LET US DEVELOP THE ART OF LEARNING

There is a proverb that goes like this known is a drop , unknown is an ocean. But there is much harm because of people who know little, but pretend to know everything. Great scholars, thinkers and achievers in life have remained in the habit of learning. When we stop learning we stop growing. When progress stops, the destruction starts at once.

A scholar said, “Growth is the only evidence of life”. There is no necessity for a person to learn everything. but we must learn the things connected with our vision so as to be successful.

Former Chief Minister and a great politician of Tamil Nadu Mr. C.N. Annadurai was once suffering from severe cancer. The doctors decided to operate immediately. When asked about his consent, he requested them to do it the next day. When they questioned him for what he was afraid of? He replied, he was not afraid of the operation but , he was reading a book which was only half read and added, that if the operation won’t profit him good, he might not get the chance of reading the whole book.

Spend money on learning and books, it is not only for you but it is an investment for your future generation.

IDENTIFYING THE EVIL SPIRITS IN OUR LIFE

We can name our enemies with ease. How does this sense of our enemies carry over into our spiritual lives? Do we still countenance the idea that there are “evil spirits who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls,”.

Sometimes these devils come in human form — the friend who pressures us to “have one more,” the family member who knows exactly which buttons to push, the neighbour who scoffs at our going to church when we could be out an the Hotel or Movie. Just as often, though, it is the demons inside us who ply their schemes — guiding us to behave unkindly or to betray a commitment because, after all, our needs should come first. These whispering spirits are, as the psalmist knows, underhanded and stealthy. (The Hebrew for “whispering” derives from the verb for “gliding or moving gently,” perfectly capturing the insidiousness of their approach.) These plotters want to disrupt our relationship with God. To keep them at bay, we must guard our hearts, watch our souls and, most importantly, trust God by placing ourselves in his protecting, faithful hands. So here is a list of few evil spirits and how they operate

SPIRIT OF LYING

SCRIPTURE : But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? – Acts 5:3

“Whenever Satan speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” We see that God is love and Satan is hatred; In the same way, we see that Jesus said, ‘I am the truth’ and devil is a liar. The devil does not stand in the truth and there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature. That is, his nature is to tell a lie, for he is a liar and the father of lies. All lies originate with Satan as the father. If you tell a lie, that lie is a child born through Satan being the father and you being the mother. You have given your heart and your tongue to Satan, at that time, to produce a child called a lie. God never fathers lies. That is why it is so important to learn, once we become Christians (believers), to always speak the truth.

SPIRIT OF LUST

SCRIPTURE : For all that is in the world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. – 1 John 2:16

Satan, the prince of this world, fans the flames of lust in the hearts of men and women. Playing on one of the strongest urges of nature—one that, when controlled, is one of God’s great gifts to mankind—Satan has down through the ages perverted it, wherever he can, for the destruction of his victims.
Lust and hate are assaults against the dignity and purity of the soul as well as sin against God. A desire to destroy or a desire to use are perversions of God’s image that he placed in us at the creation. The same dangerous desires are present in murder and anger, as well as adultery and lust. Because sins against the soul are just as real and dangerous as sins of action, murder and hate and adultery and lust are no different in the eyes of God and in the damage that they do to our souls.

SPIRIT OF FEAR

SCRIPTURE : For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

This spirit can take on many forms, but its intentions are clear, no matter what kind of spirit of fear it may be. It intends to keep you from fulfilling the destiny that God has on your life; from living a joyful, spirit led existence where you give to others out of the overflow of love in your life. It will keep you awake with nightmares. It will keep you from leaving your home or overcoming past emotional and physical wounds. For example, the fear of throwing something away, it could be anything from collectibles, clothes or simply trash. These people have been labelled “hoarders” and when you meet one, they are unmistakable. And for them getting rid of their stuff (even trash) is tantamount to removing a limb. It is deeply traumatic and overwhelmingly scary for them. This fear enters through trauma, most often the loss of a loved one, but it could be any trauma that can bring this particular spirit of fear upon a person.

Out of your mouth come the issues of your heart. If they do not give honour to God, then they open the door to “unclean” spirits. It really is a simple as that. So if you are struggling with a spirit of fear, any kind of fear, I would encourage you to begin by “taking all thoughts captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5) and meditate night and day on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

SPIRIT OF WORRYING

SCRIPTURE : “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”. – Matthew 6:34

Scripture says that God has not given you the spirit of fear. He has not given you this obsession to worry, this fear, this terror… somebody else has: the devil. He would like nothing more than to distract you from God and who God wants you to be. Many are tempted to worry, but when you fall into that temptation and continually worry, then you sin. Worry is sin! Recognizing that obsessive worry is a spiritual battle makes all the difference. First, it reminds you that you won’t win the war on worry in your own strength. As a believer, you have Christ. He never worries, and He asks you to bring all your worries to Him.

SPIRIT OF ANGER

SCRIPTURE : “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” – Proverbs 14:29

However, as you may have noticed, we’re not Jesus. We’re all flawed creatures. Our life seems to continually get out of balance. The various attachments of our life – food, drink, housing, marriage, sex, family, religion, citizenship, career, rest and relaxation, etc. – continually call out to us. They keep pulling us into larger and longer commitments, making greater demands, and becoming less respectful of the other realms of our lives. Anger is one of the main “dashboard” lights in life. When we become angry (or encounter it in others), it tells us that someone’s life is out of balance. When that light starts flashing, wise people know to pull off the road and give attention to what is going on “under the hood.”

SPIRIT OF UNBELIEF

SCRIPTURE : Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13 : 58.

The spirit of unbelief is voice of the devil. It is demonic. Because it will make the word of God inactive in your life. Hebrews 4:1-2 . Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of us seem to have come short of it.

Christians have the authority to keep evil spirits from harming them. Therefore, while it is necessary to be aware of their presence in the world, there is no reason to be afraid of them.

Satan is real.But Jesus’ power over Satan is even more dramatic and superior.
Jesus came specifically to defeat Satan’s hold on us; on the Cross by His blood we are
made free.

OUR PROMISED LAND

The children of Israel were in an incredible situation, much like the one we find ourselves in sometimes. They lived in the midst of miracles in the wilderness. He provided them fresh bread every morning. They had fresh water 24 hours a day, and they had quail to eat. Their clothes and shoes grew with them and never wore out. They had a flame by night to keep them warm, and the cloud by day to keep them cool. They were living in the miraculous of God, and yet God was not pleased with them because they would not let Him take them beyond their comfort zone.

They limited themselves by saying, This is what we believe; that’s all we believe, and anything else is from the pit. They, more or less, stuck their feet in the sand and told God, “This is all the farther we’re going.” Consequently, they missed the very thing they were born to fulfill.

Don’t let the trickster get you to believe that just because you are experiencing the miraculous, there is no more. Remember, the miracles were intended to help the children of Israel move into a new land, a new way of living, a deeper relationship with their Lord. They looked awesome, mighty, powerful to the rest of the world, but they themselves could not understand what God had for them. He had prepared for them a place of rest and peace and intimate relationship.

Remember, it’s easy to leave Egypt because you leave the sin you hate, but it’s hard to leave the wilderness because you have to leave the sin you crave. The thing within us that prevents us from going forward is the thing that we do not want to change; we don’t want to give it up; we need it.

We just know how to “look” spiritual , but deep inside each of us, there is a wall of resistance that we do not want to go beyond because of our unbelief. We think, I just can’t accept that; I just can’t do it. What am I going to leave behind? – Don Nori Sr.

BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 10

PART 9 : https://johnranjit.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/biographies-of-soul-winners-9/

LEONARD RAVENHILL

Ravenhill was a revival warrior of 20th century. He was born in England. He received greater visions from God through his regular prayer life.

He was burning with the fire of revival when he was studying in the college about the history of Churches. He brought in to the Lord’s fold thousands of people through his warm sermons. He converted the church from the sluggish situation prevailed in them and brought the church and clergy to a lively condition. He authored several reviving books. His teachings awakened not only England but also several other parts of the world and led the people to a spiritually warm life.

“Nothing is greater than my prayerful life. Pastors who never prays, only plays. People perish in a “Non-Praying church”. The talents can be revealed in the pulpits. But, not, in the prayer rooms. The primary ingredients for a victorious Christian life are vision and thirst; both these things are born and nourished through prayer. Jesus Christ died for every soul. But every soul was not informed of Jesus Christ. Everyday ends with more than 1,22,000 people dying without Jesus Christ in them. Are you not bothered or worried about this situation?”

The queries of the Ravenhill still make us to think about it. We have come across the world revival plenty of times. Have our people received a real revival in them?. “The sleeping churches” should be awakened. Missionaries should be sent out to the places where gospel has not reached or the very word “revival” will become meaningless.

CHARACTER OF GOD

SLOW TO ANGER

If you tried to describe what God is like, it could be difficult or daunting. But when the people who wrote the Bible pondered the mystery of God, they consistently described God’s character in this way: compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, overflowing with loyal love and faithfulness.1 We’re going to look at this third phrase, that God is “slow to anger.” Now, that might surprise some people. Isn’t the God of the Bible mostly angry, striking people down for their sins? Well, it turns out that God’s anger in the Bible is way more nuanced than that and way more interesting.

In Hebrew, the phrase “slow to anger” is pronounced ’erek ’appayim, or literally, “long of nose.” But what does God’s patience have to do with a long nose?
Well, first, we need to look at the common biblical Hebrew way to say that someone is angry: “their nose burned hot.” Like in the story of Joseph, when Potiphar thinks that Joseph tried to sleep with his wife, “his nose burned hot.” 2 It’s usually translated “his anger burned.” It’s describing how your body, especially your face, gets hot when you’re filled with anger. And so in Hebrew, the main words for anger are either “nose” or “heat” or “hot nose.”

This is why a patient person is called “long of nose.” It takes a long time for their nose to get hot. Like in the biblical proverb, “A person’s wisdom is their long nose,” 3 that is, their slow anger!

Now, in the Bible, God gets angry numerous times, but God doesn’t have a nose or get hot! These are metaphors, using our experience of hot anger to describe how God feels when he witnesses human evil. Just like you would get angry if you saw a child being bullied on the playground, so God gets angry when humans oppress each other and ruin his world. In the Bible, God’s anger is an expression of his justice and his love for the world. But he’s slow to anger, which means he gives people lots of time to change.
Like in the story of the Exodus, when Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites and has their baby boys thrown into the waters, God sends Moses to confront Pharaoh.4 And Pharaoh’s given ten chances to let Israel go free.5 But after the tenth refusal, Pharaoh rides out with his chariots to destroy the Israelites, 6 and so God destroys him in the waters.7 Pharaoh’s own evil is turned back upon him, and we read that this is an act of God’s “hot anger.” Now, that’s really intense. But think about it. God wouldn’t be good if he didn’t get angry at Pharaoh’s evil and eventually do something about it. And notice that God’s anger is expressed by handing Pharaoh over to the consequences of his own decisions.

This is why Jesus said that he was going to Jerusalem to die as a demonstration of God’s love for his enemies. 11 He would stand in the place of his people, who were choosing self-destruction, and take the consequences of their decisions upon himself. In Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we see God’s anger at evil and his love for people working together to provide forgiveness and life for a humanity lost in self-ruin.
So God’s anger in the Bible is really important, but it’s not the end of the story. When God is angry and brings justice, it’s because he’s good. And he’s extremely patient, working out his plan to restore people to his love. And that’s what it means to say that God is “slow to anger.”

REF : BIBLE PROJECT

HOLDING FAST TO YOUR TESTIMONY

The man answered, “A man called Jesus made some mud and rubbed it on my eyes. Then He told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went there and washed myself, and now I can see!” They asked him, “Where is Jesus?” The blind man answered, “I don’t know.” They brought the man who was once blind to the Pharisees. (Jesus had made the mud and opened the blind man’s eyes on the Sabbath day.)

Again, the Pharisees kept asking the blind man how he could see. The man said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed myself, and I can see.” Some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God because He does not keep the Sabbath day!” But others were asking, “How could a sinful man perform such miracles?” They were divided among themselves.

They asked the man again, “What do you say about Jesus? Do you believe He opened your eyes?” The man answered, “He is a prophet.” The Jewish leaders didn’t believe that the man had really been blind and could now see, until they called the man’s parents. The leaders asked them, “Is this man your son? Do you claim that he was born blind? How come he now sees?” Then his parents answered, “We know he is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see now. We don’t know how he opened his eyes. Ask him. He is a grown man; he can speak for himself.” (The man’s parents said these things, because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders had already agreed that if anyone said that Jesus was the Messiah, that person would be thrown out of the synagogue. That is why his parents said, “He is an adult; ask him.”) Then, a second time, the Jewish leaders told the man (who had been blind), “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” The man answered, “Maybe He is a sinner. I don’t know. But one thing I do know, I was blind and now I can see” (John 9:11-25).

WHY DO MIRACLES AND WONDERS HAPPEN?

  1. Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
  2. ” And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
  3. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see the great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
  4. So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:1-4

TO MAKE US TURN TOWARDS HIM AND REVEAL HIMSELF TO US.

The first verse of Exodus 3 can be simplified as “Minding our own business” and going by the systems of this world , Here Moses was doing his daily routine , little did he expect that he was going to Know his Purpose that day. The Second verse God does a Miracle to get Moses’ attention ,” the bush was burning with fire , but the bush was not consumed” , In the third verse we see that Moses decides to go and pay attention to that amazing sight, and once God gets Moses’ attention , we can further read that God reveals his plans for Moses . Similarly , recall your memories and think , what made you to turn towards God , what brought you to this article? Which Miracle had a greater impact in your life?.

TO SHOW HIS POWER AND NAME TO HIS CHILDREN AND ALL THE EARTH

“But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. – Exodus 9:16 – The second portion gives us a clear picture that , God raises his People for showing his glory and power , Remember the last time when , God gave you a salary Raise , God gave you something which you were not even worthy of , Did you give credit to God or your Hard-work ? Remember to give praise and glory to God in every situations. See the statements made by Kings in those days , which is not acceptable in God’s sight. – And Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go.” – Exodus 5:2 , . In Daniel 3:15 we can read about Nebuchadnezzar’s statement ” And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” Remember to exalt and glorify him in every situations.

TO MAKE US TO BELIEVE AND TRUST IN HIM

“And I am glad for your sakes that i was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” – John 11:15

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.” – John 2:11

“So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.” – John 4:53

All the three references confirms that , God does miracles to increase your Faith, and place your trust in Him. Remember to increase your Faith when things doesn’t go in your way.

TO CONFIRM HIS WORD

“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.Amen” – Mark 16:20

“Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.” – Acts 14:3

God creates Miracles to Confirm his word , no wonder when you pray holding to the Promises of God , you will receive a miracle , Learn to Trust God’s word and promises to Receive his miracles.

MIRACLES HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE

Matthew 13:58 says that ” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Your Faith plays a major role in receiving miracles from God, Kindly read the following miracles which happened purely because of Faith.

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.” – Matthew 8:3 ( Jesus Cleanses a Leper ).

When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! – Matthew 8:10 ( Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant ).

“Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” – Matthew 9:2 ( Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic because of His friends faith).

“Then He touched their eyes,saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” “- Matthew 9:29 ( Jesus Heals Two Blind Men ).

“But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.”” – Matthew 9:22 ( A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed ).

These verses are enough to increase our faith in God, and trust in his plans for us.

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BIOGRAPHIES OF SOUL WINNERS – 9

PART 8 : https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/38990871/posts/1606

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

PART 7 : https://johnranjit.wordpress.com/2020/10/21/biographies-of-soul-winners-7/

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?