How I Got Joy Unspeakable and Full
The Personal Testimony of Brother Bakht Singh
Originally published by
Bro. Bakht Singh
Hyderabad, 500 020. A.P., India
Reprinted here by www.BrotherBakhtSingh.org
have not chosen me but I have
chosen you and ordained you"
By these words the Lord is definitely pointing
out that he takes first step in choosing. We do not knowHim first;
and it is only when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour that we
understand this mystery.
I would like to tell you how the Lord chose me.
I was very bitter against the Gospel of Christ. Though I was educated
in a mission high school in the Punjab and spent seven years there,
I never cared to know any thing about Christ. Most of us boys who
were studying in the school hated Christians, and we used to make
fun of Bible teachers and pastors. For five years I was in the boarding
house. The Hindus and the Mohammedans lived on one side and the
Christians on the other. During my five years' stay in that boarding,
house I do not think I ever' visited the Christian side. That will
give you some idea of my bitterness towards Christianity. I do not
remember what I learned in those days, but I recollect that I used
to hate the Christian boys who were studying with me. Most of us
Hindu boys had a similar hatred against Mohammedans. But while with
Mohammedan boys we used to play and talk freely, I do not think
we ever made friends with Christian boys.
Once I had a beautiful Bible given to me after
I had passed my Intermediate examination. I tore away the contents
and kept the cover because of the beautiful leather binding. Throughout
my school and college days I remained a bitter enemy of the Gospel
of Christ. I was very orthodox in my own religion and spent many
hours in the Sikh temples observing all the religious rites. Some
of you may know that the Sikhs are well known for social service.
I also took an active part in such work but I cannot say that I
ever got any real joy in observing such rites or doing such service.
During my school days I used to have a dream.
The Dream was that I was climbing a high and steep hill. With great
difficulty and struggle I would reach the top. As soon as I reached
it, somebody would come along and hurl me down. As I fell, the sharp
points of the rocks would dig into my ribs. Thus I would be in great
pain, so much so that I would cry out in my dream. But in the end
I would find myself lying on soft silk cushions, so soft that I
would sink into them. This lying on soft cushions would give me
a heavenly feeling and I would say that, if one could get such joy
on silk cushions, it was worth undergoing all the pain endured while
falling down. When I was at the age of nine or ten I used to have
this dream, but about six years ago this dream came to me, again,
and the Voice said to me, "This is your testimony."
Like every schoolboy, I had many ambitions and
ideas. Some of them were very high and some of them low, some of
them noble and some of them base. With all humility I can say that
I realized all my ambitions and desires. It is saying much, but
there is not a single desire that I have not satisfied. My efforts
and plans to satisfy my desires can be compared to my climbing this
steep hill. But at every self-satisfaction and self-realization
I was disappointed and disillusioned. So the disappointments and
disillusionment represent my fall from the top of the hill. But
the day came in my life when I experienced the joy of lying on the
soft silk cushions and that day was when the Spirit and the life
of Jesus Christ entered into my life.
My ambitions in life had been to go to England,
travel around the world, obtain high education, enjoy the friendship
of all kinds of people and remain faithful to my religion. Similarly
I had a desire to wear smart clothes and eat high class food. I
did not have these desires at an early age but they came later on
and I was able to satisfy them all.
My father was not at all in favour of my going
to England. He told me that he would give me any amount of money
as he wanted me to help him in his business. He had set up a new
cotton factory and he told me that he was counting on me, as the
eldest son, for help. But I would say that I must go to England.
After my B.A. examination I became very sad because my father would
not let me go to England and nothing else would satisfy me. We were
six brothers and my mother loved me more than any other of her children.
So she said, " I will help you to go to England but promise
me that you will not change your religion." I said to my mother,
"Do you really believe that I would change my religion?"
as at that time I was very proud of my Sikh religion. When I assured
her about my loyalty and faithfulness she persuaded my father to
let me go. My father being a business man was thinking in terms
of money; my mother being a religious person was thinking in terms
of religion. My father, however, said that he would try and send
me all the money I needed and I promised that I would live very
In September 1926, I reached England and joined
the Engineering College in London for the Mechanical Engineering
Course. When I got there I discovered that one could live very comfortably
on eighty rupees a month. So I asked my friend why he wrote to me
to come prepared to spend Rs. 300 a month. I said I was going to
write to my father not to send me more than Rs. 80 a month. My friend
said to me, "Don't be hasty. You wait for a few months and
you will learn all about it." So I accepted his advice. With
the result that I had to send false accounts. I used to write to
my father, "I have spent Rs. 295.56 this month", even
though I spent only eighty rupees. Thus for seven months I was able
to save sometimes Rs. 200, sometimes Rs. 250 a month and I remember
I had at the end of the period Rs. 1600 in the bank.
For the first three months in England I remained
faithful to my religion. I kept my long hair and beard because the
Sikhs never get their hair cut from any part of the body. Then I
lost faith in keeping a long beard and hair but did not have the
courage to get them cut. So I kept them on for six months, because
I was afraid of what my friends would say if my beard were shaved,
At last I thought of a solution. I said to a friend of mine that
I would get them cut gradually, some that day, some the next day
and in a month time all of it, I thought that by this means I would
not feel embarrassed but what he did was to cut the beard from one
side and leave the other half. So I said to him, "You may as
well cut all". When I became clean - shaven I became an atheist,
a socialist and a free thinker, and I said I would soon become a
full-fledged European. Then I started smoking though as a Sikh I
had never touched tobacco, I began to purchase expensive cigarettes
and bought a gold case, and took great pride in showing the golden
cigarette case to everyone. The next thing I did was to learn the
use of liquor. I used to have very expensive clothes and spent Rs.400
for a suit, as much as Rs.35 for a shirt, Rs.20 for a tie and Rs.50
for a pair of shoes. Thus my savings of seven months I spent in
one month. I learned then why my friend said no to be hasty.
With great difficulty I learned all the Western
customs and manners. Although I never relished their food, yet I
learned to eat with a knife and fork. I was regular in visiting
theatres, cinemas and dancing halls. I had to master everything,
or, in other words, do as they did and live as they lived. I lived
like this for about two years. Just as I was finishing my course
I asked myself a question, "What have I gained in England?"
I knew I had learned to wear a collar and tie, to polish my shoes,
to brush my hair and to say "Thank you" and "I am
sorry" many times a day, because the more you say "Thank
you" and "I am sorry" the more you are considered
to be cultured. I had learned to be fashionable and to drink as
they drank; in other words, I had learned how to worship my body.
Then I began to ask the question," Am I more happy than I used
to be?" But the state in my mind told me that I was far worse,
for I had become selfish, proud and greedy. The respect towards
parents and friends was -one. I had learned to tell lies politely
and to deceive my parents. I had learned that one could do evil,
provided he did it secretly.
I had travelled all over Europe and England;
had been to museums, art galleries and picture palaces; had worn
expensive clothes; had eaten grand meals; had made friends with
rich and poor, high and low; had taken part in social functions;
had indulged in amusements; had acquired as much education as I
wanted; yet I was unhappy. Then I thought perhaps it was due to
the fact that I was not fully civilized. So I began to ask my English
friends; "Are you happy?" I asked this question of students,
professors and clerks I used to say, "You have cot beautiful
homes, lovely children, extensive parks, and can get almost anything
for bodily comforts. Are you Happy?" Still I could not come
across any one who was really happy. So I said to myself that the
whole world is "vanity of vanities". I used to think if
India were civilized it would become a heaven, and that education
and sanitation would remove all evils from India. Now I saw that
England could not get rid of her evils by education and sanitation.
Rather I saw far more evils in England than in India. So I was convinced
that culture and education could not solve this problem. I used
to consider the question in this manner: A poor man in India uses
a dirty rag, to cover his wound, while a rich man in England conceals
his wound with bandage beautifully white and three yards long, which
however, cannot remove the pus and the dirt underneath.
In the year 1928 a party of students was going,
to Canada on a holiday trip. I wanted to go with the party but the
secretary would not let me go. He said that the Americans did not
know how to treat the Indians. So he advised me not to go with the
party. I told him I was prepared for any kind of treatment and joined
them on the ship, determined to show that I could do whatever they
did. As there was a big party on board they had all kinds of amusements
and I began to take part in all these functions. On the 10th of
August, 1928, I saw a notice showing that a service would be held
in the first-class dining saloon at noon. I said to myself that
as my friends and companions would be going to the service. I should
also go but a fear came to me, as I had never been to a church before.
But I said to myself that I had been to picture palaces, dancing
and drink saloons and they had done me no harm. So I thought a Christian
place of worship too would do no harm. Moreover, I had heard that
the first class dining saloon was a grand place, and I thought it
would be a good opportunity to see it. So convincing myself with
these arguments I went and occupied one of the back seats. When
they all stood up to sing hymns I stood up too, and when they sat
down I sat down too, and when the preacher began to preach, I went
to sleep as I did not want to listen. When the sermon was over they
all knelt down to pray and I was the only person who kept sitting
in the chair. I said, "These people do not know anything about
religion. They have exploited my country and I have seen them eating
and drinking. What do they know? After all my religion is the best
religion." So my national, intellectual and religious pride
prevented me from kneeling and I wanted to go out. But I found one
man kneeling on the right and another on the left and I said it
would not be right for me to disturb them. Still I could not kneel.
Then I began to say, "I have been to Mohammedan mosques and
Hindu temples. I have taken off my shoes and washed my feet to show
respect for those places. I must honour this place too out of courtesy."
So breaking my national pride, I knelt down.
Please note that this was the first time I was
attending a Christian service. I had never read the Bible before
nor had anyone spoken to me about salvation. When I knelt down I
felt a great change coming over me. My whole body was trembling.
I could feel divine power entering into me and lifting me up. The
first change that I noticed in me was that a great joy was flooding
my soul. The second change was that I was repeating the name of
Jesus, I began to say, "Oh, Lord Jesus, blessed be The name,
blessed be Thy name." The name Jesus became very sweet to me.
Before, I used to despise the very name, and during discussions
and conversations I had made fun of it. Another change I found was
that I felt one with Europeans. During my stay in London I never
felt their equal, Sometimes I was their superior, sometimes their
inferior, When I used to talk to the English people I felt superior.
I used to say that I belonged to an ancient country havina an ancient
culture; but when I used to talk to Indians I felt inferior saying
that we did not know how to cat or dress properly. But this was
the first time I was feeling quite their equal.
I stayed for three months in Canada, We travelled
a great deal and came back to England, where I decided to attend
a church service, So in the month of November, 1928 I attended m
first Christian service in a church. When the people came out after
the service, I began to look at them but I could not find any joy
in their faces. I said surely these people had come for a funeral.
I could not understand why they were looking so serious. I felt
that there was something wrong, because my conception was that those
who know Christ must be very happy. From that time I stopped going
to church on Sundays but used to go on weekdays when the church
was empty. In the city of London there are grand old churches where
I spent hours sitting on empty benches, and I felt great peace there.
One year passed by, but I never told my Christian
experience to anyone nor did I have the courage to do so, but the
desire I had for smoking and drinking was all gone. Nobody told
me to give this up, but I was so happy that I did not have the need
In 1929 I came back to Canada. I had to go there
to finish my Agricultural Engineering course. I had to spend some
time in the factories where they manufactured the agricultural implements,
and had to go to the farms, where these implements were being used.
In the month of December I came to the city of
Winnipeg. On the 14th of December, 1929, I said to a friend of mine,
"Could you lend me a Bible?" He looked very much surprised
and said, "You, a Hindu and an Indian, want to read the Bible?
I have heard that Hindus do not like the Bible." I said, "You
are right. These very hands have torn up a Bible. These very lips
have blasphemed against Christ. But for the last eighteen months
I have a great love for the Lord Jesus. I love His very Name, which
sounds so sweet to me. But I do not know yet anything about His
life and teaching." My friend put his hand into his pocket
and gave me his pocket New Testament. From that day till now his
Testament has been with me. This was my first pocket Testament.
I brought it to my room and began to read from the Gospel of St.
Matthew. I kept on reading till three in the morning as I became
engrossed in the Word of God. In the morning I found the whole ground
covered with snow, and I remained all day in bed, just to read.
The second day I was just reading the Gospel
of St. John, 3rd chapter, when I came to the 3rd verse. I stopped
at the first part of the verse. The words, "Verily, verily,
I say unto you" convicted me. Just as I read these words my
heart began to beat faster. I felt someone was standing beside me
and saying again and again, "Verily, Verily I say unto you."
I used to say, "The Bible belongs to the West," but the
voice said, "Verily, verily I say unto you". I have never
felt so much ashamed as I felt then, because all the blasphemous
words I had uttered against Christ came before me. All my sins of
school and college days came before me. I learned for the first
time that I was the greatest sinner, and I discovered that my heart
was wicked and filthy. My petty jealousies against my friends, my
enemies, my wickedness were all clear before me. My parents thought
that I was a good boy, my friends regarded me as a good friend,
and the world considered me a decent member of society, but only
I knew my real state. Tears were rolling down my cheeks and I was
saying, "Oh! Lord, forgive me. Truly I am a great sinner."
For a time I felt that there was no hope for me, a great sinner.
As I was crying again the Voice said, "This is my body broken
for you; this is my blood shed for the remission of your sins."
So I knew that the blood of Jesus only could wash away my sins.
I did not know how, but knew that the blood of Jesus only could
save me. I could not explain the fact, but joy and peace came to
my soul; I had the assurance that all my sins were washed away;
I knew that the Lord Jesus was reigning in my heart. I just kept
on praising Him.
After two days the same friend came to me and
said, "It is Christmas time, and it is our custom to give our
friends some presents." I said, "Please do not give me
any presents," because I did not have any money to return him
a present. But he insisted and so I said, "Alright, if you
want to give me a present, give me a Bible as I have only a New
Testament with me." He took me to the bazaar and said to me,
"Make your own choice." He gave me the Bible which I have
with me, the book that I love most and which is so dear to me. So
I went to my room and started with the book of Genesis. I was so
engrossed in it that I used to spend sometimes fourteen hours at
a stretch, reading it. On the 22nd of February, 1930, I finished
the whole Book. In the meantime I had also studied the New Testament
several times. Then I started reading the Bible a second and third
time. I gave up reading magazines, newspapers and novels. I had
accepted the Bible as the Word of God from the first verse of Genesis
to the last verse of Revelation, and no doubt has ever entered into
my mind regarding any verse.
Formerly I used to wonder why some Christians
had joy and some had not. But later I found out that those who entertained
doubts about the Bible did not have real joy. Before I could not
understand the evils I had been noticing around me, but the Bible
solved all my difficulties. For two years I kept on reading the
Bible. During my second reading, I came to the verse in Heb. 13:8:
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever."
I had been suffering from nasal catarrh for many years. I had consulted
the best English doctors, but they had done me no good. My eyesight
too had become very weak. So I prayed, "Wilt thou heal my nose
and give me eyesight?" In the morning when I woke up, I found
to my great joy I was healed. That revealed to me that my Lord Jesus
Christ was the same yesterday, today and forever. From that time,
I have had the privilege of praying for the healing of many and
the Lord has wonderfully answered my prayers.
On the 4th of February, 1932, I was baptized
in Vancouver, Canada, and after baptism I was going on from place
to place giving my testimony. During the first week of April, 1932,
I was invited to give a talk about India. After the meeting was
over they kept on asking questions, "What do you think of the
missionary work in India?" I began to criticize it very harshly.
As I came home and knelt down to pray, I found I could not pray
and the Voice said to me, "Who are you to interfere in my work?
You want others to be sacrificing but yourself lead a life of comfort."
These words pierced my heart like a sword. They were true. I had
so many plans to come back as an Engineer. I had said that I would
give all my money for the Lord's work. But He said, "I do not
want your money; I want you." That morning I knelt down and
asked His forgiveness and said, "Oh! Lord, wilt thou accept
me? I am prepared to go anywhere, whether to India, China or Africa.
I am going to give up everything for thee, friends, relations, belongings."
The Lord said, "You will have to live on faith. You must not
ask anyone for any thing, not even your friends or relations. You
must not ask for even a cup of coffee; you are not to make any plans."
I said, "Lord, on the one hand you want me to give up all my
claims on my property and home, and on the other hand you want me
to live simply by faith. Who is going to provide for my needs?"
The Lord said, "that is not your business." Although,
six years have passed, I can testify to His glory that I have never
asked any man for anything, not even my best friends. But the Lord
is richly supplying all my needs. For one year I remained in America
as a preacher, because I had given up all my plans to become an
On the 19th of October, 1932, 1 wrote to my father
about my conversion. On the 15th of November I prayed that the Lord
might send someone to my father to explain the letter, which I had
written to him about my conversion, as it was a long letter and
I had given references from Genesis to Revelation. On the same day
my father went to see an American missionary in my hometown. On
the 21st of November, 1932 when he got my letter, he went to see
the same missionary with whom he had become acquainted and said
to him, "I have this letter containing many references from
the Bible. Can you explain them?" The missionary gave him a
Bible in Urdu and explained to him how to look up references. After
looking up all the references, he was convinced that my conversion
was according to real conviction. So he wrote to me saying that
he had no objection and that he was pleased to know that I was happy
in my faith.
On the 6th of April, 1933, I arrived in Bombay
after seven years of absence. My father and mother came to meet
me. When I came down from the ship the first thing my father said
to me was, "Only your mother and I know about your conversion.
Will you please keep it a secret and call yourself Sikh for the
sake of the family honour? You can read the Bible and go to church
but do not tell any one that you are a Christian." I said,
"Can I live without breathing? When Christ is my life how can
I live without Him?" I told him that I had given my whole life
to Christ." He asked me, "Are you going to become a missionary?
Are you going to be a padre?" I said, " No." He replied,
"if you are no good to us why don't you be of some good to
yourself. If you become a padre or a missionary some body will at
least respect you. When you are going from place to place, who will
listen to you and how will you support yourself?" I explained
that God had called me for this work, but he could not understand.
He said, " If you cannot keep the matter secret you cannot
come home." So my father and mother left me in Bombay, and
I began to do some Christian work there. After two or three weeks
I got a letter from my sister. She wrote to me, "I have heard
that you have come back. Will you come and see me?" She did
not know that I had become a Christian. She thought I was merely
trying for a job in Bombay, so I went to Karachi to see her. When
my sister saw me preaching in the bazaar and going to church, she
wrote to my father saying, "Things are dangerous. Come soon."
My father came to Karachi immediately. The same
evening there was a family gatheringmy sister, brother-in-law,
my brothers, and my father. My sister became very angry and began
to abuse me. She said to me, "You have left a high and noble
religion and have become an outcaste." I said, "I am worse
than and outcaste, because you cannot see the state of my heart.
The Lord Jesus has told me that I am the greatest sinner. When I
said that my sister became very angry and started to say some words
against Christ. My father asked for my Urdu Bible and I gave it
to him. He began to read from the New Testament certain passages.
"We sent for you to reprimand him, but you are preaching for
Christ," said my sister. My father replied, "You have
no right to say anything against the Lord Jesus, because you do
not know anything about Him. You can say what you want against your
brother but do not say anything against Christ." They were
all taken by surprise and the meeting came to a close.
The next day my father attended a church service.
After the service we were walking in the street when I met a Sikh
whom I had the privilege of bringing to Christ. He told his experience
to my father. My father said to him that when he had left me in
Bombay he became unhappy and so went to see sadhus and sanyases
and asked them how to get peace. But all of them said that it was
a difficult thing to achieve. So one Sunday my father happened to
pass by a Church in Lahore. The service was about to commence, and
so he got in without any particular intention and occupied a back
seat. Just as the service began he saw a great light. As he saw
the bright light shining he cried, "Oh Lord, Thou art my Saviour
too." Then a Great peace came to his soul.
Before leaving Karachi, my father said to me,
"You can come home when ever you want." So I went home.
All my friends, relatives came to see me, and from morning till
night they continued to reprove. Every man and woman had something
to say. However I kept quiet. Afterwards my father said to me, "Why
don't you give your testimony in the Church?" But the Indian
padre in the local Church would not agree, He said, "You have
so many relations and friends in this town it would be dangerous,
as they are bound to create trouble." I said, "I am prepared
for everything." So in the newly built church, meetings were
held and people of all classes came. There was hardly any room left
either outside or inside. There I gave my testimony. After the meeting
was over, many people gathered around me and said, "We want
to ask you some questions." I said, "Yes, you are quite
welcome." The first question was "Does your religion allow
you to disobey your parents? Does your love permit you to disappoint
your parents? When your father had spent Rs. 25,000 on your education,
surely it was your duty to ask his consent before you became a Christian.
Look at your father; he is broken-hearted. Do you call this love?"
I was about to answer when my father spoke out. My father has a
loud voice, as I have. So he said as loudly as he could, "I
am not at all broken-hearted. Why do you drag my name into it? I
am convinced that my son has real peace. Before you ask any more
questions, I want to know whether there is anyone standing here
who can say that he has eternal peace in him. I know that my son
has real peace. Please come forward if you have. I will not allow
anyone to ask these questions unless he has real Peace." When
the people heard this they looked at me and my father and dispersed
one by one.
Since then I have had the privilege to go to
my hometown many times, and have conducted several meetings in the
local church. Now the first hatred they had against me is gone.
My father is definitely born again and is testifying. He is very
faithful, but he is not baptized yet. He says that he is waiting
for my mother. My mother is very religious. She says that she has
given her son to the Lord Jesus Christ and she has faith in Him.
Once my mother had an attack of typhoid fever, my brother brought
an English doctor to treat her. When he left, my mother said, "I
do not want any medicine. You pray and I shall be healed."
That, very night the Lord healed her. My father reads to her from
the Bible ever day, and she listens attentively. My father is born
again, and one of my younger brothers is baptized.
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom,
neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall
fail and the field shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off
from the fold, and there shall be no herb in the stalls: Yet I will
rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation."
(Hab. 3: 17-18)
We often wonder how we can realize the constant
presence of God, how we can find out the perfect will of God and
how we can become a means of the salvation of loved ones, friends,
neighbours and enemies. "All that the Father giveth Me shall
come to Me; and him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out."
(John 6:37). The Lord Jesus Christ is assuring us in those words
that He will welcome anyone who wants to know Him and have Him and
to be possessed by Him. So those of you who are heavy laden with
sin and worldly care, are being invited at this time to come unto
Him without wavering. May I tell you that from the very minute you
make an effort to come to the Lord Jesus Christ all the powers of
darkness will begin to work in your heart and create doubts, fears
and misgivings. But we get assurance from the same Lord who say,
"All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth" (Matt,
28:18). We also read in Jeremiah 29:13, "And ye shall seek
Me and find Me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
Then the Lord says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that
believeth, on me hath everlasting life" (John 6:47). Your part
is to kneel and believe on Him, and His part is to give you the
gift of eternal life, which is being offered to us freely. "For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God" (Eph. 2:8). So, my reader friend, if
you are being convicted by the Holy Spirit of your sins and sinful
nature, do not be afraid of all the doubts and fears which are being
put into your mind by the Enemy. Accept the Lord Jesus in your heart
and He will come into you, the hope of glory. "To whom God
would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles which is Christ in you the hope of glory"
(Col. 1:27). The coming in and the living of the Lord Jesus Christ
in our hearts is called the experience of the New Birth. It is a
simple experience of accepting the living Lord Jesus Christ in our
hearts, as the Lord Jesus says, "Behold I stand at the door
and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door I will come
into him and will sup with him and he with Me" (Rev. 3:20).
The Lord Jesus will never force His way into our hearts. If you
hear His voice please harden not your heart. The very minute you
read this book is the time of your salvation. "For He saith,
I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation
have I succored thee behold now is the accepted time, behold, now
is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). If you do not obey His
voice now your heart will become harder and harder and the light
rejected will become darkness. The Spirit of God will not always
strive with man. "And the Lord said My spirit shall not always
strive with man" (Gen. 6:3). The spirit of God has been striving
with you, bringing before you all your sins and the stink of your
sinful nature. Remember one day your very bones will being to rot
with the stink of sin, and the sin which you are covering by garbs
of culture, civilization, manners, customs, smiles, and smooth words
will be uncovered one day. "For there is nothing covered, that
shall not be revealed; neither hid that shall not be made known"
People throughout the world and throughout the
ages have been trying to cover sin. The leper may succeed in covering
his spot of leprosy in its initial stage, but one day the leprosy
will appear upon the fingers and toes and other parts of the body.
In the same manner, our sins are brought to light by the searching
eyes of God. May I beg you to kneel down and say these words before
the Lord, "Search me, oh God, and know my heart: try me, and
know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead
me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24).
As soon as you kneel down and begin to say these
words be prepared to have your pride broken and the root of your
sin burnt out by His precious blood: the Holy spirit will bring
before you the sins committed from your childhood days and you must
acknowledge them with these words, "I acknowledge my sin unto
Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid, I said I will confess my
transgressions unto the Lord; And Thou forgavest the iniquity of
my sin" (Ps.32:5). Confession means humility: God cannot make
exceptions. Unless we confess our sins upon our knees and confess
all of them, some kind of pride will remain in our hearts, and God
cannot come into a proud heart. "For thus saith the high and
the lofty one that inhabiteth eternity, whose Name is Holy; I dwell
in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite
and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive
the heart of the contrite one" (Isaiah 57: 15).
The nearer we draw unto the Lord, the more we
realize the corruption of our corrupt nature. Job, when he saw God,
said these words: "I have heard of thee by the hearing of my
ear; but now mine eyes see thee. Wherefore I abhor myself and repent
in dust and in ashes" (Job 42: 5-6). After confession we are
ready to receive the Prince of Peace into our hearts, and the very
minute we accept Him as our Lord we become His children. "But
as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on His Name" (John 1:12).
So to believe in His Name means to receive Him as the living Lord
Jesus Christ into our hearts after our sins are washed away by His
blood. We are also drawn near to Him by His blood. "But now
in Christ Jesus ye who sometime were far off are made nigh by the
blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13). And the same Blood of Christ
purges our conscience from all dead works. "How much more shall
the Blood of Christ who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself
without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve
the living God?" (Heb. 9:14). As long as our conscience is
not purged we are unable to conquer sin. So my friend, as soon as
you accept by faith the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ for purging
of sins, you are free from the bondage of sin and the bondage of
corruption, and then you will be granted liberty from every kind
There are three things which are offered to us
as free gifts, on account of our accepting the Lord Jesus Christ
as our personal Saviour. Firstly, victory over the world. "For
whatsoever is born of God overcome the world: and this is the victory
that overcometh the world even our faith" (1 John 5:4). Secondly,
victory over sin. "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth
not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself and that wicked
one touch him not" (1 John 5:18). Thirdly, we are given victory
over death. "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of
sin is law. But thanks be to God which giveth to us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1Cor. 15:56-57).
Having received these three gifts we become co-labourers
with the Lord Jesus Christ. "For we are labourers together
with God. We are God's husbandry, we are God's building" (1
Cor 3:9). Having become co-labourers we are made to sit together
with Him. "And hath raised us up together, and made us to sit
together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6). Those
who become the co-labourers of the Lord Jesus Christ become also
partakers of His heavenly kingdom and all things that belong to
Him. "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are
yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life,
or death, or things present or things to come; all are yours; And
we are Christ's and Christ is God's" (1Cor. 3:21-23). And having
the assurance of possessing all these things we have perfect peace
in our hearts. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto
you; not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart
be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14: 27).
My dear reader friend, I invite you to
accept on this occasion these words in the Name of the Christ. As
you read these words, fall upon your knees acknowledging Him as
the Lord of lords, the Prince of peace, the King of kings, and as
your own personal Friend. I can say from my experience that there
is no joy in the world to be compared to the joy of having Lord
Jesus Christ living in us. He is solving my problems; answering
my questions, bearing my burdens, giving strength to overcome temptations,
and enabling me to share my joy with others, and at the same time
He has given me the honour of walking and talking with Him every
step of my life's journey. Will you accept Him as your Lord and
Saviour this very day? May the Lord Jesus bless you. My prayer is
that the Lord may grant you an understanding of his hidden mysteries,
and by simple faith that you may claim great things from the great