Let's break some wicked arms here!
Yesterday in my message Evil, Evil, Evil, I made mention of persecution. I was taking some time this morning to read about Juma Naradin Kamil. You can read about Juma's story at this link to Voice of the Martyrs. It puts a gut-wrenching face on the world of troubling evil that confronts many Christians today. Take a few minutes to look at this picture of evil. Then I dare you to pray a little more boldly than you might otherwise. Let Psalm 10 be your guide. This is serious stuff, people! Pray!
Break the Arm of the Wicked! (yes this is in the the Bible)
Psalm 10:10-18 His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. He says to himself, "God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees." Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, "He won't call me to account"? But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; call him to account for his wickedness that would not be found out. The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
The shocking truth is that there are hundreds and hundreds of Juma's being harassed and crushed for their Christian witness whose stories won't be found out or told. But that's not the point for you and me. Are we going to get involved or not? We can pray. We often don't. Change that.
We also can speak up about our relationship with Jesus. Few of us will encounter scarcely more than an insult from a neighbor or a co-worker if we talk about Jesus. Let's not hold back. People like Juma spur us on. They say to us "Go for it, friend! Don't hold back. Even if they hate you for it, don't shrink back."
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of shrinking when the battle is raging around me. Let's get at it, Christian. The world is too dangerous a place to pretend we're on vacation. God, thank you for Juma's courageous life - make us more like him.
If you want to read all of Psalm 10 click here and take a few minutes to break some wicked arms through prayer!