Oct 11 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!
Those who tremble at My word
I was very interested to hear an American Muslim comment on Western Christianity: “If you look at how Christianity is practiced in the West, whether it’s the US, Canada or Europe, I think it’s pretty obvious – with maybe partial exceptions of parts of the south of the US (the Bible Belt so to speak) – religion is not there in your face 24/7. It doesn’t infuse our language. If you go to the Middle East or South and Southeast Asia, what will strike you immediately is that the magic of everyday religion is there. And that’s not a bad thing. I mean, people find a lot of emotional and intellectual sustenance from that. It gives their lives meaning.” (Shadi Hamid, author of Islamist Persistence, speaking to Paul Kennedy on CBC Ideas, Oct 3, 2017.)
It reminded me of the conditions that led the Lord to admonish the seven churches of Asia. Would he say to the Church of the West, as He did to that of Sardis, “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent.” (Rev 3:2-3)?
Yet even in Sardis, there were a few overcomers.
In the past two weeks I’ve been greatly encouraged by lengthy face to face conversations with two young (30ish) Canadians who have separately been devouring the Bible in pursuit of Jesus for the last two years, basically on their own. N, born Muslim in Quebec, born again in Christ less than two years ago, preaches and prays the Bible more fervently than most Christians. On mission, she searches out the underdogs to show them Jesus’ love and the sick to pray for healing.
Over in BC, T has been listening to the Bible and Bible teachings and working through how everything points to Jesus while working 9-hour days in construction. He can explain how Islam misses the mark and speak passionately of God’s love for Muslims. Both N & T can quote many Bible passages from Genesis to Revelation and apply them to daily life situations. Both have their eyes fixed on Jesus and have a passion for the lost. It’s supernatural personal transformation.
“These are the ones I look on with favour:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at My word.” (Isa 66:2b)
A contact of World Compassion estimates the number of Christians in the Islamic Republic of Iran at 10 million (about 12% of the population), an increase of 3 million in two years. Handing an Iranian a Bible is a highly effective (albeit risky) way to evangelize. When Iranians find the truth, many become very bold to distribute more Bibles despite personal danger. It’s supernatural national transformation.
Lord, thank You for evidence of Your Spirit at work. How we need Your Spirit! It’s by Your Spirit that Your written word comes to life – convicting us, instructing us, enlightening us and enlivening us!
We call the Western Church to wake up, strengthen what remains, remember the word we have received and heard, obey it and repent. We affirm we are “not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Ro 1:16).
May we display evidence of our faith to the lost!
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