I have just finished reading one of the best Christian books I have had in my hands in years!!!! K. P. Yohannan has truly answered the call of the Almighty God, as have those he serves. If you don't read another book this year, read this one!!!!
In this time when the Western Church has turned to materialism, and social outreach, Brother Yohannan has heard the still, small voice of God for workers to go out into the fields and bring in the harvests. The great Commission, left to us by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ himself, to spread the gospel, is the deepest hearts desire of this man.
While others are preaching the sermon of prosperity, supporting one another(keeping the goods of the kingdom in the kingdom), the building up of treasures here on earth, ad nauseum, this man is going back the the first love of the church, the building up of the kingdom of God through the good news of the gospel of Christ and the salvation of souls.
Another wonderful thing about this mans ministry is the fact that he quite obviously lives what he preaches as do those he serves. If you want to read this book you can get it from the following website:
Free Book - Revolution In World Missions
That's right, no pledge for a big donation or love gift into his ministry. Because Brother Yohannan has learned the truth of the Bible, that God does not NEED us. We need Him. We are not the force behind the work of God in this world, He is. We are the tools that He uses, but only if we allow Him to use us. It has always bothered me that when God has something He wants His people to hear He would not expect them to pay to hear it.
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to GIVE good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven GIVE good things to them that ask him?
Read this book, and let it set you free from the yolks of bondage to the lies Satin has implanted in the church in western society. Stop building your house in vain, by building it without the the master builder.Psalms 127:1 A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Stop building you house on the shifting sand of materialism and prosperity and start building it on the solid foundation of the Rock of Salvation.
Matthew 7:15-27 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Let's take the parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:30-36 but consider some different circumstances. I want you to think, first of all, about the fact that some Biblical scholars feel this was not a parable, but a true story which Christ related to the lawyer who questioned Him. Secondly, I want you to reflect upon the idea, that these "different circumstances", these What If's that I will be speaking about, are also, all too often, perhaps not literally but figuratively, true.
As you know the man in the story was traveling to do business and was attacked on the road by thieves. Everything he had was stolen, even his clothes, he was beaten to a pulp and left for dead.
Psalms 3:1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
Along comes a priest, one of the chosen and appointed of God. He sees the victim lying there, goes to the opposite side of the road from the victim and continues his journey. There are many idioms or expressions that would apply here such as "putting blinders on" or "sticking ones head in the sand". But the object is that he ignored the situation. There is an old saying that what you don't know can't hurt you, but that is simply not true. We are taught in Hosea 4:6 that God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. This same scripture clearly states that there is a huge difference between knowing a thing and admitting that one knows it, or "refusing" it. And in James 4:17 we find that if one knows to do good and doesn't do it, to that person, their failure to act is a sin.
Proverbs 24:11-12 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
James 2:14-16 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
1 John 3:17-18 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Psalms 109:16 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
Here, let us digress even further from the original story and suppose that next came along a "good" person.
Deuteronomy 15:7-8 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
For the purpose of this particular blog, we come now to what will be our last traveler, the Levite. Again we have a member of one of God's chosen groups.
Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day.
But not only was the Levite one of God's chosen and appointed ones. They were also included in another special group, in Deuteronomy 14:29, with the widow, the orphan and the stranger. These were folks whom God's people were directed to tend to. They were to be taken care of, given special attention and consideration. So this traveler not only had the obligation of his special office towards the victim in this story. He also was, himself, one of the less fortunate of people. A fellow sufferer with the wounded man. But seeing the victim, the Levite goes up for a closer inspection of the situation, then continues on his way. Kind of puts one in mind of a busy highway on which an automobile accident has occurred. Almost everyone slows down, straining their necks to check out all the details, but no one stops and renders aid.
seeing that the victim now has a covering over his body and a supply of water by his side, the Levite decides that he could certainly use those things himself and he takes them from the victim. Not only that, he notices that the original thieves have dropped some of the coins they had taken from the victim and a few bills fluttering in the bushes nearby, so he collects those as well and puts them in his pocket. And before continuing on his journey, he takes out his frustrations and anger at his lot in life on the victim as well, placing a few well directed kicks to their head and body, spitting on the victim and cursing them.
Throughout the Bible we see comparisons of the church and Christians to flocks and herds of animals. And like flocks and herds of animals, God has appointed those who are to be husbandman to the members of the Church, pastors, ministers, teachers, etc.
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;".
All of Gods people have certain responsibilities to their fellow creatures that reside upon this earth.
Deuteronomy 22:1-4 Thou shalt not see thy brother's ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother. And if thy brother be not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again. In like manner shalt thou do with his ass; and so shalt thou do with his raiment; and with all lost thing of thy brother's, which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likewise: thou mayest not hide thyself. Thou shalt not see thy brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt surely help him to lift them up again.
Having such responsibilities to the lesser creatures that dwell amongst us, how much more so do we have the responsibility to "lift them up again" when it comes to our fellow man or our brothers and sisters in Christ?
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
And if this be the responsibility of all Christians, then is it not even more so the responsibility of the leaders of the church, those called and appointed by God into special service?
Where are the "Good Samaritans" of today? Are we, those who call ourselves by the name of Christ, being what He would have us to be and doing what He would have us to do? Isiah 61:1-3 speaks of many of the things which we are called to do. We all need to be more conscientious of whether or not we are answering these calls or if we are being like the travelers in this tale. Remember 1 John 3:17 states that "whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need" and Deuteronomy 15:7 says "thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:". This means that God does not expect us to give what we do not have, He does not expect us to do that which we are not capable of.