Daily Topic for March 07, 2014
Peter made it clear to his Jewish audience in the second chapter of Acts that they must repent. Their repentance would be symbolized by baptism into Christ, the washing away of sin. It takes courage to decisively repent, turn your life over to Christ and present oneself for baptism. But what a wonderful gift God gives to those who follow Him: the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!
Pray that thousands of Muslims from the Caucasus Region will indeed receive Christ and be filled with the Holy Spirit for God’s glory. Pray for Shaadia’s testimony to penetrate many spiritually hungry hearts.
“It’s not such a simple thing to admit that everything which you’ve been taught since childhood and which you’ve long believed is a ‘counterfeit.’ But I had found the true Lord who was able to fill me with genuine love and Who Himself is Love. On Nov. 28, 2000, I went to a home meeting of these believers. I will never forget the heavenly joy that filled my being when I prayed the prayer of repentance and surrendered my life to Jesus. That night as I walked back through the city to my home, I felt like I was flying—I wanted to sing, dance, and share my joy with everyone!”
“Before long I discovered the importance of water baptism, and passionately wanted to fulfill this covenant step of uniting with Jesus in cleansing the past and resurrection to newness of life in the power of the Spirit. December 17, 2000—the old Shaadia with all her sins was buried in the raging waters of the Caspian Sea, and the new Shaadia was reborn for the Kingdom of God! God’s powerful love triumphed in my life. What joy to live and grow in this truth!”
Shaadia is currently devoting her life to completing the translation of the whole Bible into the heart language of her own Caucasus people group (See day 31). Her autobiography, Love That Triumphs, is available in an English translation this year.
Pray for courage for Caucasus people who discover the truth of Jesus. Pray for them to overcome barriers and fully respond.