Would You Be Willing To Die For Jesus?


A VERY POWERFUL DREAM

In 2002, I had a very powerful dream that I have not shared on the internet or on our website. This dream has caused me to do a whole lot of thinking. When I woke up, I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget any part of it and I would like to share that dream with you now.

A DIFFERENT TIME AND PLACE

In your mind, picture yourself living in a different time and place. The United States is no longer the superpower it once was and our current form of government no longer exists. Our country is now ruled by a ruthless dictator and Christianity has been declared illegal.

A SECRET CHURCH SERVICE

You, your family, and a large group of Christians are having a secret church service in a large basement facility. About half way through praise and worship, the doors burst open and a large group of uniformed soldiers carrying automatic weapons rush in and surround you and the entire congregation.

FINAL WARNING

The commander steps to the front and, surveying everyone there, says “If any of you are not truly Christians, leave now!” One by one, about half a dozen people get up and leave the room. Again, the commander barks out “This is your final warning. If you are not ready to affirm your Christian faith, get up and leave now!” Slowly, one by one, four more people get up and leave the room. Then the commander barks out another order and the soldiers quickly force everyone left to stand to their feet and form a single line in front of the commander.

A MIDDLE AGED COUPLE

The first two people in line are a middle aged couple. The commander looks directly at the husband and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you and your wife are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll both be executed right now. How do you respond?” With tears streaming down his face, the husband replies “No, I can’t do that! Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.” Without hesitation, the soldiers force the woman to her knees, put a gun to her head, and pull the trigger. BANG!!! The horrible sound of a gunshot reverberates throughout the room, blood splatters everywhere, and the woman’s body slumps to the floor. Two soldiers quickly grab her by the arms and haul her lifeless body over to the corner of the room. Without further commands from the commander, the process is repeated with the husband and his lifeless body is also hauled over to the corner and dumped in a heap on top of his wife.

A YOUNG PREGNANT MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER

The next two people in line are a young pregnant mother and her daughter. The commander looks directly at the mother and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you and your daughter are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll both be executed right now. How do you respond?” With tears streaming down her face, the mother replies “No, I can’t do that! Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord.” To everyone’s horror, the soldiers quickly force the young girl to her knees, put a gun to her head, and pull the trigger. BANG!!! Once again, the horrible sound of a gunshot reverberates throughout the room and the girl’s lifeless body is hauled over and dumped in the corner. The soldiers immediately repeat the process and the mother’s lifeless body is also hauled away.

A YOUNG MAN IN HIS TWENTIES

Next in line is a young man in his twenties. The commander looks directly at him and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll be executed right now. How do you respond?” The young man, without hesitation, blurts out “NO! I can’t do this. I’m too young to die. I’ve got too many years yet to live. I renounce Jesus Christ!” With a smile on his face, the commander says “Good, you are free to go.” The young man turns and slowly heads for the door. With fear written all over his face, he begins to run and disappears through the exit. In a matter of seconds, everyone hears the screeching of tires and a loud thud. A soldier sticks his head in the door and says “That young man who just ran out of here ran into the street without looking and was hit by a truck. He’s dead! What should we do with his body?” With a smirk, the commander replies “Dump him with the rest of them!”

YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Now, all too quickly, you and your family are at the head of the line. The commander looks directly at you and says “If you’ll renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, you and your family are free to go. If you don’t, you’ll all be executed right now. How do you respond?

THE QUESTION IS, HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

How strong is your faith and would you really be willing to die for Jesus? None of us really know how we would respond under the circumstances described in my dream.

Consider Simon Peter’s denial in the following:

Luke 22:31-34 says “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death”. Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me”. And, before that day was over, that’s exactly what Peter did!

Matthew 10:32-33 says “Jesus says ‘Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in Heaven’”.

Matthew 10:37-39 says “Jesus also says ‘Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it’”.

1 Corinthians 16:13 says “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

Will you lose your life like the young man who renounced Jesus in my dream and spend your eternity in Hell or will you find your life like the husband and wife and the mother and daughter and spend your eternity in Heaven? The choice is yours just as the choice is mine!

We pray that you will never be exposed to any circumstances like those described in my dream above. But, just in case you are, we encourage you to say the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, I ask in the Name of Jesus, that if I am ever involved in any situation where I am required to stand firm in my faith and affirm You as my Savior and Lord, that You will grant me the grace and the strength to endure any hardship that I might be faced with. Lord, in Philippians 4:13, Your Word says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” For this, I thank you. Amen.”

God bless you and thank you for allowing me to share this dream with you.

Presented By Bill Rogers of Prime Life Ministries

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