Christian Women from History

by adustyframe ~ August 31st, 2007

A few weeks ago, I found my binder full of notes from a class I took in Bible college.

We studied about Christian women in history. We also learned about the women of the Bible.

As I read through my notes, I realized something. These women who went before endured so much more than God has asked me to endure.

They lived through unthinkable hard times. They worshiped God in their trial. They lived to glorify him. They didn’t falter.

At times, I’ve been asked how I endure this? Or I’ve been told, “I don’t know HOW you do this.” I simply have to choose each day to obey God in each area of my life. I am only doing what God has asked of me.

I am not suffering like a martyr. We don’t have to endure horrible illness, or lack of food.

These women are role models. Their lives are marked with a passionate love for our Saviour.

I want to begin to share them with you. I don’t know if I will go in order or just share the ones that stand out to me at the moment. Learning about those who’ve gone before is an encouragement. They tell us, “You can do it.” “Hang in there.” “Serving God is worth it.”

Tonight, I’ll just share with you some martyrs.

January 31, 1556

Anne Wright, Joan Sole, Joan Catmer, Agnes Snow–4 women who’s lives were irreproachable.

Rejected indulgences & confession.

The above persons were burnt at two stakes in one fire, singing Hosannas to the glorified Saviour until the breath of life was extinct.

August 1, 1556

Joan Waste–single. Age 22. She was called before the Bishop’s chancellor. They tried to confuse her but she refused to yield to their doctrine unless they would answer for her at Judgment Day. They would not.

She said if their consciences would not permit them to answer at God’s bar for that truth they wished her to subscribe to, she would answer no more questions.

Burned Aug. 1st, 1556. Windmill Pit.

Elizabeth Cooper–She recanted her belief but her conscience tortured her. She voluntarily stood up in church and revoked her former recantation. She was arrested July 13th and burned with a man named Simon Miller.

When she felt the fire, she cried, “OH!” and Mr. Miller put his hand toward her and told her to be of good courage. “For good sister, we shall have a joyful and sweet supper.” Encouraged, she stood the ordeal without flinching and with him proved the power of faith over flesh.

Anne Askew--When told to recant, she said she came not thither to deny her Lord and Master.
“And Anne Askew, being compassed with flames of fire as a blessed sacrifice unto God slept in the Lord AD 1546. Leaving behind her an example of Christian constancy for all men to follow.

An example of Christian constancy! Something we all need.

I’m so excited to share these women with you. Their ranks include 1st century martyrs, missionaries, and “normal” women just like you and me.

Find us Faithful Steve Green

We’re pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who’ve gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who’ve gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

Chorus
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift though all we’ve left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find

Repeat Chorus

Lizzie

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