Unstoppable Gospel

 

October 26

 

Read Acts 12:1-3, 24

It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to size Peter also...But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.

 

Reflect

Have you seen leaders or governments try to suppress or ban God’s Word? Was it effective? Why or why not?

 

According to the Open Doors World Watch List, Iran is ranked number 9 out of 50 countries in the world who exhibit high to extreme levels of persecution towards Christians. Given this information, one would think that the Gospel is being stifled in those areas. And yet, amazingly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In Iran, it is illegal to preach the gospel or be a part of a house church but that has not stopped the Gospel from going forward. This same organization cited a study of 50,000 Iranians aged 20 or above. 1.5% of the people who responded said that they identify as Christians. This data suggests that when extrapolated across the population of Iran, there may be as many as 1.2 million converts to Christianity in Iran.

 

This is not the first time persecution increased the spread of God’s Word rather than prevented it. The Book of Acts records the growth of the early church in the midst of persecution. In Acts chapter 12, we see James, the brother of John killed by the sword and Peter imprisoned. But Acts 12:24 tells us that the word of God flourished, or multiplied.

 

When one considers the persecution the church has faced over the course of history, it’s a miracle in itself that the Word of God has survived, let alone thrived. Since the very beginning of the church to the present day, Christians have been stoned, crucified, imprisoned, beaten, burned at the stake, fed to wild animals, beheaded, restricted, mocked, had their private property confiscated, were exiled, etc. But people keep coming to faith in Christ! Despite initial church persecution, here we are over 2,000 years later reading the Word of God, gathering with other believers, and sharing the Gospel with others.

 

The prophet Isaiah said, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”  Men can try but they cannot thwart God’s plans. The great commission continues and the Word goes forth unhindered by the very measures meant to contain it. The Gospel has proven itself unstoppable. Friends, let’s allow God to use us to keep sending the Word of God out into the world no matter what persecution we may face as a consequence.

 

Pray

Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters who are facing terrible persecution because of their faith in You. Protect them and encourage them to continue to stand firmly on Your Word. Give me the strength and courage to keep the faith despite the cost. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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God, please, continue to hold those who believe in You by your hand. God, please, continue to direct the steps of the godly. (those who are praising and obeying you despite their circumstances). God, we know, as stated by your Word, that you delight in every detail of their life. God, we know, as stated by Your Word, that though they stumble, they will not fall, for You hold them by the hand. (Psalm 37:23-24) God, I ask you to please continue to guide and protect my family. Let us continue to be strong in faith and Your Word. God, though we will stumble, please, do not let us fall. God, please, continue to use us for Your Will. In Your Almighty Name, I pray. Amen.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & THE HOLY SPIRIT HELP ME KEEP THE FAITH THROUGH YOUR BLOOD JESUS;*THANKYOUJESUS 1*
I expect that (with so much access to the internet) that a higher percentage of Christians replied. Since Open Doors World Watch List is a Christian group, I expect MOST that were surveyed did Not reply... remember the internet gives information to believers and non-believers. If you have a survey done by a NON religious group (NOT Open Doors World Watch List) you would receive a more accurate feedback. For instance... if Joe Brown stood on the street corner and handed out the survey with only a return address that did NOT link to any business...maybe a PO box?? The results would be TRUE. I hate it when Statistics are twisted.
Help me dear Lord Jesus to be light and salt in my community.
Amen
But the word of God spread and flourish.
Ive been through many trialsbut, God is good and faithful ask and ye shall recieve Amen &Amen
"So shall be My Word that proceeds out of my mouth, it will return unto me void, accomplish that which I please, and prosper the thing of where unto I send it" Isaiah 55:11 Grace, Grace! Blessings, J
Amen
FATHER, MAY I ALWAYS STAND FIRM TO YOUR WORD, NO MATTER WHAT THIS WORLD BRING. LET US STAY IN PRAYER FOR THISE WHO ARE BEING PERSECUTED FOR GOD’S WORD IN JESUS AMEN
The spread of the Gospel in the midst of persecution proves the power of God's Word. We must know it, memorize it, and passionately share Jesus Who is the Word.
I thank God daily for freedom of religion in this country and I pray for missionaries in different part of the world who are persecuted, murdered, abused for witnessing the gospel. I pray for them and their families for their heir safety and protection as they spread God's word.
Help me Lord to shine Your light in the darkness of this world
I'm so happy no one can ever take the Word away from us if we choose to stay in it.
Amen
The Word of God will stand until he alone takes it away ! ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Amen
Merciful Father, Your word is a constant. It will not be void, and no one can hinder it. You are ruler over all. You are the same today, tomorrow and forever. Father You are the Beginning and the End. Keep us and protect us in Your loving and caring arms. Your word is true and will continue to grow and be spoken. Your will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Praises be to Your name. GLORY. In the awesome name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
Men cannot thwart God's plans, even me. I cannot stop your Sovereign plans for me no matter how I feel. Thank you God that you have a purpose and a plan for everyone who believes.
My God keep my prayers dear so I can meet seeing how amazing you are. Amen
Dear Lord may the knowledge of you continue to grow in those that know you and may your strength hold us upright. May those that don't know you be enlightened by your Spirit so that they come to know you are the One and only God and Jesus You are Our Savior.
Father you are God and you are faithful to your word you say you will not leave us or forsake you will be with us and I believe your word is true .I will pray for those who are being percicuted for they faith God is with them.
Thank you, Abba, for hearing our prayers. Thank you for all the Christians in other countries who put their lives in danger every day to bring others to You. You are Holy, You are Mighty, you are Lord of All! Thank you for giving us your Only Son to die a horrific death to save us from our awful sins. Bless us all and keep us safe. In Jesus' most Holy Name, Amen.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Amen!
In Jesus name, Amen❤Thank You, Jesus❤ All glory and honor to You🤸‍♂️My praise is for You alone🌞 God bless you🙂
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
The struggle-war-has been going on from time immemorial between good and evil. And the evil has not won. The struggle after shifting to the earth, the evil forces have gained more numbers but not able to resist the forces of God who though are less in number. Persecution is in its increased scale all over the world and as it nears the end. Thank you, God won't lose nor His people! Inspiring.
Amen🙏 ! Lord, thank You for the "Good News of the Gospel". Empower and use me to share it with those who are perishing.
AMEN THANK YOU JESUS ❤️🙏🏾