2013 in review

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Your Spiritual Authority

A solid understanding of spiritual authority is vital to build your faith when casting out demons, healing the sick, and exercising your authority over the powers of darkness.

When we have been given authority to cast out demons, but instead we pray that God brings the demon out instead, we are basically asking God to do something that He gave US the tools to do ourselves! Jesus told US to cast out demons! Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to ask God to cast out demons!

Mark 13:34, “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.”
How authority works

Authority doesn’t beg; authority doesn’t ask; authority commands!

We are not told to ask God to cast out demons, we are told to do it ourselves! We are not told to beg demons to come out, we are told to CAST them out!

Matthew 8:8-9, 13, “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it… And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.”

Authority is exercised through our spoken word

The power of life and death are in the spoken word: Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Jesus’ own authority

One thing that made it clear that Jesus was the son of God, is because He exercised authority that nobody else had access to in history!

He cast out demons using His authority: Mark 1:27, “And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.”

He cast out demons with His spoken word: Matthew 8:16, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word…”

He healed the sick with His spoken word: Luke 7:7, “Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.” Also John 5:8, “Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”

Jesus has been given authority over everything:

Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
Authority to heal

Jesus said to, “Heal the sick”! Matthew 10:8, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” I think it’s interesting how Jesus didn’t tell us to pray and ask God to heal the sick, He told US to heal the sick!

I have never seen where Jesus prayed, “Father, please heal this person!” Instead, we see that Jesus healed people with His spoken Word! In John 5:8, Jesus told the man to, “…Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

The early church healed people in this same manner.

In Acts 3:6, “…Peter said, Silver or gold I do not have, but I give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

Notice in Luke 9:1 that He not only gave His disciples authority over all devils, but also to cure diseases: “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.”

Authority is exercised when there is a RIGHT to exercise it.

They weren’t praying and asking God to heal people, they had the authority to heal, and they were exercising it with a spoken word, just as Jesus did!

I want to clarify that I’m not saying that prayer can’t heal people… because it can (James 5:14-15)… I’m just saying that we are taught to heal the sick using the authority that Jesus gave us! I have seen and heard of many healings that took place through prayer, so I’m not saying not to pray, or that prayer doesn’t work. I’m simply saying that we have authority over sickness, and therefore we can exercise our authority to bring about healing in another person’s life!

I also think it’s interesting how Mark 16:17-18 tells us that healing can come through the laying on of hands: “And these signs shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” The laying on of hands can encourage the transferring of power from us into the person and heal them, just like the woman who felt power flow from Jesus when she touched the hem of His garment (Mark 5:30)! Jesus said that those who believe will have the Holy Ghost flowing out of their innermost being (John 7:38-39), and even Peter’s shadow healed people (Acts 5:15)!

Covenant of Redemption

In this covenant God the Father and the Son made an agreement with regard to the elect. This covenant was made before the universe was created and it consisted of the Father promising to bring to the Son all whom the Father had given Him (John 6:39;17:2,9,24), to send the Son to be the representative of the people (John 3:16; Rom. 5:18-19), to prepare a body for the Son (Col. 2:9; Heb. 10:5), and to give the Son all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).

The Son would become man (Col. 2:9; 1 Tim. 2:5), become for a while lower than the angels (Heb. 2:7), and be found under the Law (Gal. 4:4-5). The Son would die for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2; 1 Pet. 2:24) and the Father would raise the Son from the Dead (Psalm 2).

The Holy Spirit would empower Jesus to do the will of the Father and Christ’s ministry on earth (Matt. 3:16; Luke 4:1,18; John 3:34), and to apply the redemptive work of Christ to Christians (John 14:16-17,26; Acts 1:8; 2:17-18).

Normally, covenants are made between those of different authority levels such as a king and a subject. But in the Eternal Covenant, all the parties involved (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) are equals.

What is a Covenant?

A covenant (Hebrew berith, Greek diatheke) is a legal agreement between two or more parties. The word “covenant(s)” occurs 284 times in the Old Testament (as found in the New American Standard Bible). “Covenant(s)” occurs 37 times in the New Testament, which gives a total of 321 occurances.

Convenant of God with Man

Convenant of God with Man

Using covenants is how God communicates to us, redeems us, and guarantees us eternal life in Jesus. He does this because a covenant is a promise, and God’s promises cannot be broken since they rest in his infinite, pure character. The Bible is a covenant document. The Old and New Testaments are really Old and New Covenants. The word “testament” is Latin for Covenant.

There is a pattern to the covenants found in the Bible. Basically, it is as follows. The initiating party describes himself and what he has done, then there is a list of obligations between the two (or more) parties. What follows is the section dealing with rewards and punishments that govern the keeping and breaking of the covenant. The Ten Commandments fit this pattern and are a covenant document.

The initiating party describes himself and what he has done.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery,” (Exodus 20:2).
Then there is a list of obligations between the two (or more) parties.
“You shall have no other gods before Me,” (Exodus 20:3)
“You shall not make for yourself an idol…” (Exodus 20:4).
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain…” (Exodus 20:7)
Then there is the section dealing with rewards and punishments that govern the keeping and breaking of the covenant.
“… for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain,” (Exodus 20:7).
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you,” (Exodus 20:12).
Covenants can be conditional or non-conditional. A conditional covenant might depend on the faithfullness of one more more parties, and the covenant is invalidated should one or both break the conditions. An example of this would be the Adamic Covenant where God promised Adam eternal life if Adam remained obedient to God’s word. An unconditional covenant is one that is not dependent on the faithfulness of the parties, but remains valid. The Noahic Covenant is unconditional in that it is God’s promise to never destroy the earth again by water. There is no condition for the covenant.

All covenants in the Bible between God and man are originated by God and are an act of his grace.

Covenant Signs

Covenants have signs that represent the covenant promises.

The Adamic Covenant was made between God and Adam, where Adam would have everlasting life based on obedience to God (Gen. 1:28-30; 2:15). The sign was the Tree of Life (Gen. 2:9).
The Noahic Covenant was between God and Noah and was the promise by God to never destroy the earth again by a flood (Gen. 9:11). The sign of the covenant is the rainbow (Gen. 9:13).
The Mosaic Covenant was between God and the Israelites, where they would be a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6), and the sign of the covenant was the tablets of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 24:12).
The New Covenant is between Christ and his church and consists of obtaining eternal salvation. The covenant sign is baptism (Col. 2:11-12) with the continued participation in the covenant via the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:25).

JESUS Has Done Mighty and Great Things for me

Thank you Lord! Am not at all worthy to receive this gift!!

Thank you Lord! Am not at all worthy to receive this gift!!

God has done Mighty things in my life ; He’s the very air I breathe
In Him I live, move, and have my being, His love intercedes

He’s the answer to my life’s questions, even am unfaithful to you
You are always faithful to me, Thanks for this love father.

In my Good and bad times, I will rejoice in you,
B’coz you are holding my hands and not forsaken me, why should I worry about.

God has done great things for me; every day is a miracle in my life
To gaze around at all the beauty, they’re such wonders to mine eyes

And when I bow in prayer, I know his presence is there
Although I may not always feel Him, I can leave with him my cares

Though my faith is small, His inner strength makes me strong
I have his guidance when I ask; The Holy Spirit never stirs me wrong

He knows all my needs, I needn’t have to ask
He’s given me much more, Heavenly treasures that last

If I could count each blessing, I’ve many great and small
His love is the greatest gift, I treasure of them all

Each day is a day to thank him, to offer up my praise
To worship and adore Him, This Mighty God who saves



Worship with Don Meon

Worship with Don Meon

Sadhu Chellappa: Finding Jesus Christ from Vedas

Sadhu Chellappa is an avid writer, Christian evengelist from South India who has written 28 books in Tamil and English language. He has mastered the knowledge of the Vedas (Ancient text of Hindu scriptures in Sanskrit language) and the other Hindu scriptures. He teaches about a connecting link between Vedas and Jesus Christ.

Finding Jesus Christ from Vedas

Finding Jesus Christ from Vedas

His Life story:

Sadhu Chellapa came from a very religious family from Tamilnadu, India. He recalls his grandfather being a conservative religious person but his father being a little lenient. When he was at a very young, 1st World war was going on. The times were very difficult and his family was in search for a better livelihood. It was also the time of British Raj in India. Hindu caste system was very prevalent. The lower caste people were inhumanely treated by the Brahmins and the upper class people. While at the same time, the British did not discriminate between the high and the low caste and they welcomed anyone who would be ready to serve them. So his father who was well educated and respected in the society decided to embrace Christianity for the quality of life for himself and his family. By doing so, he also could please the ruling British empire.

His father was working with a Missionary who was from Britain. Everything went well until his father demanded a salary raise. In response to that, he lost his job. The family was stranded. They had nowhere to go. Even everyday food for the family became a challenge. One day, young Chellappa went to the temple to eat the food which was offered to the idols; he liked the temple and especially food. So every day, he would go to the temple to eat and while eating he would listen carefully to the shlokas recited by the priest of the temple. Soon he memorized many of the shlokas by heart. One day the priest saw and heard him reciting the same shlokas and was very impressed. He asked the young boy to come and help him in the duties of the temple. He readily accepted because that meant more food during the day and no starvation. Slowly people noticed him at the temple reciting shlokas and were very impressed. His fame grew and people also offered him gifts and food.

One day, he realized while reciting the Shlokas about a legend “Prajapati” (the lord of the people) which is mentioned in the Vedas. This historic figure was supposed to take the sins of the world and die for it. He also had to remain sinless and a wild thorny creeper on his head. He was to die for the sins of the world and resurrect. Sadhu Chellapa was really interested in this deity “Prajapathi” who is mentioned in Rig Veda as a “silent sufferer”. So he started searching for him. He asked many questions to other priests and Brahmans in the temples. He was determined to search out his Prajapathi. But he did not find any satisfactory answers. He was only 19 years old at that time and felt very disillusioned. So he thought to himself may be there is no God and everything is purposeless.

During this time, he met another atheist who had a long conversation with him that there is a god, but the world has many names to this god. People say there is a Christian god, a Muslim god, a Jewish god and thousands of Hindu gods, So it is better to believe there is no god. It makes more sense to just ignore God!

Some time went by, and his parents wanted him to get married. One of his Uncles insisted that he would marry a good Christian girl. He did not know why he believed that, but he agreed to it. So he married and had children. Life went on but he was not at peace, he started smoking, drinking and also went under a huge debt. Due to his ill habits of smoking, he suffered from TB. There was no proper cure in those days so he suffered a lot. On top of this he always had guilt in himself that he is neither a good husband to his wife or a good father to his children. Day by day the guilt of family, disillusionment from god and the tensions of debt led him to depression.

One day he was travelling in the train with all the problems and worries of his life and he thought of a way to escape from it. He decided to commit suicide. He went to the door of the gushing train to throw himself down. Right at that moment he heard a mysterious voice saying, “He that conceals his sin will never prosper.” This verse struck him to his core. He felt why he heard something like this? What was the purpose? Was there a message for him? As soon as the train stopped he got down and he saw a huge Christian gathering in an open place. He started walking towards it, thinking that Jesus Christ is a Christian and foreign god of the West. But he felt compelled to go there. In the meeting he heard the pastor speak about sin which he understood very well from his knowledge of Vedas. But then, the pastor said that only Jesus Christ, who is born of the virgin can take away the sins of world, for He alone is sinless and he is the atoning sacrifice on behalf of all the people. Sadhu Chellapa recalled that about “Prajapathi”, written in the Vedas too. He could not believe the exact connection. That night the pastor invited the congregation to come forward and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. He ran in front, prayed and accepted Jesus into his heart. Since that day he started sharing his testimony and preaching the Word of God in all the places.

Finding Jesus Christ from Vedas

Finding Jesus Christ from Vedas

You can read more about him, his mission, and his audio and video preaching on his website http://www.agniministries.org/Default.aspx. His testimony is published in a leading British magazine “The Edge”. You can also listen to 10 part testimony here on youtube where he talks in detail about the Vedas and its fascinating yet much ignored passages which may point to Jesus Christ. (The videos are set into playlist, so you can continually watch all parts without any more clicks.)

Video testimony of Sadhu Chellappa


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