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(Church of South India Good News)
Vol. 7 / Issue 15 / May 19 2005
Contents of this issue
How to stay Healed?
Arise and Shine
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
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A few days back I was watching TV News. Death Valley in California is the hottest and driest place in North America. But they showed a beautiful picture of Death Valley which has bloomed and having full of flowers. According to the news, this type of rare bust of bloom did not happen since more than half a century. Experts say that this type of show comes once in a life time. Suddenly the death valley came alive because it got three times more rain than what was usual. I thought how amazing it is. The deserted valley which seemed to be so lifeless and dry, came suddenly alive when it got the rain water. The name of the valley itself is Death Valley but suddenly life sprang out because of rain water.
Water is much important for our lives. Without water there is no life. Death valley is covered by sand and dust for miles and miles. Year after year there was no life no bloom no blossom. Today your life may be like death valley without any hope, without any fruit seeming so useless and empty as if nothing, having no meaning. Some walk, talk and live but are like lifeless. But God wants to rejuvenate, replenish and revive your dead life, dead dreams so that it could bloom again, so that it could blossom again, so that days of spring may come into your life.
God said in Isa 43:19-20, "Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen."
Also we read in Isa 35:1, "The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;" And in Isa 35:6, "Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert."
God wants to fill your life with new hope and new blessings. This is not possible without Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit who is the living water can bring life into your dead souls. When you allow Holy Spirit to work in your life and when you repent from your sins, He will give you the experience of being born anew. Not only that, Holy Spirit is necessary for a blooming, blossoming and a fruitful life.
Many are saved and are doing God's work with great zeal but we do not see much fruit in their ministry. One of the reasons could be that they are not filled with Holy Spirit. Before Jesus sent His disciples to preach the Gospel He told them to wait for the Holy Spirit. And He said in Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Jesus came in this world to give you new life, new hope and to make your life to bloom and blossom and to have a fruitful life. To give this wonderful life, He gave His precious life for you and for me. He can help you to come out of all your misery and pain. He can help you to live a blessed and peace filled life. If you turn to Him and give your life to Him.
How to stay Healed?
When we talk about healing the question is, ‘is it an important issue?’ Does God still heal? Does God consider it as an important mission? Well if we see the ministry of Jesus Christ we can find that He mainly did two things on this earth.
1. Preached forgiveness of sin and repentance
2. Healed the sick.
Acts 5:31 "Him (Jesus) God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. Mat 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Mat 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.
You can find hundreds of verses about Jesus' healing and saving ministry through out the Bible. Not only that, finally Jesus died on the cross only for these two missions. First, to bring salvation He shed His precious blood. Secondly to heal the sick bodies, His body was bruised and crushed on the cross. 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. Well not only did Jesus perform these two above said ministries, but also He commanded His disciples to follow His footsteps. If you look at the ministry of His disciples you can find that they did the same thing. Peter preached to a big crowd about salvation and 3000 people were got saved. When he prayed for the sick, people were healed. Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent,....." Acts 2:40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his words were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them." Here Peter preached repentance and salvation and Bible says that three thousand souls were added to the church. Again we find that not only did they preach salvation, but many signs and wonders took place including healing. Acts 2:43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. The same thing happened with Paul. He preached the Gospel of salvation and by his ministry many were healed. Even by the handkerchief of Paul many were healed.
Do you not see that the disciples of Jesus followed exactly the same pattern of ministry, which Jesus did, on this earth. It is called following the footsteps of the Master. The question is, today how many are following the Master? How many preach salvation as well as healing? According to the Bible and in the light of Jesus' ministry those who are not preaching salvation along with healing are not preaching the Christian Gospel but it seems that they are preaching some other gospel which is totally different than what Bible says. That's why Paul says in the Bible that if anybody even Angels preach any other gospel than what they preached, they are cursed. Gal 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. Gal 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. Gal 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. Unfortunately today we see different gospels than what Jesus preached. Many are preaching salvation only ignoring healing or many are ignoring both (salvation and healing) and preaching something else like feeding the poor and helping others. What about you? In which category do you fall? If you are preaching something else than what Jesus preached, by doing it you are not fooling others but you are fooling yourself and destroying your own soul for eternity.
Ok, before we see how to stay healed or hold on to the healing, let's see how to get healed.
1. Ask God for healing:
You can receive healing by asking. As you asked for forgiveness of sin and got saved, in the same way, ask for healing and get healed. It is so simple. You don't need to do a lot of rituals or hard work to earn it. Jesus already paid for your healing on the cross. You just need to ask for it and receive it. John 14:14 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. Mat 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Mat 7:8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
2. Seek help from Prophet:
The second method is to seek the help of a spirit filled healing minister. Is it biblical? Yes it is. We read the story of a Shunammite woman. When her son died, where did she go for help? She right away searched for the man of God, the prophet Elisha. Did she receive help? Yes, the prophet prayed and the dead child came back to life. 2 Ki 4:20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 2 Ki 4:21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 2 Ki 4:22 Then she called to her husband, and said, "Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back."
The second option is to seek the help of a spirit filled Gospel preacher who has healing gift and whose biblical doctrines are correct and sound. Many times at the hour of need, our personal prayers does not work because the solution for the problem or healing needs greater anointing. At those moments you may need the help of a mighty preacher who carries greater anointing. Jesus and His disciples did the same thing. When people needed greater help they sought Him and His disciples for healing and were healed.
I still remember my sister had severe allergy. She used to stay dizzy all the time because of headache and runny nose. She had such a runny nose that she used towels after towel. We sought for an allergy specialist and traveled to another city to get medication. The doctor examined her and said, "her head and cheek is filled with fluid and this allergy is never going to get healed. So he gave some allergy medication and said, "you need to take it daily for the rest of your life." Well those medications did not do any good. After sometime a spirit filled preacher came to Bhopal (India). So my sister went in front for prayer. After prayer she received instantaneous healing. It was in the year 1984. Since then she had no allergy nor she had to take any medication. Yes the doctor said, "it is for life time." But Jesus the great physician said, "no it is not for the rest of your life but by my stripes you are healed and He did heal her." Yes Jesus still heals. He did heal two thousand years back and He still heals.
Now the question is how to hold on to this healing which you have received? Many times healing get lost because of various reasons. Let's see why and how to hold on to this healing.
1. Give glory to God:
If you are healed of any sickness it means that you need to acknowledge that the healing has been done by Jesus Christ and not because of your merits or your ability. Only God can heal sickness and so glory belongs to Him. Many times when people get healed they forget that it was Jesus who healed them and not because of medicine or because of any chance. Bible says that glory belongs to God and He does not share His glory with others. So when you give glory to medicine instead of Jesus it could be possible that you can lose your healing. Jesus said to the demon possessed man, "go and tell what great things Lord has done for you." Mark 5:15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Mark 5:19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." Mark 5:20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
2. Praise God:
Many times it happens that the symptoms of sickness reoccurs. You might not be getting sick again but it could be possible that just few symptoms have resurfaced. You can get rid of those symptoms by praising God. You can claim the promises of Bible like: "because of His stripes I am healed" so I am going to stay healed. When you see symptoms of sickness do not murmur or grumble thinking, "oh I am again sick." Instead praise God and you'll see those symptoms will automatically vanish away.
3. Stay away from Sin:
It is very important that you should walk in the ways of God. If you are healed of any sickness and you are still without salvation it means that you need to get saved as soon as possible. The reason is sin which ruins the healing. A preacher said, "Sin and Sickness are twins." Sin brings sicknesses with it. That's why Jesus said to the man of Bethesda pool who was sick for 38 long years. Jesus said, "sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." John 5:14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." God heals because of His mercy and He expects that a person should be grateful toward Him and follow Him. Many times people attend healing meetings just to get healed but they never care about God or walk in His ways. When you get healed and still stay ungrateful to God, it could be possible that the sickness return and torment you.
Arise and Shine
Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
Isa 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
The above verses Isa 60:1-2 are spoken by the Lord for the nation of Israel. Lord has portrayed Himself as the redeemer of Israel time and again. Many times Israel went through horrible troubles, some times because of sins and some times because God wanted to preserve them, and every time God came for their rescue.
In Genesis we read that Joseph went to Egypt because his elder brothers sold him in the hands of the Ishmaelite. Joseph went through troubles and time came when God raised him to the position of Prime Minister of Egypt. He ruled the land of Egypt with justice and fear of God. Till he was alive and well, the Israelites received honor and provision. After Joseph died and time passed by the land of Egypt forgot about Joseph and they tortured the Israelites.
Exo 1:13 So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor.
Exo 1:14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage; in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.
Pharaoh was ruling over the Israelites with his iron fist and probably he thought that there is nothing in the world that could free the Israelites from under his iron hand. The children of Israel may have thought that they have to live in bondage all their life. But God sent Moses to redeem and rescue them. Glory of the Lord rose upon the children of Israel. First God tried to communicate with Pharaoh, but he didn't listen. Then God tried to communicate with him by signs. Yet he didn't listen. Then God tried to communicate with him through plagues. One by one 9 plagues came upon the land of Egypt and still he did not listen. Finally God took the drastic measure of killing the first-born sons throughout the land of Egypt.
Are you a child of God who is going through tough time in your life? Are problems trying to sink you? I have good news for you; Glory of the Lord is about to rise upon you. Your problems may be so great and appear to be impossible to solve, exactly like what the Israelites were going through in Egypt. There may be no solution in sight, but when the Glory of the Lord shines upon a person no problem can stand on the way. There is nothing that can stop God from pulling you out of the troubles. So Arise and Shine for your light has come.
Verse 2 says For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. For some of you who are going through troubles and who do not see a way out, when it looks as if darkness is covering the whole earth and there is nothing good happening around you, when you see people living in darkness, when every thing seems to be just chaos and nothing else, even in such situation the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you.
It has happened to the Israelites time and again. In 1933 when Adolf Hitler climbed to power, he started to kill and persecute the jews all over the places. The jews who were living in different countries suddenly found themselves to be the target of Nazi hatred. When persecution grew and when the cry reached to God, God did it one more time. In the year 1945 Hitler died as a defeated and lonely person. On 1947 the nation of Israel was born as was promised by the Lord in Isaiah 66:8-9 Isa 66:8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, She gave birth to her children.Isa 66:9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?" says the LORD. "Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?" says your God.
A promise fulfilled after the lapse of 2500 years fulfilled literary according to the words of the prophecy. United Nations voted to create the nation of Israel and in a day the nation was born. Zion gave birth. God turned a terrible tragedy into a wonderful thing.
Many times situations came when Israel had to arise and shine and on every single time the Glory of God rose over Israel. In exactly the same way it is time for you and me to arise and shine and for the Glory of God to rise over you and me.
There are some young people for whom it is time to arise and shine in this dark world that is darkened by sin, to proclaim liberty to those who are captive under the power of Satan. To liberate the prisoners from their prison cells. To give eyes to the blind that see and yet don't perceive. Lord is calling young people to arise and shine for their light has come.
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
Please pray to God to heal me from internal body hots that's always leads me to body pains and lack of good sleep. also I am nervous and I want God to give me peace. Finally I want God to provide me financial favor and permanent job opportunity.
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
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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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