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Satan hates the idea that anyone would take a risk for the cause of Christ. He knows that risk-taking is essential to the faith – you simply cannot have one without the other.  

I love the story from the biography of John G. Paton, early missionary to the New Hebrides Islands. 


A Mr. Dickson exploded, “The cannibals! You will be eaten by cannibals!”

To this Paton responded:

Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my Resurrection body will rise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.

This is the kind of in-your-face confidence that would marks the life of the person God uses.


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