Daily Topic for October 20, 2009

Joshua 1:5
"As I was with Moses, I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you."

How precious this promise must have been to Joshua as he assumed leadership of Israel! And this promise is for us as well: God’s presence is the greatest resource for those who do His will. It is God Himself who moves through us to cross the cultural and social barriers that hinder understanding and acceptance of the good news about Jesus Christ. We, in our own power and energy, are not able to do this great work. Jesus reinforced this truth when He linked the command to go and make disciples of all nations with the promise to be with you always, to the very end of the age (Matt. 28:19, 20).

Thank God for this precious promise! Pray that cross-cultural workers in Bangladesh will understand and experience His presence.

Hindu Mahishya People

“Legend says our people descended from Krishna (an important Hindu god),” Dinda told his son, “and a Mahishya founded the Ganga Dynasty. Though we are farmers, we own the land. Most of our people can read and write. The Mahishyas are hard workers and have gained financial, social and political success. Many have left farming and now own engineering firms in urban areas. Stand tall; you can be proud of your heritage! We are a dominant class.”

No doubt, the high rate of alcohol abuse among Mahishyas comes from seeking stress relief. They are looking to the wrong sources for help. Neither alcohol nor their idols can fulfill their desire for significance.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 NIV). The difference is obvious. Mahishyas trust in their works, but those who follow Jesus trust in His work on the cross. Through Him, they can truly become the children of the living and true God. He doesn’t drive; He leads. He created the Mahishyas, accepts them where they are, and gives them what they need to reach their full potential.

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Pray that the Mahishya people will accept the love and forgiveness God offers them. Ask the Holy Spirit to open their spiritual eyes and help them place their trust in Jesus so they can find His purpose for their communities.-AK

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