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Vol. 11 / Issue 15 / May 14 2009

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Eitorial
Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 19
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Eitorial

The First Church and the First Pastor

By Sherly Isaac

I think the first Church mentioned in the Bible is probably very different from many of the Churches we see today. When Jesus was about to leave this world He commanded His disciples in Mat 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

We read in the book, Acts of The Apostles that His disciples went and preached the Gospel everywhere in Israel and outside of Israel. We see some of the things which are very amazing.

It is believed that Peter was the first Pastor or Pope in the first Church established by the disciples after the ascension of Jesus. Now this first pastor when he preached, more than 3,000 people got saved. Then again he went and preached and 5,000 people got saved. And saved people were being added in the church daily by the Lord. Act 2:47, “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” I always wonder if 8,000 people were added in the church just in two days, how big that church would have been? No wonder Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, priests and lawyers were all greatly troubled and they tried to stop them at any cost.

The uniqueness of the first church was that the Lord added Saved people in the Church. We see two things, 1. Lord Himself added people in the Church and 2. Those who were added in the church were saved people means those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Another thing was that Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. Once a couple sold their property and brought a portion of money in the Church. The man came and told Peter that he had brought the whole money from his sale. But Peter was not an ordinary man. The Spirit of the Almighty God lived in him and immediately Peter knew that this man was lying to him. Peter told him, “You have not lied to me but you have lied to the Holy Spirit.” Ananias who had lied fell down and died. Little later his wife Sapphira came not knowing what had happened to her husband and she had the same fate.

Once Peter and John went to the temple and there was a lame man asking for alms. But Peter looked at him and said, “we do not have gold or silver but what we have, we give to you.” Then he commanded him to rise up and walk in the name of Jesus and he immediately started to walk, leap and jump and started to praise God. Those who saw these miracles were amazed.

This first Pastor named Peter walked in the streets and when his shadow fell on sick people, they got healed. More amazing thing was that this Pastor never had a theological degree. He never went to a Bible seminary but he was an ordinary fisherman. This fisherman who recognized that Jesus alone has the words of eternal life understood that there is no other Savior except Jesus. Lord used this ordinary fisherman in a mighty way because of his love for Jesus, his complete dedication and faithfulness towards Jesus.

Even today Jesus is ready to transform our lives and use us mightily no matter what our qualification is, no matter what our background is but if we give our lives to Jesus, He can use us mightily. Because Jesus said in Jhn 5:20, "For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel."

Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 19

You can read Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18

To read in Malayalam Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19

I believed that when I spread my paper and cloth on the footpath and laid down to sleep, God was also there with me. I thank God for the love of my Lord.

I was staying among the wandering people. But they created some problems for me and so I had to ran away from there. I went to a forest near by and stayed there for six months. During that time my relatives were searching for me, who while passing by me, they saw me but could not recognize me. Then only I realized the great significance of the foreknowledge of God in counseling me to dress and to act like a mad woman. For six months at day time I would wander in the streets begging for food and in the night in order to avoid unruly elements in society, I would go to an extensive jungle in Aruvikkara near Aruvikkara dam near about the water works in Trivandrum District where nobody goes. I would go there and sleep at nights.

God told me that "even if any deadly poisonous animal or insect bites you your life will not be in danger.” Poisonous creatures like scorpions and other insects did bite me but nothing happened except the pain it gave me. The sun at day time nor the moon at night could harm me."

Six months passed like that. One night I heard a hissing noise in front of me. Something was shining brightly. It was winding, circling and coiling in front of me and was ready to strike me. I understood that it was a serpent. As it was raining, I had entered a cave like space formed by entwining twigs. It was then that this incident happened. Suddenly a thought came through my mind that Jesus had authorized His disciples to trample on serpents, scorpions and on all the strength of the enemy. Disciples are those who love Jesus. When we deeply love the Lord, this authority will come down in our lives also. When I said like this, the serpent went away.

In that night God told me, "This night your wilderness journey will end." In the morning I walked out from there. While walking I heard the sound of somebody singing with the beating of drum. I felt that somewhere a prayer meeting was being conducted. I moved in that direction. I saw a saintly servant of God conducting a prayer meeting from the veranda of his house. When I was approaching his house he was looking intently at me and when I reached there he said, "You are not mad. You are in sound mind. There is some secret behind you. Is it not because of this that you are like this?"

When I was not replying, not saying a word, he said, "daughter, yesterday night when I was praying I saw in a vision a face like yours being caught up in a serpents cave. I prayed for you." I started crying thinking about the love of God for me. Because, when everybody had forgotten me; those who had previously given me shelter, those who had assured me saying that whatever may happen (even if the whole lot of Muslims would come to attack to catch me), they will not let me go, those who had promised that they will give me protection so that I could be a blessing to so many, those who loved me, those who had been with me, my own mother who had given birth to me, my own family members, when all had forgotten me, when they had been thinking that I am dead and gone, with no trace of where or when I had died, thinking that my name is entirely erased, my God was always seeing me, He was with me, He was interfering with those whom He had to intervene. He had been revealing to those to whom He had to reveal about me.

This man of God called his daughters and wife and said, "you should take care of this girl just as you serve the Lord. Otherwise one day the Lord will tell you, "I came naked before you and you did not give me to wear, I came hungry and you did not feed me. You should not give Him the chance to say these words." Thus they took care of me. I stayed with them many days. When they went to a foreign land, they left me in an orphanage. When I was in that orphanage, God told me, "I am about to give you rest defeating all your enemies as I did to David. Your father had rejected you, troubled you and discarded you. I am going to provide you a father entirely for you."

I got admission for the three year course in I.P.C's Bible College known as Perurkkada Bible Center run by Mr.K.C Thomas. But my problem was that everyday I had to go and come back and there was no one to help me. It was at that time that my would-be father (about whom God told me) came in search of me. His age was sixty years at that time. He had given his whole life for Jesus on the basis of what God showed him in a vision. He loved to be a father to the orphans and to the poor. He is a millionaire but he kept aside all his money for the poor people. He become as one of them. To all appearance he looked like a beggar. His way of dressing was like that. He is my father even today.

One day he came to the Bible College to meet me. He said to me, "God spoke to me and asked me to accept you as my daughter." From that day he took me to the market and purchased for me the necessary clothes for me. He started educating me. He remitted all the fees for my study in college. He bore all my expenses whatever was necessary, whatever was desired by me. As a loving father would provide for his daughter he gave me everything and fulfilled all my wishes. After my graduation from Bible college and when I came home he brought many orphan children and for those children I became a mother. I loved them and did every thing for them, setup every thing necessary for them. Those children, those elderly widowed women, orphan girls, and women called me mother. God blessed me with this experience. God gave me that blessing that I could help number of orphans and poor people. Many widows and orphan women who were advanced in age older than me called me "Mother". Lord accepted me in this experience. Lord gave me grace to help many orphans and poor people and to support them. Lord gave me grace to help those who came through the same situations as I had gone through.

One day when I took an orphan girl to the Medical College hospital, I saw a person who had come from my village for treatment. When she saw me, she came running to me and told, "Are you not so and so? Why don't you go to your home? So many big problems are taking place in your home. Many big issues had happened there." When I was asking what happened, at that time the doctor called her and she went inside and after that I never saw her again.

I came back home and when I was praying in my room, Holy Spirit told me, "I took Elijah and placed him on the top of Carmel Mountain and revealed to the Israelites that I am the living God. In the same way in your village among your people I desire to reveal myself that I am the living God. Get ready to go there."

And I was very much scared thinking about going back home. I asked God, "How is it, Lord? It is not possible for me."… But Lord said, "you must go." In the morning missionary came and said, "I have come here to tell you that, if God has spoken to you something yesterday night, you must obey."

To be continued...

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