Daily Topic for October 29, 2013
We fool ourselves if we think world evangelization is simply a task requiring more effort. The proclamation of God’s Kingdom is a frontal attack on rebel-controlled territory that will meet Satan’s fiercest resistance and opposition. The battle is essentially spiritual, and those who engage in the conflict must be equipped with the spiritual armor Paul describes. If you intend to involve yourself in the battle-as a sender, mobilizer, missionary or in any other capacity-be prepared for attacks greater than you’ve ever experienced before.
Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom and protection as we enter into spiritual conflict.
In the third century the Persian emperor “Shapur I the Great” forced Roman prisoners of war to build a bridge across the Dez River. A riverbank fortress followed. Today a city stands there a short distance from the Iran/Iraq border. Around the fortress-bridge a county and people group speak their own dialect and follow their own customs. Politically part of Iran and ancient Persia they form a unique society.
Dezful Vahdati Air Force Base is adjacent to the city and guards the nearby border. Fighter jets and other aircraft fly by regularly. The only military air show in Iran takes place here during the Iranian New Year in late March. During this time Dezful commemorates Iran’s war heroes from the Iran-Iraq war.
But not everything is military oriented. Modernized agriculture methods arrived in the 1960s, and now the region produces highly prized flowers and citrus fruits. Yogurt, vegetables, grains, and other merchandise grow in the area.
The Dezfuli language is different from Farsi. Evangelists have very few resources in the local language with which to share the message of Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah).Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Iranian evangelists will cross the bridge to this isolated people. Pray that the spiritual revival spreading in Iran will reach the Dezful people. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare Dezful “people of peace” who will receive the gospel and tell others about Christ.