A woman who reads my blog recently sent me the link to the testimony of a Muslim woman who had an encounter with Jesus Christ. It is one of the most moving testimonies I have ever heard. Jesus began to reveal Himself to this woman in dreams and visions—something that apparently is happening frequently in the Islamic world. She went through the inevitable rejection and beatings by her family, and then she was in church one Sunday when a bomb went off. Many were killed. Then a second bomb exploded. This time she herself was hit. I’ll let you listen to what happened then.
The woman gives as the lodestar of her Christian journey this verse:
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives so much as to shrink from death (Rev. 12.11 NIV).
I want to listen to this testimony again, for this woman said some very penetrating and challenging things. But last night after listening to her testimony, I was left with this thought, also from The Revelation. Christ exhorted the Christians of Philadelphia to hold fast what they had, lest someone else take their crown (Rev. 3.11). As I thought about that, in my mind’s eye (it was not a vision) I saw as it were a field of discarded crowns. For, these days there are a lot of crosses lying around on the ground that western Christians have not picked up. Perhaps they are blind as to what they are really neglecting. Their crowns. That’s what that field of crosses is—a field of crowns. The thing is, there are others out there in Islamic lands and other places who are grabbing up those crowns—those crosses.
And one day there will be none left.
I encourage you to take the time (you’ll need about an hour) to listen to this incredible testimony. The link is below.
I realize that some will raise an eyebrow when they discover this comes out of Bethel Church in Redding, California, but I promise you that your raised eyebrow will be humbled (as mine was) by listening to this.
At the same time, this is not an endorsement of the other messages on the same link, which I have not yet listened to.