It's hard to be a Christian—especially in prison. Behind bars, prisoners' Christian faith is challenged from every direction from the very first day. Other prisoners will try to harass and tempt believing prisoners to see if they can make them lose their Christian character. They will accuse them, doubt them, and question their manhood.
To survive as a Christian in prison, you have to a man (or woman) of character and strength, a strength that can come only from God.
DIXON CORRECTIONAL CENTER
On a recent Sunday I had the privilege of preaching to men in a large auditorium at Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois. The seats were filled; it was standing room only.
I talked to the men about daring to be men of faith who will stand for Christ in the midst of adverse circumstances. Pointing them to examples from the Scripture, I told them that no one can be a coward and live a faithful Christian life at the same time.
At the end of the service, 22 men stood up and said they wanted to become strong men for God by placing their faith in His Son!
TODAY IS THE DAY
We all face challenges in our Christian lives. Will we fold, or like the men at Dixon, will we hold onto our faith without wavering? Will we confidently pursue the call God has placed upon our lives?
Perhaps you have felt called to become more deeply involved in ministry to the incarcerated population or their families, but fear has held you back. Let today be the day you say "yes" to God.