After writing the study on the Characteristic of God as Warrior, I started to ponder the idea of when I might need to call on those characteristics the most. And that got me thinking about martyrdom—being killed for your faith. I thought about people in the Bible who were tortured or killed for their faith. First, I thought about people like Daniel or Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then I started thinking about the apostles—and even Jesus himself. Then I thought about all the missionaries and other Christians through the years who have given their lives for Christ. And I thought, if I’m called upon to deny my faith or be tortured and killed, would I be strong enough to make the right choice? With the way our world is headed right now, this may not be far off from reality soon.
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