Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must first deny himself and
take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
( Matt. 16:24 )
Extreme Places - Romania:
(Pastor Richard Wurmbrand)
Richard Wumbrand, a Romanian pastor who suffered
in prison for fourteen years, once told a story that he
had heard from a fellow prisoner. It had helped him
through his most difficult times of
The brother told him: " I once went to a circus and
witnessed a most impressive scene. A sharpshooter
placed a burning candle on his wife's head. he then
stepped out of the center of the arena and, from
quite a distance, shot the candle off her head.
After the show was over. I approached her and asked if
she was ever afraid the arrow would strike her. She
replied, ' Why should I be? He was aiming at the
candle, not at me."
When Pastor Wumbrand heard this story he thought,
" Why should I be afraid of the torturers? They
don't aim at me, They may beat my body but my real
being is Christ within. I am seated with him in
heavenly places, and therefore they cannot touch
my real person. From this incredible viewpoint I
can look down and see the futility of their
Pastor Wumbrand lived through
years of suffering and had neared death many times.
But he was encouraged with this simple lesson and
even flourished spiritually because he knew his place
with Christ was secure, no matter what
happened to his body.
Persecution, though indescribably painful, has
its limits. Neither physical nor emotional trauma
can destroy the deepest parts of who we
What we carry on the inside is the most valuable
part of ourselves- our souls. Christ's spirit lives
within us and protects our soul from emotional
and physical harm. True, our enemies may strike
even kill our bodies.
However, when our enemies take
a swipe at us, they are really mangling the name
of Christ- the one who lives within. And he can
never die again.
However personal and pointed the opposition, it is
really a part of a bigger picture. The battle may involve
us. but it concerns an over arching war between
good and evil.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute
you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you
because of me. Matthew 5:11
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