Sep 13 2017
God named Ishmael ‘God hears’ before he was born. Years later, God heard Ishmael’s cry when he was perishing in the wilderness and opened his mother’s eyes to see a spring of water from which she gave him drink – and he lived!
Islam claims Ishmael as a spiritual forefather. Today’s Muslims are in the wilderness perishing and crying out for living water. Let the Church pray to the Father to reveal the well of living water, Jesus, so they might live!
Nabeel Qureshi and biblical meekness
“Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.” (Mt 11:29 AMPC)
What if Jesus had not been meek at His first coming, but as He is depicted in His second coming (Rev 19:11-16)? Selah. (Pause and think about it.)
Biblical use of “meek” differs from contemporary usage. Biblical meekness is “an active and deliberate acceptance of undesirable circumstances that are wisely seen by the individual as only part of a larger picture…The patient and hopeful endurance of undesirable circumstances identifies the person as externally vulnerable and weak but inwardly resilient and strong. Meekness [identifies] the strong who have been placed in a position of weakness where they persevere without giving up...Therefore, it is quite appropriate for all people, from the poor to ancient Near Eastern kings, to describe their submission to God by the term ‘meek’ (Moses in Nu 12:3).” (http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/meekness/)
Most of us know of Nabeel Qureshi, a Christian apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, author of the best-selling Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (and other books), and media-savvy communicator who left Islam to follow Jesus. On the day of his 11th anniversary of accepting Christ, he was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer. On August 30, 2016, he announced it on Facebook and on September 8 launched a series of video blogs to update folks on his journey, request prayer and preach the gospel. Tens of thousands have responded with prayer and support. Nabeel entered palliative care last week. If you haven’t already done so, I recommend listening to Vlog 001: “Details About My Diagnosis”, Vlog 33: “A Very Special Guest – My Dad” and Vlog 43: “Love and Peace Are Our Motivation”.
As I’ve read Nabeel’s first book and listened to his video presentations and teachings, I’ve often thought I’d be so proud to have him for a son (he’s only 34) and that his parents must have done a great job of raising him! I have found him to be unfailingly passionate yet considerate, clearly speaking the truth in love and never insulting or dismissive of the many who disagree. He has patiently endured…
- Muslims insisting he was never Muslim (he was Ahmadi, a sect reviled by Sunni and Shia) and cursing him, saying the cancer is God’s judgment on him for converting, and
- Christians putting him on a pedestal and displaying him as a trophy of war, yet criticizing what they don’t agree with and misusing his apologetics for attacks on Muslims.
In palliative care, Nabeel makes a special effort to say, “It’s very important that we continue to discuss details of truth, but at the end of the day, that is supposed to be undergirded by love and by peace….the whole point of it should be to bring people together, to bring people to the truth and not to hurt one another but to help one another.” (Vlog 43)
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 Jn 5:4)
Pray with gratitude that Nabeel is found faithful, bringing glory to God through meekness in faith, preaching, worship and prayer, even into palliative care.
Pray with sorrow for the veil that keeps Muslims from knowing the truth and for the lack of intimacy that keeps Christians from accurately representing the God of love.
Pray for Nabeel to be assured of the fullness of God’s goodness, for a pure legacy, and for Jesus to continue to be revealed to multitudes through his prolific communications.
Pray for his family: father, mother and sister – Muslims, and wife Michelle and little daughter Ayah – Christians.
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