Daily Topic for September 12, 2013

2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

We must remember that where there is spiritual blindness, the enemy is at work. People groups like the Chechens walk in darkness rather than seeing the light of the gospel. Instead of seeing the glory of Christ, they look elsewhere for spiritual answers, and Satan leads them to his evil ways. Instead of understanding who Jesus is, they deny Him.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to push back the work of the enemy who blinds the minds of Chechen unbelievers.

Chechens in Azerbaijan

by GEC

When we hear the term “Chechen,” many people think of mass killings: the bombing of a theater; a school attack that killed 300; and more recently, we have heard about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. But there is more to the Chechen people than violence.

As early as the eighth century the Chechens were largely Christian. Islam did not arrive until seven centuries later. Today the Chechens are among the most loyal Muslims in the region. This comes partly from their opposition to Christianity as represented by the Orthodox Russian Church. During WWII the Soviet Russians “rewarded” Chechens’ loyalty with forced relocation. Then the government attempted to stamp out Islam by destroying the mosques in Chechnya. When the Chechens were allowed to return to their homeland, their resentment against such cruelty fueled nationalistic-religious fervor. After they have spent centuries fighting for their independence, they have become very antagonistic to their persecutors. Perhaps what the Chechens ultimately want is to be recognized as a people of worth in their own right.

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Pray that the relatively few Chechen believers will stand firm in their faith. Pray for JESUS Film teams as they bring the story of Jesus to the Chechen people. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will call workers into this needy field. Pray for the Holy Spirit to impress upon Chechens the need for Jesus as Savior.

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