God Honors Our Faith

Stephen Paul

READ : Matthew 17:14-20 The marriage of our daughter was fixed for January 3, 2001. Two weeks prior to that date a road accident took place in our town resulting in the death of a Muslim girl. One police officer and three constables (all Hindus) were injured in the ensuing mob clash. Police opened fire killing three Muslims and a curfew was imposed. We started praying earnestly that our marriage plans would materialize. Total curfew was lifted after five days. …

Living by Faith

Stephen Paul

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 This is the age of visual aids, TV, videos and multimedia computers. They have made such an impact that without such aids any form of presentation seems ineffective. When I was still in my government job, one of my Hindu colleagues once asked me, “How do Christians worship without any object representing God before them?” Hindus have such a mind-set that they cannot imagine any form of worship without an idol. They admit, however, that …

God Controls Our Circumstances

Stephen Paul

READ : Psalm 18:30-32 We all know that believers, though they might have been walking with the Lord for many years, become shaky sometimes. The reason is that their faith is not resting securely on three basic facts concerning God: his perfect love, absolute power and perfect wisdom. If we are convinced about his love, we must be equally convinced about his sovereign power as well. That is why Jesus taught us to pray addressing God as “Our Father in …

Miracles Never Cease

Stephen Paul

READ : Psalm 118:14-18 I have the vivid memory of the sickness of my father who was lying in bed following a heart attack in 1971. Attending doctors said he could survive for only a few hours. However, at the onset of the attack God’s word flashed in his mind as a promise, “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done” (v. 17). He uttered it loudly and then fell unconscious. Everybody, including all …

Following Christ Is Costly

Stephen Paul

READ : 2 Corinthians 11:23-31 The Apostle Paul could have chosen an easy life when he was saved on the Damascus road. He could have settled down to a comfortable life as a Christian businessman in Antioch. But he didn’t do that. He went out to serve God and endured hardship. He got 195 lashes on his back; he was stoned, suffered shipwreck and faced many dangers in his service for God. He was determined that he would not offer …

Honesty With God

Stephen Paul

READ : Genesis 32:24-31 A careful look at the life of Jacob very clearly shows the basis of real blessing. Jacob was blessed in the place where he was honest with God. God asks him, “What is your name?” When his father had asked him the same question twenty years earlier, he had lied and said, “I am Esau.” But now he is honest. He says, “I am Jacob,” or, in other words, a deceiver (the meaning of his name). …