Remember those in prison [the persecuted Christians] as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3
Many of us have great sorrow in our hearts over the events surrounding the death of Tom White. The God of grace, mercy, and love encourages us to:
1. stand firm in our belief of the Gospel until the end
2. exalt Christ in our hearts
3. live by the Spirit
4. fear God with trembling and awe: HE SURELY WILL MAINTAIN THE GLORY OF HIS NAME
5. REMEMBER OUR PERSECUTED FAMILY.
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra,
and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
on all My holy mountain,
for the earth will be full of the Knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea. Is 11
with the grave we have made an agreement.
When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
it cannot touch us,
for we have made a lie our refuge
and falsehood our hiding place.”Is 28
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But you said, ‘We will not listen.’Jer 6
(Yet they are not gods at all.)
But My people have exchanged their Glory
for worthless idols.
12 Be appalled at this, O heavens,
and shudder with great horror,”
declares the LORD.
13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken Me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
your backsliding will rebuke you.
Consider then and realize
how evil and bitter it is for you
when you forsake the LORD your God
and have no awe of Me,”
that they strayed so far from Me?
They followed worthless idols
and became worthless themselves.
6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the LORD,
who brought us up out of Egypt
and led us through the barren wilderness,
through a land of deserts and rifts,
a land of drought and darkness,
a land where no one travels and no one lives?’
7 I brought you into a fertile land
to eat its fruit and rich produce.
But you came and defiled My land
and made My inheritance detestable. Jer 2
and no one speaks the truth.
They have taught their tongues to lie;
they weary themselves with sinning.
6 You live in the midst of deception;
in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,”
declares the LORD. Jer 9
‘Where is the LORD?’
Those who deal with the law did not know Me;
the leaders rebelled against Me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal,
following worthless idols.
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.
15 Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when I punish them,”
says the LORD. Jer 6
Who will listen to Me?
Their ears are closed
so they cannot hear.
The Word of the LORD is offensive to them;
they find no pleasure in It. Jer 6
it speaks with deceit.
With his mouth each speaks cordially to his neighbor,
but in his heart he sets a trap for him.
9 Should I not punish them for this?”
declares the LORD.
“Should I not avenge myself
on such a nation as this?”Jer 9
the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.
The day of your watchmen has come,
the day God visits you.
Now is the time of their confusion.
5 Do not trust a neighbor;
put no confidence in a friend.
Even with her who lies in your embrace
be careful of your words.
6 For a son dishonors his father,
a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.Micah 7
and your throat is dry.
But you said, ‘It’s no use!
I love foreign gods,
He is not angry with me.’
But I will pass judgment on you
His chariots come like a whirlwind,
His horses are swifter than eagles.
Woe to us! We are ruined!
14 O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved.
How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?Jer 4
If only there were briers and thorns confronting Me!
I would march against them in battle;
I would set them all on fire.
5 Or else let them come to Me for refuge;
let them make peace with Me,
yes, let them make peace with Me.”Is 27
I will cure you of backsliding.”
for you are the LORD our God.
23 Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills
and mountains is a deception;
surely in the LORD our God
is the salvation of Israel. Jer 3
and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried on her arm
and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,
so will I comfort you;
and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
and you will flourish like grass;
the Hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants,
but His fury will be shown to His foes. Is 66
look around and consider,
search through her squares.
If you can find but one person
who deals honestly and seeks the truth,
I will forgive this city.
2 Although they say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’
still they are swearing falsely.”
You struck them, but they felt no pain;
you crushed them, but they refused correction.
They made their faces harder than stone
and refused to repent. Jer 5
and His chariots are like a whirlwind;
He will bring down his anger with fury,
and His rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For with fire and with His sword
the LORD will execute judgment upon all men,
and many will be those slain by the LORD. Is 66
they said, “He will do nothing!
No harm will come to us;
we will never see sword or famine.
13 The prophets are but wind
and the Word is not in them;
so let what they say be done to them.”
has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,
the priests rule by their own authority,
and My people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?Jer 5
do not be arrogant,
for the LORD has spoken.
16 Give glory to the LORD your God
before He brings the darkness,
before your feet stumble
on the darkening hills.
You hope for light,
but He will turn it to thick darkness
and change it to deep gloom.
17 But if you do not listen,
I will weep in secret
because of your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly,
overflowing with tears,
because the LORD’s flock will be taken captive. Jer 13
for what else can I do
because of the sin of My people? Jer 9
my refuge in time of distress,
to You the nations will come
from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods,
worthless idols that did them no good.
20 Do men make their own gods?
Yes, but they are not gods!”
this time I will teach them
My power and might.
Then they will know
that My name is the LORD. Jer 16
He is the living God, the eternal King.
When He is angry, the earth trembles;
the nations cannot endure His wrath.
He founded the world by His wisdom
and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.
13 When He thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from His storehouses.
every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
His images are a fraud;
they have no breath in them.
15 They are worthless, the objects of mockery;
when their judgment comes, they will perish.
16 He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these,
for He is the Maker of all things,
including Israel, the tribe of His inheritance—
the LORD Almighty is His name.Jer 10
whose confidence is in Him.
8 He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
His Word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel spoke,
the Rock of Israel said to me:
‘When one rules over men in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise
on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain
that brings the grass from the earth.’
Has He not made with me an everlasting covenant,
arranged and secured in every part?
Will He not bring to fruition my salvation
and grant me my every desire? 2 Sam 23
Do you despise Zion?
Why have you afflicted us
so that we cannot be healed?
We hoped for peace
but no good has come,
for a time of healing
but there is only terror.
20 O LORD, we acknowledge our wickedness
and the guilt of our fathers;
we have indeed sinned against you.
21 For the sake of Your name do not despise us;
do not dishonor Your glorious throne.
Remember Your covenant with us
and do not break it.
22 Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is You, O LORD our God.
Therefore our hope is in You,
for You are the one who does all this. Jer 14
proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the LORD has brought me
insult and reproach all day long.
9 But if I say, “I will not mention Him
or speak any more in His name,”
His word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot. Jer 20