Dearly beloved in Christ Jesus, may the blessings of our resurrected Lord be with you all.
My dearly beloved, let us always keep God’s calling before us and press towards the goal, allowing no power of darkness in preventing us from reaching our goal.
See what Apostle Paul says about the Lord’s calling in Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
II Timothy 4:10 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica – Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
I Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through many sorrows.
Children of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life which He will manifest in His own time; He who is the blessed and only potentate, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Who can separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution or famine, or nakedness or peril, or sword?
No height, no depth or any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Samson a servant of God who had forgotten his calling – we see his tearful prayer in
Judges 16:28 And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
As per how he prayed, in the same way he died along with the Philistines.
His eyes were removed, his hands were in chains, he was mocked at but deep in his heart he still had faith that God would answer his prayers.
On the other side, evil must have brought in guilt and he must have been sorry for forsaking God’s calling.
To be one with the Lord, he asked the Lord to forgive him his past and prayed to strengthen him once again.
Don’t look at your past and be sorrowful; have faith in our resurrected God and pray as Samson prayed for oneness with the Lord.
Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Our Lord’s hand is always stretched out to lift you. Isaiah 52:2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
So beloved ones, trust in the hand of God, and believe in His precious blood that He shed for you.
For Ecclesiastes 7:20 says – For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
David cried out to the Lord in Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
The Bible warns us that because no one is righteous don’t quench your conscience to do sin. So when your foot slips, God’s power can save you. Psalms 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. He who covers his sin will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
So my dearly beloved, this Easter do not feel you are alone, but look to our Resurrected God and call out to Him, He is always near to you to hear your prayer and to deliver you and bless you.
Let this Easter bring to you and your family, love, peace and joy. Pray for one another. May God bless you.
My son Irwin was suffering from very high fever. Even after taking medicines, his fever did not come down. At night it would rose to 104◦F. After the healing service on Saturday, I informed about this to Pastor Saroja. Pastor prayed over Irwin and he was healed.
My second testimony: After our picnic I resumed work and on the first day itself I received my yearly increment letter. I did not open the envelope in my office thinking the increase would be around Rs. 200-300. But when I went home and opened my letter, I was surprised to see the increment was Rs. 2500/-. The next day when I checked in the office about others increment, I realized that I had got the highest increment.
I give all praise, glory and honour to Lord Jesus Christ for healing my son and for my increment. Thanks also to Pastor Saroja for her fervent prayers for my family and me always.
Praise the Lord!
Bro Hardik Patel (Goregoan, East)
Praise the Lord!
My name is Rajeshwari. In the year 2012 I had a tumor for which I was operated and I became alright. Recently, I started having the same stomach pain again. I checked with the doctor who said that there is a tumor in my gland and have to get re-operation done. The tumor was very painful, I was unable to do any work and I became very sorrowful, because of this.When Pastor Saroja came for the Chennai meeting, I explained this to her and she prayed for me. I then went to the doctor for checkup, the doctor was surprised and said that there was no tumor in the gland and there was no need for an operation and that I would be alright with medicines. Though I got the medicines, I did not take any medications. Now, for the last 3 months, I do not have pain and I can do all my work. I thank God for His grace and mercy upon me, that I was healed without operation, I trusted my Lord and I got complete healing. I thank Pastor Saroja for her fervent prayers for me.
Sis. Rajeshwari – Chennai
Praise the Lord!
My name is Kunashekharan. I was giving milk house to house on the cycle. I asked Pastor Saroja for God to provide me with a bike for my work. To my surprise, God enabled me to by a bike soon. I am so happy, my family was also surprised for this God’s gift. Thank you Jesus for your love. Thank you Pastor Saroja for your prayers.
Bro. Kunashekharan – Chennai
I would like to share a testimony how the Lord’s thoughts and ways are so much higher than ours. 3 years ago, we rented a house from my company in Bangalore. We also started having regular prayer meetings and Pastor Saroja would come from Mumbai once a month for this meeting. On one such trip, Pastor told me to ask my company if I could buy the flat. At that time my Company refused.
Then, we started seeing other flats. When we were nearly finalizing another flat, I fell very sick and got severe chest pain. Pastor told me that the Lord was not happy and she again counselled me to ask my company if they would sell the flat. Since the Director had refused once, I was hesitant to ask again. After a few weeks Pastor was upset as I had still not spoken to my Director on the same. Next day, immediately I went to the Director and asked him for the sale of the house. This time to my surprise, he not only agreed to sell the flat but also brought down the price and we immediately purchased the house.
I believe in my heart that since we had ‘Praise and Worship’ in this house, it was God’s plan to bless us with the same house. Truly, His thoughts and plans are higher than ours.
Thank you Jesus for this great blessing and thank you Pastor for always guiding us to understand God’s ways! Thank you also for your fervent prayers for us always. Praise the Lord!
Sis. Sandra Daniels, (Bangalore)
Praise the Lord!
Firstly I apologize for being late in testifying about God’s great doings in my life.
I have two testimonies:
1) I had been struggling for a job change for a long time as things were not at all working for me at my work place due to some problem or the other. During the Bangalore meeting, I told Pastor Saroja that the company I am working with is down-sizing and that I was struggling for a new job. She prayed for me earnestly and within two weeks I was blessed with a new job in a miraculous way… just like magic.
2) My wife Kheyali had been suffering with joint pain in the knee since a long time. We had visited many doctors and done all medical tests but nothing happened. Then during the last Bangalore prayer meeting we shared this with Pastor Saroja who told us to apply the prayer oil which she had given us some time back. We applied the prayer oil on the area of pain for some days and prayed whole heartedly. Within two weeks her pain was healed.
We give all glory and thanks to Jesus Christ for both the above testimonies. Also thanks to Pastor Saroja for her sincere prayers for us.
Thank you Jesus!
Anindya & Kheyali Dey (Bangalore)
Praise the Lord! I have two testimonies:
1) Last month due to sudden rains, I slipped and fell. After two days, I experienced pain right from my hips to the entire leg. I went to the doctor and took medicine, but still the pain continued. I then called Pastor Saroja and informed her about this and requested her for prayers. Pastor prayed for me and also advised me to apply prayer oil. After that I was completely healed.
2) My second testimony: I was suffering from acidity for several days. I requested Pastor Saroja for her prayers for this too. After her prayers, my acidity was also healed.
I give all glory and thanks to Jesus Christ for both my healings. Also, thanks to Pastor Saroja for her prayers for me. Thank you Jesus!
Sis SusMary, Goregaon E
The Lord God has given us all the good news of Easter. As promised by Him, He rose again on the third day after His death for you and me and blessed us with life everlasting. So what better gift do we need for ‘Easter’? During the Revival Meeting held recently, we have heard that in 9th Year of our Ministry we will all be blessed with Spiritual gifts. We will all be Spiritually anointed this year. Yes, the Lord does not want us to be seated where we are, but He wants us to arise and shine for His Glory. Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee”. Lord gives us the thought again and again ‘Arise and shine, for the Light and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee’. Jesus died for our sins – we read this in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve”. As promised to us through the Prophets, Jesus rose again from dead. Thus, we should shine for God in the coming years.
We all know Gideon’s story. In his hand he had a clay pitcher – within it was a flame of fire. But, the flame of fire did not shine outside since it was hidden within the clay pitcher. Gideon chose 300 men and divided them into three groups and gave each a trumpet and an empty clay pitcher in each one’s hand and sent them to fight the Midianites. There was a flame of fire inside the clay pitcher, but no one could see it. Only when the clay pitcher was broken, could the flame of fire be seen by the enemy. Thus when the Midianites saw the 300 flaming fires coming towards them, there was a very bright light shining all around. The enemy feared this, screamed and fled away.Judges 7:16-21 “And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried, and fled”.God has made you and me from clay. He has kept the flame of light within us too. If we do not break open the clay pitcher, the world will not see the flame of light within us. The enemy cannot bear to see the flaming light, thus we must break open the clay pitcher surrounding us too. Every works of the flesh must be destroyed within us and we must shine for God’s glory. The Word says God made man out of clay. Remember the story of ‘The Potter and the Clay‘? We are all made out of clay and there is a flame of fire within us. God has given us His very breath within us; He has placed His Spirit within us. But, for the enemy to see God’s light within us, we must break open from the clay pitcher that surrounds us.
Romans 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.In John 20, we read about how everyone came and saw the empty tomb and went away, but Mary stood outside the tomb and wept bitterly. She feared that someone had taken Jesus’ body away and she continued to weep thinking of Jesus. While Jesus stood far away watching this, her eyes were filled with tears and she could not recognize Him. Only when He spoke and called out her name “Mary”, she turned to see Jesus and recognized Him and ran towards Him. When Jesus was alive in this world, they had a relationship of a brother and sister. They shared one love and spirit. Whenever Jesus visited this village, He stayed in their house. Jesus was looked after well by this family. Thus, when Jesus said “Mary”, she recognized His voice and ran towards Him to cling to Him. But Jesus restricts her from clinging to Him and said “I have not yet ascended to my Father”. We know how the disciples had locked themselves at home, fearing the Jews. They did not believe that Jesus would rise again. The Pharisees and Sadducees knew all the people who were followers of Jesus. They knew all those who helped Jesus and supported Him while He was alive. But now, the disciples had seen what had happened and how Jesus was crucified, so they feared the Jews and stayed within their homes. Jesus visits his disciples and says to them “Peace be with you”. Jesus knew that His disciples were totally shattered in seeing Him being crucified; they needed to be strengthened once again and their belief needed to be boosted once again. Thus, Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon them and empowered them once again. The disciples happily went and told Thomas all this, since he was not present when Jesus visited them. But doubting Thomas as he was, he said “I will not believe this, without putting my finger in the wound I won’t believe what you are saying.” Jesus appears to them once again after eight days when Thomas is also in their midst. Jesus appears to the disciples and He tells Thomas, ‘put your finger into my wound and believe it is Me, but don’t be without belief’. Jesus says “Blessed are those who believe without seeing”. We are more blessed today to believe in Jesus than His disciples, because we have not seen anything, yet we have believed Jesus through the ‘Word’ alone. Hence Jesus said “True Believers can do more works than I did on this earth”. Why did Jesus give us this authority? Because we have believed and accepted Him without seeing Him –thereby believing in the truth of the Word. Yes, you and me did not eat and drink with Jesus, nor were we in the multitudes who saw Him ride on the donkey. We did not hear Him preach, nor did we see Him perform any miracles. Yet, we have believed the ‘Word’ and the ‘Word’ is True. We should not live according to the flesh, but through the Spirit alone. We must break the clay pitcher around us, only then the flaming fire of God within us will be seen by the enemy.
The Word tells us one more way how we can become a ‘Flaming fire for God”. Ephesians 5:14 “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”. Even today we have the living dead amongst us, those who are sleeping away their lives. When listening to the ‘Word’, they may be physically present but spiritually they are dead and their mind is wandering. There are some who are physically sleeping here. Some do not like to lift up their voices and sing and lift up their hands and clap while singing. Some do not like to sit for long, nor stand for long. The ‘Word’ preached here is bitter to them. There are different types of people around us too. But, God warns us that we must not be like these people. He warns us to ‘Arise from the dead’ and separate from these people, only then we can shine for His glory. Yes, God has kept His flaming fire within us, but unless the clay pitcher is broken around us, we cannot shine for His glory. Such people are the living dead and they have no oil in them, hence their flame is put off. We know what happened when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane, how He asked the disciples to sit under the shade of a tree and be watchful and pray. While Jesus went far away to sit on a stone in the heat of the afternoon and pray, the disciples fell asleep. Luke 22:46 “And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation”.When we sleep, we fall into temptation – thus we must separate ourselves from those who are sleeping. Since the disciples did not continue to pray, they fell asleep and thus fell into temptation. Our God has given each of us the ‘flaming fire’ within us. Yet we do not want to praise and worship. We sleep while listening to the Word. We do not want to go to church and thus we fall into sin and become sick. We have become the living dead. Who can save us? It is God alone who can save us. If we do not give our time for God, how will He save us when we want Him to? Who can give us life everlasting? Who died for us? Jesus died for us and rose again from the dead, to give us strength, power, wisdom and above all His Grace in our life. To set our flame on fire, Jesus rose again from the dead. We must give Him our time, our worship, our reverence. Practical things of life makes a man more equipped to face the world. Jesus lived in this world and yet did not live according to the law of the Land. A woman was caught in adultery and brought to Jesus for judgment. We know the law in those days was to stone a man/woman to death if they are caught in adultery. But Jesus knew the heart of this woman who was brought to Him. Actually according to the Law, both the man and woman caught in adultery must be brought for judgment. But in this case, only the woman was brought to Him. Jesus knew the heart of the woman and her repentance thereof; hence He brought out the sins of each and every one standing around her. Thus they started running away from His sight. Finally Jesus was left alone with the woman and He delivered her and told her to ‘sin no more’.
Remember, let any kind of injustice happen in our life, but we must never forsake our God, because He is a God of justice and He will judge according to our hearts; not as the world sees, because He knows our hearts. We know that governments today make different sets of rules for men and women, but our God is a ‘Just God’ and He does not break the Law, rather He is a law keeper. Those who do not pray, fall into temptation. Never cease to read the bible and pray or else you will fall into temptation. Who can save us from temptation? God alone can save us from temptation. Luke 24:13-16 “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him”.These men were foolish in their hearts and thus they were blinded with unbelief, they did not recognize Jesus. Luke 24: 25-27 “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”.These men took Jesus for granted. Even when He preached in this world they did not bother and were foolish in their hearts with disbelief. Their minds were dull and they did not believe any prophet right from the times of Moses. We must never forsake Lord’s appointed day for praise and worship in our lives, from attending church and listening to the ‘Word’, else the flame of fire will diminish from our lives. We then become helpless in our lives. Our minds are destroyed. We should always be alert to temptations. Each one of us has to face different tests in life, each one of us has to go through the furnace of cleansing to be purified for the Lord. The flame of
fire within us should always be burning and our enemy should see it. Like the Israelites ate manna in the dessert and were blessed with good health for 40 years, similarly we too need the spiritual manna in our lives to stay away from temptation in our life. John 1:11 says “He came for His own, but His own did not receive Him”. Thus, we must eat the manna everyday in our life. Psalms 1:1-3 says we must keep ourselves away from the wicked of this world, who will take us away from God, and only thus we will become a light for God
Moses fasted and spent 40 days and nights with God on Mount Sinai. When he returned, his face was shining with the glory of God and no one could look into his face because of the light that was shining upon Moses.Exodus 34:28-30 “And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him”.Yes, our Lord God has promised that at end times He will pour out His spirit on all mankind without partiality. Our Lord will see each one’s talent, our desire and our worthiness to receive the same. Each one of us must be willing to be filled with the light of God; we must separate ourselves from the sins of this world and the worldly people. In my life, when I came seeking God in this holy temple, I did not know the Word since I was not a Christian. I was an uneducated woman. Even in my school days, when we were asked to pray, I would run away and attend school late to avoid prayer. But all those who were late were made to pray separately and only then enter the classroom. Yet, I did not accept God then. Like Saul who was converted into Paul on the road to Damascus, the God touched my life and changed it. I now eagerly began to look forward to come into this Holy temple before time. Though I had not yet changed totally, I still loved the Lord very dearly, but lived desiring the things of this world. It is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who brings a complete change in our heart and also changes our desires for the things of this world. Even today, we need not tell people don’t do this and don’t do that, but when God captures the heart completely, He alone will bring a 360◦ change in our lives. We have many members in Bhilad, Gujarat who have changed their lives. We have not asked them to change or to forsake what they are doing. But God has converted them and their hearts towards Him. From the beginning, we see the works of God in this world happened only by spreading the love of God and not by forcing them to do something they did not believe in. We must know that God’s Word can be spread only by love and not by force. We go to Bhilad and Nasik to spread God’s Word and not to receive something in return. Rather, we give them what we have i.e. the Word. We must not spend our life sitting in one place, but rather we must spread the Light of God in this world; that is why we take the trouble to go to all these places to spread God’s Word. If we continue to live in flesh, we will perish in our flesh itself. The clay pitcher around us must be broken, only then the flaming light will be shown to this world. Thus we must desire to work for the Lord, we must desire to spread the Word and Light of God in this world, and we must sacrifice our time for the Lord. Yes, the end time is close at hand. Remember, the bible says that where there will be two, one will be taken away. Who is the one who will be taken away? It is the one whose clay pitcher has been broken and whose light is shining for the Lord. The one who has separated himself/herself from this world will be taken away. The other is the one who has lived in the ways of the flesh, who will surely perish in this world. Romans 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.
We know the story of Enoch in the Old Testament Genesis 5:22 “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters”. Enoch walked with God for 300 years. God wishes to be us like Enoch and Moses. Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. God wishes to walk and talk with us too as He did with Enoch and Moses. Remember, money is the root of all evil. We must forsake all for His sake. When we forsake all things in this world, we will become His beloved. We can be sure to be with the Lord when He comes to collect His elect. Mathew 24:40-41 “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left”.When we forsake the desires of the flesh and live according to God’s will in this world, the flaming fire will shine upon us and we can be sure to be lifted up by the Lord. Our God knows our every deed done for Him. Nothing is hidden from Him. He is a God who will harvest souls at the end because He alone knows our hearts. Let us just think about it for a moment, let us think of the end times, how we will feel when we will be left behind to burn in hell fire. What is the reason that God will forsake us?
Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. Our lack of faith is the only reason that God will forsake us. God took away Enoch from this world because he remained entwined with the Lord till the end.
James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded”.We do not want to go to God because we are sinners. We need to purify ourselves first and we should not be double minded in our pursuit to draw closer to God. Lord Jesus answers James with a parable in the bible on ‘The Prodigal son”. Luke 15:20 “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him”. The son cleansed himself from the sins of this world and then returned to his father. His father had compassion on him and accepted him back. Our Lord Jesus Christ does the same to us. He watches us from afar, and when we repent and cleanse ourselves from the sins of this world, He accepts us with open arms.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me”.Yes, once again Lord assures us that He stands outside the door of our heart and knocks; if we hear His voice and open the door He will enter in. Let each one of us repent and accept the Lord today. Let us break the clay pitcher around us and let the flaming fire turn into a light and shine for Jesus. Let us also become the light that others can see and accept. Let the enemy also see this light shining within us and run away from us. Luke 15:7 “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance”.
1 Corinthians 15:3-5, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve”. The Lord God does not wish that we continue to sit where we are, rather He wishes that we break the clay pitcher around us and let the flaming fire become the light to be shown to the world and that many more sinners see the light and accept Him. Thus we will become a blessing to the world, for many will see and believe and will be brought to His saving grace.
Let this message kindle a ‘new light in our lives and let us celebrate the true meaning of Easter’. May God bless this Word!
Pastor Saroja M.