Sunday Night was Week 2 of our 2018 THE AMAZING RACE: Persecuted Church Edition. This week’s featured country was Yemen. Check out this video for some more info on Christians in Yemen:
What helps these people to be so strong in the midst of such adverse circumstances?
2 Corinthians 4:7-12NLT says,
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 10 Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
11 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. 12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
The believers in Yemen know the power of God lives in them, and they know that their example of faith and commitment to their faith in Jesus serves as a testimony to others including those who persecute them. Their lives have been radically transformed by the love, power, and freedom found only in Jesus!
Colossians 2:7-10 says, Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
The Yemeni Christians are rooted in Jesus and the worry or the desire to please man. Their lives are built on the foundation and truth of Jesus. They are thankful, strong and unwavering in their faith. They are not controlled by human thinking. They are full and complete in Jesus.
What you are rooted in feeds you. What are you rooted in? Where is your heart, focus, and trust?
1 Peter 2:9-10 says, But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10 “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”
You are not like the world. You are chosen by God and you are royalty! You are part of a holy nation, generation, and God’s very own possession that has been chosen and set apart to change your world. You will show others the goodness of God! You need to search no longer for your identity— you are a child of God!
We pray for the people of Yemen, and we are also encouraged, motivated, and inspired by their example and unwavering faith in Christ Jesus!
Have a great week and don’t miss next week as we take a look at Mexico!