Daily Courage - December 19

 
from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow ... and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
(Philippians 2:10-11)

Horacio Herrera
 
When Paul wrote to the churches in Rome, he knew about their situation. They had no reason to comfortably celebrate their new life in Christ Jesus. On the contrary, they experienced painful separation from family members when they were discovered in their religious practices. They knew how real the lion's den was in their own city. But he had a message of hope for them (Romans 8:28-39). Death would not be able to separate them from Christ. Fallen angels or demons had no power over them. Worldly powers are under God's control.
 
The present is passing by.
 
The future is in Christ's hands.
 
The heights are still under the King.
 
The depths cannot keep those who die in Christ.
 
Anything else in all creation can do no harm to those who belong to the family of believers.
 
We, and they, will one day bow down before the King of Kings and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. They will have to confess, we will do so with all of our hearts, you are the Christ, our Savior and our Lord.
 
Horacio Herrera from Cuba. Because of his leading role in the Cuban Church, he writes using a pseudonym.

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