Faith expression – Can Jesus or Jesus can


It was March 07, 2010 and I was having lunch with my four year old beloved son, Reuben, and loved wife, Sangeetha,  in one of the restaurants at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World, Orlando. A man guided a lady who was blind with her guide dog, to the table next to ours where he seated her. Reuben was intently looking at this lady and as I was on the verge of telling him not to stare, he suddenly mumbled something.  Since I did not hear what he said, I asked my wife as to what Reuben had just expressed. He said, “I said, Jesus can make her see“. It caught me by pleasant surprise and I soon realized that this was a expression of faith; simple faith. Many times, instead of expressing faith, we question God’s faithfulness. Rather than stating confidently, that ‘Jesus can make her see’, we tend to ask, ‘Can Jesus make her see?’ But my son reminded me that day as to how we ought to express our faith in Jesus. I learned a valuable lesson on faith that day from my four year old son. It is important how we express our belief (faith) in Jesus and our prayer is that Reuben never loses that sense of faith, one that he imparts to all, including his parents.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The eyes we see with


The second book of Kings in the Bible records the event of the servant of Elisha, the man of God, who had risen early and saw a host made of horses and chariots of the Syrian army, that waged war against Israel. They were sent by the king of Syria to capture and take Elisha, the prophet of God (2 Kings 5:3). Having seen how the city of Dothan, where Elisha was, surrounded, the servant frets and worries. Elisha responds with words of assurance that, those who were with them were more than those who were with the enemy. Then Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant be opened and the Lord opened the servant’s eyes of the servant. Now Elisha’s servant saw not man’s army of chariots and horses, but God’s army; a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire around the prophet.

Point(s) to ponder:

  1. When we see with the eyes of our body, we see the things of man, the visible and natural elements (horses and chariots).
  2. Man’s elements are not reason for us to fret or worries about, because God with us is more than the world. God and his armies who was with them were more than those of the enemy.
  3. We need to pray that the Lord opens our eyes (of faith) with which we can see God things. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
  4. When we see with the eyes that the Lord opens, we see things of God; the invisible and supernatural elements (horses and chariots of fire)

2 Kings 6:13-17 (KJV)
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And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
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Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
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And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
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And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
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And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Idol senses


It is a common for the creation to embody the creator. We see this in art, where the artist imprints their persona in a creative form, be it music, painting or sculpture. God the Creator of All made us his creation in his own image. But when the creation, in turn wants to play the creator, it has or makes no sense, especially if the creator starts to trust in their creation.  This is the problem with man, the creation wanting to be the creator. Things and items we idolize become our creation, but the scripture warns us to not put our trust in anything else but God the Only Creator of all things (Psalm 115:8).

If you want to meet someone who is dumb (mouths that cannot speak), blind (eyes that cannot see), deaf (ears that cannot hear), with no sense of smell (nose that cannot smell), with useless hands (hands that handle not), and lame (feet that cannot walk), we don’t have to look to far. We just have to turn to idols and their makers who trust in them (sometimes ourselves).

Let us not trust in anyone, save Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things and by whom all things consist (Colossians 1:16-17). Man is the creation and should not attempt to play the Creator for in doing so is nonsense (no sense at all), especially if man ends up trusting in the idol senses, which is no sense at all.

Psalm 115:4-8 (KJV)
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Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
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They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
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They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
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They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
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They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Confession content – Sin or Savior?


Have you ever wondered as to what we should be confessing to God? In other words, what should be the content of our confession? Searching the Holy and infallible scripture gives us the answer, relative to when the confession is made. I learn that there are only two confessions that matter with and to God.

Before we have accepted Jesus and believed in His Name, we need to confess our SINS, for he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
After we have accepted Jesus and believed in His Name, we need to confess our SAVIOR – Jesus Christ, who knew NO sin, but was made sin for us, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Point(s) to ponder:

  1. Have you confessed your sins to Jesus Christ, so that he can cleanse us of all our unrighteousness?
  2. If you have had that confession of sin, then are you/I confessing the savior?

1 John 1:9 (KJV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The proof of the Risen Jesus is …


In the article entitled ‘Signs of life‘, we learn that the two vital signs of life is that we ‘rise up’ and ‘speak’ as did the son of the widow who was raised by the Lord Jesus from his coffin where he lay dead. This is recorded in Luke 7:11-15. But the scripture continues to record the events that transpired after this miracle of resurrection took place. Luke 7:16 states  “And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

We must recognize that the signs of life that were evident in the dead man who came to life, when Jesus said ‘ARISE’ leads the crowd to fear and glorify God and exclaim that a great prophet (Nazareth’s Prophet) was RISEN among them and that God had visited his people. Jesus’ words that make the spiritually dead ARISE must in fact make those who are watching recognize that JESUS is RISEN among them.

The proof of the Risen Jesus is US; you and me, who believe in His Name. The question that needs to be answered is, “Is our lives lived in such a manner that it is evidence of our resurrection from death unto life, so that those who are watching us, will turn to fear and glorify God, and exclaim that Jesus is the Risen One of God and that God has visited them?” Think about it.


Luke 7: 11-16 (KJV)
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And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
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Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
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And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
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And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
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And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
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And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.

Signs of life


Luke 7:11-15 records the miracle in which Jesus resurrects the dead son of the widow who was laid bare in an open coffin. Jesus told the dead man, “Arise” and the dead man, sat up (or arose) and began to speak (Luke 7:15).

Did you ever wonder as to why, the getting up and the speaking of the man who was raised from the dead, is explicitly called out? It is important to recognize these two signs of life – “arose” and “spoke”.

The Bible says that those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, sent to save His people from their sins, shall never die (John 11:25-26). But do we as believers, demonstrate the signs of life? Are we rising up from the spiritual coffin that we once lay and are we speaking about Jesus, The One who has given us life; life abundant, life eternal?

We ought to rise up and speak if we have been made alive in and by Christ Jesus.

Luke 7:11-15 (KJV)
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And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
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Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
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And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
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And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
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And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.

The Demand of Christ of each Christian


Neelanthil Vilunda Godumai ManiA verse that would accurately demonstrate the life of my earthly father, Dr. R.A.C. Paul, when he was with us in his earthly body is John 12:24. John 12:24 reads “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” In fact, the biography of his and my mother’s pioneering work, which has touched the lives of many, was originally written in Tamil, and entitled “Neelathil Vilundha Godumai Mani” which by interpretation means “The Fallen Corn of Wheat”. It is now translated into English and entitled “Pioneering on the pinda.” When my dad was alive as a missionary, there was little that he personally saw, as the fruit of his labor for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, but since his departure to be with the Lord on September 30, 1986, there are many churches that stand firm today, which reflect as a testament to his faithfulness to the call. Truly God has given the increase, though my dad, Dr. Paul planted and/or watered.

Jesus came so he could draw all men to himself and bring many sons to glory (John 12:32, Hebrews 2:10). The demand of Christ for all Christians today is accurately stated in John 12:24 and is quite simple. We ought to die to live and bring life to many! He who is alive to themselves abides alone. He that is willing to die to sin and self, brings forth many fruit. Our lives need to be the seed that first dies and when watered by the Holy Spirit, germinates into a sapling that grows in the fear of the Lord and in the appointed time blossoms into a heavenly flower, so that others who see us as a beautiful and glorious flower in God’s garden, will glorify God THE gardener.

John 12:24 (KJV)
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.