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From the disciples experience we see that storms can arise just by following the path of obedience. We know that when Jesus says, “Let’s go to the other side,” we will reach the other side in spite of any storms.

Ahmad was a respected Muslim leader and a brilliant scholar. While studying for his doctorate in comparative religions he began reading the New Testament and ultimately gave his life to Jesus. When Sharia, the law of Islam, became the law of the land, Ahmad was called in for questioning. When he admitted to being a Christian, he was arrested, put in chains, and thrown into solitary confinement.

The first night in prison, the authorities tried to kill him. Unexplainably, however, they could find no gasoline for their car to drive him to the place of execution. The next day, he was to be arraigned before the Islamic High Court. A lawyer friend urged him to renounce his faith publicly and just keep it secretly in his heart. Ahmad refused. “Jesus is my only defence,” he said. “I cannot deny Him.”

Ahmad was sentenced to six months in prison, stripped of his military rank, and fired from his teaching position. His wife had already divorced him. He also lost his four children, his car, house, and bank account.

If at the end of his sentence he still refused to return to Islam, the judges said, he would spend six more months behind bars. Ahmad organized small Bible studies and prayer groups throughout the prison. “By the end of three months,” he said, “there were more than three hundred known Christians in our prison, at least seven from Muslim background.”

One night, the guards threw Ahmad into a truck with orders to drown him in the river. But as the truck neared the river, it stopped mysteriously. Terrified, the guards and driver refused the officer’s orders to kill Ahmad. Soon after, he was released.

Today I will live in the awareness that storms are a normal part of life in this world and the wise disciple prepares for them.

Pray that you will be cognizant of the storms you face which simply result from your obedience to Jesus.

Open Doors

 2012/1/2 9:56Profile


Is anybody not reading this? This was a man chatnged by reading a book. It's the same book we have in our Bibles. It is called The New Testament. Do we not believe we can be changed by reading that same book.

Do we read these stories assume they are fairy tales? If so then the credibility of Open Doors is on the line here. This same book is changing lives around the world but very fewi lives here. Why I ask? I believe we put more value in our commentaries, reference works, favorite preachers, and authors then we do in Jesus. Then we do in his word.

Lord Jesus, I stand with your persecuted. Please, in humility, I ask teach me from the New Testament as you teach them. May I grow more to hunger for the precious words that are found in this blessed book. Lord Jesus may I ravishing and cherish this precious book as your persecuted do. I ask this in your name. Amen.


 2012/1/2 12:49

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