The Persecuted Church: Of All Religious Persecutions Around the World 75% are Christians
Greg, John, and Pat discuss the persecuted church in the world. They continue to discuss the religious persecutions of Christians worldwide. According to CBN, “North Korea tops the country list each year as the worst persecutor of Christians. If discovered, North Korea believers are arrested, tortured, and killed for their faith.” It’s not just North Korea it’s also countries like Pakistan and Somalia who are some of the greatest perpetrators of such horrific persecution of Christians. The persecuted Church around the world meets undercover. They worship in whispers and even cover their heads to muffle the sound. If they are caught they are arrested, beaten, tortured, and some are even beheaded. Some of the Christians who have been persecuted don’t pray for the persecution to stop but rather for them to remain faithful in the midst of such persecutions. They encourage us to pray daily for the persecuted church. They also suggest this is our outcome for Christians living in America for rejecting God. When the church gets it right the land and the people are blessed. This can be avoided if the church repents and gets under Jesus.
Be Desperate for the Glory of God; Holy Dissatisfaction!
Greg and Pat discuss getting desperate for the glory of God. Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, will be filled. Hunger is what moves God. Have you ever eaten at a buffet? You have so many different choices of food and eat until your heart is content and so much so you’re in pain. And then when it’s time for dessert, the thing you want most, you have no room for it. This is like the church today; it’s full from the world’s buffet. They are taking in so much darkness, from dark media, to dark news, and dark entertainment and therefore have no room for light. And it’s not until we get desperate will we see the light. William Seymour of Azusa Street Revival is reportedly to have sent out more missionaries in the world than any other move of God… where there was power of the Spirit of God… Baptism was re-birthed in the revelation of the Church… BUT IT CAME BECAUSE ONE MAN WAS DESPERATE for GOD. The Brownsville Revival that touched the world was birthed out of two men’s desperation. We need to get desperate for the things of God, we are not thirsty. We are told if we drink water we’ll want water; drink more and you’ll want more. Begin to abide, you are not waiting on God He’s waiting on you. When Israel was in captivity in Egypt they cried out to God and he responded, not because they were right but because the cried out. King David became desperate for God’s glory but during his first attempt to bring in the Ark of God’s Presence he lost one of his best men because of an irreverent act. God wants to give us His glory to get it through us. After David sought God and read his word he was able to bring in the Ark of God. We need to do whatever it takes to have God’s glory in our lives; David read the word and did what it said. When God’s presence shows up, things change. A nation a city a family can all fall in a day but they can all be saved in a day if we turn away from darkness and cry out to God. Begin to believe God that our nation our cities our families, can be saved in a day. Stop dinning on the world’s buffet and begin dinning on the Word of God.