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Monday, May 11, 2015

The Spirit Of God Knows Everything

A few years back, on a Sunday, as I was conducting worship, a thin tall youngster came and sat on one of the back benches in our Church in Kerala. I had not seen him before and he was very quiet all through the service; neither singing nor praying.
After preaching the sermon for the day, I prayed for specific topics that the Holy Spirit had revealed to me as I sat for prayer the night before. One of the things that I prayed for was.....You have had a fight with your uncle and you are heart broken but Jesus loves you and he grants you his peace.

After the service, as I exchanged greetings with the members of our Church, I saw the youngster standing at the back of the Church, looking here and there and then getting ready to leave. As he reached the back door, I tapped him on his shoulder and said hello. He smiled and I saw a glint of tear in his eyes. I asked him who he was and where he stayed. He seemed reluctant to answer but then poured out his story.

He stayed with his parents around 100 miles from our town. That morning, he had had a fight with his uncle who was their neighbor and had got depressed because of the harsh things that his uncle had said and boarded a bus randomly not thinking of where he was going. When the bus neared the bus stop in our town, he felt like stepping off the bus. As he did that, he heard the sound of people praising God and he thought that he would check it out and that is how he came in to the meeting.

I asked him whether he had heard me praying for a person who had had a fight with his uncle and he said "yes". As I spoke with him, I realized that he was a nominal Christian living a worldly life. I took time to explain to him that Jesus loved him and that the Holy Spirit had revealed his problem to me the night before, because God cared for him and knew what was going to happen in his life. Later, as he boarded a bus returning to his home town, he had peace in his heart, which I could tell from the joy on his face..

A seed of God's love was sown in his heart that day, which I believe the Holy Spirit would nourish till he became the Lord's.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spiritual Warfare

Satan is unhappy when a born again person goes about proclaiming the kingdom of God. He tries various tactics to thwart what is being done by that person. I saw this in a dream sometime back. In the dream, one of my friends, points out to me several troublesome situations in my life, all occurring simultaneously. This included health problems affecting my family members, financial losses, divisions in my church and anxieties arising out of all these.

As he details these things, I reply that this is just another backlash from the enemy for all the work that I am involved in for the extension of God's kingdom on earth and an effort on the evil one's part to shake my faith.

Every born again child of God is in spiritual warfare with the enemy of their souls-the devil. Many do not realize it; some who are spiritually mature and have been believers for some time know that this is something that they have to deal with regularly.

Victory is ours provided we remain focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. He has said that he will never leave us nor forsake us. We are to continue steadfastly in prayer, worship and meditation of God's Word. We are safe in his hands. He has called us to be faithful witnesses of his saving grace. He will protect us from the viles of the wicked one.

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Antichrists

I saw these dreams on successive nights in early 2015.

On the first night, in the dream, I saw a man standing amidst a crowd, denying the right of Christians to worship. He was fair to behold, of average height, stockily built with blond hair; most likely an European. Authority and power were his and he was admired by his followers. As I saw the dream, the impression came to me that he was the antichrist. The next night, I dreamt again of another man who was an Asian and he was ruthless, chasing and trying to kill those who worshiped Jesus. He uttered abuses at Christians and attacked them with weapons.

John, the Apostle, writes about antichrists...

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. (1 John 2:18)

Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist - he denies the Father and the Son.(1 John 2:22)

....but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. (1 John 4:3)

Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

We infer from the above and from the books of Revelation and 2 Thessalonians, that there will be one who will be the Antichrist of the end times. At the same time, through the ages, there have been many and are now, who are antichrists and as John writes there are them who are of the spirit of antichrist.

Paul, the Apostle writes,

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you and pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3)

All said and done, God will take care of his own and see to it that they join him in eternity when the time comes. But we must pray.