Serving Jesus in the hard places…

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Praying for, sending missionaries to, and caring about Muslims has become a controversial topic among even Christians today. I can remember hearing Mack Stiles account of moving his family to Dubai soon after the dreadful 9/11 attacks. They knew God was calling them to go, and had been preparing to leave when the twin towers were struck. The day after 9/11, they hammered the For Sale sign in their yard, and began to deal with numerous people telling them they should not go.

The truth is to go and serve the Lord among an Islamic nation is a fearful thing. The persecution is intense, and many times deadly. Going to these countries which are in the 10/40 window. Countries where the most unreached live, is a hard thing.

Yet, what strikes my heart, and makes me wince is that some “Christians” have such a hatred for the Muslim,and do not think they are worth the bother.

God has given me a heart for the Muslim people. A people who have been blinded by the god of this world to believe such outrageous lies about what it means to serve god. A people so dedicated to their faith that they are willing to die for it. A people who need nothing more than the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why do those followers of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, kill? Why do Muslims fasten bomb around themselves killing innocent people? Why is their so much persecution among the Islamic countries toward Christians?

BECAUSE THEY ARE LOST!

Why do Hindus go to temples daily, ringing bells, bringing offerings, and offering sacrifices to their gods?

BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW THE LOVE OF JESUS.

Why to non believers/atheist live as they please.

BECAUSE THEY LIVE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH AND THE GOD OF THIS WORLD.

Friend, why do we expect the lost to live in ways that are pleasing? Why are we surprised when the lost do such evils?

We should not be surprised, we should instead be broken over their state, and commit to pray for them, and tell them of God’s saving grace.

June 18-July 17 marks the 30 day annual time of praying and fasting among the Muslim world, called Ramadan.

During Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset for the entire month. A single sip of water or a puff of a cigarette is considered enough to invalidate the fast. The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate.

Maybe God is calling you to go and serve Him among an Islamic state. Maybe He is asking you to reach out to the Muslim community right where you live?

But what I do know, God is calling each of us to pray for these, and especially during this month of Ramadan.

You can download a prayer guide here and ways in which God can use you to reach out to the Muslims around you http://stories.imb.org/eurasia/interactives/view/ramadan-an-opportunity

May we commit to pray for, send to and go to people such as these who do not know the love of God. May God breaks our hearts over these who have never heard of Jesus, and who are believing lies.

Salvation through Christ is for all, Jesus died to save all who believe. Those who believe in the US, Africa, Nepal, China, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Suriname, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the list goes on.

Do they deserve to hear the good news of Christ? No, but neither did we. Yet, God in His amazing grace revealed Himself to us. Let us then show the same grace by going and praying for those who have not yet heard.

The lost are simply that, lost.

They need the only one who can change their lives, JESUS.

 

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