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Vol. 11 / Issue 16 / May 21 2009

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Editorial
Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 20
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

The First Church mentioned in the Bible was a dynamic Church. It was controlled by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit. Miracles were normal occurrence in the first church. Bible says that God performed mighty miracles through His disciples. Miracles were so numerous and unusual that it really amazed those around them. We read in Act 8:6, "And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did." Also in Act 8:13, "Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done."

Paul and Barnabas went and preached the Gospel and mighty signs and wonders followed as we read in Act 15:12, “Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles.” Act 19:11, "Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, "

This was in the first church where miracles were inseparable part of church service. But it is amazing that many of the Churches today do not believe in miracles. If they hear or see some miracles happening, their immediate reaction would be, “these are done by the devil and not by God.” Why? Is devil more powerful than God? Has the power of God been diminished? No my friend, God and His power has not changed, even by an iota. God is still in His miracle business.

When Jesus sent His disciples to this world, He told them to wait for the power from above. And also the Bible tells us in 1Cor 12:28, “And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.”

Apostles are those who are filled with Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit working through their lives. Prophets are literally God’s mouth pieces. They hear from God and proclaim that message to the people. Moses stood between God and people to transmit the message of God to people. In the New Testament we see the same authority and power in the lives of prophets and apostles. Teachers are important too in the Church. Then further we read that God appointed Miracles, gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues in the Church.” It amazes me that though God appointed all these things in the Church yet we do not see most of these things in most of the Churches.

But the first Church had all these things and that was the reason why it thrived, it spread and nobody could stop them from spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were persecuted to the core and yet they survived. They not only survived but showed the world the mighty power of God. This mighty power of God is still available for us. If we give our lives to Jesus, He can empower us as He did to the first Church.

When Jesus was about to leave, He said to His disciples in Mar 16:16-20, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with [them] and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”

Today we need to return back to the example of the first Church where mighty things happened. And we need to ask, "why is it not happening in my life and why is it not happening in my church? We must ask for the same revival in our churches as that which God sent in the first Church. And that day will not be far away when we will also be able to see the same miracles, signs and wonders.

Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 20

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

To read in Malayalam Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20

When God asked me to get ready to go to my home, I was frightened. I told God, "How can I, Lord? I cannot go." But the Lord said, "you have to go." In the morning one missionary came and asked me, "Yesterday night did God tell you anything? If so you have to obey. I came here just to tell you that." Then he helped me to go there.

Dear friends, when I went there I found that the grandeur palace like mansion where I was born and raised up was not there. My father had one acre of barren rocky land on this side of the river which no one had accepted. In that land I saw a shed built with palm leaves. I was thinking that may be my father might have given permission to the village authorities to build a shed for some poor people to live there. I came to this side and was climbing to the side where the shed was. I found that the whole land was covered with weeds and bushes. Because in this land there was nothing except rocks it was not suitable for agriculture. My father had extensive agricultural lands which he would give on lease to different people. This was the land which nobody had accepted.

My thought was that in that shed some poor people may be residing from whom I could get information about my father, mother, my brothers, where they are? When I was thinking like that and climbing towards the shed, and when I looked through an opening, a small slit between the palm leaves, I saw the figure of one person who was nothing but skin and bones lying inside covered with filth, urine and house flies.

By that time, some of the neighbors who saw me, came and asked, "Did you come knowing about all the conditions here?" I said, "No, I did not know anything? What happened? They said, "look and try to recognize who it is. He is your father." I was shocked. Then I asked, "where is my mother, where are my brothers?"

Your mother is nowhere to be seen. But we had seen her running here and there as a crazy woman. We do not know where she is lying. If we try to help her in some way, she attacks us. So nobody goes near her. Your brothers may be with some of their relatives. I felt terribly burdened.

Then they started asking, "Your father had been telling that you are with some Christian and something like that. Don’t you have any children? Do you not have a husband? I said, "With whom I had gone is not a Christian, but Jesus, the living God. That God has come here with me." While I was speaking those things, the presence of my God started moving throughout that place. In some corner of that place in the midst of a forest of wild pineapple plants, where my mother was lying, the devil within her, the devil which was controlling her and making her crazy realizing the presence of Jesus, screamed and shouted in a loud voice. The villagers said, "That is your mother who is screaming." When I paid attention to that cry I noticed that the cry was in terrible fear saying, “Oh, it is fire. Oh, it is fire, I shall go away. Don’t come near me."

When I heard that, Holy Spirit prompted me to take action. I ran to that place, pulled my mother out and brought her near the shed. The villagers asked, "What is this power, girl? Usually when she sees us, she drives us and makes us to run away. But now she is so calm and she has no problem seeing us. They continued asking me but I did not say anything as I was filled with Holy Spirit. I made my mother to sit in front of the shed. The Holy Spirit was strengthening me. The villagers were observing me but it did not have any effect on me. I was only thinking of the presence of Jesus. Forgetting all about the place where I was, I raised both my hands towards heaven and prayed saying, "Jesus I pray that, for the people to know and believe, that You are God and that through You miracles take place and that I had accepted You, perform miracles now in this place, Lord." While saying those words, I saw my mother getting up with sound mind as a normal person.

All the villagers were greatly excited asking what that power was which was transmitted when I raised both my hands. They asked how my mother came into her right mind. My mother was embracing me and crying. She could now recognize all the villagers. They asked again what that power was? I told them, "if you remain calm, I will tell you what this power is. As you think it is not witchcraft or magic. It is possible for you also to get this power. They were all sitting there looking straight at my face. I said, "The name of Jesus is above all other names. When we pray in the name of Jesus there is deliverance. In the name of Jesus there is eternal life. In that name paralyzed people stand up healed. In that name sick people are healed. In that name dead people will rise up, In the name of Jesus, impossible becomes possible."

When I was still speaking, my sick Bapa (father) who had been reduced to just skin and bones, lying on a mat of palm leaves within that shed called out to me saying, "Daughter, pray for me also in the name of Jesus about whom you preach." After the day when my father tread with his foot over my mouth closing my mouth with his foot telling fiercely that the name of Jesus should not come out of my mouth, this was the day that I saw my father again, as a transformed person calling Jesus as Jesus. As I have said before, Jesus loves to be known as our God.

My whole family started loving Jesus. Though my society was against me for a moment, later on they also realized the difference. God worked in such a way that they could come to know that the living God lives in me and that He leads me. My father got up completely healed and restored. Because he believed even though I did not pray for him. I just entered in that room and he stood up. He got complete healing. Today he is a healthy man. God changed the situation of my brothers so that they had to depend on me for their living.

My God told Jeremiah, "If you leave wickedness, preach goodness and if you stand for me, you will not be on their side, but they will join your side." Holy Spirit is with us today to bring a group of people to our side. By our education, our ability, our money, our beauty or because of our position this is not possible. This is only possible with the help of Holy Spirit. So let us surrender ourselves completely under the control of Holy Spirit.

When I returned back, God spoke to the missionary that the power of God to establish solitaire in families may be revealed in my favor. He spoke about me to the pastors. God had already given a vision long back to father of this servant of God, Rev. Daniel, Pastor of A.G. Church (which had jurisdiction at the place Manjappara of Kilimanoor section of Trivandrum District), asking him to accept one girl who had lost every thing in her life for the sake of the Lord for his son. God now intervened and told him, "You now fulfill the vision that I gave you."

That missionary arranged my marriage beautifully and did every thing for me just as a father would do for his daughter. He is still caring for me. He is also of help to my family members as they cannot live without depending on me. My God arranged a father for me. Doctors had decreed and my family members waited to see that I could not bear children. But because of the strength of Holy Spirit who overcomes weakness enabled me to conceive two boys and to give birth to them with normal delivery. Apostle Paul says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Thirteen years have passed since and God has kept me, led me and blessed me in all my ways.

To be continued...

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