Daily Courage - January 8

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Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.  (Hebrews 13:5)

Mehdi Dibaj

Jesus said, "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it" (Matthew 16:25).

Every Christian should be willing to be such a sacrifice for God that he gets cleansed by the fire of hardships and sufferings. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (1 Peter 2:21).

My heart rejoices as I walk with Jesus
the world behind me, the cross before me 
I will follow Him for ever ... every day.

He will never leave us. He will never forsake us. It is the wish of every father and child to walk together. God too wishes that we walk with Him - that is to obey Him.

"I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless." Two people can only walk together if they agree together.

In the triumphal procession of Christ we will go forward by the power of God.

Mehdi Dibaj is from Iran. While this book was being compiled, Mehdi Dibaj had been in prison for nine years. Early in 1994 he was released, but was murdered six months later. His courtroom defense was edited to form part of this book. 

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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Day by Day with the Persecuted Church
compiled by Jan Pit with a forward by Brother Andrew (paperback, revised 2000)

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