next, The Voice of the Martyrs has provided a way for each of us to let it be known that the world is watching and we are aware of the human rights violations happening in North Korea.  If you want to join other Christians who are standing up, click this link www.letterofconfession.com and sign your name to the petition that will be delivered to North Korea’s representatives to the United Nations.  The North Korean government thinks that by denying the existence of concentration camps in their country, we will turn our head and move on to something else.  Let’s let them know we are watching and will be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves.

FATHER, MAY YOUR KINGDOM COME.

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From The Voice of the Martyrs:

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“Thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into Iraq to escape war in their homeland.  One area where refugees have settled has 41 established mosques.  Of those 41 mosques, not one has provided assistance to the refugees, even though they are virtually all Muslims. 

The refugees fled Syria with little more than the clothes on their backs.  As the war drags on, there is little hope that they will be able to return home anytime soon.

“Ferhad,” a former Muslim, witnessed the desperate need of the refugees, including many children.  He encouraged them and prayed about how he could make a difference.  Ferhad then began to share his faith with the refugees and distributed help provided by The Voice of the Martyrs.

“Even when Muslim neighbors refused to help their own brothers, it was Christian outsiders who met the needs of the refugees,” said a refugee that Ferhad helped. “When I witnessed the love of Christians, I saw what I was missing in Islam and I decided to follow Christ.”

The Voice of the Martyrs has met many Christians like Ferhad who are using this incredible opportunity to share the love of Christ with Syrians who have lost everything in the war.  As Christ told His disciples:  The fields are white for harvest!

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’?  Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” –The words of Jesus Christ (John 4:35)

There are 3 ways to help:

1) PRAY for the refugees.  Thank God for their precious lives and ask that they be made able to receive the Good News of Salvation in Christ Jesus.

2) You can pack your own Syrian Outreach Packs.  Simply order the empty packs and fill them with items from an enclosed list. For example:  Blanket, Knit hat, bed sheet, socks, solid color t-shirt, towel, bar of soap.  Please do not include anything other than the listed items —  no notes, literature, etc.  Also, do not include clothing items with images or text (such as a t-shirt with an image or words).  Do NOT include your name, return address or other contact info.  Each Outreach Pack is $7.

3) If you do not want to fill the bag yourself, you can sponsor a Syrian Outreach Pack and it will be filled for you in the country where it is distributed.  Each sponsored pack is $30.

Go to  www.vombooks.com/May2014 or call 800-747-0085.