Daily Topic for September 17, 2017

Psalms 65:5, NKJV
By awesome deeds in righteousness you will answer us, O God of our salvation, you who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the far-off seas...

Pray that the Agarwal Banias will notice the awesome deeds of the Lord, and be humbled by them enough to submit to him.

Agarwal Bania People

by BO

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:16, NIV.
The history of the Agarwal Banias is one of wealth and loftiness. They are believed to be descendants of Agrasena, a legendary Indian king who established an entire kingdom of traders in north India. For a position in his lineage the Agarwal Banias have experienced great favoritism and money under the law. The Agarwals are noted for often disobeying Hindu rules with no consequences. They may be Hindus, but they are usually not good Hindus. Throughout the generations many Agarwal sects branched off into smaller groups.
The majority of Bania subgroups like the Agarwals see no need for the God of the Bible. Kingdom breakthroughs become especially difficult to attain in a country where the lower castes are associated with embracing the gospel, but the higher ones, like the Agarwal Bania, view it as being for those beneath them. However, there is at least one believer from this Bania community.

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Pray that these prestigious people will be willing to listen to those from lower castes who have found that only Jesus satisfies our spiritual needs no matter how much status men give us. Pray for a humility among the Agarwal Banias that will open their hearts to understand that they need to seek and find the true Lord.


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