REVERENCE FOR GOD

For the love of Christ compels us.
(2 Corinthians 5:14)

So Satan answered the LORD and said, 'Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!' (Job 1:9-11).

This passage talk of a certain man named Job about whom God Himself had witnessed thus: "There is none like My servant Job on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil." God made a hedge around him, his household and on all that he had. Satan who envied Job, kept moving constantly around the hedge but could by no means harm him.

Dearly beloved, when we fear the Lord and walk in His ways, it is His intention that we should eat the labour of our hands. Therefore, the Lord would make a hedge around and protect us from all evil.

A very long time ago, while working for a bank I happened to visit a particular place. The officials came and told, "A prominent man from this place wishes to host a tea-party particularly for you and earnestly seeks your precious presence. Perhaps, your visit to his house, may bring huge deposits of money for our bank." Accordingly, I paid a visit and met this man about whom I had been informed.

This man, who carried on with a transport business spoke to me solitarily for a very long time. In his possession, he had many vehicles. He said, "Brother, early in the morning when the vehicles leave this place they are in good condition but they return in a damaged condition at evening. Sometimes the seats are broken, at times, without any reason the wheels get deranged, something or the other unpleasant keeps happening. I am in a quandary for I have incurred great loss in replacing and rectifying all these damages. One day a demon came upon my wife and said, 'I am causing you all these damages'. I called for many magicians but the demon would look at them and say, "Are you going to chant this mantra?" On hearing these words the magicians immediately gripped by an unknown fear fled. Then I approached people who prayed for others. The demon looked even at them and started to declare their life story and would finally question, 'With this list of shortcomings in your own life, how dare you come to drive me out?'

I do not know what to do." Finally he said, "Owning to its demonic acts, I have lost everything now" these words reflected the colourless life and pitiable plight of that businessman.

After listening to all that he had to say, I looked up to the Lord and pleaded for him. Our compassionate Lord appeared and said, "There is nothing like big and small demon. You command, 'Get out' and it will obey." These words from my loving Saviour greatly encouraged me. I told, "Sir, please call your wife here." At my behest, his wife came. I feared whether that woman would also scold me. On the contrary, when I looked into her face, the compassion of our Lord was poured into my heart.

The Bible says in I John 4:18, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." The woman came with the thought, "Let me see this new fellow who has come here professing to pray for me." "For the love of Christ compels us." (2 Corinthians 5:14).

I looked at her and said, "Sister, please sit down." When she sat down, I placed my hands on her head and began to pray with tears that came forth from a compassionate and a contrite spirit. With fear and trembling the household members stood looking at this scene anticipating the unknown outcome.

As soon as the divine hand of our Lord Jesus Christ touched that woman, instantaneously she fainted. After a few moments, she opened her eyes and smiled at me. She fell at my feet and said, "Sir, you must have lunch in my home and I will prepare it for you."

That day marked the end of all the demonic acts. From then on, that businessman's vehicles met with trouble no more and the blessings of the Lord came to that family in abundance.

Dearly beloved, do not be troubled! Many of you may lament saying thus: "Brother, though I earn a handsome income I am not able to retain even a small portion of it. There is no blessing at all. Everything I set my hand upon ends in failure. Someone has done witchcraft or sorcery against us." Be not troubled for today the Lord will remove every demonic act and grant you His divine blessings. Trust in the Lord today for your miracle.

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