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Persecuted Christian! They Cannot Eliminate You

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Ever felt hurt, dejected or demotivated when people have persecuted you because you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ? Take heart from the Bible – I too have. Let me begin with a portion of Scripture:

1 Peter 4:12-14 says:
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 

Think of the martyrs who have shed blood and sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Gospel. Be thankful that you are at least alive. And while you are alive, get equipped to not just preach the Gospel boldly, but also be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will give you the power to demonstrate the Kingdom. If you preach the Gospel with signs following, unsaved people will lose most (if not all) of their resistance to the message that you bring. It will be clear who reigns – Jesus Christ the risen!

People who persecute others can, at the most, kill – but not eliminate – the victim. The spirit of the born again Christian will personally go to Heaven at death. In fact, positionally, you are already in Heaven if you are born again. So any which way you take it, your persecutors cannot eliminate you. In my view, your safest bet to minimize persecution and maximize your impact for the Kingdom is to operate in the way that Jesus operated. And he not only preached the Gospel of the Kingdom – he also healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons. Ask God to give you the power needed to do the same. According to the Bible, the key to getting filled with Holy Spirit is this, as stated in Ephesians 5:18-21

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

When the religious people of Jesus’ day tried to attack him physically, he escaped from their midst every single time. He knew that the time had not yet come for him to be hung on the Cross. So, with the Holy Spirit’s ability, he could escape unhurt, untouched. If we keep renewing our minds to the Word of God – the Bible – and keep preaching with signs following (or at least attempting to do so in obedience to the Bible), we too will be able to avoid being persecuted more than God allows us to be.

According to a preacher that I respect, Bro. Curry Blake, as you develop the reputation of being a warrior for Christ, demons will trouble you less. They will look for a more opportune time. But every time, you can beat them. So brother/sister! Keep reading, studying, meditating and doing the Bible. There is nothing that comforts you more than Scripture. and there is nothing that gives you greater hope and strength. Above all, forgive those who persecute you. Encourage others by sharing your experiences overcoming persecution, in the comments section below, and offline too!

 

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God Saved Their Family, So God Will Save Yours


First read these verses:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9 (emphasis added)

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons
But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” – Acts 10:34,35 (emphasis added)

“For there is no respect of persons with God.” – Romans 2:11

This is our third post in a series of posts on God’s promises in the Bible to save your entire family. It may not be the last.

If you read those verses carefully, then I don’t even need to write this blog post. But still I will – because I love to write!! But seriously, be comforted by this, that if God was merciful and kind enough to save those wretched, shameless sinners (like we were once!), He will surely save your family members. Because He does not discriminate between two unsaved human beings. He is the ultimate grace-giver. Grace means extra time to catch up – to get right with God. Even though man keeps sinning against God daily, God does not kill him – He lets man live some more so he can repent of his sins and accept God’s plan of salvation. That is God’s grace.

So if God gave grace to someone else’s spouse or parents or siblings or children, He will do that for yours too – you have His Word on that!

What, then, is the breaker?

One of the things that make a difference is speaking the change. A preacher’s daughter was sort of in love with an unsaved man. So she began to pray the usual prayers for his salvation: “God, please send someone into his path who will share the Gospel with him…” Then God spoke to her: “Speak the change.” So she began speaking positive confessions about him being saved. Within a month or maybe a few months, he got born again. Now if speaking the change can work for her, it can work for you. If she could marry that guy because of her confessing the Word, so can you have Godly relationships with your people by doing the same thing – declaring, proclaiming the victory that Christ has given us. After all, did he not die to get us all saved!

As you begin your journey of speaking the change, I pray in Jesus’ name, that may God’s Word become flesh in the lives of you and your loved ones. Do keep me updated on your progress. God bless you and use you as a blessing!

Here is a sample Salvation Prayer to lead your loved ones when they want to accept Christ.

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Salvation of Loved Ones – Comfort in Times of Discouragement

Today we begin a series on God’s promises in the Bible, to save not only individuals, but their entire households, through that individual’s activated faith. We will look at Bible verses and meditate (mentally dwell on) these promises.

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” – Psalm 12:6 (KJV)

Have you ever felt discouraged praying for the salvation of your loved ones and not seeing them receive Jesus? If you have, do not worry. Read the verse above again. 

God is true to His Word. His Word is a Gentleman’s word. As goes the cliché, God says what He means and means what He says. He has said it and will perform it. “Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12 – ESV) In fact, He is eager to perform His Word speedily, if you go by the King James Version: “Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” (Emphasis added)

Do not just look at the present rejection of Jesus by your loved ones. Look ahead through the ages and see a picture of Heaven, with your future generations standing before the throne of God. Know that they will thank God for being able to stand before Him to worship Him, because one ancestor of theirs chose to stand his ground – you! You are the one because of whom thousands of your generations and their spouses will have eternal life on Earth and in Heaven. But you can stand only because there was one who humbled himself before God the Father. And his name is Jesus – God the Son.

So cheer up. Heaven is banking on you to be a sticky note on which are imprinted the promises of God. Satan’s fiery darts cannot rip off this sticky note, if you are grounded on the promises of salvation found in the Bible.

At some point, you have to decide and settle the fact in your heart and mind – that God’s Word is in your favour, it is sure and it is unchanging. When He promises it, He fulfills it. So just believe that God is good and He wants to save your folks, and that He does not lie. Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” The point here is not that man says lies – whether or not you are born again, you should not lie. The point is that man has the capacity to lie, but God does not have that capacity. Satan the devil is the father of lies. God is the opposite of Satan – so He cannot say lies. Also, the meaning of the word ‘repent’ is ‘change’. God does not change His mind. God has decreed salvation for your household and it shall come to pass. You are the only breaker – the one who can lean on and trust God’s Word and watch God’s salvation come to pass. Or the one who can doubt God’s intention, willingness and ability.

So choose to be the former. Trust in Him, as per Psalm 118:8…

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Stay tuned for more in this series!


If your loved ones’ hearts are convicted and they want to receive Jesus, then head over to Good News Friday and have them pray the Sinner’s Prayer. God and I bless you and your loved ones!

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3 Keys to Express Evangelism


“to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” – Isaiah 53:1

On the judgment day, God would be justified if he adds the words “by you” before the ‘?’ I once heard a preacher rightly say that the Church is notorious for being slow. There are probably tens of thousands of humans dying every day and about 80-90% of them are being consigned to hell because they have died as sinners. Even if no one ever preached the Gospel to them, they are accountable before God (as per Romans 1:20), because if they were really sincere about seeking God and wanting to know Him – their Creator – they could have called out to Him in the privacy of their bedroom or slum or forest/cave and God would have definitely revealed Himself to them. 

But that notwithstanding, we believers in Jesus have been commissioned by God by default, to preach the Gospel…to evangelize. ‘By default’ here means that since we have believed in Jesus as the Saviour and repented of our sins, we are automatically supposed to fulfill the Great Commision (or G.C., if you will!), even though the G.C. was given 2,000 years ago.

I work in an NGO where we are developing a surgical simulator to train ophthalmologists to perform cataract surgeries using a low cost technique. Someone in my office once said:

“There are 3 major reasons for slow progress: skepticism, lack of communication, and the burden of proof. These factors have contributed to the delayed acceptance of medical simulation.”

I thought about it. The same applies to Christianity. The message of salvation as a free gift through faith in Jesus Christ, has not been proclaimed as well and as speedily as it should have been, due to skepticism, and communication issues. Let’s look at each of the 3 points mentioned by my colleague:

1. Skepticism

The Gospel is not being received universally because there are many skeptics. Skeptics owe it to at least themselves and God, to conduct an objective, unbiased research and find out the Truth. Anyway, Romans 1:20 applies to them: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” We can overcome their skepticism by overcoming our…

2. Communication Problems

once heard a preacher or apologist say, that a survey revealed that about 80% of Christians never win even one soul to Christ. Sounds like Jesus gave the Great Commission only to 20% of us! If you start getting comfortable in your church seat, maybe it’s time to get un-comfortable! If you shared the Gospel but the hearer did not believe, then it’s fine. At least you tried. But before preaching, do pray that they receive the Gospel message or tract willingly and that they pray the sinner’s prayer with a true repentant heart. Every Gospel tract should have a salvation call, with a model sinner’s prayer, in case the person wants to articulate their receiving Jesus. The conversion of heart might already have taken place between the time they hear the Gospel and pray the salvation prayer. But to be certain, it helps to have the prayer included in the tract or as a part of your sharing the message.

Another way of evangelism is to pray for those who are sick. You can tell them that Jesus has paid the price for their healing. Lay hands on them and pray (command healing to manifest in Jesus’ name). Once you have done this, you can say, “Just as Jesus paid the price for your healing, he also bore the penalty for your sins and paid the price for your forgiveness.” Then go ahead and share with them the good news of salvation through Jesus. In case you do not believe that bodily healing is in the atonement, then right now read the blog post titled Is Healing in the Atonement? 

3. Burden of Proof

The Bible says that God is watching over His Word to perform it. “The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6)  God has given us plenty of resources to prove to people that He is who the Bible claims He is – a blesser…always good…His mercy endures forever. Check out site like AllAboutGod.com, AnswersinGenesis.org, etc. If we go out and preach the Gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons, God will back up His word with an amazing work. He has promised in Exodus 34:10 even to Old Testament saints:

“And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.”

God has already proven His Word. Now it’s up to the skeptics to dig out the truth – and up to us believers to help them in this endeavour.

Liked this post? Then read this one too: How Not to Fulfill the Great Commission
(Excuse my grammar – it should actually have read: How to Not Fulfill…!)
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How Not to Fulfill the Great Commission

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8,9

That sounds really spiritual, doesn’t it? Maybe that applies to you if you are a Jew – but certainly not if you are a Christian. Because if you are a Christian, then the Bible says that you have the mind of Christ:

“For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16

Do you really think you can fulfill the Great Commission if your thoughts are lower than God’s thoughts and your ways are lower than His ways? If that were possible, then why would the Bible say that we have the mind of Christ? Why would we even need the mind of Christ? Praying and reinforcing the idea that God’s thoughts are higher than ours and His ways are higher than ours is a good way to try hard not to fulfill all that God has called you to do, as a Christian. Because God’s heart is for salvation, deliverance and healing for every human. So if He conceived that plan, only His thoughts and ways can achieve the fulfillment of these goals. If you don’t share His vision, think His thoughts and deploy His methods, there is no way to achieve these goals.

Maybe I’m preaching this to myself too, but if you want to fulfill the Great Commission, then the starting point is this:

  1. Learn to think (believe) like Jesus did; and
  2. Learn to walk (act) the way Jesus walked (acted).

That’s because the Old Testament saints – the Jews – did not have the Holy Spirit living inside of them. So they could not think or act like Jesus. But since we have the mind of Christ, and Jesus Christ and God the Father are one, our thoughts and ways are positionally the same as God’s. So the only thing we need to do is enforce that position in our lives. Once we get to doing that on a regular basis, we will be taking big strides to fulfilling God’s plan for our lives!

Are you on fire for the Gospel? Good, because you should be! Then here’s a blog post you might like and find useful: How to Spiritually Capture a City: Download MP3

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Faith Confessions: When a Child of God Speaks…

Romans 8:14:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post. So here it is…

In the Divine Healing Technician Training seminar conducted by Curry Blake of John G. Lake Ministries, Blake says a few landmark things. Open a notepad or Word document and save this:

“When a child of God speaks, Heaven hears and agrees, and hell hears and obeys.”

Read that once more. Let it sink-in.

Here’s another one:

“An anointed teacher makes the complicated simple. An annoying teacher makes the simple complicated.”

And another one:

If you’re a Christian (saved, born again), then say this:

“I am God’s son, the devil’s master, and Man’s servant.” Read each part of that statement carefully and let it sink-in. Then repeat.

I suggest you memorize all the 3 statements given above.

If you want to learn more about their ministry, visit www.jglm.org. God bless you!

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How to Spiritually Capture a City: Download MP3

“Practice what you preach.”

Here’s a great teaching from John G. Lake Ministries, titled “How to Spiritually Capture a City.”


Click the link below to download the teaching as an MP3 file:



Curry Blake – General Overseer of JGLM says in that teaching that they have actually practiced what he teaches and it’s worked. If it worked for them, it should surely work for any other church and for any born again child of God. 
Caution: Jesus sent disciples two-by-two. So I suggest you go out in groups to evangelize the way they recommend. And if there is hostility in the area you live or plan to evangelize, I suggest you speak to your pastor first, because the pastor is responsible for your spiritual well-being and life before God. If all is fine, then try it out and leave your comments here. If I do try out the method, I too will update. Till then, forever, God bless you and use you more mightily as a blessing, in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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What is Good Friday?

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” – Luke 23:34
Today is Good Friday. Many people feel that it is a day of mourning. Actually, it is a day of rejoicing. It is the reason why Jesus Christ came into this world – to pay the penalty for every human being’s sins by dying on a wooden Cross. And as he had predicted, he rose back to life on the 3rd day – or after 3 days. Anyone who believes in this, repents of their sins and turns their life over into Jesus’ hands will be saved. That is a promise from God – one of the nearly 8,000 promises in the Bible.
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Couplet on Family Salvation

Here’s a couplet on family salvation in Urdu (I believe the Lord gave it to me):

Hazaaro Aaftab se Badhkar Roshni Laai Hai; (x2)
Aaj Hamaare Gharaane ne Najaat Paai Hai

Translated, it means:

Brightness Exceeding A Thousand Suns Has It Brought;
Today Salvation Has Our Household Got

If you are praying for the salvation of your family members, you can take inspiration from the above couplet. They say that if you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. So if you keep asking God for their salvation, it means you are operating from a position of “family not saved.” Rather, if you begin thanking the Lord for their salvation, you acknowledge that you trust God’s willingness to save your family/household.

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What Does ‘Amen’ Mean?

The word ‘Amen’ appears several times in the New Testament. In fact, the last word in the entire Bible is ‘Amen’ (Rev. 22:21). Sometimes though, while praying, people tend to take the word for granted (as I used to). But the word is highly potent.

One of the meanings of ‘Amen’ is “so be it.” ‘Amen’ is also another name for Jesus. The significance of the word in prayer is this:
* We pray in Jesus’ name and
* We believe that our prayers are heard and answered. (Mark 11:23 – KJV)

Doing this, we release our faith into our words; i.e. we charge the prayer with our faith in God’s ability and willingness to hear and answer our prayer. “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:6-8 – NKJV) Of course, the prayer would need to line up with God’s will as expressed in His Word. Once we take care of that, we have the assurance that God has heard our prayer and answered it instantly. It may take some time to manifest depending on certain factors, but we can be sure that our effort and application of faith has borne fruit.

So the next time you say “In Jesus’ name, Amen,” put all your faith in Jesus into those words. Follow it up by waiting upon God without doubting. And the favourable result will be yours to see. Amen! 🙂

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