Have You Decided To Follow Jesus?

READ:  Revelation 2:10 Don't be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.

As Christians we never know when the time may come that we have to decide between our LIFE and JESUS CHRIST.     John the Baptist, Stephen, and James were among some of  those in the Bible who were martyred for their faith in Christ.    

We see heroic acts of how David faced the lions, and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced the fiery furnace all because they wouldn't turn way from the ONE and ONLY TRUE JEHOVAH GOD.   They faced the trial with great heroics - determined to follow God even if it meant death.    

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Right now - in America, we don't always face such persecution, but what if we did?   I had a dream as a young girl that was so real to me.  In the dream I was in the town square and my family was with me.    Soldiers had machine guns, I was pulled from the crowd and told to denounce my faith or I would die.   I didn't denounce it and I turned to my family and told them not to either.    The dream ended with my death at the square.     --- Many times I have wondered in my life what that dream actually meant and to this day it is very real to me.    We know that in the Middle East, this very scenario is a real reality to many.   This leads me to ask:  If this was your situation, what would you do?    Would you denounce Jesus Christ as your Savior OR would you follow Him the whole way to death?  

There is a beautiful story behind the song "I Have Decided To Follow Jesus".   I was going to tell it, but the video below does a much better job.   It's not real long, but totally worth your time to listen!   

I pray that each and everyone of you that are reading this devotion would stand for Jesus no matter what you face and never ever ever back down.    


I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus,
No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross before me;
the world behind me, the cross behind me,
No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
though none go with me, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.