Lessons from India

by Benjamin Burks on January 10, 2013 · 2 comments

Dr. Kingsbury and I had a wonderful trip to the country of India.  Our hosts, Dr. Chatla and Dr. Matthew Henry are wonderful servants of the Lord.  We covered much ground in India as we were in 11 different churches in 6 days.  

The cities visited were Mumbai, Vigaywada, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, and Hyderabad. Every assembly seemed to be open to the gospel truth of justification and sanctification. They were hungry for the materials and teaching of the Word of God and the subjects on rescue & recovery of those in bondage.  

Many thanked Pastor and I for the truths we presented on reconciliation, personal revival, and practical Christian living that affects others for His glory. Thank you for your support and prayers.  From here, we will attempt to have the 4 main books of RU translated and formatted in a manner that all the churches desiring the program can have copies made and distributed.  This ministry can be used in a powerful way to disciple people into a dynamic relationship with the Lord and adapt the culture of Christ into our lives through Galatians 2:20.  

Pray for us as we seek to complete the translation.  We will need $2000 US dollars to do this properly.  If you could see the faces of hopelessness that I saw, you will join me in praying for this people group.  Thank you again for your prayers, support, and love for our Lord and His works.

Lessons from India – Do you Know Him?

I learned so much from the change of culture while I was in India.  One of my hosts reminded me that the culture of the villages of India are much like the cultures of Bible lands, even dating back to the Israelites in bondage in Egypt.

One sight that was new to me was bullocks pulling the oxcart.  These merchants would load up their goods and distribute them throughout the day. When they were all done, with a simple signal to the beast,

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he would be on his way home.  I even witnessed one such oxcart in the middle of the night with the driver sound asleep in the back as they were trekking towards home.

My host reminded me of the scripture Isaiah 1:3: “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider”. What a stark contrast of some of the simplest of beasts and their relationship to their master.  These animals know their master and can take him to his home, all while he sleeps! To not know and consider Him, our Creator, is so often manifested with all the fleshly desires and satisfactions that end in such destruction!

doth not know…
The word “know” used here is common in our Old Testament.  It is used 930 times.  Some of the other usage of this Hebrew word is to perceive, acknowledge, consider, discern, acknowledged, comprehend, and be aware.  It is the awareness of and knowing God that Israel was lacking.

Revival is not a high-powered speaker coming to your church for a special set of meetings, nor is it just a meeting. Rather revival is an awareness of God’s presence in and on your life.  When was the last time you had a fresh awareness of God’s presence in your life?  Be honest…  Some of you know what I speak of, because you were trained to daily engage in the “It’s Personal Daily Journal”.  The first question Bro. Curington asked a student when he backslid was, “When was the last time you were in your journal for more than 2 days in a row?”

The apostle Paul would ask it this way, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?” (Galatians 4:9.) Those who at one time had experienced the freedom of knowing God were drawn back to bondage again. The natural gratitude and devotion that could be expected of the most domestic of animals, was not seen in the children of Israel, and I suspect that some today struggle because they do not know Him.

I am not saying that a person who sometimes fails to perceive God properly is unsaved; but rather, I am saying that they have not acknowledged, considered, or comprehended God the way He intended.

doth not consider…
The word consider is used 995 times and sometimes used as understand, understanding, instruction, skilful, or wisely.  A person who is daily looking for fresh awareness in their lives will be skilled in living, versed in wisdom, and understanding the events and seasons of their lives.

Working with people whose lives are disheveled and headed towards disaster can be trying at times.  But when they are willing to realize that recovery without relapse is possible, they become ready for the new consideration of knowing Him.  …”And ye shall KNOW the truth, and the truth shall make you free”!  The truth is not a “what” it is a “Who”, and His name is Jesus. “And THIS is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent!” (John 8:32, John 17:3)

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Kathleen D. Burns January 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Thank you! You are doing an awesome job IN the Lord. May God bless you richly!

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Chip January 14, 2013 at 4:04 am

The answer is that the listener change or still the same from your wonderful message of our Lord and Savior! I hope you keep sharing this gospel and (CHANGE) I LEAVE WITH YOU (CHRISTLIKE)

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