Daily Topic for April 08, 2009

Psalms 1:3
"He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season."

God’s child, meditating on God’s Word, yields fruit according to His timing. “Whatever he does prospers.” Jesus told His disciples in the intimacy of the upper room, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit -fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name” (John 15:16). “Fruit” refers both to inner character and holiness-the fruit of the Spirit-and to the life that reproduces itself in others. Jesus calls us to bear fruit in a hurting world.

Pray that the Lord will work out the fruit of His Spirit in our lives, and use us to bring many others to the obedience of faith.

Arab Moroccans in the Netherlands

Every year, over 3,000 foreign students arrive in Amsterdam to pursue advanced degrees. Many are Arab Moroccans, who must study and pass courses in a second or third language. They are without families and friends. Western, secular culture and values assault them from all directions: advertisements on TV and radio, in magazines, and in shop windows. Often they succumb to the allure of easy money, casual sex and drugs.

Women are especially vulnerable. Many of them come from a culture where their behavior is strictly regulated by Muslim-based laws and a conservative culture. In Europe they are suddenly exposed to complete freedom. Lonely and confused, they are easy targets for exploitation. If it can be proven that a Muslim woman has engaged in premarital sexual relations, she is shunned by her family (or worse) and deemed unsuitable for marriage.

Often the students’ difficult situations make them more open to believers who offer love and friendship. When Christ’s ambassadors extend His unconditional love to them, many long to know Him more, and eventually give Him their hearts. When the students return home strong in their new faith, they can potentially become “missionaries” to their own people groups.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for Arab students to have open ears and open hearts so that they may put their faith in Christ. Pray that they would be strong witnesses for Jesus when they return to Morocco.-JWS

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