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Saved from Hinduism

What follows is a testimony from a friend of mine who is a former Hindu. Although his parents may consider him a failure because he left their religion and gave up their wealth, he now heads a large ministry with international connections. In God’s eyes, he is not a failure, he is one of God’s success stories.

The seashore was familiar; the beach was crowded as usual.  I walked toward the rolling waves.  “They are just like me” I thought “so restless.” I would be restless until I knew who I was, where I came from, and where I would go. Not only were these questions troubling me, but my guilty conscience also was beginning to bother me.

I was born in a well-respected, high-caste Hindu family.  My mother took great pains to teach me unadulterated Hindu orthodoxy.  She got up at four in the morning and after a dip in the temple tank, went into the local temple to have worship her favorite deity.  Very often she dragged me along with her. I would be deprived of my breakfast if I did not myself pay a morning visit to the temple.

We had our own family shrine also.  In the evenings we worshipped there.  We had our supper only after the ‘namam-japam’  (chanting of verses worshipping various deities).  As a teenager, I regularly got up around 4 am and after my ritual bath (which was a purification ritual). went into the temple to worship and pray to the various gods and goddesses.

From my early childhood, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a militant Hindu organization, began to mold my thinking.  The RSS (as it is commonly known) founders borrowed heavily from the Nazi Youth movement methodology.  It is the only fascist organization in the world so far that has not seen a split all these years.  It has similar goals as ‘al-Qaeda’ and Taliban and ISIS. but with Hinduism as the religion.  I was made to believe that India, Hindustan, is for Hindus and our goal should be a ‘Hindu-Raj’ (Hindu nation).  They taught that a true Indian can only be a Hindu and non-Hindus should embrace the Hindu philosophy  or leave India.  So I grew up with a strong hatred for people who were not Hindus, especially for Christians and Muslims.

In my teens, I felt I should serve my country through the RSS. My mission was to bring back ‘defectors’ from the Hindu faith who had become Christians and Muslims.  If we could mange to get a non-Hindu man ‘purified’ to Hinduism, this was considered to be the height of achievement.

However, there was a vacuum within me. Life was a riddle. Questions concerning my nature and destiny plagued my mind. To drown my endless questions and cover up my fears, I tried to get ‘kicks’ out of life.  Before I realized it, I was a slave to un-healthy habits. I became desperate.  My sincere attempts to break my habits and find answers to my questions led me from one god man to another and from one temple to another.  The result?  Disillusionment. I finally concluded that there was no meaning to life at all.

At that time, one of my friends, a doctor, told me he had an experience with Christ. He was a notoriously evil man. I could not believe the positive change I saw in him.  He was very enthusiastic about his new found faith and most of the time he talked about Christ. I thought the whole thing must be the effect of the moon on his brain.

About the same time, I met a student who had been a communist leader.  He told me, “Jesus Christ changed my philosophy and made my life a meaningful one.” I was puzzled. Here I was, trying to ‘save’ my people from the clutches of Christianity, faced with two fellows who claimed to have met Christ.  Also they possessed what I did not have and what I was desperately seeking!!! And they kept after me, even though I tried to avoid them like the plague.

My active involvement in RSS and other socio-religious activities did not make me happy. I was getting more miserable day by day. So one of my relatives took me to a psychiatrist.  My Problem was beyond the reach of psychiatrists.

One day, I happened to be in my doctor friend’s room.  He was, as usual, telling me about Jesus Christ and how Christ was helping him in his life.  Not realizing why I did so, suddenly I said in my heart,  “Jesus, I do not know you.  I really do not believe you are a god.  For gods cannot be killed.  But if you are the true God, change me. Now. Not when I am sixty years old, but right now.  Give me peace. Reveal yourself to me. If you do that, then, I will  give my life to you as I wanted to give to the RSS.”

A little later when I left that room I found myself strangely different.  The questions that had been tormenting me had vanished.  My fears were gone.  I felt a remarkable calmness.  I had a new realization that Jesus was real and He was my God.  The hold my habits had on me, which I had been trying to break for months, was gone.  Instantly. I had no more craving for drugs or any such thing. My faith in the gods and goddesses I had worshipped vanished and in my heart, a strong and pleasant realization that Jesus is the true Lord and God of this world.  Christ alone is my Lord and my Savior.

My parents and relatives could not accept this change in me.  Can a high caste Hindu join this low-caste religion?  They soon found that they could not turn me from my lunatic ways so they became quite hostile towards me and disowned me.  It was a difficult experience. I felt that I should move to another town.  Also I thought that God wanted me to serve Him.

Within weeks of my coming to Christ, the Lord led me and ‘entrusted’ me to man a missionary from the United States of America.  He became my guru.  Since then, until his death, he has been my mentor, a ‘Paul’ to a ‘Timothy’.

The Lord has given me a very good wife; she is a committed Christian and has a definite call to serve God. We also have two wonderful children.

The Widow’s oil

The Widow was in  extreme poverty. She had nothing but a jar of oil (2 King 4:1-7). There was nothing of value left in the house but a jar of oil. Her husband had died and the creditors wanted to take her sons into slavery. She had already lost the love of her life and was about to lose the most precious of God’s blessings, her children when Elisha turned up on time.

Some commentators have suggested that she and her husband were in debt before he died and the debt were gradually growing worse over a period of time. Her husband was a god fearing man who was very much associated with the prophets.

Does this scripture bear any  relevance for us today? Yes, there are many Christians even today who are struggling with financial debts through making wrong choices when things were good. The message is don’t you give up on God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesian 3:20).

What today’s reading demonstrates to us is that when faith is mixed up with our talents we can overcome the harshest  challenges of life. The prophet asked her to borrow jars from her neighbours and to fill them the jar of oil. She believed God without questioning whether it was possible for an single  jar oil would have been able to fill several other jars. God goes beyond science and human logic. God  can use the little we have to create the miraculous. Jesus fed 5000 people with a few fishes and bread (Matthew 14 13:21).

When the widow acted in faith  in bringing in the jars He delivered her from poverty to affluent. He is the same God today who is your deliverer and provider.

Our Life Under the Sun

Our Life under the sunFrom one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:26-27

King Solomon said … then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun (on Earth). Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it. Ecclesiastes 8:17

Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18

Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:9

For while we are in this tent, (our human bodies) we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, (immortality/eternal life) so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 5:4-5

Thank you God, AMEN!!!

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I am not alone

 

I wish you were alive and still on this earth Lord so that I could be with you in the flesh. I need you to comfort me with real arms and wipe the tears of my past away. Help me put away the anguish and pain that follows me like a cloud. I know you are in my heart loving me as a father to a daughter who has lost every hope of a future with someone. I think who would want my highly sensitive person and the complicated past. Only you Lord want me. Only you Lord will love unconditionally. Only you will fight my battles. Only you will go before me. Help me Lord to forgive and leave my memories of my predators to you and the cross. Let me not lose the person you have created me to be. My Lord is my help and shield in time of trouble. I will trust that he has my best interest at heart as He takes me through the valley of the shadow of death; for He is with me. The Lord prepares a table before my enemies (predators). He anoints my head with oil my cup overflows; surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

Sometimes I forget who I am when my past and the words of my attackers visit me the darkest times of my life. Those words that Satan whisper’s in my ear send me to another place and the visit is cruel. Why do I listen? I am no longer a victim but a overcomer. I had already healed from these words but new memories have surface and new faces and they have made me stumble because they are family. I had an inkling of the one but without the face in the memory I didn’t want to go there; but now it has been revealed as so.

The Lord has been good to me and bringing these memories He knew I would stand strong in Him. I would not forget what the Lord has already done for me. The Lord has been everything to me. He has protected, provided, and my warrior when I needed Him to fight my battles. But, the scope of the memories and people has broadsided me. The human body can withstand much punishment but I believe that my Lord was with me through my ordeals. My tiny fingers were held by my creator and as my fingers grew He was still there waiting patiently for me to cry out to Him for help. I was very angry child and adult and I took it inward. But, my Father in heaven reached out and drew me out and gave me a voice. My voice sets up my boundaries, calls to God for help, seeks good friendships, prays for others, reads out loud the Bible, my voice speaks truth, and my voice sings praises to a loving and forgiving God.

When drawn to the dark side it’s because I forget who I am. We need to help ourselves to remember who we are. I am a daughter of King. (John 1:12) I was adopted when I asked Jesus into my life. (Ephesians 1:5) I am born of God; the evil one cannot touch me. (1John 5:18) I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13) Satan will do everything he can to distract and kill your soul. Do not let Satan in. Greater is He who is in you then he that is in the world. (1John 4:4) If your spirit acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that doesn’t acknowledge that Jesus Christ is not from God. (1John 4:2-3) We need to test our friends and boyfriends because many will deceive you into thinking they know the Christ; when truly they do not and they will rob you of your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Fight for your relationship with Jesus Christ when you are going through deep sorrow. Do not allow family, friends, and boyfriends to say you are making things up. Go to Jesus Christ and a trusted friend to pray with you through your hard times. Find a Christian Counselor who will speak truth and pray that the Lord will use them in your life. Do not feel that you are alone because Jesus will go before you and make a way. Do not be press into staying busy because you are suppressing everything down and not facing it. This is not going away if you do not face it; and the Lord only gives us what we can handle for the day.

Songs have helped me to grieve my lost. You know those songs and movies that will give a voice to your pain use them. Read the Bible for those scriptures that bring strength, trust, love, and deliverance. Neil T. Anderson, “The Bondage Breaker” will help you let go and forgive. Be nice to yourself, rest, and pamper yourself. This life is hard but it will get easier if you do not take this life out on yourself. Do not beat yourself up we have all fallen short of the glory of God; we are all not perfect. (Romans 3:23) Do not blame yourself give it to the Lord. I have a cross in my heart where I carve the names, sins, and the offenses committed on me. Why? It’s a reminder that I have already given it to Jesus, and that cross reminds me that Jesus died for ever sin, disease and offense.

God loved me so much that He sent His One, Only Son Jesus Christ came down to earth to be born and to die on a cross of wood. Jesus carried all our past, present and future sins, diseases and our sorrows on Him Self for us. I do not need to carry all my gruesome past memories anymore I can give them to Jesus and He can then change my dirty, filthy garment into a white robe that is washed in the blood of Jesus Christ.

If you are still carrying the past memories and they continue to bring hate and destruction. You do not need to take them any further because I know a man who was dearly loved by His father. This man took on the task because He knew we couldn’t make it on our own. We would keep feeding this sin against us and it wouldn’t make us happy. This man wants us to remember good memories and not bad. He wants us to live a life-like no one else. That is why Jesus Christ took the beating that stripped his back to the bone, he endured the shame of his clothes being taken from Him, and He endured mocking and more beating, and then the walk with the cross on His back that was stripped of skin. Jesus walked that walk for us. They nailed His hands and feet and HE was all alone as He faced the end. God had abandoned His Son because of sin. God couldn’t look on sin because He was pure. So, His Son had to endure the pain of the cross all alone. Jesus Christ died, and on the third day rose to be seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. Because Jesus Christ endured the cross alone He doesn’t want ANY of us to endure loneliness and hardship. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts but cling to His every word that He loves you and is calling you to come home. Believe that He came in the flesh so that He could die for us. Repent of holding on to the sins that were against you. Give them to Jesus and He will cleanse you. Ask Him into your hearts and take a step forward in your healing process.

Thank you, Father for your undying love for me. Thank you, for not letting go of my hand. Thank you for writing your name on my heart. Thank you, that I am not alone. I pray you will keep healing our hearts that we will not be afraid to seek help. Help us to find our voice and use it for you. Let us make new memories with you. I pray that you will bring back what the locust took from us and you will bless us with new hopes and dreams.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Ephesians 3:14-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose to walk with God

Choose to walk with GodYour word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Psalm 119:89-90

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

“To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it. Choose my instruction instead of silver knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:4-5, 10-11, 17

In the way of righteousness (being right with God, through Jesus our Lord) there is life; along that path is immortality. Proverbs 12:28

Jesus said, You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, John 5:39

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Proverbs 2:6, 10

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

AMEN!!!

Don’t Throw in the Towel

Sam felt like throwing in the towel into the ring. He just couldn’t face another day of the same. Nothing seems to ever change. Sam was juggling jobs to make ends meet. He managed by a whisker of a hair to keep his head above water. Sam was feeling a little downhearted and a bit depressed too until a friend from his church had encouraged him to read God’s words. He had neglected the reading of His words and he was vulnerable to his circumstance and the father of lies. He brushed off the cobweb from  his bible and opened it to Psalm 37: 23-26. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. 24 “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. 25 ” I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread. 26 ” He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.”

His friend reminded Sam of Jesus promise that he will never forsake him and He will be with him even until the end of this age as cited in Matthew 6:33-34 where we read, “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33″But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34″So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.he was not to worry about he eat or drink what you should eat etc seek first his kingdom.” Sam decided to focus on the kingdom of God even more than prosperity and he was no longer in the sinking boat with God on his side.

 

 

 

 

God’s Grace is more than Enough

God's grace is more than enoughPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,  1 Peter 1:3-4

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11

AMEN!!!

He’s got your back

In the past whatever you had touched turn into gold. The wife, the job, the house, the children and holidays all fell into place. They weren’t in that specific order. You know what I mean. But, you had never wanted for anything. You’ve been there and worn the t-shirt. God was good  to you in the good times. But, do you know that God is good to you  in the bad time too and He is even better when you are in the centre of the storm. When the demands of the creditors are swarming above you like vultures picking at your flesh, God is in the midst of it. God hasn’t gone asleep. He that Keep Israel neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121 3-4). I want to remind you of what David wrote, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread (Psalm 37 25).” God is still in control of your life. He still cares for you. He sent his only begotten son Jesus, to die for you. But He leads by His Holy Spirit, His words and His actions. Just imagine how many times you go about your daily business without acknowledging His protection all around you until you had experienced a near missed accident. In His word, the sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil: He shall preserve your soul (Psalm 121 6-7). If you are alive today, you are still part of God’s plans full stop.

A Tale of Two T-shirts

107_3634If you can think of it, design it, and put it in a .jpg file, you can put it onto a t-shirt.

This past week, I saw two t-shirts that caught my attention

One said, “PARTY, SLEEP, REPEAT.” It is a sad mantra of many. I say, “sad,” because it does not bring true happiness, joy, and contentment. Sure, it sounds like a fun lifestyle and probably is for a while, but in the long run, it is emptiness. There is always the search for the better party, the greater high, the better sex, the more outrageous behavior. Last night’s fun has to be exceeded.

The Bible in Hebrews 11:25 says there is pleasure in sin, but only for a season. In James 1:15, the author warns us that when sin is completed, it brings death.

But who cares what the Bible says? It’s an outdated book that has no relevance today! Those are arguments I hear all too often. Maybe the Bible has more relevance than you think.

This lifestyle of party-sleep-repeat has serious consequences – drug abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, auto accidents, and an empty pocketbook. In some cases, it puts those who participate in contact with rapists, thieves, and murderers.

It’s always distressing to watch the news and see the heartache of family and friends of someone who was killed in a car wreck or murdered after attending a late night party. It is hard to watch a mother cry as she talks about her virgin daughter who had a drug slipped in her drink and then date-raped. It is all too sad and all too frequent.

I saw another t-shirt. It said, “I am loved.” What a great message! Love that is offered and received is a wonderfully, fulfilling thing. It brings peace, joy, contentment, and fulfillment.

That’s what God offers you through His Son Jesus. For God so loved the world – and that includes you – that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believe in Him shall have eternal life.

In a way, God wants to give you a t-shirt that says, “I am loved.” It’s free to you because it’s a gift. You don’t get it automatically. You have to accept it.

When you accept God’s gift, you become one of His children, you will go to heaven when you die, and you will live with Him forever. In heaven, there will be no more death, no more pain, no more suffering, no more sickness, and no more sorrow.

God’s Grace is Enough…

God's Grace is enoughPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,  1 Peter 1:3-4

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:6-9

 

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11

AMEN!!!

Have you ever thought about being a missionary?

Jason and Pih Lai Goh

Jason and Poh Lai Goh

People throughout the world need to hear about Jesus.  Paul wrote, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, will they call out to him in whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:13-15 Today’s King James Version)

Have you ever thought about being a missionary? Do you feel God is calling you? Do you wonder what they do? Are you a little fearful about living in a foreign country?

Here is an article about Jason and Poh Lai Goh, friends of mine who are missionaries in Thailand. The article and its links will provide insights on the joys of being a missionary:

Meet a missionary family: Jason and Poh Lai Goh

If you feel like your life is on hold, that your time and talents are being wasted, that there’s no purpose in your Christian service, that there are no spiritual victories and no spiritual successes in your life, you should consider asking God if He wants you to serve Him as a missionary.

God’s Incredible Gift…

God's incredible giftYou know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. Acts 10:36

Therefore, since we have been justified (made right with God) through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God Romans 5:1-2

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, (self-righteousness) so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, Hebrews 12:28

AMEN!!!

God’s Greatest Blessing…

God's greatest blessingYour word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:105 & 130

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:5-7

Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord (Jesus) gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:3-6

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Proverbs 2:10

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

… to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:25

AMEN!!!

Standing on His Promises

Please don’t take this the wrong way, I do sincerely enjoy singing modern gossip songs in the church. But, there is nothing more satisfying to the soul than to sing an old hymn which was composed by a writer who had faced adversaries. The old hymns were spiritually inspired by the writer’s faith in God.

Lately, I was touched by the story behind the making of Kelso Carter (1849-1928) famous hymn, ‘Standing on the promises of God’.  He was a Christian man who had a critical heart condition which the medical professions at that time told him there was no cure. It must have been devastating news for a young man to hear. He had his whole life ahead of him. He was a healthy and well educated young man.  But, Kelso refused to accept the bleak medical report nor did he allow adverse circumstances to determine the outcome of his life. He dedicated his life to God and stood on God’s promises that God cannot fail. It was during the most challenging time of his life when he wrote his most famous hymn and he was healed by God.

Remember, it is during the worst periods of your life which opens opportunities for God to do His greatest works in your life and in return for you to give Him the glory. Listen, you too can stand on His promises. They will never fail you. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13 :8).  Unlike mankind, He doesn’t change. His words and promises will never pass away and  they will last forever. He is still your healer, your provider and your saviour.

Squander or enjoy: Refuse or accept

Enjoy or squander your health

Enjoy or squander your health

It was a nice day weather wise recently. I had several choices of how to spend the day. I am going to focus on two of them.

God has blessed me with good health. On this day, I had to choose what I would do with the gift of health God has given me. I chose to enjoy it by riding my bicycle. It is an activity I enjoy and it has an added benefit of keeping me in good health.

I could have, instead, taken the car to the beach with a tub of ice cream and box of cookies and brownies. It would have satisfied several of my physical cravings, but it would have put a lot of sugar and fats into my body that would not have done me good. It might have been okay in terms of my overall health to indulge for one day, but it would have been a step backward.

It’s funny how that works. We decide to eat something that is not necessarily good for our health and to skip an exercise routine for a day, then it gets easier to do it the next day and the next and the next.

The physical changes in our bodies are slow and gradual. So slow, that we don’t perceive them when we glance in the mirror. We don’t notice that we are climbing stairs slower. Somehow, though we look in the mirror everyday, we never noticed that our face went from long and thin to round. We kid ourselves that our clothes must have shrunk in the drier. We tell ourselves and others that we are in shape, because round is a shape. Sadly, we chose to squander our health and we pay the price in medications and doctor visits and the inability to enjoy life fully.

I had another choice that day. I was given an offer by a local theme park to experience one of their paid attractions for free. Because it has always interested me, I decided to go. The choice was simple. Accept the invitation by printing out their offer on my computer, take it to them, and enjoy the ride or refuse the offer and stay home.

On a mock Serengeti safari. The rhino is real.

On a mock Serengeti safari. The rhino is real.

God gives us a choice with our lives as well. He offers us the opportunity to accept His Son, Jesus as our Savior. It is an open invitation and written in the Bible. My theme park offer was good until the end of the month. I knew when the month ended and I went before the offer expired. God’s invitation is available until the end of your life. The problem is you don’t know whether or not today will be the last day of your life or not. Most people do not know that when they awoke one morning, it would be their last day. This could be your last chance to accept Jesus.

I invite you to explore this site to get a free look at God’s spiritual laws and how Jesus can save you from an eternity in hell and give you an eternity with Him: http://www.crustore.org/fourlawseng.htm

If you have accepted Christ, you have a choice today. Will you enjoy your gift of salvation by spending time in prayer and reading the Bible or will you squander today by doing other things that please your flesh and damage your spiritual life? Just like with skipping physical exercise, it’s easy to get into a daily routine of not reading your Bible and spending time in prayer. The changes are gradual. You don’t notice your faith faltering and your desire to sin grow. You pay the price when trials come with panic and fear.

The choices are  yours.