Daily Topic for November 04, 2012

Luke 6:47-48
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

Christ is the only firm foundation! He is the only foundation that will withstand the brutal trials of life. When someone acts with supernatural courage and integrity, how does it affect their tormenters? Will they notice that there is in fact something supernatural going on that they are missing out on? Or will they ignore the work of God?

Pray that militants in Afghanistan today will take note of the work of those who follow the Lord, and turn their lives to Him.

Missionary Biography, Continued

In 1988, Zia was kidnapped by a fanatical Muslim group, Hisbe Islami (the Party of Islam). He was accused of being a CIA agent because he knew English, a KGB agent because he knew Russian and an apostate from Islam because he followed Christ. He was beaten with rods for hours. A sighted person can brace and flinch when the blow comes, but a blind person cannot see the club coming, and thus gets the full force. Soon after this, his wife gave birth to a baby boy who looked much like his father, but no one knows whether Zia ever knew that he had a son.

Where is Zia now? The latest word, though not absolutely definite, is that the Hisbe Islami murdered Zia. Before he was kidnapped, he had told a friend that if this party ever captured him they would kill him. An Afghan news reporter claims to have evidence that Hisbe Islami did murder Zia in a cruel way.

Jesus prophesied, “A time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God (John 16:2). After His resurrection, He commanded His followers, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).

Pray that believers in Afghanistan today will pick up their crosses as Zia did, and follow Christ wherever He leads them.-CW

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(From “More Desirable than Gold,” by J. Christy Wilson)

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