What do we think? Do we really believe God still can’t move today as in days gone by?
The same God who delivered Shadrach, Meschesh and Abednego can deliver us, too! We are truly in some troubled times today. Still we must never take our eyes off Jesus Christ.
My heart is to try to encourage you to make it to the very end with joy.
In the Bible, we see the great ‘Roll Call of Faith’ in Hebrews 11. Just look at these great clouds of witnesses, as our examples. So many trials and troubles but God saw our forefathers and mothers through everything!
Look and read (here at the end), how some didn’t escape martyrdom and that’s alright too! We must realize ‘dying grace’ will be there when we need it. Let’s don’t worry, but trust it will.
I will share a Dream I had back in the late 60’s or early 70’s, believing the Dream was not literal, but figurative.
To set the stage for the Dream, I must confess that I had an ongoing fear of ‘Russia’ taking over the U.S.A.
When I say fear, it was an understatement! The fear was ‘consuming’ me. The worry was, would I be Faithful if called on to be a martyr?
God, I believe, gave the Dream. It was a takeover scenario, very frightening! People were going up to a scaffold to be beheaded for not denying Jesus Christ!
In the Dream I was more afraid than I had ever been. As I climbed the scaffold steps, the ‘trembling’ was immense. Still I couldn’t deny The LORD!
As I got up to the top to be beheaded, I laid my neck on the chopping block.
Words can never describe the Absolute Glory and Lack of Fear then!
I can only hint to relay the Glory I felt! Dying Grace was there in my Dream. From that time forward, I was never the same. The Dream is as real to me now, as all those decades ago.
If we truly live for Christ, we will die for Him.
So whether we are living or dying martyrs it does not matter. Let’s be Faithful and true till the very end. We must persevere! The joy of The LORD is our strength.
God bless you.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Ephesians 6:18.
“Then he said unto them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet, and send portions unto those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy unto our Lord; neither be ye sorry, for the joy of The LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10.
“Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through Faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
By Faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
By Faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
But without Faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
By Faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by Faith.
By Faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By Faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Through Faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him Faithful who had promised.
Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
These all died in Faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
By Faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
By Faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
By Faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
By Faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
By Faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
By Faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
By Faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Through Faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
By Faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
By Faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
By Faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: who through Faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: and others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And these all, having obtained a good report through Faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” Hebrew 11:1-40.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called as an Apostle of the Faith by His grace. I am also a chaplain to the prisons, a Mother in the Kingdom of God and intercessor. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses of mine are Matthew 11:28-30.