What Are We Gonna Do About It?

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Reading about the plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in North Korea, my heart is stirred and being awakened. They need our help, desperately. And apparently, the majority of South Korean Christians are deceived by the false prosperity gospel and not doing anything to help their suffering Christian neighbors North of their border. Only a few do anything to help.

(1) What about the American/Western Christians?

A few missions-oriented international Christian organizations lead prayers for North Korea, smuggle bibles and even release balloons imprinted with the Gospel into North Korea. Others evacuate refugees, publish reports, hold events, write columns or take more political approaches.

But the vast majority of Christians in the West either don’t know or don’t care about the world’s most persecuted Christians. Steeped in the health and prosperity false doctrine, they ask what more God can do for them instead of how they can serve the Lord who already gave His life for them. Very little of the billions of dollars collected for Jesus in the richest nations ever reach the part of His body in greatest need; few Western Christians heed Jesus’ command to visit, feed and clothe the “least” of Him:

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

It’s true; how much of our tithes are going to lights and smoke and comforting, but not necessary commodities while our brethren, the least of them, are suffering incredibly?

I believe we will be held accountable and should really fear seeing Christ’s face. I pray many American Christians repent and live more humble and give more wisely.

What does Jesus care most about in regards to how we spend the resources He’s given us? I think it’s safe to say He desires we provide food and clothing, necessities of survival, to our poor brothers and sisters. Those of us who instead choose to use our riches on self-indulgence will have to plead our case before Christ when we stand before Him in judgement. I don’t want to be that person. I’m declaring openly my intentions so that I’m held accountable and in hopes that some of my brothers and sisters will be encouraged to do the same.

Imagine if you were born in North Korea under the spiked boot of an anti-christ dictator who executes and imprisons Christians. Would you hope and pray your wealthier brethren would throw you a bone? With how much more anti-Christian our country is becoming, we might very well be in their shoes someday. I pray we are shown mercy by other well-to-do believers who don’t live for pleasure but live sacrificially. What will happen to us if we treat ourselves the way we treat our poor brethren?

(2) Though the cry was deafening… the world seems quiet and oblivious. For many years North Korea has become the saddest and most closed nation in the world. More than a decade ago its people suffered from famine that took millions of lives from its population. In this age of technology and fast moving economies this country remains secluded and untouched by the outside world.

Its people are trapped within the oppressive power of a communist government. They are harassed… forced to follow orders that rob them of their rights to speak and even think. They have no freedom. They don’t know freedom. All their lives they are only allowed to see and hear what the government wants them to see and hear. These people are brainwashed. They are deceived and oppressed. The cry of North Koreans gets louder each day.

Some tried to flee the regime. Some of them succeeded, but many failed and have faced torture and even execution for the crime of leaving their country. No one in North Korea is allowed to worship any god except the eternal President Kim Il Sung who is already dead. Many Christians faced harsh punishment when caught reading or possessing a bible. Children are taught to spy on their parents and to tell their teachers if they are being taught about God.

Because of economic failures and mismanagement of public funds, people inside North Korea are slowly dying of starvation. Many people collapse on the street and die, children are found eating earthworms, grass, bark of trees to survive. During the harsh and long winter season many children are cold and will warm themselves in the trash. Their bodies are found covered with maggots the next day.

This ministry has wonderful opportunities to help our poor brethren around the world. I pray you take a moment and skim through the various ministry opportunities. If North Koreans are on your heart, just type in Samaritan Purse’s site’s search engine “North Korea” and an option will come up to have your donation go to sending relief to Koreans in Jesus’ name.

references:
(1) http://northkoreanchristians.com/human-rights-act.html
(2) http://nkandbeyond.com/north-korea/

Bad Circumstances Are Just Opportunities To Serve, Witness, Or Grow

Beloved,

Hubby and I are going through a tough time financially. Actually, we have been for most of our marriage. But something our Kind Father is teaching me is that every instance is an opportunity to either serve, witness, or grow.

When something isn’t put away, it’s an opportunity to serve him or her by putting it back for them. If I’m challenged by a tough circumstance, it’s an opportunity to show others the amazing peace Christ gives, and it’s always an opportunity to mature in my Christ-likeness.

The bible has several commands regarding how we are to deal with our mind. You know what that means? It means we can and are expected to control our thoughts. So when our enemy entices us to think anxiously, doubtfully, lustfully, bitterly, or anything ungodly, we actually can choose what and how we think. We, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and through knowledge of the Scriptures, can set our minds on Christ and meditate on things that are pure, holy, good, praiseworthy, or perfect.

We don’t have to have bad thoughts. We can control our mind.

So, here’s some Scriptures to encourage you.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1, 2 NKJV)

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8, 9 NKJV)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (II Corinthians 10:4, 5 NKJV)

Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13 HCSB)

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2 HCSB)

If the enemy can get to your mind, you’re done for. Trust in and lean on God’s understanding by studying and reading His Word daily and meditating on it throughout the day (speaking it). Train yourself to see every instance the way Jesus would see it. Then, you’ll walk in peace and joy through everything.

Praying for you saints,

Natasha

Christians Are The Poorest Rich People In The Entire World

We see video clips of extremely impoverished Christians in third-world countries, dancing and singing with radiant joy, barefooted with dirty clothes and skinny bodies, and wonder how they can be so content.

We have Jesus too, but when those bills and groceries suck us dry, and we don’t have a savings, or an above average car, we get down, at times even defeated. That is because we are believing the lies of this world by those deceived by satan himself.

We believe what they feed us every single day: if you don’t have wealth, you’re a loser and you certainly are not successful; if you don’t have a shiny new car, or designer clothing, you’re inadequate. If you can’t go on sweet vacations, you’re missing out and should be miserable.

But is that what God’s Word tells us? Does not the Bible say blessed are the poor, for they will inherit the earth? Does it not say we are co-heirs with Christ, the very one who owns everything? Does it not say that Christ Himself became poor and was poor His entire earthly life, for our sakes?

Doesn’t the Bible promise everything is ours, and that we will reign one day with Christ, receiving a crown and so many other rewards if we are faithful to the end? Notice, however, that these promises speak of our eternal life. We shall receive material riches beyond measure, of exceedingly more value than the richest billionaire on the planet—when we die and live with Jesus in eternity.

In the same token, spiritually—now, while temporarily stuck on earth—we are infinitely rich, as Ephesians declares:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places …(Ephesians 1:3 ESV)

It goes on to list the incredible spiritual riches we have received in Christ (check it out for encouragement).

And how about those of us on the flip side:

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25 ESV)

But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. (1 Timothy 6:6-10 HCSB)

Come now, you rich people! Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming on you. Your wealth is ruined and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your silver and gold are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You stored up treasure in the last days! Look! The pay that you withheld from the workers who reaped your fields cries out, and the outcry of the harvesters has reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts. You have lived luxuriously on the land and have indulged yourselves. You have fattened your hearts for the day of slaughter. You have condemned — you have murdered — the righteous man; he does not resist you. Therefore, brothers, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near. See, we count as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and have seen the outcome from the Lord. The Lord is very compassionate and merciful. (James 5:1-8, 11 HCSB)

So, although we may—for the rest of our earthly lives—only have enough for our physical needs, we are spiritually rich and will eventually become materially rich beyond measure in the after life when we live and reign in the new city of our God, with new bodies, and a new name. Don’t you like new? Well, if you can defeat the devil’s lies that attack your trust in God daily by reading His promises and putting your hope in them, renewing your mind so you can discern that God’s will for your life is good, pleasing, acceptable and perfect (even if it means having just enough for food and clothing), you will eventually obtain more wealth than you can think of, ask for, or imagine.

John Piper encourages us with some incredible promises to poor Christians here.

May us below middle-class American Christians be content with what we have because we indeed are the richest people in the world.