Joel 3: 16-17 NASB
16 The Lord roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the Lord is a refuge for His people And a stronghold to the sons of Israel. 17 Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, Dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, And strangers will pass through it no more.
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HC 2019 Bethel conference day 2 Friday. It was amazing Pastor Robert Madu in the morning Wow Wow Wow then Pastor Steven Furtick in the evening both bringing the Word I am overwhelmed with Gods love for us. Great men of God. #heavencome2019#nbcmchurh#lovegod
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37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
As I walked around the Colosseum, all I could think about were the great Christian martyrs who died in this arena. There is much debate among historians about whether or not Christians were killed as martyrs in the Colosseum by wild beasts or subject to suffer extremely cruel deaths because of their faith in Christ. Even if this was proven to be merely a myth, there is no doubt that Christians were persecuted and died as martyrs from the very beginning of Christianity.
As I looked at this cross, I wondered if I would have been as courageous as these martyrs were to stand firm in their Christian faith and suffer a horrible death as consequence. Even though the physical and emotional agony of these early Christian martyrs was absolutely unimaginable, they must have had a strong conviction of knowing that Jesus really was who He said He was, and thus, knew Heaven would await them. They did not have nearly as much knowledge or theology as we do today, but they were willing to go through the unimaginable because they believed in God’s promises.
I want to believe I would have also been as courageous as these martyrs. But then I think of St. Paul and am able to identify with him at a certain level, when many times in my life I promised God my love and faithfulness to Him, but I fell short of my word. But even Saint Paul was a hero, and Jesus entrusted him with the leadership of the Church, which is no small matter. He also died a martyr on a cross upside down because he refused to die the same way as our Savior. Talk about some courage and heroic virtue.
How could we ever measure up to these people? We face decisions every day, that determine our love for Christ. We don’t have to die as martyrs in a colosseum to prove our love to Jesus. God looks at the amount of love we pour out for Him through our daily activities, not the magnitude of our actions. We can still die to ourselves a little bit for Him everyday. The small decisions that we make each day to proclaim our love for Him by dying to our selfishness, fear of rejection, and sin, can be our way to be martyrs for Christ ✝️