LIVING TO PLEASE GOD – WITHOUT FEAR


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD – WITHOUT FEAR
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For I am the LORD your God who
takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

Today we share the testimony of overcoming fear from Sister
Sarah in
Bangladesh:

“I knew my husband since childhood. We grew up in
same village and studied in
same school. But his family was devoted to Islam;
his father was a Muslim
imam. Just imagine the disappointment when his family learned that he became a
Christian! To leave Islam and marry me, a Christian
girl, is to bring great
shame to his family. It was like pouring more oil
into the fire! His family
plotted to kill him, but God save my husband from
their hands.

“My in-laws blamed me and my parents for my husband’s
conversion. My parents
received lots of threats, finally forcing my parents
to move to another place.
Those days were very painful for me but my husband
and I always prayed, ‘Lord
help us stand firm in our faith.’ God would speak
to my heart through His Word
that He held me by His right hand… that I didn’t
need to be afraid, because He
was there to help (Isaiah 41:13).

“The first few years of my marriage were the toughest. We feared for our lives
every night. During those years, we moved six times because of threat
from my
in-laws. After three years or so, my in-laws rejected my husband
completely
and they left him without inheritance. It was painful, but I also
felt
relieved, because that meant there would be fewer threats.

“When
the tension lessened, I joined an organization that was working
among
disadvantaged women. I found joy in being with lots of people. I
felt
satisfaction in what I was doing, though it was for a secular company.
Later
on, however, it motivated me to pursue working with a Christian
ministry. I
began praying, ‘Lord I want to serve You by serving Your people.
Would You
please open a door for me and equip me for Your work?’

“God
was quick to answer! In 2008, my husband and I enrolled in a Bible
school
abroad through the support of Open Doors. Throughout those four years
of
seminary training, God taught me to develop inner beauty through
faith,
obedience, courage, and prayer. I became more confident in introducing
Christ
to others, more supportive of my husband as he fulfilled his calling
and
potential, and more conscious of helping my children grow up as
God-fearing
persons.

“This year, we returned to our home country
Bangladesh. My husband got an
opportunity to serve God and His people through
a Christian organization.
Please pray that God will help me encourage my
husband so that he remains
faithful in his calling, raise my kids in a godly
way, and obey His command to
make disciples.”

RESPONSE: Today I will
thank God that He is with me and I do not need to fear
anything or
anyone!

PRAYER: Pray that God’s promises will sustain Sarah and her
husband in living
for God without fear in their new ministry.

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