Verses of Scripture which gripped my soul.
Ps.34:5.“They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed”.
I remember at the age of ten I used to repeat this verse so many times to myself as God’s promise to me! It stayed on with me ever since.
l Thes. 4:12
At the age of eighteen I was in the second year of my Bible college. I was beginning to read and understand English then. Living Letters (Epistles of the Living Bible) came out those days and I grabbed it like hot cake. The simple language and bold print attracted me to it. I remember reading it again and again. But one of the verses which gripped my soul was a part of l Thes. 4:12. “This should be your ambition to live a quiet life minding your own business”. From then I never poked my nose into the life or business of some one else. I truly thank the Lord for giving me this insight very early in my life.
Lk. 16:15 “for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
After completing the phonemic analysis and writing basic grammar for Kurumba language I met a professor form Tamil University and discussed the possibility of registering for a Ph.D. program. It was easily possible with a little more effort and final write up. Next time when I went to Chennai I met the professor and bought an application form for the same. The following day for meditation was this verse of scripture. I learnt that God has a different standard from that of men. I decided I would never look for a high estimation among men. I just dropped that application form and never used it!
The truth of scripture which transformed my life
I read several books on prayer. Dick Eastman’s “No Easy Road” and “The Hour That Changes the World” are the two books which put me on the proper track. One of the greatest truths I learnt from this author is: “What prayer means to God, criticism means to the Devil”. I studied the concept further. We know Our Lord intercedes for us while the devil accuses us before the Father. They generate opposite forces and they work one against the other. I learnt that when I intercede I help that Lord in His ministry; but when I accuse or criticize I help the devil and his ministry. When I intercede I do the Lord’s work. When I accuse some one I do the devil’s work.
I decided that I would never accuse a person for whom Christ intercedes. I began to see my prayers being answered as never before! Many of us pray. But if we entertain a critical spirit our prayer can never reach God. How can the Lord help someone who helps the devil? If any one wants to have a powerful prayer life, such a person should never accuse anyone even in prayer! (Read more about this in my book on prayer, the chapter titled ‘Opposite Force of Prayer’)