Day 6

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” – Mark 8:35

Because of events in Oregon and in the Middle East where believers have been persecuted by gunpoint for their faith, many Christians may begin to wonder what their answer would be to a gunman’s question, “Are you a Christian?” The movements #ImAChristian and #IWouldSayYes are good movements in theory, but if you were to be completely honest with yourself, how would you actually answer if you were put on the spot and your life was on the line? And on a lesser scale, how would you handle a controversial conversation with a friend who thinks differently about issues the Bible is sure about? Would you stand up for the truth in love? And what about the pressure you might feel to conform to the way others live or behave that is contrary to the guidelines of God’s Word. Would you be able to stand up under that pressure to do the right thing?

In every situation we have the opportunity to embrace God’s ways or deny them. One of Jesus’ closest friends, Peter, denied Jesus not once, but three times. Peter was fearful of what might happen if he acknowledged his relationship with Jesus. But, there is forgiveness even in this as we can see in Peter’s life after he denied Christ three times. After Jesus restored and forgave Peter, Peter received many other chances to deny Christ to escape punishment or ridicule, but he never again chose to deny his Savior and ended up dying for the sake of Christ. Peter realized that following Jesus was worth losing everything in this life because of all that he gained in the next.

God may not call you to die for your faith, but He is definitely asking you to live for it. If we say, “Yes, I am a Christian” we risk losing our lives or our reputations or some of our relationships here on earth, but Christ promises those who risk that will gain life with Him eternally. Are we willing to trade something so temporary for the promises of life and hope and love we find in God?

  • Ian Willis

    My journey to God has been gradual and taken years. First I had to experience God in my life and the lives of others. This experience only happened because I became willing to DO what a man of faith would do. To ACT as a good man would. Or should. Once I was able to act as a man of faith would, I started to see evidence of God everywhere, so belief began. Once I started to believe, Faith that He would always be there began.

  • True Blue

    Amen! #ImAChristian

  • Elaine Saramago

    I believe I will say yes. But I don’t really know until I am faced with the dificult moment. Like Peter he denied Christ a bit after he said he would die for Him. We r in a roller coaster of life sometimes up sometimes down. I believe in Christ and in heaven and heaven is a better place than this earth so right now I will say yes and I will be in heaven soon.

  • Tremain Smith

    I’ve battled with that question for years, would I have said “yes I’m a christian” if a gun was held to my head. I grew up in christian home went to church every Sunday. But I have this strong hold on me for how people would persieve or how they would treat me once I do acknowledge that “yes I’m a christian”. Which is why I embarked on this fast – I don’t want to be the person that denies my Heavenly Father on earth and in turn have in deny me in heaven. It makes my heart race even thinking about. Please keep me in your prayers CF family.

  • Roger N Cindy

    Attacks on Christians are increasing and will continue till Christ returns. The enemy knows his time is short and is stepping up his assult on the followers of Christ. These attacks wlll not just be the obvious ones like the Satan inspired hatred of Jews and Christians by radical Islamists, there will be more subtle ones that are just as dangerous. The enemy will use our friends, coworkers and family against us to trip us up and steer us away from the truth of Jesus’s true gospel. We need to study His word diligently and pray for understanding or we may fall victim to the more subtle and cunning attacks of demons disguised as angels of light.

    2 Corinthians 11:3-4 .. Jude 1:3-4

  • Nata P.

    We live by the grace of Jesus’ sacrifice . We live by faith and we embrace the hope of one day see Jesus. We hope to be saved from this world’s pain and sorrows. We pray for salvation and peace .
    We read the scriptures , we study God’s words. We are followers of Christ , but are we ready to sacrifice our lives for Him?
    In the Bible we learned that in the beginning of the world we were created by God. We learned that God is our Father and Jesus is our redeemer .
    Living a life without fear is extremely hard. In Psalm 27:1 (NIV) we find words of encouragement ” The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear ? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? ”
    Our God is the God of Jacob, the God of Moses , the God of Peter, the God of John, the God of Paul, and the God of all.
    Our God is the beginning and the end . He is the only way to happiness , peace , and love.
    Let’s rejoice in our Father’s love and fear no more.

  • Herla Tassy

    #ImAChristian #IWouldSayYes Until your really faced or placed in a situation where your under pressure I don’t wouldn’t know what I would say or do but I’ve learned during my Fast when God is by my side I will Fear no man. He has given me Strength & Courage to Fight for what I believe in. God has promised me Life, Love and Hope #ImAChristian & #IWouldSayYes

  • Lynne Campbell

    Sometimes we forget all that God has for us

  • Gloria Bencosme

    The new Martin Scorsese movie called Silence fits today’s devotional perfectly. It is set in 17th century Japan. Our country is a blessing and the movie puts “persecution” on a different level. It was very thought provoking for me. It’s playing in Boynton.

  • Lisa Hadebe

    I am a Christian,but when faced with that situation Peter was faced with,l am sure l might say l won’t deny Christ as Peter did say to Jesus,but let’s face it,when such time comes you are faced with fear,and your thinking is not as we are thinking right now,thinking straight,l won’t deny Christ because l really would want to die and be with Him,but at that moment when that happens,l believe none of us who are saying,they will say Yes,will have that same answer when faced with the situation of life or death,l guess Jesus forgave Peter becoz He knew that in Peter’s heart he ddnt mean it,just he was scared and in his heart he loved Jesus and Jesus knew it.Amen.

  • Lauraine Tubelli

    I believe, if in that situation, a gun to my head, I would say yes, because if I am to die, I want to die professing my faith boldly..I think it’s harder to profess faith to friends or family because, then it forces you to live in faith ..I pray for God to let me live in faith in my everyday life, because I struggle with outside influences..God I thank you for strength, conviction and to be bold in my faith, in Jesus name, Amen