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Vol. 4 / Issue 34 / October 3 2002

Contents of this issue

Editorial
God of healing
O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me! -7 (Life Story)
Prayer Request

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

By Sherly Isaac

Exodus 12:5,"Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats."

When God gave the Laws to Moses, He told about the sacrificial lamb that, "Lamb shall be without blemish." In other words, lamb should be perfect, without any defect and without any flaw.

Isaiah prophesied about the sacrificial lamb who was to come to this world to take away the sins of the world on Himself, in the 53rd chapter saying, "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth."(Isa 53:7) And in Isa 53:9, "And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth."

Jesus was sinless, perfect, without blemish, without defect and without any flaw. Though He was sinless, still He came down in this world to take our sins on Himself and to die for us. He lived a perfect and sinless life. The Bible says in Heb 4:15, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." Yes, He was tempted as we are but came out clean. He took our punishment on Himself so that we may live a perfect and sinless life and finally enter into heaven. Being the perfect Lamb of God, He became perfect sacrifice for the dying humanity and made a way for eternal life. He died for us so that we should live.

When both the planes hit on World Trade Center there was a person who was working at the underground railway station. The railway station was situated just under the World Trade Center. He could have saved his own life by leaving that place after the plane hit. But he stayed there and sent messages to other stations to stop all the trains coming toward those lines. He lost his life in order to save thousands of lives. Jesus did the same thing on the cruel cross. He died for me, for you and for the whole world so that because of His death we live forever. His precious, blameless blood was shed for us to cleanse us from all our sins and to make us holy. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, today is the day of salvation. Invite in your life and take His eternal life so that you may never die but live forever with Him in Peace and Joy. Please pray this prayer with me:

Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I ask your pardon. Please wash me with your precious blood and give me eternal life and peace, joy and happiness. Today, I invite you as my Lord and Savior. Please come into my life and forgive and forget all my sins. Thank you for saving my life from eternal damnation. I pray this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

God of healing

By Sheela Isaac

Mat 4:23, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people."

Bible speaks about Jesus that He is a God of healing. When He was in this world, He healed all kinds of disease and sicknesses. Today also He heals people. Many Churches do not like the word “healing.” As soon as you talk about healing they get offended. I do not know why people feel sick about this word. They are ready to take Jesus as good teacher, good preacher, but when it comes to Salvation and healing they disagree with it or do not want to talk about it. Most of the mainline Churches even do not want to mention these two important words. The reason is they do not want to see Jesus as Savior and great Healer.

When you speak about Salvation and healing many may smile at your face. They look at you as you are an alien or from any other planet. What a pity!!! Why do we not want to accept that He is a God of healing, and He is the only Savior.

Now let’s look how this healing comes and what are the areas in which we can receive healing from God (Jesus Christ).
1. Healing from Sin
2. Healing from sicknesses
3. Emotional and mental healing

1. Healing from Sin:
Sin is the greatest enemy of human soul. You might have good healthy body, you might have bright thinking power, and you might be a brilliant person in every field. But still you could be a sick person. How?

Sin is the greatest sickness of a human soul. If you are in sin you are an alien in the sight of God and you are alienated from your creator who created you. You may have all things of this world, you might be a very rich person but that doesn’t matter for God. Money, riches and status of this world cannot help you to get rid of this sickness. Once I was talking to a person. He was talking about a highly ranked person who was in a very high position. He said, “this person was very poor but finally he could reach to this highest level in his carrier and so on.” I asked him a question “he received money, status and everything of this world but if he does not reach heaven what would be the use of all these things.” He smiled with derision and said, “who knows if there is heaven or not.”

What do you think about heaven? You believe it or not but there is a heaven and hell because Bible speaks about it clearly. One day this life will end. One day you have to stand before your creator Jesus Christ. One day you have to give an account of your life. That day Lord will ask, “What have you done with your life which I had granted you?” You may be smiling today, but one day you have to face King of Kings Jesus Christ. That day you have to give an account of your life. Bible says that some will wake up for everlasting life, but some will wake up for everlasting shame and contempt.

Dan 12:2, “And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Dan 12:3, “Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.”

Those who are wise will shine like the stars in heaven. What about you? Are you sure that your sins have been forgiven? Are you sure that you have a place in heaven?

Bible says, Psa 32:1, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.” That is the only way to reach heaven. Only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ we can achieve salvation. Only the blood of Jesus has power to wipe away your sin and guilt. Only through the blood of Jesus you can have peace with God. Blood of Jesus Christ reconciles the fallen mankind to God. If you want to get rid of horrible sickness that is called SIN, you need Jesus.

Isa 53:5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Jesus Christ died on Calvary’s Cross to save us from eternal damnation. He shed His precious blood to save you and me from sin and hell fire.

You can receive eternal peace with God through the precious and pure blood of Jesus Christ. Invite Him and receive Him in your heart today itself. This is the wisest thing you would ever do in your lifetime.

2. Healing from Sicknesses:
Not only Jesus Christ came to heal our sinful heart but also He came to give us perfect health. He wants to heal our sicknesses too. Sickness is not a blessing but it is a curse. Have you ever heard anybody say “I am happy because I am sick.” Sickness is not a blessing; sickness does not come from God.

Satan is a creator of all evil things. When you get sick you must know that it is not from God. Jesus Christ came to heal those who are sick and troubled. Acts 10:38, "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

If you have any kind of sickness, if you are going through horrible pain and suffering because of sickness, look toward Jesus He could heal you. Bible speaks that when He was in this world 2000 years back He healed the sick. When people with leprosy came to Him He moved with compassion and healed them. When lame and blind people came to Him He healed them. When blind Bartimaeus cried out for help Jesus heard his cry and healed him.

Are you sick today? Is your Doctor’s report say there is no hope for you? Look toward Jesus; cry out before Him, He will sure heal you.

3. Emotional and mental healing:
Jesus not only came to heal the sick and save them from their sins but He is a God who heals mental agony and pain. You may be upset today, you may be anxious about your future, you may be going through mental depression, you might be wounded by something. Look toward Jesus. He is the only one who could solve your problems.

Jesus knows our agony and pain. He was in Garden of Gethsemane in great agony. He knew that His hour is coming to go through horrible crucifixion.

Many times we go through the situation, which makes us bitter. I wrote many times too about our own experience of going through bitter and horrible experience. We were in India. We got into trouble because we wanted to obey God in everything. We decided to arrange a convention so we made a committee. Everything looked fine for a while but later the people who were supposed to preach decided to make a new committee so they did it. It made one of our committee members furious. He said, “we worked hard for 6 months we took the permission of ground (venue) and so on and now they did it to us. They cannot throw us out as a fly from milk we will not take rest till we teach them a good lesson.” My brother replied, “let somebody do it we only need that people may get saved and let the name of Lord Jesus be glorified.” But he was not ready to accept that. He said, “do two things, either you cancel the permission of the venue or you invite some other preacher for the same dates in the same ground for the meeting. Let us not allow for this meeting to take place in any cost. ” My brother said, “I will never do it, since it is God’s work I’ll never disturb it, I’ll never stand against the work of God.”

He got more upset he said, “Ok I’ll see you then, I’ll ruin your home and destroy you, because you are supporting the other committee people.” And the trouble started there. Later some other people did that convention though it did not go well. But this man decided to harm us. He hired professional people to kill my brother. 15-20 people started roaming in front of our home till morning to night. We were not able to move outside of our home. Our telephone was ringing till morning to night just to find out if my brother is at home. We were in horrible trouble. This trouble continued for more than 2 years. In emergencies my brother used to go outside and we were on our knees praying for him thinking if he would return alive or not. This routine continued. There was a time in desperation I prayed, “Lord if you have decided to kill one of us, kill me I am ready to die for anybody’s place. Spare the life of my only brother, I promise you he will do more work for you than me, believe me he is more faithful than me.”

One day Lord spoke during the family prayer, He said “if anybody touches you touches my eyeball only and you know nobody can touch my eyeball.” Zec 2:8, “For thus says the LORD of hosts: ".......he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.” That was God’s promise for us. Nobody can ever touch the apple of God’s eyes so nobody could touch us either. God saved us from this horrible turmoil.

Lord said, “be careful, take every step with caution, and don’t leave your home without prayer.” One day Lord said, “don’t go to Church hereafter till I say.” You may wonder to know that we did not go to Church for 8 months in one stretch. God showed many things through dreams and visions so we could know who is involved in it. Many dreams were fulfilled exactly the same way.

Do you want to know the secret, how could we survive through that bitter experience? We prayed each and every time before leaving our house. Lord said, “don’t go out today.” We obeyed that. Sometimes He said “you can go out today”, sometimes He said, “Go out but return within 2 hours, or return before 2’ 0 clock, or go this way and so on. We heard the voice of God each and every time and moved accordingly. That’s how we could escape from trouble. This experience taught us some good lessons. Now we learned to know the will of God for each and every single thing. You can pray always even before you take each and every step. You can ask the Lord, “do I go for shopping today, do I go for business meeting or not, do I visit my friends’ or relatives’ home today or not.” Believe me He will lead you in the smallest thing too. It will help you to avoid unwanted danger.

Now I was so bitter about the person who was doing it all. I hated him with my whole heart and cursed him several times. Yes many times when you walk through the similar situation you also feel like to behave the same way. But Bible teaches us to forgive our enemies. Lord Jesus when He was hanging on the cruel cross, He said “Lord forgive them they know not what they are doing.”

I was so exhausted mentally and emotionally that I was not ready to forgive him. I know many of you are going through the same situation. I hear every time in TV about such incidences. Date rape, sexual assault by own step-father, killing are so rampant in US and in western world. All these are horrible things. It brings mental and emotional scars in the life of a person, which does not heal for years. It is really hard to forgive and forget those incidences. But Jesus can help you to come out of it. Jesus came to heal mental and emotional scars. He bled and died for that very reason. Not only He heals but gives grace to forgive the person who hurt you.

Thank God finally I could come out of that bitterness with the help of Jesus. Later I prayed hundreds of times for that man to get saved and get place in heaven. I said in my heart, “if he gets into hell it would be too sever punishment, Lord please forgive him what he has done to us without any cause.” You too can come out of sever bitterness and hatred. You too could forgive and forget the past because Jesus could help you to overcome it.

Let us pray:
Father I pray for all these people who are going through emotional and mental scars. Please help them to come out of it. They may have been tormented for years and years of pain and tears. They might have faced bitter and horrible past. Please help them to come out of it. Lord you are the prince of peace, let your peace that passeth all understanding over shadow their lives and bring peace into their life. Give them your peace. Give them your forgiveness so that they can forgive their enemies.

Lord I break all the mental and emotional scars from these people’s life. Let the mental pain of years be broken in the name of Jesus. Receive your healing in the name of Jesus. Lord Jesus wipe away their bitter past and give them rest in their hearts. Let your peace settle down in their heart. Heal them Lord. I know you are doing it so I praise you master.

Lord I pray for all the people who are going through some kind of sicknesses. Please stretch forth your nail pierced hand and heal them. You are same yesterday, today and forever. Your healing grace is not diminished. Those who are having headaches due to fear, tension, anxiety, and depression, Lord Jesus Christ is healing you. Receive your healing in the name of Jesus. Numbness in leg and fingers is leaving you today. In the name of Jesus receive your healing. Lord Jesus is healing people who have heart burn and chest pain. Receive your healing in the mighty name of Jesus. Lord Jesus Christ is healing you. I praise you Lord for healing these people. Believe that Lord Jesus has already healed you and praise Him.

Now I am going to pray for those who want to get rid of their sins. Please pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus I know that you died for me. Please come into my heart and wipe away all of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. I want to lead a holy life. Make me your child. I pray in Jesus name Amen.

O Jesus, Son of Maryam, Heal me! -7 (Life Story)

Till this time you have read that, Gulshan Fatima was paralyzed at her left side when she was only 6 months old. Her mother died when she was an infant. Her father loved her so much that he took her to England for treatment but when they heard the disappointing words of doctor, "it has no cure", their hearts broke down. Her father encouraged her and said, "We will go to Mecca and knock the door of Allah, and he will heal you." So they went to Mecca and visited Ka'aba - the house of Allah. Even she kissed the cubical shape of ka'aba but to their utter despair nothing happened. To avoid her father's troubled look, she kept her face down. Then they visited Safa and Marva from where they bought Zamzam water. She bathed with that water but nothing happened. She and her father returned home heart broken. Next blow for her was, her beloved father's death!! But while she was so disturbed, she heard a low, gentle voice telling her to read about Jesus in Quran Sura Maryam. She started reading Urdu Quran and started praying, "O Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me!!
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On that day Gulshan woke up at 3 o'clock in the morning as usual and sat on her bed. She was reading the same verses that now she knew by heart. As she was reading those verses, her heart was still repeating her litany, "Oh Jesus, Son of Maryam, heal me." Suddenly she stopped and started saying loudly, "Three years passed by and I am still a crippled, why I am not healed?" She heard the sounds outside of her room as they were preparing for morning prayers and she knew that within a few moments Aunty would be in her room. She felt an urge to focus on her problem. She continued praying, "Holy Quran says that you are alive in heaven, you healed the sick and you can heal me but why still I am a cripple till this time?" Her prayer became more desperate and she cried out, "Oh, Jesus Son of Maryam, heal me." But there was nothing, no answers from God. Again she cried out in great agony and pain, "If you are able to heal me, otherwise tell me, I could go no further along this road."

She says, "what happened next is difficult to put into words." The whole room where she was, filled with light. At first she thought, may be the light is coming from her reading lamp beside her bed. But she felt that this light looked dim, so she thought may be it was the dawn, but it was only 3 O'clock in the morning. The light became brighter and brighter until it surpassed daylight. She was so frightened that she covered herself with her shawl.

Then she thought, may be the gardener turned on the lights to prevent thieves when mango would ripe or to see to the watering in the garden. She came out of her shawl to see what was going on in her room but she found that the windows and doors were tightly closed and curtains and shutters were also closed. Then she noticed near her bed that there were figures in long robs in the midst of the dazzling light. They were twelve in a row and the thirteenth figure which was in the middle of the row was larger and had more brighter light around him.

She cried out O God, and her forehead was wet with heavily sweating. She bowed her head and cried out, "O God, who are these people and how they came inside when all the doors and windows are tightly closed?" Suddenly a voice said, "Get up, this is the path you have been seeking. I am Jesus, Son of Mary, to whom you have been praying and now I am standing in front of you. You get up and come to me.

She started to weep, "Oh Jesus, I am crippled and I cannot get up."

He said, "Stand up and come to me, I am Jesus."

She was hesitating to get up so Jesus said the second time and when she doubted, Jesus told her for the third time, "Stand up."

And Gulshan Fatima who was crippled for nineteen long years felt a new strength in her withered and wasted limbs. She put her foot on the ground and stood up then she ran few steps and fell on the feet of the vision of Jesus. She was bathing in purest light that was burning as bright as sun and moon together. Light was shown to her and many things were made clear to her in that moment. Jesus laid His hand on her head and she saw a hole in His hand from which a ray of light was coming over her green dress so the dress looked like white colored.

He said, I am Jesus, I am Immanuel, I am the way, the truth and the life. I am alive and I am soon coming. See, from today you are my witness. What you have seen now with your eyes you must take to my people. My people are your people, and you must remain faithful to take that to my people."

He said, "Now you have to keep this robe and your body spotless. Wherever you go, I will be with you. And from today onwards, you must pray like this:

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever, Amen."

Jesus made her to repeat the prayer and it sank down into her heart and mind. Though it was a simple prayer still it was so profound and a completely different prayer than what she learned from her childhood. This prayer called God, "Father" that was a name that gripped her heart tightly and removed every emptiness from her heart.

She wanted to stay at the feet of Jesus for more time, praying this new name of God - "Our Father". But Jesus had to say more to her.

He said, "Read in the Quran, I am alive and coming soon." Gulshan had been taught of this and so it increased her faith on His words. Jesus said much more... her heart was rejoicing and leaping with great joy that could not be described. She looked at her hand and leg, there was flesh on them. Though hand had strength still it was not perfect.

"Why don't You make it whole?" She asked.
The answer came lovingly: "I want you to be my witness."

She saw that the figures were going up out of her sight and fading. She longed to be with Jesus little longer so she cried out in sorrow. The light went and she found herself standing in the middle of the room all-alone, wearing a white robe and her eyes were heavy because of dazzling and bright light. Her eyes were hurting even by the lamp of her bedside.

She groped toward a chest of drawer and found a pair of sunglasses that she used to wear in the garden on sunny days. She put them on and could see again comfortably in the room. She looked around her room, it was still the same as before. She looked at her clock that was now showing that it was almost 4 AM. Her doors and windows were still tightly closed and curtains were drawn across it. She took few steps then few more and she walked from wall to wall, up and down, up and down.

Her limbs were amazingly healthy which was paralyzed and withered for nineteen years. She felt the joy unspeakable. She cried out, Father..., "Our Father, thou art in heaven" - the new and wonderful prayer she learned. Suddenly she heard knocking on her door. Aunty was asking in urgency, "Gulshan, who is walking in your room?" She replied, "It's me, Aunty" There was a silence for a moment then aunty said, "Oh, that's impossible, you cannot walk as there is no medication for your sickness, you are telling lies" Gulshan said, "Well come in and see."

Slowly the door opened and Aunty stood frightened and in disbelief against the wall. Her eyes wide open and staring on her radiant face.

She said, "you will fall down." But Gulshan laughed and said, "I won't." Aunty came slowly as if she was feeling her way in darkness. She looked at her hand which now had flesh on it then she asked her to sit on bed and looked at her leg. Both legs were normal and completely healthy. She said, it is strange to see you standing. She asked, "How it happened?" Then Gulshan told her the whole story starting from the prediction of her father, after the death of her father the voice she heard asking her to read about Jesus in Sura Maryam, three years of intensive study of Quran about Jesus, the vision of Jesus and the miraculous healing.

When she told about the witnessing part, aunt told, "there are no Christians in Pakistan for you to witness and there is no need to go to England or America. Your witness would be to give money, food and cloths to the poor." She did not think about going to America or England till that time but Jesus' words were still very live and present.

"What you have seen with your eyes, you must take to my people. My people are your people."

Her heart started praying, "Jesus, where are your people?

To be continued....

Prayer Request

A brother of ours is facing problem regarding a job
placement. At the moment, he is in India. Would you please pray for him so that he may be blessed with a new job. The name of the gentleman is Koshy Kunju..

On Friday 4th October, when you pray for the World and the needs of many believers around the globe, please remember the following:

First of all we thank you for the blessings Jeemon and Sheeba have received through your prayers and many others. Sheeba is confirmed pregnant. We in Desert Vision thank the Lord and everyone in Night Vigil for praying for her. Now we have received some more request.

One Mr. Roy and Annie are without any issues for the past 12 years. In their case, they always have miscarriages as the outcome. Then we request your prayers for two more couples who are having no issues. The other incidents which we request your prayers are:

A young daughter of ours is having bleeding from her nose - we do not know the reason; Lillykutty is having severe eye related problems basically corneal bleeding and she under medical care but still she is facing problems. Then, we have the case of George who is going for a check up and detailed examination regarding for a swelling in the vein. and Babychen who is looking for job. Then there is one Samson, who is trying to settle in a job who require the confirmation from his sponsor..

A pastor's daughter Ms. Jass is having brain tumor and besides that, she doesn't have any children..

Besides all the above mentioned items, please remember all of us in your prayers. There are many Christian prayer groups doing several works in Saudi Arabia, please pray for their intentions..
May the Lord bless us all..
Varkey PV.

Please pray for my mummy, she is suffering from Asthama, Urine Problem, Alsar, Sugar, please pray for her to get well soon. Aslo pray for my father .
Shainy

I have been married for 14 years and till now I am not able to conceive a baby.the doctors say that i am not ovulating and it is difficult for me to get a child. can you please pray for a miracle so that by gods grace i will be able to conceive and give birth to a baby soon.
Thankyou
Revathi

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.

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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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