Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 4, 2014

Using the Most Powerful Weapon

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 5:51 am

Matthew 17:20. He told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.”

Some remember to pray for the persecuted Christians but do we really pray for them or just mouth the words. When it’s not in front of us it’s sometimes hard to be intent and meaningful in our prayers. The following text is taken from an article in Facebook. It kept me praying all night. I realize how very blessed we are in many countries and how shamefully silent we are and lazy we are in our prayers. Prayer is the strongest weapon in existence. Let’s use it to the fullest extent God gave it to us to use. Join me in intense prayer for this woman and her family then let us continue for all those Christians determined to be faithful to God regardless of what they face.

“A faithful mother, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, is being sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christian faith. She gave birth in prison just days ago. Her loving husband Daniel Wani said, “They kept a chain on her legs…She is very unhappy about that.”

Meriam, a doctor herself, spent much of her pregnancy chained to the prison floor. She went without receiving the proper nutrition needed for such a challenging pregnancy. The mother was hardly let outside for fresh air.

In spite of those horrifying factors, the baby girl was born in the prison’s hospital wing at Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison in Sudan just five days prior to her due date. The baby girl is healthy, and her mother named her Maya.

The family’s 20-month-old son Martin also lives with Meriam in prison.

Meriam and her bewildered toddler have fought various diseases and illness because of the jail’s poor sanitation and overcrowding. Most children don’t survive these conditions; but because of prayer, God is protecting them.

Daniel had not been able to visit his family regularly, and when he does the parameters of his visits are ridiculous. Daniel recalled, “The first time I only had ten minutes and we never even had a conversation with each other. I had to attend to my son first, and once I had done that I was told by the prison guards that my time was up.”

“I wanted to take Martin away with me, but I knew I couldn’t. It’s not good place to be for a little boy to be. I am not allowed to spent time with them because the Sudanese officials do not recognize them as my wife and son.”

Authorities refuse to release Martin to his Christian father, because they have labeled the innocent toddler as Islamic.

The Sudan government also claims that the marriage of Daniel and Meriam is void because they said their vows in a Christian ceremony. Therefore, they do not recognize little Martin as Daniel’s child, and claim that they live in adultery – which is another punishable crime.
At just 27 years old, Meriam received her sentence to be hung until dead. But, she will first receive 100 lashes. Although she was never a Muslim she is convicted of converting from Islam to Christianity, and marrying a Christian man. Because her husband is a naturalized American citizen, living in New Hampshire, the family is making pleas to the American government for help.

Meriam does have an opportunity to be released. But it is one that she will not take.
“An Islamic Sharia judge said she could be spared the death penalty if she publicly renounced her faith and becomes a Muslim once more.” Reported DailyMail.

Meriam is standing strong in her faith in Jesus, and made a bold declaration that she would rather die than give up her faith, she will never ‘pretend to be a Muslim’ to save her life.

Sudan’s government is considering the chance of reversing the death sentence given to the faithful Meriam Ibrahim. A decision that could not have come without the prayers of Meriam and her many supporters!

Let’s join this family in prayer and in faith!

Those Before Us

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

I discovered a box of letters my dad wrote to his mother every day he was in college in the early 1920’s. Most of his Monday letters told her about the sermons he heard Sunday morning and Sunday evening. He quoted parts that were very meaningful to him. Reading about what formed his spiritual walk was very meaningful and encouraging. Hebrews 12:1 is referring back to the 11th chapter of Hebrews known as the “faith chapter.” It is a wonderful chapter to read often, reminding us of those who went before us on the path of faith in God. I marvel at how they walked since they walked before Jesus came, taught, died, rose and sent His Holy Spirit to help us on our walk. They could only hope for the promise We have received the promise. When things seem hard there is really nothing to complain about. We are blessed.

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