(2 Corinthians 4:7-18 King James Version (KJV) ) 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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Miriam Iberhim was presented a simple edict: Recant your Christianity or die. She boldly declared that she was a Christian and she would always be a Christian. A Christian, a follower of Christ. She spent months confined in a filthy jail cell along with her 20 month old son, under a death sentence for her failure to recant. Eight months pregnant, she endured incarceration without wavering. When her time for delivery was at hand, her captors, Sudanese Islamic Fundamentalists, refused to take the shackles off her feet. She bravely gave birth to a baby girl, Maya, with her legs chained to the floor. Such is the faithfulness of our sister in the Lord. Tthe testimony of the Lord's goodness to Miriam for her steadfast profession is as follows:
After Her Dramatic Escape from Sudan, Meriam Ibrahim said "I Trusted God from the First Instant"
by Teresa Neumann : Jul 28, 2014 : Josephine McKenna
"I have always wanted and only wanted my faith." -Meriam Ibrahim
(Rome, Italy)—Now that Meriam Ibrahim is truly free from her life of persecution in Sudan, new reports are surfacing about what happened after her release and her family's plans for the future.
According to a report last week in the Daily Mail, Meriam's first words upon arriving in Italy were, "Thanks to God we are all fine. I trusted God from the first instant. I knew that He would not abandon me. When they condemned me to death, I never thought of renouncing my religion."
When asked what she was going to do now that she was free by Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Meriam replied, "I will put my trust in God as I always have done. We will start a new life [in America]."
Indeed, Religion News Service reports that their new life will be lived in New Hampshire and that Meriam and her family are scheduled to depart for the US soon.
We in the Western Church have rarely been given the opportunity to endure such persecution for our Lord. Until just recently, we in the United States have been given the privilege to speak our minds and hearts concerning our Christian convictions without impunity. Until recently. Currently, however, the spiritual environment in the United States has shifted into antagonism and belligerence toward publicly held believes of devotion to the standards of God's Word. It appears, more clearly now, that if the Lord tarries, we, too, will be given the privilege to participate in the fellowship of His suffering.
Let the redeemed of the Lord settle this issue in our hearts BEFORE we are asked if we will deny our LORD; always remembering Jesus' words: Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before menk im will I also deny before my Father which is in heave. ( Matt. 10:32-33)
We rejoice with Miriam Iberhim and give thanks to Almighty God for His faithfulness to His children on earth!
Thank you for praying.