Dec 29, 2010

God & Government

Reading: Romans 13:1-8
"Those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God"
(Rom 13:2)


Obeying civil authorities is obeying God. Read what Paul wrote to the believers in Rome the political capital of the then world (Rom 13:1-4). Peter belonged to the illiterate section of the society. Yet he clearly understood how God was behind the civil authorities. He writes in his first Epistle, "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the King as supreme, or to governors" (2:13,14). He beautifully brings out how our obedience to civil authorities is the other side of our obedience to God: "Fear God. Honour the King" (v17).

What a different world this would be if only all the Christians would pledge not to evade tax payment, not to cheat customs officials, not to bribe anyone, not to break traffic rules, not to disregard town-planning regulations, and so on and so forth! (Rom 13:6-8). We are the salt of the earth. If we lose our saltiness, the earth will decay to be thrown away as useless. We are the light of the world. If we lose our brightness, the world will descend into eternal darkness (Mt 5:13,14). India is one of the most corrupt nations of the world. "As the Church goes, so goes the world," lamented prophet Leonard Ravenhill.

If a law prohibits evangelism, or forces another religion on us, we are not obliged to obey it (Dan 3:16; 6:7-10; Acts 4:19; 5:29). We are also exempted from laws which are against our moral conscience (Ex 1:15-17).

When we talk about obedience to civil authorities we also must include our bosses and superiors in the workspots. "Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters with fear and trembling in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord" (Eph 6:5-8). When we obey our bosses, we actually "serve the Lord Christ" (Col 3:22-24). We are called to be submissive and obedient "not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh" masters (1 Pet 2:18). If the boss is a believer, we must not take advantage of it but serve him with greater enthusiasm (1 Tim 6:2).
 

Dec 28, 2010

He Is A Healing God




Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-14



It is no coincidence that when I began to write this,I ended up sick and needing physical healing. Our God heals our bodies,mind and spirit. He can heal anything we lift up to Him.But we need to remember it is His way not ours. In second Kings chapter 5 we see God healing Naaman of leprosy-not Naaman's way but His way. 'So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha's house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him,"Go wash yourself seven times in the Jordan and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed." But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy..." So he turned and went off in a rage.' In verse 13 his servents interrupted Naaman as he walked angrily away from Elisha's. They reminded him that these were still the prophets words. When Naaman realized his servants were right, he heeded what Elisha's messenger told him to do and instantly was healed of leprosy.

If God can heal Naaman than he can heal us too. The book of Matthew lists many examples of Jesus' healing,from the sick to the demon-possessed. Today we see the same kind of healings. New sight,hearing,speech and the ability to walk. Sickness,pain and even marriages are being healed everyday. Nothing is too insignificant or difficult for God to heal. And to all who receive His healing, they are testimony to His capabilities.

Let us be thankful for what we have and never underestimate what God can do. He may just use you one day. Blessings,

Amy 

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Jesus Healing listed in Matthew:

4:23-25;8:1-4;8:14-17;

8:28-34;9:1-8;9:18-26;

9:27-34;15:21-28;17:14;

20:29-34 

Dec 26, 2010

Is it ok to condemn other religions?

I have seen that many a times during conversations Christians tell the negative side of the other belief and then the argument starts.....What do think about this.....Pl comment......The best answer can win a gift from us....Be Blessed....

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Dec 25, 2010

The Power of Serving Others


The Power of Serving Others
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Thursday, December 16 2010

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms (1 Peter 4:9-11).
There is a Kingdom principle I find few really understand. The principle is this: When you focus on serving others, your need is often met through God's supernatural law of serving.
I've seen this happen so many times. The law of sowing and reaping comes into play in this Kingdom principle. "Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love." (Hos 10:12). "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Cor 9:6-9)
Whenever God calls me to serve another person with my time and resources, I notice how God measures resources back to me from unrelated sources. Sometimes it comes through an unexpected donation to our ministry or a speaking engagement or a new opportunity. It is uncanny how this happens consistently when I serve others. We are never to view people or organizations as competition. The Bible says that God has already assigned our portion. We need not have to manipulate outcomes.
"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance" (Ps 16:5-6).
We don't serve others to get. However, when you do serve others, there is a Kingdom principle that works on your behalf as fruit of your service. Is there someone you need to serve today?

Christmas thoughts by various authors

"Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart...filled it, too, with melody that would last forever."
-- Bess Streeter Aldrich (Song of Years)
"So remember while December Brings the only Christmas day, In the year let there be Christmas In the things you do and say."
-- Anonymous
"Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display-so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn't the holly, it isn't the snow. It isn't the tree not the firelight's glow. It's the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again."
-- Anonymous
"Don't expect too much of Christmas Day. You can't crowd into it any arrears of unselfishness and kindliness that may have accrued during the past twelve months."
-- Oren Arnold
"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect."
-- Oren Arnold
"A woman spent all Christmas Day in a telephone box without ringing anyone. If someone comes to phone, she leaves the box, then resumes her place afterwards. No one calls her either, but from a window in the street, someone watched her all day, no doubt since they had nothing better to do. The Christmas syndrome."
-- Jean Baudrillard
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow."
-- Irving Berlin


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"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."
-- Erma Bombeck
Dear Lord, I've been asked, nay commanded, to thank Thee for the Christmas turkey before us... a turkey which was no doubt a lively, intelligent bird... a social being... capable of actual affection... nuzzling its young with almost human- like compassion. Anyway, it's dead and we're gonna eat it. Please give our respects to its family...
-- Berke Breathed
"The earth has grown old with its burden of care But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung."
-- Phillips Brooks
"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given-when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes."
-- Joan Winmill Brown


"Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through."
-- Angela Carter
"Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind."
-- Mary Ellen Chase
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
-- Calvin Coolidge
"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'."
-- Bing Crosby
"Whatever else be lost among the years, Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing: Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, Let us hold close one day, remembering Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again."
-- Grace Noll Crowell
"At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices."
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. "Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"Once upon a time"-- of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve"-- old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house."
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
""Somehow he [Tim] gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant for them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see.""
-- Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)
"It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."
-- W. T. Ellis
"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."
-- Edna Ferber (Roast Beef Medium)
"I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays-let them overtake me unexpectedly-waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why this is Christmas Day!""
-- David Grayson
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
-- Burton Hillis
"Next to a circus there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit."
-- Frank McKinney Hubbard
"Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart."
-- Washington Irving
"A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."
-- Garrison Keillor
"Call a truce, then, to our labors -- let us feast with friends and neighbors, and be merry as the custom of our caste; for if ''faint and forced the laughter,'' and if sadness follow after, we are richer by one mocking Christmas past."
-- Rudyard Kipling
"I was Christmas shopping and ran into a guy on the street. I noticed his watch and said that it runs slow. He said, "So does the guy I stole it from."
-- David Letterman
"Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it "Good News, " and it was."
-- Larry Libby ("The Angels Called it Good News" in Christmas Stories for the Heart)
"A Christmas candle is a lovely thing; It makes no noise at all, But softly gives itself away; While quite unselfish, it grows small."
-- Eva K. Logue
"I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The word repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Christmas Bells)
"Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him"-- and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds."
-- Max Lucado
"Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts."
-- Max Lucado
"There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas."
-- Robert Lynd
"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
-- Hamilton Wright Mabie
"I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas
with a note on it saying, toys not included."
-- Bernard Manning
"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God."
-- George F. McDougall
"This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ."
-- Frank McKibben
"Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!"
-- Phyllis Mcginley
"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
-- Harlan Miller
"This is the month, and this the happy morn, wherein the Son of heaven's eternal King, of wedded Maid and Virgin Mother born, our great redemption from above did bring."
-- John Milton
"Let Christmas not become a thing Merely of merchant's trafficking, Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath And surface pleasure, but beneath The childish glamour, let us find Nourishment for heart and mind. Let us follow kinder ways Through our teeming human maze, And help the age of peace to come."
-- Madeline Morse
"Christmas begins about the first of December with an office party and ends when you finally realize what you spent, around April fifteenth of the next year."
-- P. J. O'Rourke
"Christmas is not just a day, an event to be observed and speedily forgotten. It is a spirit which should permeate every part of our lives."
-- William Parks (Missions)
"You know you're getting old, when Santa starts looking younger."
-- Robert Paul
Even before Christmas has said Hello, it's saying 'Buy Buy'
-- Robert Paul
"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
-- Norman Vincent Peale
"Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It's lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It's higher thought and a greater plan. It's glorious dream in the soul of man."
-- Wilfred A. Peterson (The Art of Living)
"The one thing women don't want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband."
-- Joan Rivers
"It is not even the beginning of Christmas unless it is Christmas in the heart."
-- Richard Roberts
"Christmas, my child, is love in action. ... Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
-- Dale Evans Rogers
"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."
-- Andy Rooney

"The best Christmas trees come very close to exceeding nature."
-- Andy Rooney
"Love came down at Christmas; Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Stars and angels gave the sign."
-- Christina Rossetti
"Christmas--that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance--a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved."
-- Augusta E. Rundell
"Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."
-- Charles Schulz

"As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is."
-- Eric Sevareid
"God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms."
-- Paul Scherer
"Let us keep Christmas beautiful Without a thought of greed, That it might live forevermore To fill our every need, That it shall not be just a day, But last a lifetime through, The miracle of Christmastime That brings God close to you."
-- Garnett Ann Schultz
"'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale; 'twas Christmas told the merriest tale; a Christmas gambol oft could cheer the poor man's heart through half the year."
-- Sir Walter Scott
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."
-- Roy L. Smith
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most."
-- Ruth Carter Stapleton
"Christmas ... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart..."
-- Freya Stark
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph."
-- Shirley Temple
"Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries."
-- George W. Truett
"What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic."
-- Unknown
"So stick up ivy and the bays, and then restore the heathen ways, green will remind you of the Spring, though this great day denies the thing, and mortifies the earth, and all, but your wild revels, and loose hall."
-- Henry Vaughan
"Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts."
-- Lenora Mattingly Weber
"'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet, Could we bestow the gifts we get, And keep the ones we give away, How happy were our Christmas day!"
-- Carolyn Wells
"From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it."
-- Katharine Whitehorn
"When Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow, We hear sweet voices ringing from lands of long ago, And etched on vacant places Are half-forgotten faces Of friends we used to cherish, and loves we used to know."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Christmas is the season when people run out of money before they run out of friends."
-- Larry Wilde
"This Advent we look to the Wise Men to teach us where to focus our attention. We set our sights on things above, where God is. We draw closer to Jesus... When our Advent journey ends, and we reach the place where Jesus resides in Bethlehem, may we, like the Wise Men, fall on our knees and adore him as our true and only King."
-- Mark Zimmermann

Dec 24, 2010

My strange experience

Be aware of the people who often come in the name of the lord.
As shared by my cousin I got to know a person who got converted 
in 1978 and says that he is doing the ministry.When I was talking 
he started bombarding me with the word of God saying you are in 
confusion because of various doctrines.I was shocked in that way 
cause the people who know me.They can say that I don't mingle in doctrinal differences and I stick to the word of God.He was speaking 
to me as a prophet sent by the lord but all the things which 
he shared was not for me then I came to know that he 
misunderstood me with some other person.
Not let me tell you the real problem of sharing about ourselves with others.
1.They will collect the matter and go to the person and share as if 
they got the message from the lord.
2.These people come with a deceiving spirit and try to focus our life 
from God to an Individual.
3.They will try to have the relationship for monitory benefit.
What we need to do.
Ask for the discernment of spirit and be victorious in this evil world.


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Dec 22, 2010

Jesus know

HEBREWS 4:15 NKJ
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with
our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet
without sin.

Whatever you face, Jesus Christ has already faced it.
Jesus knows what it is like:
to be hungry
to be tired
to be lonely
to be hurt
to be hated
to be beaten
to be persecuted
to be misunderstood
to be mistreated
to be mocked and laughed at
to be betrayed by a friend
to be tempted to sin
to be responsible for employees
to feel forsaken
to feel hopeless
to have no spouse
to have no earthly father there to help
to have lost a loved one
to have to pay taxes
to have money stolen from you
to have the responsibility to provide for a family
to live under an oppressive government
to experience extreme pain

HEBREWS 4:16 NKJ
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we
may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Don't be afraid to talk to Jesus about anything. Not only does
He understand, but He knows how to help you so you can overcome
and have victory.

Remember, Jesus loves you -- enough to die for you. And He also
ever lives to intercede for you.

So Jesus not only understands what you face, but He is able and
willing to help you.

SAY THIS: Jesus understands what I am going through and is
leading me to victory.

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Paul's Personal Mission Statement


Paul's Personal Mission Statement
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Saturday, December 11 2010

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11 - Acts 21:11-12

Paul understood his personal mission, which should be the personal mission of every believer in Jesus Christ. It is the one summary statement that best describes the purpose of our existence on earth and the goal of our Christian experience. It can be reduced to three important characteristics.

To know Christ.

To know and experience His power.

To identify with His sufferings.

All that flows from these three objectives becomes a by-product. Salvation is a by-product. Miracles are a by-product. Christlikeness is a by-product. Paul's focus was on relationship. He understood that the deeper the relationship, the more power he would experience. He also understood that as he grew in this relationship, there would be suffering. Whenever the Kingdom of Light confronts the kingdom of darkness, there is a battle, and this often results in casualties. Christ confronted these earthly kingdoms and suffered for it. If we are living at this level of obedience, we, too, will face similar battles; it simply comes with the territory.

Does this sound like your personal mission statement? Is your focus in life centered on knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection? If not, press into Him today in order to begin experiencing Christ more intimately.

How to make Mumbai free from Prostitution!.....contd....

As per Times of India, Mumbai Edition (dated Dec 19), Court orders closure of Jamuna Mansion, in Grant Road, Mumbai. This building was used for 3 decades for prostitution. Its wooden staircase leading to 85 rooms in two wings are worn out. Girls in this building are set free. 30 brothel keepers were convicted. One Garhwali committed suicide by eating sleeping tablets. Our beloved brother Anson Thomas was playing major role in this regard, since 2001. We were ministering in this building since 2006. In 2008, they threatened us and asked us not to visit the building again but we made peace by distributing cakes during Christmas. City of Jericho is falling down. Our Lord Jesus always wins!!!! 
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In 2008 I was there when they opposed but now we can see the answer for the prayers.Do continue to pray for this community....

Dec 6, 2010

How To Get Rich

PROVERBS 21:20 NLT
20 The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever
they get.


The Bible teaches us how to get rich, and it is not by winning

the lottery. It is by walking with God and being diligent and

disciplined to do what God guides you.



Wise people wait and enjoy the fruit of their investments.

Foolish people eat all their "seed" now, instead of investing

any for a better future.



If you are reading this, then you have enough of what it takes

to become rich.



It is simple, really: just spend less than you make. Take the

money you don't spend and grow it by prayerfully investing

as God guides you.



Even if your annual income is not very high, over your lifetime

you will earn a large amount of money. Think how much money you

would have now if you had saved and invested ten percent of all

you have ever earned.



(If your life is about over, you won't get the full benefit you

could have by starting when you were young. But the principle

is still valid, and you may live longer than you think.

Whatever you do, be sure to teach this principle to your

descendants.)



You may not be able to save a large amount each pay period from

your present earnings. But God can take even small amounts and

multiply them when you look to Him in faith.



The devil is the one who wants us to spend all (or more) than

we make, so we will always be in bondage. To have financial

freedom, you MUST consume less than you make.



Modern advertising is a big culprit in tempting us to spend

more than we should. Its purpose is to convince you that you

cannot live or be happy without their product. Don't buy that lie!



Not everyone will earn a huge income. But everyone can

discipline themselves to save and invest from whatever they do

make. If they walk with God and prayerfully invest their

savings, over time, God will cause those investments to

multiply into riches.



SAY THIS: I will not eat all the seed God gives me

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Dec 5, 2010

Friendship with God……….

 Friendship with God……….



One of the best ways to ensure a deepening friendship with God is to have a heart that wants to obey Him. When our hearts are pure, tender towards His leading, and eager to respond obediently, we are in a terrific position to experience God's friendship and hear His voice. God knows that we will not arrive at a place of perfection while we are on this Earth, but we can and should have perfect hearts towards Him, hearts that seek and crave to do what is right to please and glorify God. As you grow in your friendship with God, never forget that your relationship must be based on who He is and not on what He can do for you. Keep seeking His presence; keep seeking His face and just not his hand, because one of the hindrances to a vibrant, maturing friendship with God is allowing ourselves to focus on the benefits of friendship with God instead of focusing on Him as our friend. As human beings, we do not appreciate finding out that certain people want to be our friends because we have an ability to get them something they want; we feel valued when we know people have a right heart attitude towards us and that they want to be friends with us simply because of who we are and just because they enjoy having our relationship. The same principle applies with God. "This day the Lord God had commanded you to do these statues and ordinances. Therefore you shall keep and do them with all your heart and with all your being" (DEUTERONOMY 26:16).
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Nov 24, 2010

A Love Story of the SAVIOR and a Saved.

Praise to God for giving me this opportunity to share my testimony. My name is AnuRekha and as God planned I was born in a Hindu family in India and He had plans for me before the foundation of this earth and made my salvation possible even before I stepped into this world.
Even as a young child I had a desire to know the spiritual world and because the environment around me was not Biblical, it opened the doors for deceiving spirits to torment me, filling my mind with so much deception that I felt I was living in illusion and some gods where just manipulating my life for their own cause thus I had no worth in eternity. I was clueless about my own identity.

I have one elder sister, one younger brother and a youngest is a sister but the family relations were not so good so I grew up more confused about myself, hating myself and this world. Looking back to those times I can sense the darkness which occupied my life prior to the time I knew of Christ. I often felt unloved and uncared. My father was good but because the devil often worked through him, he sometimes would become aggressive and abusive. When we are unsaved the devil have power over our lives (even now my family is unsaved but because I am saved , I see the good works of God in my family too. If we believe in Christ, God said He will save and bless our family too). We lived in cold Christian society so even in midst of Christians I had no idea who Christ was, though I celebrated Christmas and would sometimes run to Church functions too.
I can say that I suffered from dual individuality during my early years because I had two very strong conflicting spirits in me. In one I felt so worthless and hateful and in the other I felt so loved and precious to my Creator though I didn’t knew Him yet the seed of love was already sown in my heart by the LORD Himself. One moment I wished I would die and the other moment I would brim with joy and live within me. Well, the good remained and the bad passed away at my salvation.
My testimony is not like some people have in which they encounter God and suddenly the rest of their life is changed rather the first thing that happened in my life which had now become my greatest strength is ‘I first fell in love with Christ and than the rest of things followed’ it was much prior to my salvation. No one was there to answer bundles of questions about religions which I had and neither was anyone to guide me to walk with the LORD. Let me say that it was all for good as the LORD Himself became my Constant Companion Who poured me His amazing love on me and all my questions blew out when I knew Him and His Glory.
This all happened when I was nine years old. As I had already mentioned that I always felt so loved and special from the time I knew myself though I knew not Who loved me. So, in fifth standard when I read about Christ in Moral Science I immediately felt in love with this personality called Jesus Christ because my spirit knew He was the One for Whom my soul had been thirsty for so long. Youngsters have crush on their friends or say sometimes teachers but my first crush and first love was my Master and till today and forever I am not going to lose that beautiful feeling of being in love with my Creator. It was taught in our class that Christ is the LORD though nothing much was taught about salvation yet the only thing that impacted me most was 'Christ is my best friend.' I didn’t know how to pray accept praying the LORD’s prayer which we did in school but teachers in school had taught us to talk with the LORD and that is exactly what I am going to this day. People often called me crazy because I would sit alone and smile and always I made excuses that I was thinking of some funny incident and smiling; where in reality I would talk to the LORD in my heart and few things would make me smile. Now when people ask me to share my testimony I cannot hold the very big smile on my face which is right now too but tell me is there anything better than sharing about the One you love most.
No story is complete until you know that you are a sinner and you need a Savior Who is the LORD over your life. I grew up believing in Christ and loving Him more and more by each passing day. I often fasted and prayed. I was always found reading the Bible and sometimes talking and sharing about the LORD yet I didn’t knew that I was still bound in the chains of religion and rituals that tied my feet and often tried to slip me away from walking with the LORD. God knew my heart and He purposed a good plan for me that I would know Him personally and be saved by faith in Him alone. When the chores of life took over me than gaps and holes started to appear in my relationship with the LORD though how much I tried yet there was an emptiness which I was not able to fill. I desired to follow Him like a shadow follows on whom the light shines but I didn’t know where I was lacking. God had compassion on me and He brought me to a Crusade where I realized that I was a sinner who walked with both God and traditions of men together. There I choose Him (He choose me first) and He set me free from all bondage of sins and saved me from eternal damnation; promising me with live everlasting because I had come to Him in repentance and brokenness of heart with only one desire to follow Him all the days of my life and for eternity. Now, He became my Savior, my LORD and my Eternal Bridegroom with whom I earnestly desire to live forevermore.
On the day of my salvation when I was 18 years old I saw people receiving Holy Spirit but I was there crying to the LORD without the touch of the Holy Spirit that others were blessed with. After my salvation it was the best thing that I desired and prayed to the LORD about it. I was saved in April 2006. God have an answer for our prayers and He accomplishes it in wonderful way of which we cannot even imagine. On 5th August 2006 in a Revival, God blessed me with His Spirit when I plead to the LORD that either He bless me or take my life away because I cannot live feeling distant from Him. As in Psalms 45:9 I always wanted to be like the queen in the old of Ophir. God in His grace and love have given us His Spirit who guides our path and leads us in the way of the LORD. Greater blessing awaited me on the next day as again the LORD sent His Spirit on me and I knew the awesome glory and presence of God that changed my life altogether.
My family being an unbeliever and as the LORD spoke through few people my persecution began at the door of His house. My mother called me and from there began the showers of curses from my near ones but the Spirit of God was in me and the LORD gave me peace and joy in the midst of all tribulations that I faced. (Let me make it clear that I have forgiven and holds no grudges against those who hurted me and so my spirit is free from the bondage of unforgiveness.) It was all for a good cause because that raised me up to the person that I am today who have known the LORD beyond the doctrines of men, in His Power and Majesty. I love to call myself blessed because I have seen many blessing of LORD which I cannot even count. It’s not that life was and is easy and I faced no trials rather I’ll say that God tested me through fire but because of His love, grace and mercy and my unwavering in His goodness and greatness above my problems had helped me to stand on the brighter side which brought deliverance to me. God is so Awesome that my problems just fade in His Glory and than His lights shines on me. If I start writing all the details it will be a very long testimony so in short I’ll say that I am because HE IS.
The LORD brought me out of the wilderness that I went through after receiving His Spirit and when I stood for my faith boldly in front of the people I loved, God added more blessings in my portion. He gave me favor from people all around me and also from my family too. They see the good works of God in my life and yes I am trying to be a testimony of the LORD to the people around me so that they will know the LORD too and be saved. I want to be a fruitful vine in the garden of the LORD and may the LORD make me a blessing to this generation. Amen.

Nov 14, 2010

Where are we standing in the call of God?

Are you called by the lord?
Just answer this question if yes
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Nov 12, 2010

Funeral of a Dead Church…………


Funeral of a Dead Church…………

A new pastor in Topeka, Kansas, USA, spent the first four days making personal visits to each of his prospective congregation inviting them to come to his inaugural services. The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone's duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon.  Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the 'funeral'.  In front of the pulpit they saw a closed coffin which was covered in flowers. After the priest had delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church. Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a 'dead church', all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each 'mourner' peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look.  In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror.

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Oct 18, 2010

Preach the Gospel.................. Earth

Preach the Gospel to ……Earth

And ye shall know the truth, and the Truth shall make you free. John 8:32

People in India have misconception that Missionaries introduced Christianity while country was under British Rule whereas the Gospel reached India in the first century, just after ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven. In fact Christianity was accepted by people of India while most of countries of Europe did not know about this faith. As ‘Buddhism’ born in India could not survive the strong opposition of Hindus so Christianity too lost its grip soon did not vanish totally. Some families of southern states refused to surrender to fanatic communal forces but and following and preaching Holy Gospel.
After ascension of Jesus to Heaven, the disciples, dispersed to all nations of the world, for preaching the Gospel as Lord had commanded them: –
Mathew 28:18-20. And Jesus came to them and spoke unto them, saying, all authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 19. Go you therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
St Thomas went to India in 52 A.D. by sea route and landed on Seaport Malian Kala in Kerala. At that time boundary of India had extended up to Afghanistan and Russia. He influenced some Brahmin Hindu Priests through miracles of the Spirit of God and they accepted the Lord as only “Savior”. Members of four Brahmins families named Pallmattam, Sankapuri, Kali and Kalliakaran took Baptism from Saint Thomas in year 52 A.D.
Later on Christianity spread in Southern States very fast. The descendants of said families still have the documents to testify the fact of acceptance of Jesus as ‘Savior’ by their forefathers. They helped St Thomas in construction of seven churches and some of those churches are still open for worship in new shape. As per survey records of Government of India, grave yards of these families exist vide entries 460/5, 460/6, 519/8 near Kali Jungle in Kerala.
Thomas did not confine his preaching within South India only but preached the Holy Gospel throughout the country for twenty years and people in general accepted the Lord as the only Savior. He gave thousands of Baptisms on Indian soil. Even a few kings accepted Christianity and helped St Thomas’s mission. Among them, King Mahadevan of Tamil Nadu played a leading role.
North India too accepted new religion and its impact in Punjab is visible, as people of Punjab do not follow caste system so rigidly. Sikhism too has considerably condemned caste system as it is against Divinity. In North India people call church building as “GIRJAGHAR” (House to fall before Him). It was a place for total surrender before Lord. So in Girjaghar people confessed their sins and prayed for forgiveness and mercy of Heavenly Father. Word ‘RABB’ used to address GOD in Punjabi language has come from ‘RABBI’ used by followers of Jesus for Him. Rabbi means ‘Master’. The root word in Strong's Dictionary: -
St Thomas’s mission finished in year 72 A.D. While he was worshipping the Lord a few fanatic Brahmins attacked and killed him near Chennai. His remains are still there in India on Thomas Hill near Chennai and devotees visit his shrine with great reverence.
Remembering him, the Government of India acknowledged his revered contributions through state function as St. Thomas Day celebration in New Delhi on December 18, 1955. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India, said:
"St. Thomas came to India when many of the countries of Europe had not yet become Christian, and so those Indians who trace their Christianity to him have a longer history and a higher ancestry than that of Christians of many of the European countries."
It would be appropriate to cite here an extract from the radio message of Pope Pius XII on 31 December, 1952 on the occasion of the 19th century celebrations of the arrival of the Apostle in India:
"Nineteen hundred years have passed since the Apostle came to India. During the centuries that India was cut off from the West and despite many trying vicissitudes, the Christian communities formed by the Apostle conserved intact the legacy he left them. This apostolic lineage, beloved sons and daughters, is the proud privilege of the many among you who glory in the name of Thomas Christians and we are happy on this occasion to acknowledge and bear witness to it."
Bhagti Lehar (the Devotees Movement) is the offshoot of same seed of Holy Word, sown by Saint Thomas during his twenty years preaching in the country. Devotees believed the same teachings that of Jesus such as: -
1. There is only one God the “creator” and there is no other God. Only He is worthy of worship.
2. No idol is worthy of worship as idol cannot deliver.
3. God created man in His own image.
4. Man should live a life of righteousness.
5. Man departed from Him for his sins and should seek His mercy confessing the sins, through prayers. He is very merciful God and loves us.
6. Honor your father and mother for their blessings.
7. Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal and do not covet.
8. Soul is the bride and He is the bridegroom.
9. Angel of Israel is the Lord of judgment. Sri Guru Granth Saheb the Sikh scripture calls Him Angel of Azzraa-eel and testifies that only He is the Lord of Judgment and He forgives the sins.
In fact lower castes of India suffered atrocities in the hands of upper castes for their low birth for centuries and are still subjected to suffering. For their deliverance, God sent His Saints to preach the life of holiness so that people may turn from sins and worship Him. Most of the Saints came up from untouchable families.
Read (Luke 10:21) O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. He used the ignoble (Worldly) communities for His message.
Caste System:- Hindu scriptures commanded division of society into four castes in a pyramid shape (Tower of Babel) with Brahmin on the top, Kshatriya below them and next below the Vaishya then Shudra at lowest level. Ladder of caste system does not end here but below the ladder are untouchables the most hated people of the world. No upper caste kept any social interaction with the caste lower caste to it.
Population wise only 15% people belong to Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya. There are 60% Shudra and 25% Untouchables who are subjected to discrimination by 15% upper castes. Untouchables were designated as Avarna means outside the four Varnas so outside the fold of Hinduism. In year 1909 when population of Muslims outnumbered Hindus, Hindus added untouchables in their bracket (statistically), but till date they are looked upon with hate and discriminated.
Untouchables, their origin and their duties.
This is what Manu has to say about their origin and their position. Here Manu included the entire population except the people covered within the four Varnas.
(1) All those tribes in this world, which are excluded from (the community of) those born from the mouth, the arms, the thighs, and the feet (of Brahman), are called Dasyus, whether they speak the language of the Mlekkhas (barbarians) or that of the Aryans.
(2) Near well-known trees and burial ground, on mountains and in groves, let these (tribes) dwell, known (by certain marks), and subsisting by their peculiar occupations.
(3) But the dwellings of the Chandalas and Shwapakas shall be outside the village, they must be made apapatras and their wealth (shall be) dogs and donkeys.
(4) Their dress (shall be) the garments of the dead, (they shall eat) their food from broken dishes, black iron (shall be) their ornaments, they must always wander from place to place.
(5) A man who fulfils a religious duty, shall not seek intercourse with them; their transactions (shall be) among themselves and their marriages with their equals.
(6) Their food shall be given to them by others (than an Aryan giver) in a broken dish; at night they shall not walk about in villages and in towns.
(7) By day they must go about for the purpose of their work, distinguished by marks at the King's command, and they shall carry out the corpses (of persons) who have no relatives, that is a settled rule.
(8) By the King's order they shall always execute the Criminals in accordance with the law, and they shall take for themselves the clothes, the beds and the ornaments of (such) criminals.
(9) He who has had connection with a woman of one of the lowest castes shall be put to death.
(10) If one who (being a member of the Chandalas or some other low caste) must not be touched, intentionally defiles by his touch one who (as a member of a twice born caste) may be touched (by other twice born persons only) he shall be put to death.

Here in clause (10) twice born does not mean as ‘born again Christians’ but twice born as prescribed by Manu.
In Law of Manu, the ceremony for getting twice born has a big fallacy. It is wearing the sacred thread by top three castes only that too have different standards for each caste. The shudras and untouchables (85% of population of India and the total population of World except India) are not eligible to wear sacred thread and cannot be twice born. So no salvation for the world except three Varnas as per the Hindu social order.
Viewing the above law one can easily conclude that: -
1. The said law did not come from God but Manu framed it for the privileges of Brahmins.
2. Manu was not the person saved by God (Claimed by Hindus) when God cleansed the earth of evildoers through flood. Manu was not righteous like Noah deserving life but such law could have come from devilish mind not from the God’s saved man. This law came up much after the flood by Nimrod named Manu or Prajapati by Hindus.
3. Satan used Manu to confuse the law of God by replacing it with barbaric law. Manu’s law created hate among people of India to establish that they are not created by God in His image but came from the mouth, arms, legs and feet of the dead body of Prajapati/ Manu.
4. These ten commandments of Manu for human race are unique example of the law of discriminations. Satan has given His commandments to contradict the ten commandments of God.
5. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die. This assurance of Satan that “you shall surely not die” has lead Hindus to coin the theory of Karma and birth after death as dog, donkey or anything else depending upon one’s deeds during their lifetime. God has nothing to do with you except putting you as living creature like a clerk of post office placing mail in different mail boxes. There is no need of salvation as you will surely not die but live as cats or dogs. Even cats and dogs may have their next birth as man or woman. Law seems liberal to animals but not for human beings.

This false belief has: -
Lead them to believe that man is not in the image of God because, if man could get rebirth as cat and dog, how he is in image of God? B) That, his next birth is certain, it is immaterial whether he gets birth as man or donkey. He is satisfied with another life. C) That his next birth depends on his deeds in this life (Theory of Karmas). Theory of Karma has denied that God is merciful and forgives sins of man. For them it is as simple as ‘give and take’ or shopping of merchandise. D) That God’s Word is a lie as He had said “if you eat that fruit you will surely die”, but Satan’s word is truthful as he had assured “you shall surely not die” and they will take birth again and again, in any of the specie out of 8.4 million living creatures, as mentioned in Hindu scriptures. So they turned from the image of God to the image of Satan and have worshipped Nimrod and his mother/wife as god and goddess in different names. This is what Satan wanted to do, as he is a liar from the beginning.
What the Holy Word of God Says about the dead?
Ecclesiastes 9:5. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. 6. As well their love, as their hatred and their envy, is perished long ago; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun.
SWASTIKA: Sign of SWASTIKA used by Hitler on his flag, as a sign of his being of superior race has its roots in India. Brahmins used this signs for centuries with same passion much before Hitler used it. It is still worshipped in India as a holy sign. Brahmin preachers are trying hard that sign of “RED CROSS” be replaced by sign of Swastika. In fact Hinduism is true Nazism and still keeping its hold on Indian social system. Wonderful constitution of India has failed to make any dent in discriminative attitude of high castes towards lower castes as Brahmins dominates the system of governance of the country.
Who was Nimrod? He was the first king on earth but unfortunately he was devilish king. Nimrod means, "let us revolt." He is said to be a mighty hunter in the sight of the Lord, but it has a gloomy meaning. He was a tyrant or despot leading an organized rebellion against the rule of Yahweh. He hunted not animals, but the souls of men who did not submit to his law. Nimrod built the first post-flood city. He led the people to construct “Tower of Babel”. Babel means confusion and said land got its name “Babylon”.
In Babylonian religion, Nimrod (Marduk)held a unique place. His mother/wife was Semiramis. Marduk and Semiramis became ancient god and goddess of Babylon. Prajapati or Manu is same King Nimrod. Nimrod and his mother/wife (he married his mother) are worshipped throughout the world as god and goddess in different names. God scattered the human race from one center to spread on whole of the earth. God confused the language of men when the planned the construction of the tower to reach Heaven so that they may not interact with each other and make joint plan of revolt. It happened when they started construction of “Tower of Babel”. Read Holy Word of God: -
(Gen 11:7, 8, 9) 7. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city. 9. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
At that time Marduk and Semiramis as god and goddess reached all corners of the earth in different names. In India, they reached as Prajapati. It is said that Prajapati satisfied his sexual urge with his daughter and to punish him 330 Million Hindu gods, with help of Rudra, (another god) killed and cut him into pieces. Four castes have evolved from his different scattered limbs. See the root and the fruit, “sow filth, and reap filth”.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (Mathew 7:16)
Fanaticism of Hindus: Gandhi. He is called the only ‘emancipator of untouchables’ was dedicated supporter and attorney of caste system in India. He said, “Caste System is the soul of Hinduism. When British Kingdom granted “Communal Award” in year 1932 to uplift Shudras and untouchables, (85% population), Gandhi opposed it at the cost of his life and went on fast unto death. His hypocrite followers projected his image as the only saviour of untouchables. It was in their interests to lionize Gandhi for keeping their barbaric law safe. Their other motive was to suppress the voice of Dr B. R Ambedker (Father of Constitution of India) who had made the world to know the plight of untouchables, by representing them in ‘Round Table Conference’ in England in year 1931-32.
Even modern Hindus are not ready to dispense with the devilish law. But wherever untouchables or members of other low castes embrace Christianity, fanatic Hindus cause atrocities not upon them only but upon the preachers of Gospel also. On one hand they burn them alive to death and on other they do not accept them in Hindu fold even because Hindus do not want to lose the right of exploitation and also extend the privilege of wearing sacred thread (For being twice born) to them as Hindu Scriptures do not permit it. This is hypocrisy of Hindus to retain the right of exploitation of lower castes.
Unfortunately Hindu uses the untouchables for all unlawful activities in the country. In any such eventuality, the caste system plays its role. Mischief comes from the mind of Brahmin; Kshatriya supplies arms, Vaishya finances it and Shudra or untouchable is used for it as labor. Killing of Sikhs in 1984 in the Delhi (Capital of the country), Demolition of Babri Masjid in year 1992, Killing of Muslims in Gujarat, Burning of Christians and demolition of Churches they are used. Under the command of Hindus they kill their own brethren. Hindus use them, exploiting their poverty by supplying them liquor and little food. They work as labor for them and commit crimes. Hindu are very coward and they keep their image as most meek people on earth like Gandhi.
Seeking forgiveness for my evil thoughts, from my Saviour, I offer myself for conversion to Hinduism if: -
1. They are prepared to accept me in Hindu fold by putting their so-called holy thread on my body performing their ceremony for getting me twice born Hindu.
2. I am better educated than at-least 95% of Brahmins of India. So I should be eligible for sacred thread that Brahmins wear. So accordingly I should be accepted as Brahmin.
1. I should have access to all Hindu Gods, goddesses and temples.
2. Or, I invite them to accept my Lord as ‘Saviour’. I assure them, all privileges available to Christians, will be extended to them.
I know they cannot do it. Mrs. Indra Gandhi as Prime Minister of the country was denied access to Tirupati temple of Hindus because she had married Froze Gandhi, outside the Hindu fold.
If they do not accept me and my shudra and untouchable brethren (85% population of India) in their religion, granting the privilege of being born again, what right do they have to oppose our accepting any other religion of World? Do they not think that salvation is equally necessary for downtrodden people as it is for 15% upper castes?
In fact the followers of the Lord need to ask the Government of India to protect their right, as they are the lost sheep of the Lord. At least the Christians in India should approach the Supreme Court of India to intervene and protect their right to seek salvation by getting ‘born again’, before second coming of the Lord.
Truth is that Shudras and untouchables are not Hindus because they are not eligible for getting born again for salvation as per Hindu Scriptures. In their case, it is not conversion from one religion to other but adoption of some religion. They do not belong to any religion. No one has any right to stop them from adopting any religion of world.
God’s Plan: God sent His Saints through untouchable Communities and other lower castes to revolt against devilish law. They virtually preached the Word of Real God, to turn people towards Him. They vehemently gave the message of God to them to reject all false gods.
Read a few examples quoted from Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji (The Holy Scripture of Sikhism)
Denunciation of the satanic sacred thread
Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji The first Sikh Guru rejected the thread. He said: -
DAYA KAPAH, SANTOKH SOOT, JATU GANDI, SAT VATT.
EH JANAUE JIEW KA HAI TAA PANDEY GHATT
If you have cotton of mercy, thread of bliss of His glory, knot of sexual morality and twist of truthfulness, put that thread on body. It will be a sacred thread worth wearing.
Saint Kabir ji He condemned the so-called system of birth of Brahmin from the mouth of Prajapati very sarcastically.
JE TU BRAHMIN BRAHMANI JAYYA
TU KAHE AUR VAT NAHIN AAYA
O Brahmin, if you are born of Brahmin woman, why did you not come through some other way? You too have born through same filthy outlet of woman.
Namdev ji. He mockingly rejected the Hindu scriptures and gods.
AJU NAME BEETHUL DEKHIA, MURAKH KO SAMJHAO RE
O Brahmin, I saw God the Lord today. You are following unwise practices so could not see Him. You are fool and need wisdom to understand Him.
PANDEY TUMARI GAYATRI LODHEY KA KHET KHATTI THEE,
LAI KAR THEGGA TANGARI TORHI LANGAT LANGAT JATI THEE.
O Brahmin, You say Gytari is holy mantra. You also say that for curse on it, it became cow and grazed in field of Lodha. He entangled its legs and broke them. Gayatri walked as lame and crippled.
PANDEY TUMRA MAHADEV,
DHAULEY BALLD UUPAR CHARRHIA DEKHEYA THAA
MODI KE GHAR KHANNA PAKKA VAA KAA LARKA MARIYA THAA
O Brahmin, you worship Mahadeva (Shiva). You also say that he rides on white bull. Once in the house of Modi, food was cooked for him. He did not like that food and killed his son out of fury.
PANDEY TUMRA RAMCHANDU SO VEE AAWAT DEKHYA THAA
RAVAN SETI SARWAR HOIE GHAR KEE JOIE GAWAI THEE
O Brahmin, you worship Ram and also say he lost his wife to Ravna who had kidnapped her. You are blind and cannot see real God.
HINDU ANNAH TURKU KANHA.
DUHAN TE GIANI SIAANA.
HINDU POOJE DEHURA, MUSLMAN MASIT.
NAME SAEE SEVIA JIS DEHURA NA MASIT.
Hindu is blind of both eyes as he worships idols, temples, false gods and scriptures but also condemn them. He has no belief in them. Muslims worship graves and mosques and bound by the traditional law. He does not worship idols, so is blind of one eye. Enlightened person is wiser than both of them as he worships only the Father the Creator. Namdev says he worships only Him who has neither temple nor mosque.
Read Holy Word of God (1 Corinthian Chapter 3:16-21) 16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. 20. And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21. Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.
Sri Guru Ravidas ji exposed the treacherous act of Indra (Hindu god) who molested the wife of Gautma.
SEESU GAUTAM NARI UMAPATT SWAMI
DHARAN SAHAS BHAG GAMI
Episode of Rishi Gautam’s wife, Shiva and Indra. For Indra’s sexual lust, God punished and cursed him by creating marks of female genitals on his entire body. Indra had treacherously molested Gautam’s wife using moon Hindu gods to help him in committing the immoral act.
Apart from these there are a good number of instances of condemnation of Hindu gods and scriptures by saints of God. It is a big subject and needs enough space to discus.
Hinduism only scattered bricks of the Tower of Babel
All Hindu beliefs such as Yoga, Meditation, Art of Living, Tantra, and Mantra etc are the tools of Satan to confuse the Word of God. Its preachers are the agents of Satan working hard against God’s kingdom, as the end time is very near. Satan is working overtime to keep his hold on the earth through them.
Returning back to the revolt of the chosen saints of God, their belief is the same as that of Christianity.
BABA FARID He was the first writer of Punjabi literature. His verses in praise of the Most High are placed in Sri Guru Granth Sahib and read with esteemed honour. He was born in year 1188 A.D. in Pakpattan now in Pakistan. He preached that we are sinners. We must confess our sins, pray for forgiveness by merciful God, love Him with heart, soul and mind, Angel of Israel is the Lord of Judgment. Read verses as below.
FARIDA JE TAE MARE MUKKIAN, TU NA MARIN GHUM.
APNARRHE GHAR JAIEY PAIR TINAH DE CHUM.
BABA FARID says if someone hits you with a blow, do not return it back but kiss his feet and go home.
It is the message of Jesus “But I tell you not to resist an evil person but who ever slap you on right cheek, turn the other to him. (Mathew 5:39)
FARIDA BHANNI GHARRHI SUWANARRHI, TUTI NAGAR LAJJU,
ISRAEL FARISHTEY KE GHAR NATTHI AJJU.
He says, Time of worldly enjoyment is finished and relationship between body and soul has broken. The soul has rushed to the house of “Angel of Israel”. (Why the soul should run to the house of the Angel of Israel, because He is the Lord of Judgment. He judges and gives heaven or hell to the souls.)
SAINT KABIR ji Coming to Saint Kabir an untouchable Saint of India. His verses are also placed in Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Scripture of Sikhism and read with great reverence. He lived in 14th century in Varanasi, a prominent pilgrimage of Hinduism. He deeply accepted Jesus as only Saviour. Read his verses below.
GURU GOBIND DONO KHARRHE KIS KE LAGUN PAEY
BALIHARI GURU AAPNE JIS SATGUR DIYA MILAEY
He sees the vision of the Master standing beside Heavenly Father. He is in delusion and unable to decide, whose feet he should touch first. It is the same vision as seen by Stephen: -
But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. (Acts 7:55, 56)
See more. Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. (Mathew 26:64)
Lord Jesus Christ became a bridge between fallen human race and the creator as sin had broken the relationship. Only through Him we can meet the Heavenly Father. Kabir solved the duality of his mind and decided to touch the feet of the Master who sacrificed His blood and opened the way for the fallen world to meet Heavenly Father. (Read John 14:6, 7)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him. (John 14:6, 7)
GAGAN DAMAMA BAJIO, PARRHIO NISSANE GHAO.
KHET JO MANDEO SOORMA, AB JHOOJHAN KO DAO.
SOORA SO PAHCHANIEY, JO LARRHE DEEN KE HET.
PURJA PURJA KATE MAREY, KABHUN NA CHHADEY KHET
Kabir says. That he saw another vision. There was a loud sound of trumpet in the sky. Holy Bible gives the same vision to John. Read the book of revelation.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and I heard behind me a loud voice of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last”. (Rev 2:10, 11)
Second part of the first line of the verse, Kabir says the target got hit grievous wound leading Satan to be put in the lake of fire. Book of Revelation says,
“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 21:14, 15)
Second line expresses that the harvest is ready and he who joins the harvest is righteous. This vision too does not literally express the harvesting of the crop from the field but carries hidden meaning. It is about the end of the world. (Read Mathew chapter 13)
Field is the world; harvest the end of the age and harvesters the angels of God. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send His angels, and they will pick up weeds and everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace. (Mathew chapter 13)
Last two lines express who is brave soldier? Kabir said the brave soldier is he who fights for the needs of poor, the discarded, and the marginalized people such as the out castes, untouchables, sinners lepers, blind, paralyzed and laden with heavy load by the so called religious people of the world. It is difficult to find any match in the human history to compare with Jesus for His sacrifice. While He was in human body on earth, He loved sinners, out castes, untouchables, lepers, blind, paralyzed, laden with heavy load and people bound under evil spirits. He cured sickness with His touch or commanding voice. Even now His followers cure the sick people and exhort the evil spirits in His name. He calls us: -
“Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. (Mathew11: 28)
No one dies for the righteous one but He sacrificed His holy blood on the cross to save the sinners of the world. Can one find braver person than Jesus? Most Holy, sacrificed himself for the cause of the lost, the last and he least but did not discard the war against Satan. Lord saved the sinners without compromise with Satan. Even today, religious fanatics burn His disciples alive. The followers of the Lord do not compromise with evil but suffer for His cause.
He said: - If the world hates you keep in mind that it hated me. If you belong to the world it would love you as its own. As it is you do not belong to the world but I have chosen you out of the world that is why the world hates you. (Mathew 15:18, 19).
So we have to face the persecution like warriors of the Lord without compromise.
Read more verses of Saint Kabir ji as below
AB MAN ULTE SANATAN HUAA TABH JANIA JAB JIWAT MUA
SAINT KABIR. State of his mind has returned to original purity and innocence like a child. He returns to the beginning, the time of creation. This expression leads him to the Holy Word of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. (John chapter 1) It happened when he could know Him, Who has risen from the dead. Who rose from the dead? It is Lord Jesus.
“Then go quickly and tell His disciples; He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you to Galilee, there you will see Him now.” (Mathew 28:7)
He spoke to His disciples after His resurrection as below: -
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.
Read another verse of Kabir ji
MAIN NAHIN MARBO, MARBO SANSARA.
AB MOHE MILIA JIWANHARA
SAINT KABIR. Let the world die but I will not die, as I have been blessed with eternal life by the source of life. Who is the source of life? It is Jesus. Read the book of John below: -
“I am the resurrection and the life. He, who believes in Me, will live, even though he dies and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”. (John 11:25, 26)
Read him as bride and Lord as Groom
SUR NAR MUNE JANE KAUTIK AYE
KOTEE TETEES UJJANAN
KAHE KABIR MOHE VIAH CHALE HAIN
PURKH EK BHAGWANA
SAINT KABIR says. Uncountable Angels have come in His marriage procession. Lord the God Son of Man, my bridegroom is taking me as bride as He has chosen me and I am married to Him. He is fully God and fully Man.
Heavenly Marriage Procession
7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife hath made herself ready. 8. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9. And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they, which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, these are the true sayings of God. 10. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 11. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and true, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13. And he was clothed with vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14. And the armies, which were in heaven, followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Rev 19:7-16)
Holy Word of God says that the souls chosen and blessed by the Lord are bride and Lord is the groom. All such souls confess their sins; pray for His mercy upon them, as He is only Savior. He can forgive and wash their sins as He died for saving the sinners of the world.
“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners”. (Mathew 9:13)
He will come on the white horse as bridegroom accompanied by Angels of Heaven, to take the bride.
Kabir ji says that he made the man in His own image
AETE AURAT MARDAN SAJE,
EH SABH ROOP TUMARE
Kabir says all men and women Thou created are in Thy image. It contradicts the theory that different castes have come up from different limbs of Prajapati. Sri Guru Ravidas ji too testifies Kabir’s version about creation of man in His own image, as it is the truth.
Sri Guru RAVIDAS ji He lived in Varanasi at the time of Kabir and was also an untouchable saint belonging to cobbler caste. He suffered big hate and humiliation in the hands of Hindus for his low caste. Both Saint Kabir and Saint Ravidas in their old age were visited by Guru Nanak Dev ji while he was young.
Ravidas ji entered into worship with belief that he was created in the image of God. His verses of praise are also placed in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
In the book of Genesis God created man on sixth day in His own image.
Genesis 1:27, 28. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created male and female he created them. 28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
First verse of Saint Ravidas in Sri Guru Granth Sahib confirms his being in the image of Most High, GOD. He Proclaims: -
TOHI MOHI, MOHI TOHI ANTER KAISA
KANAK KATTAK JAL TRANG JAISA.
LORD, Thou made me in Thy image, as there is no inconsistency between Thee and me or me and Thee. My relationship with Thee is like the relationship of ornament with gold or wave with water. Thou created me (Man) as holy as Thou are. He testifies the truth Kabir had reveled. He confessed man has fallen as a sinner and He is the emancipator. Read following verse.
JAU PAE HUM NA PAP KARANTA AHE ANNANTA
PATIT PAVAN NAM KAISE HUNTA.
He confessed that, he (Man) is sinner. He said O, Eternal God; had I (Man) not committed sin. How Thee would have been named as Savior of sinners. Who is called the Savior? Let us read Holy Word of God.
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (I Timothy 2:3-6)
Going through the verses of Sri Guru Ravidas ji and Saint Kabir ji, we observe their very close intimate relationship with God. They always speak to God in deep love from within like a son speaking to his father. For growing such deep relationship, He wishes us to be holy as He is holy.
Accordingly, as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: 5. having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Ephesians 1:4,5.
Sri Guru Arjun Dev ji (fifth Guru of Sikhism)
Guru Sahib’s most praiseworthy service is preservation of the devotional writings of all saints as he compiled Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji (Holy scripture of Sikhism). It is reservoir of wisdom for mankind.
PARMESAR DITTA BANNA DUKH ROG KA BERHA BHANNA
ANNAD KAREH NAR NARI HARI HARI KIRPA DHARI
God gave His Son, who broke the yoke of pains and sicknesses of life. All men and women enjoy the blissfulness for mercy of the Most High, God the Lord. It is in praise of Most Holy and Most Merciful God for His love and mercy; the mankind is overflowing with Supreme Bliss.
Read about the Day of Judgment. Guru Sahib said that Angel of Israel confines sinners for purpose of Judgment. He views their track record of life for judgment.
PAP KREDARH SAR PAR MUTTHEY
AZRAAEEL FARRHE FARRH KUTTHE
DOZAK PAEY SIRJANHARE
LEKHA MANGE BANIA
Men, from top to bottom are drenched in sin throughout their life. Angel of Israel has caught and confined them. He is the Creator and He has put them in the fire of hell. He demands the account of blessings He had given to the man, that how man used the gifts of talents in his lifetime. We are accountable for use or misuse of His gifts at the time of judgment. Like Baba Farid, Guru Sahib testifies that the “Angel of Israel” is the Lord of judgment. Sri Guru Arjun Dev ji has used name of Israel or Angel of Israel, a number of time as the Lord of judgment. In Sri Guru Granth Saheb there are eight references of the Angel of Israel (Jesus). This name has been used by Baba Farid ji (Once) Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Twice) Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Five times) certifying that He is the Lord of judgment and He forgives the sins.
JUDGMENT DAY
Rev 15:3,4,5 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee for thy judgments are made manifest. 5. And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
THEREAFTER
Vision of Heaven to Sri Guru Ravidas ji
BEGUMPURA SAHAR KO NAU
DOOKH ANDOH NAHIN TIH THAU
NA TASVEES KHIRAJU NA MALLU
KHAUF NA KHATA NA TARUS JAMMAL
AB MOHE KHOOB VATAN GAEH PAEEY
UHAN KHER SADA MERE BHAI
KAYAM DAYAM SADA PATSAHI
DOM NA SOM EK SO AHI
ABADANU SADA MASHAHOOR
UHAN GANEE BASSEH MAMOOR
TIU TIU SAIL KARHE JIU BHAVE
MEHRUM MEHAL NA KO ATKAVE
KAHE RAVIDAS KHALAS CHAMARA
JO HAM SAHARI SO MEET HAMARA
Saint Ravidas gets this vision of the house of Lord, “Heaven”. All these visions come to His Saints only because they have pure mind. Such visions are the blessings of the Most Holy and Most Merciful Father to the Saints so that message of the Father could reach His people to turn from sinful life and seek His blessings.
The meaning of the vision is as
BEGUMPURA SAHAR KO NAU
DOOKH ANDOH NAHIN TIH THAU
The name of the city (His Kingdom) is ‘Begampura’ City of Joy, city of absolute peace ‘SHALOM’ very often Jesus used this word. Saint Ravidas is talking about ‘NEW JERUSALEM’. Newly created Heaven and Earth. It is free from all pains of life as there is no place for pains in new creation.
Read Holy Word of God (Rev 3:12,13). He that overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out thence no more: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and mine own new name. 13. He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.
Here Church does not mean church building but the followers and chosen people of the Lord.
NA TASVEES KHIRAJU NA MALLU
KHAUF NA KHATA NA TARUS JAMMAL
There is no investigation or inquiry, no burden of taxes, no ownership of property. City of no fear, no accusation, no deplorable condition of life.
AB MOHE KHOOB VATAN GAEH PAEEY
UHAN KHER SADA MERE BHAI
Now I love that land dearly as there is always peace my brethren (Shalom)
KAYAM DAYAM SADA PATSAHI
DOM NA SOM EK SO AHI
That is the Eternal Kingdom where there is no grading of men.
ABADANU SADA MASHAHOOR
UHAN GANEE BASSEH MAMOOR
The land is known for its foulness of His bounties because there live the Most High God.
TIU TIU SAIL KARHE JIU BHAVE
MEHRUM MEHAL NA KO ATKAVE
One can pilgrim any place as one wishes and no one stops to enter into the house of the Most High God.
KAHE RAVIDAS KHALAS CHAMARA
JO HAM SAHARI SO MEET HAMARA
I, Ravidas proclaim that I am relieved of being in the bondage of cobbler caste as I have He (lord) is my co-citizen and friend.
Jai Yeshu Di
Rev Dr Jasjit Singh, Punjabi Christian Fellowship
Rock Church 8520 Bradshaw Sacramento CA 95829
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