THE REPORT OF THE PERSECUTED CHURCH:
Korea is #1, in the severity of countries suffering from extreme persecution according to the Open Doors World Watch List. Today in North Korea, an estimated 50-70,000 of our brothers and sisters are suffering unspeakable tortures in a modern-day holocaust environment; within four concentration camps! In North Korea to go to prison, a concentration camp, or be executed, you just have to behave in a manner that the government views as a threat. Even a loyal communist can be imprisoned if he or she is the unfortunate family member of a person labeled as a traitor. North Korea punishes three generations of an offender’s family. North Koreans are forced to worship their government leader as a god. While many in the country suffer in the darkness of this cruel regime, the piercing light of Jesus Christ provides hope to those who are able to hear the gospel.
A few Christian North Korean defectors boldly return to the nation that once imprisoned them to share the gospel with their countrymen. Bob Fu was a teacher in a communist school; by night, he was a preacher in an underground house church network! Fu’s conversion to Christianity, his arrest and imprisonment for starting an illegal house church, then his harrowing escape have made him an inspiring advocate for his oppressed brothers and sisters.
Romans 12:3 AMP
" For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him"
Paul exerts his influence in order to turn people to Christ with loving grace; understanding the absolute awareness that all have fallen short of the Glory of God. Paul remembers well what his former Saul heart thought of people and how his opinion was knocked off a horse!
QUESTIONS FOR DEEPER REFLECTION:
1. Are there any opinions of myself or others that exceed the bounds of humble modesty?
2. Have I truly sought to think the best of others before forming an opinion, judgment, or acted out before thinking what would be best in drawing other's to Christ? If not, how can I change?
3. Do you think that others (for example, Saul(s) who murder, ISIS members) are less important to God?
ASK GOD: Ask God to search your heart. Ask Him to reveal every action or thought that is more high than it ought to be. Ask God where you may have thought you were more important than another.
Thank you God for salvation's message coming to me in my time of need! Help me to go into the circumstances of my life observing all that you have commanded me, to make disciples, and draw others through your unfailing love! Where there is judgment, give me mercy; where there is a haughty heart, humble me; and where I cannot see your purpose, reveal your will to me. Help me to pray, and support for my brothers and sisters in the faith while loving those who have not yet come to know of their need for God. I pray for Christians imprisoned in labor camps; please sustain them. I pray for the many displaced Christians to have food, water and provisions when forced to flee. That Christians would stay strong in their faith under unrelenting pressure from government spies. That God will bring repentance and salvation, and for the softening of the Korean leaders' hearts toward its nation’s citizens. (Insert any additional) In Jesus Name, Amen.
Hope In the Darkness:
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
Click to watch video of how the gospel, despite the North Korean government's best effort, is still making it's way into the hands of the people of North Korea