Daily Topic for November 09, 2006

1 Sam. 9:21
"And Saul answered and said, 'Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin?'"

When challenged with the responsibility of leading God’s people, Saul’s response was to cite the lack of proper credentials. At that point in his life Saul was genuinely humble-and thus one God could use. An old professor used to remind his students, “Remember, the grace of God works with what it brings, not with what it finds!” Tragically, later in his reign, Saul trusted his own judgment, even to the point of direct disobedience to God’s instructions. As a result, God rejected him as king.

Dear God, deliver us from the temptation of self-sufficiency. Teach us to humbly depend on You as we seek to do Your will.”

Tunisian Arabs

Why are the six million Tunisian Arabs among the world’s most unreached people? For one thing, they speak a unique dialect that blends four languages, and they don’t have a complete Bible in this dialect. Fear is another factor. Though they are friendly and hospitable to strangers, they do not welcome Christian evangelists and are often afraid to listen to the gospel.

Virtually all Tunisian Arabs are Muslim, although many have trouble reading or understanding materials written in classic Arabic, such as the Koran. Most have little or no conviction about their religion, and they don’t know where to turn.

To satisfy their spiritual hunger, they often substitute materialism or the occult practices of “folk Islam.” Belief in “jinns” still exists. According to folk legends, these are spirits capable of assuming human or animal form to exercise influence over people. The Arabs believe that a jinn can possess a human by entering through the brain, and can only be removed by a ceremony performed by a seer skilled in jinn-lore.

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Pray that the Lord would reveal Himself to the Tunisian Arabs through the Bible and through dreams and visions. Pray for the complete Bible to be translated into their dialect. Finally, pray that the Lord will raise up missionaries to take the gospel and the Bible to these unreached people.-JWS

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