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Vol. 11 / Issue 12 / April 23 2009

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 16

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback

Editorial

Discovering who you are in Christ -5

By Sherly Isaac

Once a girl came to our house and as we were talking, she said, “I don’t believe that God can speak to everybody. If the mighty servants of God like Bro. D. G. S. Dhinakaran or others say that God speaks to them, then we may believe on their words that God could speak to them but if an ordinary person claims that God speaks to him/her it may not be reliable.” But this is the tragic reality of today’s churches. Many Churches and many of the church members think that God has stopped talking and if anybody speaks, that is the devil. No wonder many of them who call themselves to be Christians are involved in witchcraft, psychic and related things.

But God has not stopped speaking. He still speaks. As long as He is alive, He will speak, He will lead and guide His people. John 1:12-13 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Have you seen any child and the child's father not talking to each other? If you are a child of God, how is it possible that God and you will keep quiet and not talk to each other? Impossible! In fact Bible talks about a God who speaks to His children time and time again. He spoke to men as well as women and children. He did not keep any distinction that He would speak to a particular category of people or would not speak to another category of people. No He spoke to everyone whoever acknowledged Him as their father and those who became His children.

When Hagar was in deep trouble as her husband Abraham sent her away, when her son was dying without water in the desert when she cried out to God as she could not see her son dying, God heard her cry and answered her from heaven. He spoke to her and showed her the source of water. Both Hagar and her son Ishmael survived because God spoke to her. If God had not spoken to her, she and her son would have been dead and there was no chance of survival. God spoke to Samuel who was just a boy.

God has thousands of ways through which He can communicate to His children. He can talk to us through dreams, through visions, through His word, through people or by any other means. Time and time again we read in the Bible that God communicated with people at different times and in different eras.

Bible says in Hbr 1:1-2, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;”

And when Jesus was about to leave this world He promised to His disciples that He will send Holy Spirit who will be with them, guide them and lead them in all truth. It exactly happened to His disciples when they were gathered together and were praying. Act 2:1-4 says, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

When Holy Spirit came upon them, their lives changed dramatically and their ministry no longer stayed the same. Their ministry was activated by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and through the precise guideline of Holy Spirit. They knew exactly what to do and when to do. They did dynamic and powerful ministry after that. That is what happens when God is with us and when we have constant communication with Him. Our lives can become dynamic as of His disciples. Those ordinary fishermen shook the whole world. It was not possible without the power of the precious Holy Spirit.

If you want an effective ministry, if you want to know what is ahead of you, if you want to know what is happening around you, you need the anointing of the Holy Spirit in your life. The same Holy Spirit who turned the lives and ministry of the disciples into a dynamic one, can turn your ordinary life into a dynamic one as well. If you give your life to Him, if you invite Jesus in your life, He is ready to come and bless your life.

Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 16

You can read Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

To read in Malayalam Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16

Those who are called by God or whom God has sealed, no matter who plots evil, no matter who plans or tries to implement his wicked plot, my God will not allow it to happen as they are the children of God.

But my father did not keep quiet. I came back home and lived with the same man of God’s family. A few days later we were in our family prayer and we experienced the mighty anointing of God. At that time we heard some commotion outside the house. We tried to figure out what that was? A group of youngsters who are in the habit of disturbing prayer meetings had come to create trouble here also. My father had secretly befriended them giving them money and had deputed them to work on his behalf and to fulfill his plot. We did not have any information about this because my father had done it secretly as he could not do it openly. They created an uproar there and spread suspicious news falsely saying, "these people do illegal acts here. One young girl is involved whose whereabouts as to who she is, from where she came, etc, are not known." They demanded and shouted saying that I should be sent out. This happened daily and because of the disturbance the residents of the colony filed a complaint to the village administrator. The village president came to inquire. He asked questions, "from where this girl is?, who is she?, what is her address?, what type of girl is she? Then he asked me in a derogatory manner, "Why are you staying here? Don't you have your home? Why can't you go there? The residents of the colony said, "Either you move out from this place or send this girl to her house or to any orphanages etc. We don't want this problem to continue and disturb the atmosphere here.

That night while praying, I asked God, "How much more suffering I have to endure for your name? How long will this suffering be? I do not have any desire to live, I want to die as soon as possible. Can you not take me Lord? When I prayed like that, suddenly God spoke to me and said, "Be quiet and know I am God."

Today God wants us to keep quiet and know that He is God. If we work depending on our strength, on our wisdom, on our understanding or in our own way, God cannot work for us. He will not come down to help us. But we have to remain quiet and calm and patiently face that problem, bearing it and carrying it. From my own experience I can conclusively say that then God will come down revealing His presence, His strength and His power.

Then God said, "thousands will fall at your left side, ten thousands would fall at your right side but they will not come near you. Then I felt that thousands and ten thousands who will come to harm me but the presence of God will be with me which would scatter them on my both sides. Thus I was courageous. I was shifted to another place. When the same problem was repeated in that place also, nobody came forward to support me and to settle the matter. Instead of helping me, those who were supposed to be beloved to me, came into agreement with my father. Those on whom I had kept my confidence contacted my father. Because of the influence of my father, or because of the instigation of the demonic forces which wanted me not to rise up, which wanted to completely destroy and make me ineffective, they turned against me. They contacted my father and they succumbed to the temptation of the reward my father had promised and they came ready to catch me and take me back to him. They came with a vehicle and said, "your father will not give you any trouble. There is no problem in going to him. He wants you to go to him. It is painful for them that you suffer like this here. They are worried about you." The people around that place also advised me insisting on my going to my father saying, "why should you live here like this suffering injustice for the crime you have not committed?

They tried to drag me and push me into the vehicle. Then I said, "I shall come with you, but let me take one moment to pray." I entered my room and prayed kneeling on my knees. While praying, Holy Spirit inspired me to read Isaiah 43rd chapter verses 2 and downward. I read that portion. which says, " When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you."

Then I thought, "I will have to face problems like waters and rivers but God will be with me."

My father said goodbye to those who brought me to my home, sent them away and came back. I was standing in front of the house not entering inside the house because, while viewing the whole ground in front of me, I remembered how I shed my blood all over that ground and left the place, in fact, I was driven out from there, thinking, "Now Lord, still what kind of catastrophe is going to happen to me?"

My father saw me standing outside. (If the neighbors notice, my father would be in trouble as he had brought me secretly.) So my father said in anger, "Are you standing here to show yourself to the neighbors?" Saying this, he caught hold of my hair and pushed me to go inside the house saying, 'go inside' While being pushed, I struck against the wall and fell down. When I called 'Jesus' he came running, trampled on my mouth closing my mouth with his foot and said, "Dont call this Jesus. hereafter. If He is God, if He is powerful as you say, He would not have allowed you to be brought here. So forget about Him.

Then my father informed the people of the Mosque and tried to arrange my marriage. I told my father, "Twice you made arrangements for my marriage spending so much money, but marriage did not happen because my God did not like it. So I believe that if God has kept a marriage for me, then He will prepare a man who will be of help in my ministry for God's work. Otherwise I will not marry a Muslim priest."

Hearing this, my father became very angry. Then lot of striking, pulling and pushing took place between us and every time my father continued to say, "oh, yea, I will allow you to marry a Christian, may be if you go to court, court may make arrangements for your marriage... Like that if you marry a Christian and harami children are born who will be going against Islam, those Christian children bringing about curse being heaped and ever increasing in my family from generation to generation which I cannot allow. Saying this he kicked me repeatedly with his legs and I was in great pain. I felt terrible pain in my stomach and I fell down unconscious. What happened after that was what I learnt from my parents and from some other people and not from my memory.

When I fell down unconscious, they looked at me and thought that I had died because blood from my body had spread out in the whole room. When they looked they saw my womb was disordered because of my father's repeated kicking in my stomach. My father got afraid because if people come to know that I had died, police will arrest him. He told my mother not to scream, bound her mouth with a cloth and kept her tied up in the room. He took my brothers from school to relative's house because he feared that as my brothers were small kids they may let out the secret. He locked the room from outside. He had already told everyone that they were going on vacation.

They remained inside the house. By that time it was night. My father cleaned the room wiping away all the blood. He put my body in a sack, took it to the river called Ithikkara, which flows by the side of the house, dumped there, and returned back.

To be continued...

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

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