Last night I shared the news that 21 Christians from Egypt had been executed by ISIS thugs in the name of Islam.
Honestly, I have been struggling with how to pray about this.
I know to pray for the families of those who were killed, I know to pray for our brothers and sisters–in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe–who are increasingly coming under threat by these Islamic militants who are demanding that people ‘convert or die’.
But then I read some more and prayed and realized…these guys are duped! They are deceived! They are offering ‘blood sacrifices’ to a mythical ‘god’ and are, in fact, enslaved to satan.
They need freedom from this! As one friend of mine wrote, ‘I pray that under one of those masks is another Saul whom God can knock down and convert, and who will take the Gospel to these people.’
That got me to thinking more clearly again. The Gospel is not ‘fighting for’ supremacy–JESUS ALREADY WON! He has defeated the enemy–in every form he tries to take–and will triumph again!
As a child of the Father, I don’t have to sit in a position of defeat–we are Victorious! The truth is, as another wrote, “The ‘People of the Cross’ are free! The people of the Sword are still enslaved!’
As I was praying about this, I came across this song today:
This got me thinking differently.
We stand–together, triumphant–in Christ alone!
In Christ Alone
What is our hope in?
Our church affiliation? Our politics? Our physical strength, intellectual acumen, or financial wealth?
Our hope is in Christ..alone!
As this song begins, “In Christ alone my hope is bound, He is my light, my strength my song. My Cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm.”
As I sit here this morning, I’m thinking our the direction of our culture, I’m praying about our brothers and sisters in the middle east being slaughtered for their faith, I’m interceding for our church and asking God to be so REAL in our lives that we stand up boldly for Him, wherever we are, whatever we’re doing…and whatever the cost.
This song is so powerful, partly because it presents the entire Gospel in one song–“In Christ alone, who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe! This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save. Till on the cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied. For every sin on Him was laid. Here in the death of Christ, I LIVE!”
As we know, it appeared hopeless to His disciples at that time–Jesus in the tomb, them hiding behind closed doors…but little did they know:“There in the ground, His body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain; The bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again! As as he stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost it’s grip on me; for I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ”
What’s it all mean, in the context of the cares, trials, defeats and struggles of this life? What’s it mean in the context of increased pressure to deny Him? What’s it mean to those who literally have to put their lives on the line in order to follow Christ?
It means that “No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny.No power in hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand, Till He returns or calls me home, HERE IN THE POWER OF CHRIST I”LL STAND!”
This is a song of confident triumph, through our union with Jesus!
Let’s stand in worship of Christ, alone today–no matter the earthly ‘cost’, we have victory in Him!