Daily Topic for March 04, 2010
What other “religious” leader offers such a radical teaching? Jesus really was asking the humanly impossible! God the Father told Moses that there should be an “eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” He was setting limits that would prevent an endless stream of retaliation like we see in the Caucasus Region. Now Jesus was saying to “do good,” “bless” and “pray for” our enemies. Only the Holy Spirit can give us the strength to do these things! And only those who are following Christ have the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the kind of radical obedience that draws the nations to Christ.
Pray for this kind of radical obedience to come to the Nogais and other peoples of the Caucasus Region.
The group of Nogai sheepherders living in the mountain valley heard the steady “pop pop” of rifle fire They ran for their houses, hoping not to get hit. These people were Nogais, but they lived among the Chechens who were fighting the Russians for an independent homeland in the Caucasus Mountains. The firing stopped and the villagers went back outside to finish tending to their wheat fields.
The Nogai people once lived in Crimea, near the Black Sea, until the Russians drove them out of the region hundreds of years ago. The Nogai people can now be found as far west as Romania and as far south as Turkey. Many now also live in Chechnya and some members of this people group have become involved with the Chechen rebels. Like the Chechens, the Nogais are Sunni Muslims.
Ask God to restore peace in Chechnya so that missionaries can safely reach out to the Nogai people group with the message of salvation. Pray that God would break the hold that Islam has on this people group. Ask God to move a missionary agency to reach the Nogais for Jesus. May the Nogais realize that faith in Jesus Christ, and not political action, leads to true freedom.