Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Sunday, September 17, 2006

How far will you go?

"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21
I have read a very good book and suggest that all take time out to read....Foxe's Book of Martyrs.

It really makes you think about a lot.

How far would you go for your Lord?

Would you be willing to die for Him?

Would you reject Him just to keep your own life?

So many men and women died horrible deaths and they did it all out of love for their Lord and Savior.

How can a man justify being God, and putting others to death?

There was blood shed because they were Christians.

They strongly believed in what they were dying for.

Some died by fire, some were beheaded, most all were tortured some way or another.

They had hot coals put to there feet till they only had nubbs left, some was tied to wild horses and dragged behind them till they died,some were starved to death, some were branded on the cheek and made to do penance and some even roasted alive.

Is your faith that strong today to pass any of these types of tests?

All of these martyrs endured their sufferings with great fortitude and cheerfully yielded up their lives for their faith.

They would speak out against idolatry.

They were being condemned for even just reading the scriptures.

Martin Luther was the one who began showing the difference between the law and gospel.

He also showed where it is wrong for the church to sell indulgences or pilgrimages.

Money is not what will save your soul, by no means.

What will save your soul is remission of sins.

Taking up your cross and following Jesus.

"For by grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

All those who died did so for the cause of Jesus.

The Catholic Church did not want the real truth to come out, so they persecuted the Christians.

The entire time they did all that it did was to help make the Christian faith that much stronger.

Even though the Bible was forbidden to all, craftsmen, apprentices, journeymen, servants, yeomen, farmers, and laborers, it has still stayed in their hearts.

We need not fear the man that can kill the body, cause they can not kill our soul.

Would you stand firm in your testimony?

Would you dye for the truth's sake?

Are you corn or are you chaff?

Will you be blown away by the wind?

Would you seal His truth with your life?

The martyrs of the early church did so that the gospel would live on in our hearts.

They taught us that we do not get to heaven by paying our way with monies for our soul.

We are to live a life full of faith.

These martyrs died so we could be free in Him.

Not only were there martyrs back then, but still today people lose their very life for the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How do you compare?

If you lived back then would you be considered a martyr?

How far will you go to tell someone about Jesus - our Redeemer.

Man can be so cruel, but God's love is all you need.

Let us take up our cross and not deny Him, but follow Him.

"Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." Matthew 16:24


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