Daily Topic for June 24, 2013
The Lord will act to bless the nations, but we also have a responsibility. We must put away our idols of selfishness, greed, and whatever else might be a hindrance to our obedience to Him. Are we willing to do that so the nations will be blessed? Are we willing to do what it takes to be good ambassadors of the One who calls us to the nations?
Pray that the Holy Spirit will point out our idols so that we can toss them aside and watch peoples like the Banjars be blessed!
Abudin wept over the news of how Jesus treated the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9). He had never known the hope of forgiveness for his own sins. Abudin felt a wave of remorse and repentance for the abuse he had shown to women. On that day God’s grace collided with Abudin’s shame as he and his family members studied the Word of God together. He knew what he must do; he must ask forgiveness from each one of his three wives. That would be necessary for his step of obedience to His newfound Lord and Savior.
The Banjar see all of life through the lens of Islam. Their daily practice is heavily monitored in ritual observance. In this people group the intersection where animistic belief and Islam differ has long been blurred. Their strict adherence to ceremonial obligations is one of the highest among east Indonesian people groups. Their suspicious nature toward any influence outside of their Islamic norms is a hindrance to the spread of the gospel. Islamic boarding schools thrive among the Banjar.
Pray for spiritual breakthroughs among the Banjar people for God’s glory. Pray that the few laborers among them will have emotional and spiritual strength when they experience spiritual warfare.-RA
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