Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How Islam Led Me to Christ Not Church or Christian Denominations

"I Would Not Be a Minister and Financier of the Gospel today if it had not been For Islam."

Christians be weary of judging Muslims or people of different religions. There are many roads that lead to Christ. A Virtuous woman of God who is a believer and follower of Jesus Christ said she would not be a minister and financier of the Gospel today if it had not been for Islam. 

“My father came from a family that had a generational foundation in idol worshiping.  They went to church but, continued to mix it with family traditions of homage to idols.  My mother was a devout Muslim who made us pray 5 times a day.  Although she knew she had to follow the head of her household, she was determined to give us a good spiritual foundation in God.”

As a Muslim one is supposed to believe in and have all of Gods holy books.  So that meant we had a Bible, Torah and Quran.  “My mother believed in reading and knowing what Gods instruction says for you.   She didn’t just want us to wait until Juma service every Friday to open the Quran and read what God says.  We had to learn about Abraham, Moses, Daniel, David and many of the great men/women of God.”

In reading the Quran we learned of those that follow Jesus Christ.  Muslims who consistently read their Quran will know that there are and will be followers of Jesus Christ.
(Surah 3:55-A. Yussuf Ali translation) says “Behold! God said: ‘O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to myself and clear thee (of the falsehoods) of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith,” 

Another translation (Surah 57:27-King Fahd Cmplx translation) says “Then, we went after them our messengers, and we sent ‘Isa (Jesus)-son of Maryam (Mary), and gave him the Injeel (Gospel).  And we ordained in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy……..”

“It was the early morning prayers between 5-6am that we despised the most.  I didn’t understand the importance of seeking God’s face early in the morning.  Jesus did it often.   The irony is that now I can’t start my day with out hearing from and sharing with God at 5am.”

Religion can become so routine, conventional, ceremonial, habitual, ritual or even traditional.  I have seen it in Christianity and Islam.  If most people read the word of God daily they would know that when God anointed Jesus and sent him to us-it was not to create another religion, but to give us ABUNDANT LIFE.

Evangelism should always be the focus-Jesus went to the world. Christians who actively read the Bible can gain more understanding of what Paul expressed.    They would be able to decipher between Muslims who truly know the word and the opinions of uniformed Muslims.  Christians would also have some insight into the disparity between Arab culture and the actual practice of Islam.

 In a letter that Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he discussed a wide variety of subjects-especially party strife within the church. Out side of the church he states that his actions are focused on the gain of more for Christ. 1Corinthians 9:19-23; is a great display of the mind set that we should have towards those outside of the church. 

In 1Corinth 9:19-23(Amplified)Paul states that “ For although I am free in every way from anyone’s control, I have made myself a bond servant to everyone, so that I might gain the more [for Christ]…..To the Jews, I became a Jew…….To those without(outside)law…..To the weak……And I do this for the sake of the good news(the Gospel)in order that I may become a participator in it and share in its [blessings along with you].”

“Even though, my family has had many spiritual attacks since I chose to give my life to Jesus Christ to the glory of God, I am able to share with my mom about the love of God through the Gospel-beyond denominational Christianity.”

“The unconditional love of Christ enables me to share Gods Biblical financial principles of prosperity-some even exist in the Quran.  I show my mother the joy and victory in kingdom living-God gave us the   keys!  The Quran even tells Muslims that God has keys to his kingdom and his righteous will inherit the earth.”

Islam means the submission to the Will of God.  This implies faith, doing right, being an example to others to do right and having the power to see that the right prevails, eschewing wrong, being an example to others to eschew wrong, and having power to see that wrong and injustice are defeated.

“The Gospel enabled me to know what it means to be believer who walks by faith.  If it had not been for the grace of God on my mothers life to be persistent in prayers and reading of the Quran; I wonder where we would be.”

 I hope this will be a blessing to many people all over the world-Thank you.
TT From UK.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

KEEP YOUR foot......

Ecclesiastes chapter 5:9 states that “the profit of the earth is for all.”  However not all will enjoy the profit of the earth and not all that profit will enjoy the earth.

According to Ecclesiastes 5:19, it is a gift of God for us to be given riches, possessions, the power to ENJOY those riches and possessions; the ability to accept your appointed lot (share, fortune, or ration); and then finally to have the ability to rejoice in your toil (work).

It does not seem to make sense that it takes a gift from God to be able to take pleasure in your riches and possessions, or to accept your portion or to enjoy your work.  Society tells us we will be so much happier once we get the great job or contract, house, cars, clothes, gadgets, husband, wife, kids, vacations, etc.

But when you watch television programs that  describe the personal challenges of lottery winners, successful entrepreneurs/corporate employees, Pastors, wealthy house wives,  or  the tribulations of the “haves & have nots” of the world-the immense need for Gods gift clearly becomes evident.

There are many people who eat and drink everyday without rejoicing.  The thought of enjoying ones labor or the source that provides their lifestyle is inconceivable.  In fact their escape from their source of wealth or work is eating and drinking.

Ecclesiastes 5:17 describes how there are people that eat in darkness (cheerlessly, with no sweetness and light in them), they have much sorrow, sickness and wrath (anger) in them.  This can cause depression and disease of the body over time; the body can become a breeding ground for cancers to grow, this can also make the body turn on itself.

Most people do not even realize when this is happening or that they are in denial that it is. 

KEEP YOUR foot grounded in God, it’s the only way to get and maintain the GIFT.