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Joshua 24:15

Joshua 24:15 “Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”

Choice is a great privilege-and a fearful responsibility. All of us must chose how we will respond when we hear of our brothers and sisters being abused in places like Nigeria. Will we respond in the flesh and fight the misguided killers? Or will we respond with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and pray for the Lord’s enemies? It is only by doing the latter that we can serve the Lord. Choose to serve Him!

Pray for a heart that is willing to make choices that honor Him.

Today’s People Group

Persecution is like a refiner’s fire that reveals the true spirit of a people. Nigeria is a hot bed of religious conflict with Muslim extremists sending suicide bombers to attack and eliminate Christians. Last July Christians in Jos were warned that attackers were targeting Christians in their city. What would they do on Sunday? They bravely decided to join their congregations and worship the Lord. The outcome? Sixty-five Christians were killed. More than a thousand people were displaced as their homes were burned to the ground.

The fallout continued when 60 people were massacred while holding burial services for some of the victims. Most of the Jos Christians are poor farmers, and they were afraid to return to their fields for fear of attack. In some cases their fields were already burned.

Open Doors is a group trying to help in this situation. It works in the world’s most oppressive countries, strengthening churches to stand strong in the face of persecution. The Bible is clear that vengeance belongs to the Lord, not His followers. Open Doors is raising money to train Nigerian believers who want to reach their attackers with God’s Word. They also raise money to provide safe houses for Christians on the run.

Pray that the love of Christ in action will directly confront the attackers and turn Muslim jihadists into soldiers of Christ. “With God all things are possible” (Matt.19:26).

Learn more at Joshua Project.

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