It is almost 12.40 am in India on 23rd December. I am truly surrounded by all kinds of challenges. Joel is travelling around to give Christmas gifts to our pastors in different locations. He tells me that the people are suffering enormously due to the notes ban. You will have to stand in long queues for few days to take your own money from the bank and that even they give you very little. Some of our Evangelists and Pastors did not get their monthly support because of chaos prevailing in banks and by the recent demonetization mooted by our Prime Minister. Last night one of my dear friends told me that they had to close down the orphanage because of the suppressions they had from the authorities. By the way, Last night Jaya and I left our daughter Persis in the hospital in Trichy for her second confinement. Today (23rd) morning by 9 am she will undergo the procedures to deliver the baby. So in such moods I started to get the best message from the first Christmas event. Let me share them briefly.
One Hebrew word popped up in my heart and blessed me in the midst of the mess. That is EMMANUEL. (Matt.1:23)
CHRISTMAS CONVINCES US THAT GOD IS WITH US
¯I AM WITH YOU¯ is an assurance you find in the Scriptures everywhere. (Josh 3:7; Jer.1:8; Isa 41:10 ) Praise God for I am not alone. My great and awesome God is with me. What man can do unto me? (Psa.56:11)
CHRISTMAS CONVINCES US THAT GOD IS FOR US
His name Jesus means that He will save His people from their sins (Matt.1:21) So we do not need to worry about guilt of any sin for He removes them from me. If God be for us, who can be against us? (Rom.8:31)
CHRISTMAS CONVINCES US THAT GOD SURROUNDS US
On the first Christmas, the babe was surrounded by Joseph, Mary, Angels, Holy Spirit, kith and kin, Stars, Shepherds, Wise men and even dreams and visions. Bible says, ¯As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore.¯ Psa.125:2
THEREFORE CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT GOD WITH ME, FOR ME AND SURROUNDS ME. Amen
PRAISE GOD that we were able to celebrate Christmas in five locations and distributed new garments to over 3500 people.
PRAISE GOD that Persis is fine and she is expected to deliver her baby in some hours of time. Kindly uphold her in your prayers.
THANKS to all those who supported by prayers and finance in order for us to be of great witness during this celebration time.
Tonight (Thursday )I came to know a man named Gajendran came to accept Christ as his personal Saviour through the television program. Praise God.
Please pray for tonight's preaching and from 27-29 I will do THROUGH THE BIBLE