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Among Some Muslim Believers

Friday, April 23, 2021

Hamda was Muslim and lived in a country that was almost all Muslim. He put his faith in Christ. He was part of my theological education class. Yet, a problem kept nagging him: he could not trust fellow compatriots who had put their faith in Christ. He thought they were dishonest and had ulterior motives! He said he would never trust them. I spent so much time and energy praying with him and trying to convince him that the Holy Spirit who had changed his life had changed their lives too. No success.

This scenario is repeated time and again in many places. The enemy of our souls tries to plant fear and distrust in believers’ hearts so they avoid fellowship with other brothers and sisters. Some of this fear is caused by doubt as to whether the new believer is genuine or not. Plus, if a fellow convert turns their back on Christ, that causes disappointment and mistrust.

Yet, all this is not a reason to avoid fellowship with other believers or become distrusting of fellow converts.

Let us not forget that Jesus prayed for our unity, love, and fellowship together (Read John 17).

Prayer

Blessed are you, God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In your great mercy, and through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, you have given us new birth into a living hope (1Peter 1:3-4). Thank you.

I ask that Muslims, too, may experience your great mercy and the power of resurrected life in Christ. May many of them this week enter into this new life.

Holy God, for those who are troubled by distrust and misgivings about fellow believers, I pray that you will take them to your inner sanctuary and reveal to them hidden defects in their own heart and attitude. May they see their own shortcomings. Then take them to the cross and cleanse them from all those flaws.

Help born-again believers from Islam love one another as you love us. May they realize that they need to be one in your beloved Son.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Promise

The LORD will answer when I call to him (Psalm 4:3, NLT).

Sharif Study Bible

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Sharif Study Bible seeks to help Muslims who come to Christ become grounded in the Word. It contains articles, notes, illustrations, maps, word studies and many other study helps. It does the following:

  • Provides helpful cultural, historical and geographical information;
  • Presents homiletical notes that help preachers and teachers;
  • Challenges readers with applications and questions for a deeper life in Christ;
  • Answers the questions Muslims ask as they are exposed to God’s eternal Word.

Work on the Sharif Study Bible has been in progress for some time, and we hope to publish it soon.

Prayer

Lord God our Heavenly Father, throughout history you spoke many times through the prophets. Finally, you spoke to us by your holy Son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1). We thank you.

Your Word is vital to our lives as believers. So, we pray for the completion of the Sharif Study Bible. Help all who work on it to be sensitive to your Spirit, handle correctly the Word of God, and declare the truth of the Gospel with integrity.

When this volume is published, may it help all those who work with Muslims and enable them to declare your truth with power, simplicity and clarity. May it be a tool to bring millions of Muslims to the Kingdom of our Savior. Help Muslim believers in Christ understand and value your Word and find life, joy, and peace through it. Teach them to share your Word with others—”Share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared” (Nehemiah 8:10).

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Promise

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach the truth, to rebuke error, to correct wrong, and to guide to righteousness, so that a person who belongs to God will be prepared and equipped to do every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17, SAB).