I read multiple accounts yesterday of believers in Afghanistan literally running for their lives, being hunted by the enemy.

Oh, but friends, the same is happening here in ways we cannot so easily see. The evil one is crouching at our doors looking for whom he might devour. (I Peter 5:8)

Be sober. Be alert.

As horrific as it is, those believers who are huddled in hidden places, can only lose their earthly lives. The evil one cannot touch their souls. (Matt 10:28)

Many of them, are certain death will come for them soon, and probably brutally; yet they are asking only that their faith be strengthened. Can you imagine?

May we pray fervently for them.

But, Christian, may we not sleep!!!

May we recognize a horrific war is, this very minute, also being waged against our families, our friends, our neighbors.

May we find our voices to tell the lost among us where eternal hope may be found.

May we not assume, we have more time.

Has this virus, have these world events, not caused us to know NO ONE is promised tomorrow? (Prov 27:1)

But “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”(Rom 10:13)

But ONLY those who call on the Name of Jesus will be saved. (John 14:6)

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? (Rom 10:14)

Though the world crumbles around us, though our hearts are breaking for those who may not live through this day, may we remember if they die, those who call Jesus, Lord, die with hope .

May we remember that same hope. May we be diligent to share that hope!

May we be prepared to overcome whatever is holding us back and “even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, (1Peter 3:14-15)

May we remember, Jesus is still the only reason for lasting hope.

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