Instead, we are to remain in Christ so that He can in turn live n us and live out His life through us. As I meditated on today's scriptural reference, I stared at some roses sitting In a vase, and it came to me. Many of us have become like roses. Stay with me... Before the roses made their way into the vase, they were grafted into a vine; alive and vibrant. But someone went out and broke them off and wrapped them nicely together so that they looked pretty. For a few weeks. He roses striver to stay alive and maintain their pretty color; they worked overtime to bring pleasure to the owner, but eventually they began to wilt and whither away until they eventually succumbed. They just could not survive for too long without the vine, the true source of their strength. Many of us have become like roses sitting in a vase trying to please God, and we may even be experiencing something called spiritual burnout. This is a syndrome that causes us to be tired, bored, and unsure of what to do next In order to please God or If everything we had been doing was what we were actually called to do.
Are you spiritually burned out? God is calling you to come back to Him, the true source of your strength. He is telling you today, don't live to seek my approval, instead, 'abide in me and I will abide in you. The difference between a Christ-babbling life and a Christ-approval seeking life Is the reason behind the things they do. A Christ-approval seeking life says I am going to pray and do good deeds because I want to please God. On the other hand, a Christ- abiding life says, Christ lives in me and so I pray and do his will; I no longer live for myself but for Him.
What kind of Christian are you? Do not let your fate become Like that of the roses in the vase. Abide in Him, and He will abide in you. Remain In Helm! In 1984, I was a student in Korea at a theological seminary . Along with a group of Bible Society educators, they were showing a movie called "God Makers. " It was very negative film against the Book of Mormon, Mornings, and the prophet, Joseph Smith, Jar. It was truly false teaching based on the incorrect lessons taught by the "God Makers. However, I believed the movie on its face value that the Book of Mormon must be a grand design conspired to develop an American pseudo-Christian cult. I wrongly believed that it is better for me not to see it, not to touch it, not to feel it, not to taste it, and not to smell it. Nevertheless, I did not have peace concerning the Book of Mormon. I was restless. I had to investigate it by myself on my own initiative. I truly wanted to test and try if the Book of Mormon was not true as it was discussed in the classroom by the participating audience as mentioned below: MORONIC 10:3.
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Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down unto the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. MORONIC 10:4. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye loud ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
MORONIC 10:5. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. Surely, I dint have peace until I investigate by myself on my own. Because, before I knew any thing about the Book of Mormon, I have had I tasted it and proved it on my own. Likewise, I wanted to test and try the Book of Mormon on my own initiative. There was no any human help to assist me. Little did I know that it was the Holy Spirit that was leading and guiding me all the way. The longing in my heart grew day by day. And the desire to know and to taste the contents of the Book of Mormon never left me.
For the Psalmist said. "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trustees in him" (Psalm 34:8). And our Savior said, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free Cohn 8:32). No body gave me any Book of Mormon but they told me it is a cultic and heretic book and don't worry about it. However, I prayed again. The Spirit of God told me from the Scripture of the Bible: Try the spirits whether they are of God (1 John 4:1; Czech. 13:9; and 1 These 2:4). They thought that they have squelched my longing to read the Book of Mormon. But I cereal out to my In prayer gall.
Ana ten split AT Go spoke to me tongue ten Scriptures in the Bible. "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirit whether they are of God because many false false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). Finally, I got a Book of Mormon by the angel of God in the answer of my tenacious prayers. When I got it, it was all corroborative to the Bible. I tried to find if there is any mistake from the Spirit and the Power of Holy Bible. But I got nothing on negative correlation to the Holy Bible. Rather, it was all complementary and supplementary to the Bible. The more I read the more closer I got to grow in Christ.
I read from cover to cover with a great appetite. It really gripped my heart to brim me to the fullness of Gospel of restoration. Every time I was reading, I was praying with all trembling and fears. He was restoring my soul. My cup of the heart was running over. I was thriving n the Spirit and knowledge of God. I never decreased in my faith with the Lord Jesus Christ. Rather, I grew up stronger and stronger in the power and vigor of the Lord. Before I left Korea, I bought many copies of the Book of Mormon. I would fly to Nepal with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I would give to others freely, for Jesus said, "... Rely freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:7). However, I was detained by one of the airlines agent because of excess baggage. I gave her all of the money that I had to pray for the chase of excess baggage but I was still short. I pleaded with her saying "l am carrying the restoration gospel to save the lost at any cost. " But what I was said fell in deaf ears. They did not hear any thing. Then, my flight was fully canceled. Then Satan whispered in my ear, "Leave all of these Book of Mormon boxes in trash. Then, you will fly to your house instantly. " But I answered him saying, "Get thee hence Satan.
My Lord Jesus Christ in the the Book of Mormon is true! " Satan wanted me to fall back into hell with him. He tried so hard to try my faith again. He even misinterpreted the Scripture in Matthew 1 1 Inspired Version and/or King James Version Matthew 1 1:28. Satan told me to leave my load or my burden as well as my labor with the Book of Mormon. Again, I rebuked Satan vehemently by saying, "Get thee hence Satan! " I would not turn away from my belief in God and the Book of Mormon. A very sweet peace came over me and took control of my heart. I knew that my God the Almighty Living One and the Holy One of Israel would solve my problem.
I remembered how the faith of the Brother of Jarred was so powerful that mount Serine was removed. Likewise, in my heart and my soul, I garnered that same faith also . I took the baggage to a corner of the room. I knelt down and began supplicating my Lord in humility. "Heavenly Father, if the true gospel restores into thy heaven, please allow me to fly with these books of Mormon as it contains thy everlasting gospel. I Ana no sooner Sal a tense words, when sensually someone Deanna me sake are you doing here? " I replied: "l am praying to the heavenly Father the God Almighty if I can take His gospel baggage into Nepal. He asked: "Are you a Nepal man? " I answered: "Yes my friend. " Then he spoke with me in Nepal language. He said: "I do not want you to be embarrassed. I want you to fly with your gospel books. " Then he paused and said: "Why did that lady at the counter stop you? " I said: "Because I did not have enough money to pay for the excess baggage. " He asked: "How much money do you really need? " "Just $85," I said hopefully. Encouragingly, he replied: "It is not a problem. So let us go to the counter. " He paid the dues and assisted me to fly with the everlasting gospel to Nepal.
Thus and therefore, I bear this testimony that the Book of Mormon is a true and it came forth by the power and authority of true and living God. Is it were not so, I won't eave had an instant answer to my prayer at the airport in Korea. I prayed in faith and God answered my humble prayer immediately. He performed a miracle right before my eyes. Perhaps, the man whom God sent could have been angel. By this time, I am blessed by reading the Book of Mormon. Consequently, we translated this Book of Mormon into Nepal language also so that many will have restored life and gospel abundantly.
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. Revelation 14:6 HOW I AM SOLD OUT TO JESUS I was born in Hinduism highest caste. My father and forefathers were Hindu high priests In ten Royal Palace AT Nepal ten only Haul Oklahoman In ten world B although I first worshipped Krishna and studied the Veda, Gait, and several Hindu scriptures and labored diligently in the Hindu religion, I felt strangely empty of truth.
I saw quickly that the Hindu religion with its emphasis on Karma and the endless cycle of reincarnation was not an answer to eternal life. I searched to find one true God. My quest took me from Hinduism to Buddhism, Lanais, Jansenism, Shinto's, Salamis, Schism, Taoism, Judaism, and all kind of religions Beside the religions, I have studied palmistry, astrology, soothsaying, hypnotism enchanting, snake charming, magic, necromancers, psychic reading, and all of the various offerings of idolatry, but found-them all deadly and wanting.
Still I didn't know about the life giving gospel of Jesus Christ. Finally after Studying in Nepal and India, I founded a Holy Bible and began to study about Jesus Christ in 1980. I discovered the truth of Jesus that I am not righteous Just because I was born a Brahmins. In fact, I was sinner. Then I discovered that Jesus is loving and forgiver of sins and His reward is eternal life. I found Jesus in my heart when I knelt down and prayed confessing as sins and by asking His mercy and power of blood to clean my sins away.
THUS, I accepted Jesus as my personal savior on May AS, 1981 without any human help. Then, I knew I didn't choose Him but He chose and ordained me to teach His truth. After my discovery of Jesus and His truth, I was disowned by my parents because of my conversion from Hinduism high profile priesthood caste to Christianity. On July 27, 1989, I was visiting to a hospital where my father was declared to die any minute due to lung cancer. I got a chance to speak about Jesus to has. He heard the message so well. He believed the Word of God "Arise, take your bed, and go home. Then, he left the hospital trusting in the Lord completely. Then, he broke down all the Hindu idols in the house and in temple. Thus, he never died of cancer. He is still alive. Then, by a continuous praying, love, faith, and by studying the truth--my mother, brothers, and sister also believed Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Thus, me and my house continued serving the Lord Joshua 24:15). In the result, many of our gibbers and relatives also believed gospel one by one. Then, God's work was started by opening new fellowships in Nepal.
I searched Scripture daily poring over the words that became life unto life. I took advanced evangelical training in Singapore and studied theology in Korea. I represented Nepal in International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists at Amsterdam which was sponsored by Billy Graham Association in 1986. Beside this, studied advanced Greek and Hebrew to translate Bible into Nepal language. It took three and half years to transmits the Bible. Consequently, I had to face prison cause of Bible translation into Hindu people's national language, Nepal'.
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