Daily Topic for July 25, 2012
Jesus clearly said, No man can serve two masters…you cannot serve God and mammon (which means gain or advantage). God created us with a need to love Him. When we turn from loving God as the central focus in life, we try to fill that void by devoting our love to something far less worthy than the Lord. And whatever we love that is less than God soon becomes god to us. If we substitute the love of money for the love of God, we open ourselves to a myriad of sorrows and disappointments.
Pray that our wonderful Father will keep us from greed and fill our hearts with love for Him, our Provider and Sustainer. Pray that He will give us commitment to His purposes.
Underground, Turkmenistan is quite wealthy! It possesses the world’s fourth largest supply of natural gas which is a most promising industry for their economy. Turkmenistan also has significant oil reserves, and above ground, the 10th largest cotton production in the world. This country has a lot of potential for wealth.
Tribal loyalties are very strong among Turkmen, the dominant people group of Turkmenistan. Even after the Soviet Union basically destroyed their traditional nomadic lifestyle, Turkmen tribes remained intact. There are five major recognized Turkmen tribes. These tribes are represented by five motifs used in Turkmenistan’s national flag and state emblem. Most marriages are arranged and done within one’s own tribe. The tribe consists of many clans, and a clan is a network of several families.
Since Turkmenistan’s independence from the USSR in 1991, a cultural revival has been taking place. Most Turkmen are culturally Muslims; however, there are also segments of Turkmen society that are secular and atheistic. Unfortunately, independence did not bring the people freedom. They endured many years of dictatorship after the USSR dissolved. Today Turkmenistan has been widely criticized for human rights violations, and their press knows almost no freedom, being ranked the third most restrictive press in the world after North Korea and Myanmar.
Pray that the Turkmen will begin to experience full spiritual freedom in Jesus. Pray that the light of the gospel will shine in their lives. Pray for a gospel witness among every Turkmen tribe, clan, and family.