Monthly Archives: May 2011

Acts of Apostles 9

Key of chapter 9 is about the conversion of Saul. He took letters from the High priest of this world to destroy the saints but God stuck him down in the way and later on he received letters from High Priest of above to edify the body of Christ. He was on the way to destroy children of WAY but later on God put him in the same WAY to destroy the schemes of darkness. All power has to bow down before the power from above. That’s why Acts of Apostles is also called has “The Powerhouse” of the bible. If you abide in the rule this power will take you to the higher level but if you do not abide the end will be terrible. Amen!

Verses 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

It was in fact the children of God who was been persecuted but see the Lord identifies himself with His people. Jesus wept when his loved ones cried, In the previous chapters we have seen that when one was stoned but Jesus stood for Him. He show kindness to the crying ones and stand for the helpless. Amen! Psalmist says that ‘ Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered’ When the whole world stand against the saints, God stands for the saints so we conclude here that ‘ If God is with us who can be against us’ in other words if God is with us it doesn’t matter who is against us. Amen!

Verses 10-11In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

This proves that Ananias was praying man; He saw vision while he was praying. Praying man will hear the voice of God, He will receive instructions from the Lord, He will receive guidance from the Lord, and praying man will obey the Lord. Prayer can do wonders. One king saw a dream but he forgot what he has seen but God revealed the dream to the praying man- Daniel. God told to Ananias to go to the house of Judas and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. This was the testimony of God about Saul. God found Saul has praying. What will God testimony about us? Oh, there she is gossiping, oh there he is fighting for the chair. Job led a life according to the standard of God that’s why He asked Satan “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man one who fears God and upright man. Saul heard and obeyed the voice of the Lord and now he is seen has praying and seeing visions. Obedience and humbleness is the main components growing in the Lord. Saul did not rebelled against God saying that he has an authority letters but obeyed the voice he heard and humbled himself. The authority letters which was very important for him earlier but he threw those letters before the voice of the Lord and that’s why he says “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ”. The moment we obey, God starts His works in us. This is the moral of this book ‘The Acts of Apostles’. Samaritan women threw her pot and ran to the town and proclaimed Christ. She became the evangelist in the town of Samaria and many believed and came to Christ because of her. She does not have past experience with Christ but she decided to leave her old life and run towards the voice of God. Our past experience in the Lord does not count at all for the work of God but it is obeying the voice of the Lord and walking with him day by day all that counts.

Verses 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel

Saul was the vessel of this world but he was broken down completely and made into a new vessel now he is no more a vessel of law but he is a vessel of God. The old vessel was broken down with its old form, now no more it is the old thing that’s why God said to Ananias “He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name”. This is the message for everyone who is called according to His will. We are His vessel to carry His name…Let us not carry the things of this world but carry Him who carried us. That’s why Paul always liked him to mention as prisoner of Christ.

Verses 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized

Ananias laid his hands on Saul and he was filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately Scales of tradition started falling from the eyes of Saul. No one can open the blind eyes by his/her effort but it is by the power of Holy Spirit the scales will be removed. Saul was zealous for the law and he could do anything for the truth he knows but when the power from above was upon him every scale that was hindering to receive the knowledge of God started falling. Scales of tradition, darkness, witchcraft, sickness cannot stand before the power of Holy Spirit all have to fall. Amen!

Verses 36-40 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

Tabitha is dead so she cannot have the faith but the faith of Peter matters much here. How much faith he should have to raise this dead woman? What did peter do? I want to show 3 things out of these verses

1)Peter sent them all out of the room
2)He got down on his knees and prayed
3)Turning toward the dead woman, he said “ Tabitha Get up”

House was full of people who never expected Tabitha to come back to life. It was impossible in their eyes but here is the man of God who believes she will come back and he knows nothing is impossible for God.
So first the believing Peter cast all doubters out of the room. This is what we need to do….if you find any doubt in you first cast it out through the promise of Word. Now the house which was full of doubters is now full of believing. Secondly, Peter got down on his knees and prayed…There is nothing impossible for a person who knelt before God. Prayer is talking to God. Peter knelt before God and laid his situation before the throne of mercy. Thirdly, He turned toward the dead woman and spoke the words of Faith. He never turned toward the dead initially but he turned toward God. These verses teaches us that Never look the situation first because if you do that you will utterly fail .Here is the secret before turning toward your dead situation turn toward to God and receive the miracle.

God bless you

Blessen Daniel
I will live becoz He lives

Next week chapter 10

Who will roll away this stone for me?

Mark 16 :1-4 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary – the mother of James, and Salome brought spices to go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early, on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled away.

These women loved Jesus and as per them, their Master was dead and would never come back. In this most painful circumstance, they made spices of sweet aroma in the night. There is one spiritual message hidden here. …, that is in the painful circumstance, we give out sweet aroma of Christ. Our light should shine in the darkness of life, and in the painful times, we should be like the lily of the valley. Jesus went through pain and that’s why we are healed. Paul wrote 14 beautiful letters while going through trials. John went through pain and that’s why the seven churches received instructions. The family of Cana went through a shortage and that’s why they received the finest wine. It ‘s during the painful times and trials when we receive from the Lord, because we become more sensitive towards Him during such times. I have received more revelations from the Lord while going thru trials and pain. Praise God for the afflictions, without which, I would have never know Him. These women made spices in the most painful moment of their life. They not only had pain in their heart , but had a large stone to face ahead…

The love of Christ was so much filled in their heart, that they did not even fear to go to the tomb while it was still dark. They had pain, but the Love of Christ compelled them to move forward. All love will fail one day, but the love of Christ keeps you going. They did not fear the dark because perfect love casts out fear. When the love of Christ is perfect in you, fear will flee. Why is the fear of tomorrow there in you ? Why do you fear men and darkness ? It’s becoz the Love of Christ is not perfected in you.

While they were going ahead to the tomb, they asked themselves ” Who will roll away the stone for us?”May be this is your question today, who will roll away this stone for me? Are you discouraged and feel that you have come to the end of the rope of your life?

These women had 2 major issues :
1) A large stone to roll away and 2) a Roman seal to be broken.

Rolling away the stone is not that hard, but breaking the Roman seal was not easy. Who had sealed this stone? It was not an ordinary person, but the king of that nation. No one could break that seal other than the king himself. This was the concern of those women who loved Christ. They had a huge stone ahead and a powerful seal to break . So, they asked themselves, “ who will help us?” But I was encouraged that these women did not go back. They marched towards the stone. This is the step of faith. Even though they knew that they were weak to roll away the stone, and powerless to break the king’s seal, they did not give importance to the reality of what was important. Do not give importance to what is in front of you, but give importance to Him who is in front of you. We walk by faith and not by sight. If we walk by sight, we will stumble and fall, but when we walk by faith, moutains will be grounded. Faith does not deny the fact but it does not allow the fact to overcome you. You may be going through pain which is a fact, but faith in God will never allow that fact to overcome you..This is simple truth and many among us are unaware of this. First of all , the love of Christ compelled this women and secondly, the faith in God made them strong to march forward the huge stone. Verses 4 says that ” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away….Here is the secret to roll away the Large stone of your life…. Look Up !! Do not look around . When they looked up, they saw that the stone , which was very large had been rolled away. You will not get any answer when you look around ( your best friend, your loved ones etc ) .My beloved, the thing which you find difficult to answer, heaven has the answer for it. Jesus Christ is the answer for your every question. King of Kings broke the seal of Roman govt and Lord of Lords rolled away the stone.

If heaven has rolled away the large stone and broke the seal of the powerful govt for those women…let the love of Christ Jesus fill your hearts,Walk by faith, look up and see the answer of God!! STONE IS ROLLED AWAY, SEAL IS BROKEN !!

God bless you

Blessen Daniel
I will live, becoz Jesus lives

Do not be unwise but understand the will of God.

This was the message God gave me to preach to my brethren yesterday in the bible study (13 May 2011). How to understand the will of God? Many times we find difficult to understand the will of God so many of us run to servants of God. Now please do not get me wrong that i am against going to servants of God, If we can hear and understand the will of God directly from God that’s better but anyhow this may not be applicable for the new ones or unbelivers they surely need servants of God who is just a sign board. Every Spirit filled believers must not first run to servants of God but run to God. Amen.

To readers :
I urge you not to like this note if you are not applying it.
God has chosen us from millions not to live according to our will but His will

Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise , but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians is one of the beautiful letter written by Paul. Chapter 1 to 4 says what the Lord has done for us and chapter 5- 6 says what we need to do to this Lord who has done so much for us.

How to know the will of God?

I believe every believer is eager to know the answer of this question and i give thanks to the Lord for them who has understood the will of God in their lives. Doing many things for our satisfication may not be the will of God but doing one thing in our whole life according to the will of God is blessed thing. Amen! See many in that day will say ‘ Lord, we have done many things in your name’ but what will be the reply of God, ‘ Oh, i never knew you’ that mean God never knew them and whatever they done in his name. Why God did not knew them? because they practice lawlessness instead of righteousness. practicing righteousness is the will of God but they were unwise to know his will so God rejected them.

Remember, you cannot know the will of God in one day or in one meeting. It is a long process and you should live in it. This is the basic thing. I want to pen down 3 main points which when we apply we will surely know His will in our life.

Summary : Renew your mind, Renewed mind will Love God sincerly and those who love the Lord sincerly will abide with him forever therby know the will of God everyday in the life. Below in detail study.Please go through prayerfully

Transform by the Renewing your Mind : Transformation without leaving old things is not transformation. I will give you one example of biblical transformation. No will drink Cofee on a cup that is used in a washroom. Even though we clean it many times with the best detergents but if this vessel is completely broken down and made unto another cup which looks good and clean then everyone will have coffee on that. Its the same way, transformation mean complete breaking or crucifying the old man and making into a new vessel. Renewing our mind with the thought of God. Which is the thought of God? Word of God is thoughts of God so when i renew my mind with thoughts of God then i will walk with God and therby understand his will towards me. Renewing ourselves should not be done one time but it is a daily process. 2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. I have renewed my driving licence recently and if i dont do that i cannot drive my car on the roads. You cannot partake in God’s family with the Old mind so how will you understant the will of God with the old mind? Old mind is corrupted with sin and things of the world so there is an urgency of renewel to enter into the God kingdom. Without renewing your mind it is impossible to understand the will of God. Old mind does not yield to the laws of God and does not obey Him.Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed in this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. A transformed and renewed mind will understand what is good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Loving God in sincerity : Now a transformed and renewed mind will sincerly love God and he will never have mask . Most of us fail to understand the will of God is because we are not sincere to Him. God hates hypocrites and we can see Jesus has spoke most of the message and cursed hypocrites. He blessed those who persecute and slapped him but not in the case of people who were not sincere. Hypocrites will never understand the will of God. The word sincere is dervied from Latin ‘ Sine ‘ and ‘ Cera’ that means WITHOUT WAX. Furnitures now a days are coated with wax they may look shining and pretty good but after some years it will shrink but a original wood furniture may not be shining like those wax coated but it is strong and long lasting. We must be sincere in all our ways. God told Abraham to walk blamless (upright or sincere) ( Genesis 17:1). He yielded to his wife’s advice and all those schemes failed and so Abraham could not understand the will of God. So the Alimighty appeared to him and said walk sincere. Did he rebelled against this words? No, Abraham fell on his face and God revelead his will to him. See, Sincere people will accept the failure and wrong doings before God and men. How you that you are sincere? you will not act something else which you are not! You will be the same like as you are inside to God and to men. Will God tell about me to others ” Behold, the man in whom there is no guile? Pauls says to imitate God as dear children. If you imitate anyone you must first love that person. So without loving God sincerely you cannot imitate him. Jesus was an obedient Son but more than that He was a dear Son to His Father. Obedient Son will obey their father, Dear son will know the heart of the Father. So how to know the will of Father? Loving Him sincerely as dear Child !!

Abide in God: John 15 is the best example for this. No branch will bear fruit of God if he is not abiding in God.few months back my mother went to India so one of my dear sister in church called me and asked for my favorite dish…why she asked my likes? because she doest not know me and doesnt stay with me. But my mother will never ask this question because we stay together. So if a mother can understand the likes and dislikes of her son then how much more we will understand His will when we abide in Him all the days of our life.Amen! There are three things that effects this Abiding. Lust of the flesh, Lust of the eyes and pride of the life. John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you. You will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you” Now dont take this word as granted. First of all this promise is for the those who are Abiding, secondly to them who keep the Word. A person who is abiding and keeping the word will never have desires of the flesh and of the world. He understands the desire of God by abiding and then he make the desire of God as his desire.Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Now many take the second part of this verse and think God will give every carnal thing they ask for.. that is wrong. The person who does the first part can only do the second part. what is the first part? Delight yourself in the Lord ( that shows the relationship) this is the first part…if you cant delight then dont think of the second part. Enoch walked with God in other words Enoch knew the will of God.

This is what the Lord has taught me to know His will. God may have spoken to you in different ways. Share it with me so that i rejoice in the Lord. We are strangers to this World so cannot walk according to the world, God has called us before the foundation of this world. Let us know His perfect will towards us because the days are evil

God bless you

Blessen Daniel
Prisoner of Christ

Which is the true Baptism?

This note is not to promote one group and depromote another. This is purely written with a burden to promote Word of God, so that the truth will set you free from all the clutches of darkness and deception.I know this is a sensitive subject where most of the believers have their own views. But it does not matter what people say. Instead, we need to check what the Lord has told us do. If you are seeking the truth, kindly go through the note patiently.

Before u do anything , you must check four things :

Did Jesus tell us to do this ?
Does Bible teach us about this ?
Did the early church practice this ?
Did Apostles teach us about this ?

If any thing that you do, does not allign with the above four conditions, then Watch Out!!We are here to see the truth about Baptism. Instead of putting forth my own views. we are going to look into Scriptures, breathed by the Spirit.

True Baptism : Baptism is immersion in water, given to those who Repent from their sins, and Believe in Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

Scriptural backing :

Acts 2:38, ‘ Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’

Mathew 3:6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River

(underlined : Only Repentants should be given baptism)

Mark 16:16, ‘And he said unto them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, and he that does not believe shall be condemned.”

(underlined: Words of Jesus…he who believes must be given baptism)

Mathew 3:16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him.

( underlined : Jesus came up out of the water, which means that he was immersed in water)

Above three points are the facts of true baptism as per the Word and not as per tradition :

1. Baptism is given to those who repent from their sins.

2. Baptism is given to those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and

3. Baptism is done by immersing a person into water.

What is true Baptism?

I would suggest the reader to read Romans 6 to understand the true baptism.

Romans 6:17, ‘ But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.’

It says that Baptism is a form of doctrine, which means baptism is the outline or structure. The act of dipping into water is just a form but has a message behind that. we need to follow and understand the message first and then obey this structure. A person who understands the message must also follow the outline…In other words if anyone has understood the doctrine, he must be baptised. Since we know what is the outline (true baptism), let us know the message of this structure – the doctrine.

Doctrine – the real content

Romand 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

When we are immersed into the water ,we are into the likeness of His death. This means that our old man is buried. We put off the old man by confessing and repenting from our sins. Old man is the natural man who was conceived as sinful from mother’s womb.Old man does not profit anything and he cannot please God.

Romans 6:4, ‘Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’

After confessing and repenting from our sins, we receive forgiveness and are justified through Christ Jesus and have peace with God ( Romans 5) and that makes our old self to be buried. And just like Jesus raised up from the dead, we too receive new life. In other words, we are begotten from God ( Born Again experience). So, now we are dead to sin but alive to Christ. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. God transforms us altogether into a new man, when we bury our old man with Christ. So this is the doctrine we should follow and the one who follow this doctrine, will also obey the form of doctrine that is – Water Baptism ! Can you say amen?? I AM SPEAKING THE TRUTH !!

False Baptism : Baptism that denies the truth i.e the facts as per the Word, is called false baptism.

Child Baptism : God hates sin, and not infants !! God is not cruel to NOT TO GIVE heaven to non-baptised infant. If you understand this simple truth, then you are blessed.

All nominal Christian churches does this practice ( Roman Catholic, Marthomite, Jacobite, Orthodox, CSI, CNI etc). A large number of people following this practice does not make this into a true practice. If you ask anyone of these groups, they will say that they did it because their parents or priest asked them to do so. But did you check whether the parents and priests are right or wrong? Most of them follow this Child baptism as a tradition, without even bothering to check the Word of God. They believe that when the child is baptized, he or she would not loose the heaven, in case he or she dies in the infant stage. Ok! I want to ask two things to all those who claim this : 1) Then why did Jesus die? 2) If Christian babies are saved through child baptism, what about the babies of other religions ?. Dear people, is our God so cruel that he will deny heaven to a hindu infant just becoz he is not baptised and accept a christian child because he is baptised? well! God is a God of justice. Babies are immature and they cannot distinguish good from bad. That’s why they need full attention of a matured person. How can this immature child confess, repent and believe?? It’s not possible at all. Christ died for us and for our sins. So, if the infant dies, he or she will surely go to heaven. We do not find any scriptures saying that the infant were baptized, we dont find Jesus said us to do the same, Early Church did not practised it, Apsotles did not mention it…so on the basis of this we conclude that Child Baptism is not biblical. Amen!

Sprinkling Baptism: The word Baptism mean ” Immersion” so i dont need to explain more on this. This practice came from the babylonian culture, when any infant is born after 8 days they take the child and turn to east and pray to Sun god and sprinkle water on him/her. This was introduced in Christian community and from that day onwards people are following this pagan practice which is not biblical. Moreover we do not find any scripture speaking about sprinkling baptism, Jesus was not sprinkled, John the Baptist did not sprinkle anyone, Early Church did not follow this and Apostles did not mention it.. So we conclude here that Sprinkling Baptism is against biblical truth!!

There is no child baptism, adult baptism and sprinkling baptism. Bible talks about only one baptism and that is given by immersing to those who confess their sins and believe in Jesus Christ..

Search the scriptures and seek the truth!

May God bless you.

Blessen Daniel
World wil change, Word will not!