The Nameless One

Her name was never preserved in the records of history. As a matter of fact, very little information concerning this woman was preserved for us, but this we do know. She lived during the time of the Spanish Inquisition and had seven sons. She also had a faith unlike much of what we see today. She knew what she believed and why she believed. Nothing would turn her away from her Savior.

We know so little of persecution today. We know so little of what it really means to take up our cross and follow Christ (Matthew 10:38). We fail so often to count the cost completely (Luke 14:28). This nameless woman did count the cost. The cost was her life and much more. In her sacrifice, she gained her life and much more.

As she stood before the Inquisitor, it would have been a simple matter to deny her Lord and be set free. After all, Peter did. Perhaps the temptation was there. Perhaps the temptation was even strong, but she did not give in. How far can the Lord take you before you give in?

Enter--Son Number One. As he was brought before his mother, the Inquisitor asked, "Woman, will you deny Christ or your son?" As she answered, "My son", he was beheaded in her presence.

Enter--Son Number Two."Woman, will you deny Christ or your son?" In her presence, her second son was also beheaded.

Enter--Son Number Three and so on down to her seventh youngest. At the last, her own life was taken also.

Certainly this woman of years gone by had made a supreme sacrifice, but the ultimate sacrifice took place years before when God sacrificed His only Son for you and me. He was not beheaded, but was nailed to a cruel cross where His divine blood was spilt in payment for our sin--the divine for the human; the sinless for the sinner. Have you accepted His free gift of salvation?

I wonder how God felt when He sacrificed His only Son for a world of filthy sinners like you and me. I wonder how God feels when we deny Him, sometimes daily, by our actions, by our speech, by our thoughts. What will it take in your life to get you to stand true to your Lord and His Word? What is the limit of your love for Him? Have you counted the cost, and are you resolved to pay it?  What will it take for the Holy Spirit to completely fill and use you like He never has before--even if that means losing your life, that you might gain it again.

God has not required us at this time to lay down our life for Him, but rather He asks, "Are you willing to LIVE for Me?" We may not know where that road may lead, but if we are willing to follow, He will no doubt bless us beyond our greatest expectations (Ephesians 3:20), and give us the peace (Philippians 4:7) to make any sacrifice He requires of us along the way with joy. Trust Him completely. He will not give you more than you can handle (I Corinthians 10:13).

There is no doubt about it. We are living in the last days. There is so much that the Lord wants to do in our lives. May I challenge you to unreservedly live for Christ because He unreservedly died for you.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! Amen and Amen. Thank you Lifegate for this well written and challenging hub. Blessings to you and yours as we enter this season of Thanksgiving...


tinamarie9884 6 years ago

I agree with samson, Very well written, Very impressive, and something maybe alot of us need to think about. Excellent!!!!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Excellent, sounds like an awesome Sunday message!


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Greetings Lifegate,

"There is no doubt about it. We are living in the last days." I agree and believe that we most certainly are. Just looking around us, listening to the news, watching people we love being snared by the seductions of the world. It is so very sad.

You hub will not be ignored, Lifegate. It reads loud and clear.

May God bless you for taking up your cross and spreading His good news, because it is obvious that you feel for those that are lost. I love that you and the RevLady are giving your time, here on HubPages, to reach as many as you can. Time is running out.

I, too, was once lost, but now I am a child of the King, a born-again believer!

VKA


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Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

This is a shocking truth..yes..how does God feels when we deny Him and Jesus?...What is the cost of Love?..God wants it all and God deserves it all, and we should give our all..

Many blessings to you.. :)


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing this with us Lifegate! While we don't know her name, we can rest assured her name is written in heaven, for so great is her faith. What a sad, but beautiful story, a rich lesson for all Christians.


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parrster 6 years ago from Oz

This was a powerful message for me lifegate. especially, 'We may not know where that road may lead, but if we are willing to follow, He will no doubt bless us beyond our greatest expectations (Ephesians 3:20), and give us the peace (Philippians 4:7) to make any sacrifice He requires of us along the way with joy'. In Gods hands, as his instruments, is the only way to truly live completely. Appreciate you.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks all. Let's just keep serving the King of kings and Lord of lords!


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A wonderful message LG,

None of us knows why God loves us and has saved us. Yet, we know that God is love, and that we are His children, but it is still mysterious to realize that even as we continue to sin, as we continue to fail Him, as we continue to break the promises that we make to Him, as we continue to be disobedient to Him, He still loves us as much as He ever did. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. God's unconditional love is far beyond our understanding.

Knowing this, true Christians, in spite of our shortcomings, are all the more determined, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to love Him, to live for Him, to serve Him and sacrifice for Him.

Love, peace and joy in Him,

Forever His,


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Well said, RevLady. Thanks for the thoughts.


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JeanieR 6 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

"Are we willing to live for Him?" Challenging to the depths of human possibility! Living for the Lord seems to be a daily decision, daily and early. Days slip by in mindless business without having made that decision. Too easy an oversight!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jeanie,

It sure is easy to miss the moment by moment challenge of living the Christian life. I don't know why, but it's easy to get caught up in all kinds of worthless activities and forget our real purpose. Press on, Sister.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I'm slowly reading a book called Jesus Freaks. It's about modern day martyrs. It estimates that each year more than 170,000 Christians will die for their faith. Many by the most horrific means imaginable. I envy their faith and wonder if I would have the same courage. They are a great cloud of witnesses.

Great hub!


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Fred,

It is truly amazing what some go through for the cause of Christ. I wonder how their testimony affects their captors. I've heard some great stories of people getting saved after watching the death of certain martyrs. God bless them. They're home with Him.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I admire the loyal faith of these followers and I would like to think that would be willing to give it all up for Him. A great reminder for us to examine the depth of our faith. That would be difficult to watch your children go through that. Wow what a testimony.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

That kind of faith is a challenge to all of us. If I'm ever called upon, I hope I'll be found faithful.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

What an excellent hub it is. Thank you for sharing this hub. This hub is a source of great encouragement to me to continue to live for the Lord inspite of trials and unpleasant circumstances in life. The courageous woman the nameless one is a great source of inspiration for me to live courageously for Christ. Blessings to you and your family. Best regards.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Cristina,

Just keep going. We've not reached the end yet. Bless you!


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

lifegate, yes indeed, there are so many stories that few know, whose names are not recorded anywhere on earth, and yet and still, the Lord knows them - every hair on their head. I cannot possibly live in this world without knowing in my heart of hearts that He is there and a justifier of all the nameless, all the souls that came and went without hardly a whimper or testament to their existence. We all need to pray for such humble courage. (oh, and like fred allen, I have the Jesus Freaks book and it is very good - it was required reading for our daughters while they were being homeschooled) Peace.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

A M,

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