BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 9

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NEELAKANTA DAS SUBBIAH PILLAI

None who has tasted the love of Jesus can stay silent. They cannot control the joy and happiness they have received.

As the proverbial saying says “let the universe attain the happiness that I have attained”. They cannot keep quite but share the love of Jesus which they have tasted and found good. They will become a sweet spring of water to others.

Neelakanta Subbiah Pillai was a Brahmin born in Tamil Nadu. He was touched by the love of Jesus, and totally governed by him. He was compelled by the love of Jesus. He started to preach Christ in all villages and hamlets. He mingled with the poor and identified himself as a poor person, lived with them, ate the porridge given by them and lived like Jesus Christ.

Once a person was travelling on a bullock cart, through the village he was living. As soon as Subbiah saw that man he ran behind the cart, He testified about Jesus to that man. Even if he comes across women who came to draw water from the well, he will share the love of Jesus with them. He wrote in front and back of the kurtha he used to wear , the slogan “Believe Jesus” due to this many who saw and read this became more eager to know about Jesus and to learn more about Jesus. They became the children of god.

This great person was the one who was the pastor of the church of Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, because of this righteous man the Christians in Tirunelveli obtained many spiritual fruits. He was a honest person who Practiced the words of Jesus in his life.

FOUNDATION ON JESUS CHRIST

11 ” For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. – 1 CORINTHIANS 3 : 11-15

A fiery test is coming that will reveal the quality of the work of everyone who helps to build the church of Christ on earth. Paul’s metaphor pictures the church, the community of believers, as a structure that may be raised with either high-quality or poor building materials. He seems to equate these building materials with teaching that is true and helpful about the way of God versus that which is distorted and misleading.

WOOD – HAY – STRAW

  • Comes in Big quantities
  • Found on the ground
  • Cheap
  • Common
  • Destroyed by fire.

GOLD – SILVER – PRECIOUS STONES ( DIAMOND )

  • Found in small quantities
  • Discovered under the ground
  • Expensive
  • Rare
  • Purified by Fire

Even structures built from cheap, weak materials may appear good and strong to casual view. Fire will reveal what the building is really made of. That fire will come with the judgement of Christ on the day of the Lord. This is a judgement of the work of Christians, not the Christians themselves (Romans 8:1). Non-believers must face a very different judgement (Revelation 20:11–15). Scholars disagree whether, in this case, Paul is describing the works of all believers or only of Christian leaders (James 3:1). In either case, all Christians will experience some judgement of their works (2 Corinthians 5:10).

We know this is not a judgement of whether a person is saved or not (Titus 3:5). It’s not God’s judgement on sin. Those who trust in Christ have been forgiven for their sin. Jesus already received God’s judgement for it. Paul made it clear at the very start of this letter that the Christians in Corinth, though many were still living “of the flesh” (1 Corinthians 3:3), would stand guiltless before God in the day of the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:8).

First Corinthians 3:10–23 expands on Paul’s earlier point that it is God, not human beings, who are worthy. Each person must build their ”works” on a foundation of Christ. Those works will be subject to judgement, to see what has eternal value.

Lasting works are based in valuable, durable, precious things like wisdom and truth. Cheap and fragile materials won’t stand the fire of God’s judgement.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 8

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SAINT EBBA

Saint Ebba worked with eagerness and enthusiasm for educating the women of England and also for the growth of the kingdom of Jesus Christ. She was the daughter of a King. From her childhood she was filled with love for God and godly fear.

She developed an eagerness to propagate the good news of Jesus Christ as she found many people who lived in her country unaware of Jesus Christ. Her father invited a missionary called Adrian who had the passion for missionary work from Scotland to his country. He requested him to preach the gospel in his country. Due to this the thirst for missionary work surged in her young blood. She refused to surrender to the luxurious lifestyle of the princely life but surrender her soul for the missionary work filled with thoughts of Jesus Christ. Her sister also became a great believer.

To be pure and holy in the heart and body she joined in a nunnery and became a Nun. She started a nunnery by herself and admitted several other girls who offered themselves to Jesus Christ and encourage them to live a holy life. This served as a spiritual training centre.

She corrected several corruptions and disorderly things, she could find in her nunnery then and there. She made her nunnery to follow the disciplines which she expected other Christian establishment to follow. She totally abolished inequality and taught equal life in Jesus Christ. She approached the people with peace of heart and joy. She fulfilled their needs. A school in her memory was established in Chennai, India, Which makes the people remember her even today.

PONDER : Do we have the life of good conduct and esteemed thoughts?

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 7

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MARY JONES ( 1784 – 1864 )

Mary Jones of Wales had a great wish to buy a Holy Bible of her own. It was very hard to get a Bible in those days, Even if it was available , the poor couldn’t afford it. The price was exorbitant. Mary was very Poor. Then how did she manage to buy a Bible of her own ?

Six years rolled past. Her savings for buying a Bible , grew along with the passion to own a Bible. Mary Jones was bubbling with joy for the amount to buy a Bible was available at last. She came to know that the Holy Bibles were available with a Pastor who was living 25 Kilometres away from her place. She happily started her walk for the Purchase.

A great shock awaited Mary. A thunder struck her joy. She was disappointed to hear that the Bibles were out of stock . She began to weep and wail. The heart of the Pastor too broke.

His heart was shaken for the desire and efforts of the little girl to have a Bible. He brought out a beautiful Bible which he had kept for his own use. He placed it in the hands of Mary.

Mary stared at the Pastor not believing her eyes. Her Joy knew no bounds. She ran back to her village. She invited her relatives. She was overwhelmed with enthusiasm. Mary started to read the Bible aloud. This passion of Mary was the root cause for the emergence of International Bible Society.

Kindly Ponder , What is our Love for the Bible today ?

The Lord heard me; The Lord helped me. – Mary Jones

DOVE AND THE ARK : RELATIONSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The foundation of the relationship of the Holy Spirit with you is the cross of Jesus Christ. All four Gospels record an account of the Holy Spirit descending as a dove upon Jesus during His baptism. Doves represent purity, innocence and gentleness.

“There are nine feathers on the left and right wings of the dove. There are also nine gifts of the Holy Spirit( 1 Cor. 12: 7-10 )and nine fruits of the Spirit ( Gal. 5 : 22-23 ).

There are also five main tail feathers on a dove, which can represent the fivefold ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, pastors, evangelists and teachers( Eph. 4:11 ). The tail feathers of a dove are like the rudder of a ship- they assist in balance and direction in flight, just as the fivefold ministry gifts in the church bring balance to the body of Christ.” – LEONARD RAVENHILL

DOVE AND THE ARK :

But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. GENESIS 8:9

Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth, and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore. GENESIS 8:11-12

  1. The Ark sheltered Noah from the wrath of God.
  2. The Ark only had one door.
  3. The Ark only had one window.
  4. The Ark only had one family.
  5. Noah had an assignment in the ark.
  6. The dove lived in the ark.

THE DOVE LEFT THE ARK THREE TIMES:

  1. The first time the dove left the Ark, it found no resting place.
  2. The second time dove left the Ark, it brought an olive leaf.
  3. The third time dove left the Ark, it didn’t come back.

Our relationship with Jesus is the foundation of the Holy Spirit’s relationship with us.

INSPIRED FROM : RELATIONSHIP-WITH-THE HOLY SPIRIT – VLADIMIR SAVCHUK

DANGEROUS DISTRACTIONS

Artist Sigismund Goetze shocked Victorian-era England with a painting entitled “Despised and Rejected of Men.” In it, he portrayed the suffering, condemned Jesus surrounded by people of Goetze’s own generation. They were so consumed by their own interests – business, romance, politics – that they were shockingly oblivious to the Saviour’s sacrifice. Indifferent to Christ, the surrounding crowd, like the mob at the foot of Jesus’s cross, had no idea what -or who- they had missed.

In our day as well, believers and unbelievers alike can easily become distracted from the eternal. How can followers of Jesus cut through this fog of distraction with the truth of God’s great love? We can begin by loving one another as fellow children of God. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”(JOHN 13:35).

But real love doesn’t stop there. We extend that love by sharing the gospel in hopes of drawing people to the Savior. As Paul wrote, “We are… Christ’s ambassadors” (2 CORINTHIANS 5:20).

In this way, the body of Christ can both reflect and project God’s love, the love we so desperately need, to both each other and to our world. May both efforts, empowered by His Spirit, be a part of cutting through the distractions that hinder us from seeing the wonder of God’s love in Jesus.

TO A WORLD LIVING IN THE FOG OF DISTRACTION, WE BRING THE LIGHT OF THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS.

SHELTER IN GOD

As we move through this pandemic and begin to think of it’s impact and effect, many peoples are asking what is going to happen now, some are predicting the worst. “The world will never be the same.” they say. “We’ll never go back to the normal.” So , what do you have to say to those predictors ? Read on ..

THE SHELTERING GOD

  • God sheltered Noah and his family for one year in an ark , until Noah emerged to become the father of all the nations of the world.
  • God sheltered Jacob in the home of his uncle Laban when he needed to escape the anger of his brother Esau, twenty years later, Jacob emerged with a new family , new wealth , new identity. He became Israel , The new name for God’s chosen people.
  • God sheltered Joseph from his seventeenth to thirtieth year, but his slavery and prison were a big source of learning for his greatness.
  • God sheltered Moses in a remote desert for forty years, but Moses came forth to liberate the Jewish people from Egypt.
  • God sheltered Naomi in the Barren land of Moab , until she became bitter. But she and her daughter-in-law, Ruth, travelled to Bethlehem to participate in one of the greatest love stories of history.
  • God sheltered David for fifteen years after he’d been anointed as King of Israel. When David finally assumed the throne, he was a man after God’s own heart and gave us many of the Psalms.
  • God sheltered Elijah by the brook Cherith, and after the sheltering he stood alone against the Prophets of Baal in Mount Caramel.
  • God sheltered Jonah for three days and three nights in a belly of a whale. When the sheltering was over, Jonah went to Nineveh to preach the History’s greatest Revival.
  • God sheltered Esther while in the palace of Persia’s King, and she saved her people from Destruction.
  • God sheltered the disciples in the upper room for ten days until the Holy Spirit descended on them in a dramatic way and formed and fashioned the Church.
  • Lastly, and most incredibly, God sheltered Jesus in a Tomb for three days, and on the third day Jesus came forth in power to bring salvation to the world

The God who sheltered His peoples in biblical days won’t stop now. You can count on the sheltering God to help you no matter where you’ve been or where you are headed . He wants to move through your times of trouble with supernatural grace and unexplainable hope.

You have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. – Isaiah 25:4

Inspired from : The Sheltering God – David Jeremiah

VAIN HOPE

DO NOT TRUST IN EXTORTION OR PUT VAIN HOPE IN STOLEN GOODS . ( PSALMS 62:10)

One blog told the story of a thief who realised he was wasting his time. He broke into a home and threatened the owner with a knife while looking for money. He went through every room but only found $3 in change , $5 in a wallet and a few pieces of cheap jewellery.

The thief decided that the man he was robbing was worse off than he was, so he gave back the $8 he was going to steal. “I think he was shocked,” said the victim later. “He couldn’t believe that was all the money I had.”

We might find this story quite funny. But we can often go through a similar thing. It happens whenever we try to take something that God has not given us. When we live in envy because we want the things, looks, gadgets or brains our friends have, we only get ourselves into trouble.

Israel’s King David learned this the hard way. In the book of 2 Samuel he stole Uriah’s wife, ending up with far more trouble and far less happiness than he had expected. He became a murderer(11:14-15), lost a child(12:14) and created a life-long fight within his family(12:10). If we are looking for things God hasn’t given us, we will end up with less than we had to start.

NOTE : OUR HOLY BIBLE IS SO HOLY THAT IT EVEN RECORDS THE SINS OF HIS SERVANTS.

SIN IS NEVER WORTH THE TROUBLE.