BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 4

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CHRISTIAN FREDERICK SCHWARTZ – DISPLAYING JESUS IN OUR LIFE.

Once there were no churches in Tirunelveli ( South India ). It can be called a dark period because the Gospel had not entered there.

As a Morning Star, Frederick (Germany) came to Tirunelveli in 1771. Though he lost his mother in his young age, his father’s brought up made him a missionary. He did social service along with his ministry. He considered it a blessing to give rather to get, and enlightened the life of the poor.

During those times , Many peoples lost their lives in the battle between the East India Company and Hyder Ali in Mysore. The loss was heavy. The East India Company not to waste many lives tried to enter into an agreement with Hyder Ali. Hyder Ali pointed to Christian Frederick and asked him to be brought in and said ‘that christian, call him in, he will not cheat anyone. It will suffice if he gives the word’.

Christian Frederick served as the prime minister and as the chief priest for the king. He was the one who made Saraboji the king of Tanjore. He was called to provide the ration to the famine hit nation, he rendered a blemish less service to the people without any bias.

Christian Frederick the ‘Father of Tirunelveli’ was the first to dedicate a church, and conduct the first baptism service. Clorintal, Sathya Nathan, David Sundaranandam, Vedanayagam Shastri, were inspired by Christian Frederick to do the ministry.

During his service of 48 years he never, even for once visited his mother land.

I will protect the fatherless, and widows can trust in me . – Jeremiah 49:11

HINDRANCES TO PRAYER

Have you ever felt discouraged in your prayer life? Maybe it feels like you can’t connect with God like you used to, like your prayers stop at your ceiling and do not reach God. Maybe you lack a desire to pray and wonder what the big deal is?

The truth is, if you have felt this way, you need to examine your life and see what may be killing your ability to desire to pray. Here i am posting about the few hindrances which may pull you backwards from God.

  • UN-CONFESSED SIN : PSALM 66:18 – If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. Un-confessed sin is probably the most common prayer killer. God is perfect and can’t abide sin in us. If we knowingly tolerate sin in our lives, it pushes God away from us. As a result, it makes our prayers powerless. The good news is that when we confess sin, God forgives it, and it’s gone. Our past actions may still have consequences, but the sin itself is forgiven.
  • LACK OF FAITH : Lack of faith has an incredibly negative impact on Christian’s life. Without faith, prayer has no power. Even Jesus was powerless to perform any miracles in Nazareth because of the people’s lack of faith.
  • DOUBLE MINDEDNESS : JAMES 1:6-8 – James calls one who doubts “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does” … The word double-minded speaks of a condition where a person is emotionally divided, almost as if he had two souls. That condition makes a person unstable and incapable of hearing from God or receiving His gifts.
  • UN-FORGIVENESS : Why is forgiveness so important? The answer is found in Matthew 6:14-15 : “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” … Forgiving and being forgiven are inseparable twins. When a person refuses to forgive another, he is hurting himself, because his lack of forgiveness can take hold of him bitter. And a person cannot enter prayer with bitterness and come out with blessings. Forgiveness allows your heart to be made not only right, but light.
  • MISTREATING YOUR WIFE : 1 PETER 3:7 – Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. In the above mentioned verse , it is clear that , the way we treat our wife , plays a major role in receiving or obstructing the blessings from God.
  • UN-SURRENDERED WILL : A person whose will is surrendered to God has a relationship with Him similar to the one described in the parable of the vine and the branches. It says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you”. The branch depends on the vine and lives in one accord with it. In return, the vine provides it with everything it needs, and the result is great fruitfulness.

There are great benefits of surrendering your will to God. One is that God promises to answer your prayers and grant your requests. Another is that we get to receive the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Just as with the vine and the branches, He flows through us, gives us power, and produces fruit.

SERVING CONTINUALLY

When educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom, researching how to develop talent in young people, examined the childhoods of 120 elite performers – athletes, artists, scholars – he found that all of them had one thing in common: they had practiced intensively for long periods of time.

Bloom’s research suggests that growing in any area of our lives requires discipline. In our walk with God, too, cultivating the spiritual discipline of regularly spending time with Him is one way we can grow in our trust in Him.

Daniel is a good example of some one who prioritized a disciplined walk with God. As a young person, Daniel started making careful and wise decisions. He also was committed to praying regularly, “giving thanks to God”. His frequent seeking of God resulted in a life in which his faith was easily recognized by those around him. In fact, king Darius described him as a person who served God “continually”.

Like Daniel, we desperately need God. How good to know that God works in us so that we long to spend time with Him!. So let us come every day before God, trusting that our time with Him will result in a love that will overflow more and more in a growing knowledge and understanding of our saviour.

TIME WITH GOD TRANSFORMS US.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 3

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DAVID LIVINGSTONE(1813 – 1873) : SHINE IN THE DARK

Yes. As you think it was really a dark continent. That was Africa. But now?

David Livingstone entered there. He made the Dark Continent to glow. He was the best among the pioneering missionaries who served in Africa. He tirelessly served for 33 years. Africa was famous for slave trading. Livingstone completely eradicated the trade. He put an end to all the atrocities. He revived Africa. He gave his life. Livingstone was a Doctor, people’s benefactor, inventor, above all he lived like Jesus.

He walked nearly 29000 miles and revealed to the world many great truths. Many parts of Africa were discovered by him. He went to the nook and corner of Africa and conducted research on ‘Animals and Plants’.

He was simple but strong, he succeeded in all he ventured. Dangers and obstacles were troubled unable to stop his swift movements. The tribe of Africa looked upon Livingstone as living Jesus Christ. He moved with everyone either Black or White, without any bias but with affection. He brought in equality.

Large numbers of ministries are established only in Africa compared to any other country. The fore runner for this was the dedicated missionary David Livingstone. He entered into glory on 01.05.1873.

KINGDOM CITIZEN

Where you live changes how you live. That includes small things like knowing when to put the bins out for collection. And big things , like talking respectfully to your lower level peoples , talking confidently to higher level peoples , being free from worldly lusts.

It’s important to remember that God has brought us into the “kingdom of the Son”. Being part of His ‘neighbourhood’ really should affect how we live! People should watch how we act and be able to tell there is something different about us. This is why Paul reminds us that God’s kingdom is not about following rules or arguing over church stuff. It’s about “righteousness, peace and joy”. Living by God’s right ways, living to be peacemakers and living thankfully because of all God has done are what kingdom life is all about. And, when we live like this, our lives please God and show love to others.

Sounds like the kind of neighbourhood anyone would love to live in!

IF YOU’RE PART OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU LIVE.

HELICOPTER SEEDS

When we were young, we loved trying to catch the “helicopter seeds” that fell from the Maple trees. Each seed resembles a wing. In late spring they twirl to the ground like a helicopter’s rotor blades. The seeds’ purpose is not to fly, but to fall to earth and grow into trees.

Before Jesus was crucified, He told His followers, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds”

While Jesus’s disciples wanted Him to be honoured as the Messiah, He came to give His life so we could be forgiven and transformed through faith in Him.

As Jesus’s followers, we hear His words, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servants also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me”

Helicopter seeds can point us to the miracles of Jesus, the Saviour, who died that we might live for Him.

JESUS CALLS US TO GIVE OUR LIVES IN SERVING HIM.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 2

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SAINT JOAN OF ARC

A young woman of 19 years was bound to a tree and set on fire. As the cruel men gazed in merry, in the middle of the flames her lips were murmuring Jesus, and Jesus. Her soul left the body to be consumed by the fire.

She began to receive the messages from God right from her 16th year. She used to convey the prophetical revelations to the people. One particular day she received a command to help the King of France to retrieve his country. On the command Joan started with courage. She cut her hair short. She dressed like a soldier. She explained to the King of her mission. The clergy made fun of Joan. They mocked her, what this damsel can achieve. The King thought about it. He gave her a battalion. With the battalion she captured the city of Orleans.

She achieved victory for four times. The clergy began to doubt Joan. They could not tolerate God speaking with a little girl and not to them. They condemned her as a cheat. She was expunged from the church.

She emphatically addressed all the allegations levelled against her. This made the clergy to tremble. But they finally condemned her to death.

Joan compiled her life, She accomplished the command of God to her. She attained saint hood.

Just Ponder , Have we identified our commission?

THE WILL TO LEARN

One of the things that makes a study of the mind so fascinating is that its territory is still very largely unknown country.

Science has established general principles along which the mind works. We know with fair accuracy how various processes – such as memory – take place, upon what factors they depend, and how we may best use our known powers to attain our ends.

But our knowledge of the mind is not comparable to our knowledge of the body. We know fairly exactly the limits of our bodily powers. A trained athlete, for example, can only jump about six feet, or run a hundred yards in about ten seconds.

It is safe to assume that no one will ever clear ten feet, or do the hundred yards in five seconds. But when we come to the mind we know only very vaguely the common everyday limits to its powers. About the limits of its possible powers we know practically nothing at all.

When all the fraud and superstition are eliminated from Spiritualism and psychic investigations, there remains enough scientific knowledge to make us wonder if there are any limits at all.

Telepathy, for instance, is a scientifically established fact.

Will-Power, with which we shall have to deal fully at a later date, seems capable of tapping an inexhaustible supply of energy.

Since the first part of the memory process is the learning of the facts, it is important that the will should be given an impetus and not act as a brake.

“The will to learn” is a scientific way of saying, “You never know what you can do till you try.”

If you learn with zest and vigour you will remember with ease.

  • SECRETS OF SUCCESS – E.R. THOMPSON

TRUTH VS LIES

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.

Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me” (John 8:44-45)

In this passage , Jesus is obviously speaking to a specific group of unbelievers in this passage, but his words are crucial for all believers since we are constantly engaged in spiritual warfare (Eph 6:10-17).

The devil’s single most destructive weapon against us is lies, and he is all too thrilled to use a variety of messengers to deliver them. Sadly, his most active messenger in our lives is .. us! We constantly talk to ourselves about God, ourselves, and others, and the devil loves to fill our self-talk with half truths twisted together with verses taken out of context. Although we are constantly encouraged by the world to “trust our hearts” (A really bad idea – “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? : Jer 17:9), there is only one voice that is one hundred percent reliable.

Jesus always speaks the truth! His word is truth, No wonder that every first piece of armour Paul mentions in our fight against the devil is the “belt of truth”(Eph 6:14).

May God give us a passion to fight everyday for the freedom which comes by walking in the perfectly reliable truth of God’s word! “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciple of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32.

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