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DON’T PANIC

As I write this devotion, my heart overflows with gratitude for the experience that the members of Bethlehem had during the month of January. Reverend Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, one of God’s anointed servants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was arrested for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. The charge against him was that he was preaching about peace and justice. The government arrested him, jailed him, and then ordered a speedy trial. Nevertheless, Pastor Mulunda never wavered in his faith. We had an opportunity to have a Zoom call with him in his cell as a result of his son (one of our gifted servants from Bethlehem). Here he was in jail with the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence, yet he remained calm and did not panic. Instead, he was thanking God for all the prayers and concerns being offered for him and his family. It was utterly amazing to see this man of God remain strong in the Lord, knowing that the Lord would grant to him His grace and mercy. What a powerful testimony. He never lost faith. He did not become angry or unsettled. He continued giving God praise. In my humble opinion, his life speaks of the words in II Timothy 4:5. 

“But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.”

Paul charges Timothy, his son in the faith, to remain faithful. He shares with Timothy his need to have patience and endurance. He lets him know how much persecution and suffering he has endured and to keep a clear mind in every situation and not to panic or be afraid of suffering for the sake of the gospel. Read this entire chapter. Carry out the plans that God has given unto you. Do not panic. I would ask you to continue to join me in prayer for Reverend Dr. Mulunda, a mighty man of God, and for his family.