Those of us who live in America are blessed because we are free to worship God without fear of being stoned or killed for our beliefs.
In the lands where Islamic law is enforced Christians don't have the same luxury as we do in our country.
It seems anywhere there are radical Muslims, seeds of hatred and strife are planted against Christians. Analysts say Christians who live in the Middle East, and Africa face death and persecution on an almost daily basis.
Those who live in lands where Muslims rule know it can be dangerous to pursue God, and it could cost a person his or her life. Pastor Ibrahím is someone who knows the reality of this from firsthand experience.
The Charisma News website reports: "Ibrahím lives in a community of radical Muslims. His country, unnamed for security reasons, is one of the "-stan" nations, all of which are Islamic countries in which the persecution of Christians is not uncommon. The region, in general, is charged with violence."
Ibrahim's Muslim friends decided that he must die when they found out that he had recently converted from Islam to Christianity. Radical Muslims believe it's their "sacred duty" to stop the spread of Christianity. One of the ways they do this is by killing Christians through stoning or beheading.
The Muslims who were about to stone Ibrahim allowed him to say good-bye to his wife. However, the report says he didn't want to put her life in jeopardy or cause her alarm, so he chose to tell her he would be right back. After that his "friends" took him to the local dump and started beating him.
The report says that one Muslim man picked up a stone to end Ibrahim's life, by an act of murder. This is when Ibrahim started praying for the men who were stoning him. He began speaking blessings over his abusers and their children.
The word of God says "the prayers of a righteous man avails much." The prayer that Ibrahim said was not in vain and God heard his cries. The miracle of Divine intervention can be seen by what happened next. The man holding the rock, about to strike Ibrahim in the head, suddenly dropped it and yelled out:
"I cannot kill the man that is proclaiming blessing over my children!" [sic]
God was watching over Ibrahim on that day and spared his life. Many Christians around the world experience similar situations every day. Sadly those experiences don't always end the same way Ibrahim's did. According to Global Advance "there's been a 309 percent growth in Christian-targeted terrorist attacks in Africa, the Middle East and Asia."
We should include believers from the Middle East and Africa in our prayers daily. Pray that God would keep them safe and they would continue to be bold in their faith to reach a lost and dying world for Jesus.
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