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IN THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES


Richard Wurmbrand tells the story of a church leader he met while imprisoned in Romania. He was sentenced to 22 years for his goodness.

The man, his wife, and six small children were eating breakfast when the police burst into his home. They had just read Psalm 23.

When the police arrested him, the minister said, “You are the fulfillment of what we have prayed today. We just read…that God prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. We had a table but we had no enemies. Now you have come. If you would like anything that is on the table, I would like to share it with you. You are sent by God.”

The captain screamed. “How could you speak such stupid things? We will take you to prison where you will never come out. You will die there. You will never see your children again.”

We have also read about this today, that I pass through the valley of the shadow of death and will not fear it.”

“How in the world should you not fear this?” shouted the officer. “Everyone fears death!”

“…The shadow is not something to fear,” the minister said calmly. “A shadow of a dog can’t bite you, and a shadow of death can’t kill you. All these things are shadows. We will have another life, not only one of this world. We can be killed.

We can be put in prison. Nothing bad can happen to us. We’re in Christ, and He takes us to another world.”

The church leader was taken to prison and his wife and six children were deported, but he knew that he had a God who would take care of them.



Source: Victor Knowles, Peace on Earth Ministries, Joplin, MO. Adapted from Voice of the Martyrs, February 2000.



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