Daily Topic for July 28, 2006

Heb. 3:13
"Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."

How easy it is to be caught up in sin’s deception, thereby losing the joy Jesus has promised us. One of sin’s most enticing deceptions is the insistent call to look out for our own interests first. In contrast, God’s Word tells us that when we seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness, He will take care of us. We need daily encouragement, and a major purpose of this daily devotional guide is to encourage each of us to adopt as our own God’s concern for the salvation of all peoples. To know of their need and of God’s love and to do nothing is to become hardened in our hearts.

Dear Father, please make our hearts sensitive to Your love, not only toward us but for those who still do not know about Jesus.

NE Thai (Thai Isan) People

Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t drink alcohol, and don’t commit adultery. These may sound like teachings from the Bible. They actually come from Buddhism! They are known as the Five Precepts, and the Thai Isan people focus on them even more than Buddhist teachings having to do with subduing fleshly desires. They also try to treat others kindly and generously. But the problem is that they believe that these virtuous actions will bring them a better life in their next reincarnation.

Ironically, these Buddhists are named after Phra Isuan, the Hindu god of destruction. This name dates back to the days when a Hindu empire influenced this part of Southeast Asia. Most of the 22 million Isan people live in northeast Thailand, a region known as Isan. Despite government coercion, most Isan people continue to speak their own language at home rather than Central Thai.

Christian radio and other effective has produced some knowledge of Christ, and it is encouraging to see some professions of faith. There is a need for more Christian workers. Since the Isan live in such a widespread area it is difficult to disciple new believers.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Ask God to send more Christian workers to disciple those who are making professions of faith in Christ. Pray that the few Isan believers will grow strong in their faith and share the gospel with their friends and families. Pray that the Isan people will be drawn to the Bible when they learn of Jesus’ provision for their eternal salvation.-AK

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