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IF YOU HAVE FAILED…

Duke Jeyaraj

IF YOU HAVE FAILED….

Dr. Duke Jeyaraj

The results are out. And you are down and out. The reason? You’ve failed. Flunked. Your friends who’ve passed with flying colours call you up to ask how much you’ve scored. And you turn sour. Or it is possible that you failed to make it to the Medical college by just one mark. Or that Engineering seat in a coveted college by a whisker. How do you deal with such a predicament? Such heart-breaking pain? Here are some Bible-baked steps you might want to consider:

1. DO NOT CONDEMN YOURSELF!

If it is true that you have tried hard and if it is true that you have done your best, then— please listen — do not condemn yourself. Swim away from thoughts of suicide! If Jesus is the “author of life,” who are you to take it away? (Acts 3:15). After having failed in our exams why should we fail in our faith also (by committing suicide)?

Jesus has already prayed that we must not! (Lk 22:32).I invite you to see the sad scenario of your flop in the exams, God’s way. Who said that 40 was pass and 39 marks was fail? It was man. The Education Board, correct? How does God view things? Hit the rewind button on the Parable of the Talents that Jesus narrated and you will get to know. The one who is given ten talents is rewarded for getting another ten. The one who had just one talent was taken to task for not bringing any. The point Jesus was making was this: You’ve got to do your best with what is given you and that is what will count on the Big Day of Judgment!

Suppose, if the fellow who was given five brought in just four, according to Jesus he would not have been “good and faithful.” Let’s switch back to the talk about examinations and marks. If you have had the God-given IQ to score those steep 90s but scored hey-that-is-more-than-enough 70% because of your laziness, God will tell you that you have not been “faithful.” The world may go bananas over such students, but God will not be impressed. Not one bit. Absolutely! According to His plumb line you have “failed.” On the other hand if you had the Heaven-endowed capacity to score just 35% and you burned the midnight oil to make a 39%, all of Heaven will stand to give you a thunderous applause! Celestial cheers will certainly await you! If the academic world and your parents brand you as a failure in such a case, take it in your stride. What God thinks about you only finally counts (Gal 1:10). You have not failed in God’s eyes! (I have borrowed this brilliant thought from Aunty Lillian Stanley.)

2. DO NOT BE CASUAL HEREAFTER!

If you¶ve goofed up in your exams, take a good look at what you had done in the academic year that has just gone by. And analyse how you have passed the time. Ask yourself these questions (it does not matter if they make you sit on pins and needles): Have I been casual in my approach to studies? Have I taken things too
lightly? Have I been over-confident? Tried to crack and consume the entire syllabi the night before the exam and hoped that God would give me a photographic memory? Merely glanced through the worked-out problems/numericals a few times out instead of solving them step-by-step time and again?

A Bible story comes to my mind at this juncture. The story of the tiny town Ai defeated the mighty Israelites who had just soundly beaten Jericho “and all its mighty warriors” (Josh 6:2). The spies who returned from inspecting the miniature city of Ai cockily had said, “It’s a small town, and it won’t take more than two or three thousand of us to destroy it. There¶s no need for all of us to go there” (Josh 7:3). That presumptuous attitude was the reason for the prompt defeat. May I humbly suggest that it is quite possible that the reason for your failure in your entrance exams or school-final is your over-confident attitude? God allows defeats in our lives to teach us lessons which we will not learn otherwise (Check out Lev 26:17 & Dt 28:25). You know it.

Or check if you have copied in your exams—an ungodly thing to do for which we can have no excuse whatsoever — in a desperate attempt to pass. But when the results came your heart skipped a beat— you had miserably failed. Gamaliel told those who were working overtime to oppose the followers of Jesus not to break into a sweat. His logic was this: that which is not of God will automatically fail (Acts 5:38). Any of our efforts outside the will of God to µsomehow pass is bound to ultimately fail too. Even if you have passed after having copied, that doesn’t make it right, buddy. Repent and ask God to cleanse you. Never do it again.

Drape yourself with a dogged determination to work hard as you get ready to take your exams again. “Hard work never killed anybody,” our School Principal often told us. And I found it to be true when I put in those late nights of hard work to pass my calculus paper! “Nothing is so common as unsuccessful men with talent. They lack only determinination,” wrote Charles Swindoll. He was right. The next time you have a crack in the same set of exams you have flunked, cut away all the unnecessary and excessive TV-watching, internet-browsing and music-listening. Concentrate. It will show in your results if you do. Surely!

3. DO NOT BE CLOSE-MINDED!

Just because you did not make the grade in the Medical College, you need not blindly conclude that you should stay at home and take a shot at the Medical entrances the next year out. You don’t have to jump to such close-minded options! The world we live in is big. The options available before the students are diverse. If it is true that God’s got variant life-plans for each of us, then it is definitely not possible that all of us should necessarily end up as medical doctors. Or engineers. God’s plan for Jeremiah wasn’t the same as His plan for Ezekiel. Or God would not swap His plan for Paul with what He had worked out for Peter. Oh yes! God chose Jeremiah to prophecy to the people of Judah left behind in Judah after the Babylonians invaded them, while God had Ezekiel prophecy to the people of Judah who were carried away into exile in Babylon—did you know? (Read Jeremiah 29:11). Paul was to preach to the non-Jews while Peter was to go after the Jews in God¶s scheme of things.

North India’s Christian colleges look for applications from Christian students. Who knows? You—a believer from South India or the North East—may be God¶s Moses or a Daniel or an Esther—in your campus. A vast majority of 799 Universities, 39,701 colleges and 11,923 standalone institutions, especially the ones in the North, do not have a campus Bible study group as yet. Esther, a Jew, went to Persia to join its National Institute of Fashion Technology! (Esther 2:12).

Moses joined ranks with the Egyptian University! (Acts 7:22). God gave Daniel and his pals who studied in the far-from-home Babylonian University “knowledge and skill in both books and life” (Dan 1:17, The Message). I studied in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad when I could have settled down to study in Vellore my hometown or close-by Chennai itself. And like Daniel and his pals I too learnt “both books and life.” My burden for bringing Christ and His Word to today’s trendy youth was born in that needy campus in the heart of North India. If I just sat and sulked when I failed to get into a college with my preferred branch of Engineering, just think what I would have missed!

Listen—We have got a God who has never once failed. In anything (1 Chr 28:20). And you can bet that He will carry us through the tumultuous times such as plus two exam failures and preferred-course entrance exam flops.

(Dr. Duke Jeyaraj, an Agri Engineer turned Doctor of Ministry graduate of SABC, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org or by liking www.facebook.com/dukebook or by subscribing to http://www.youtube.com/visitduke. Note: This article originally appeared in Blessing magazine, years ago).

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Cricket-Wrapped-Bible-Devotions Goodnews Wrapped Around Cricket Magic Moments

Inches Short

Duke Jeyaraj writes about Dhoni’s dismissal in the India-New Zealand World Cup Semifinal when India needed 25 off 10 and brings out a spiritual lesson from it!

“Banged in short and wide outside off, Dhoni leaps off his feet, goes airborne and scythes a six over backward point. Bam. The hands are still fast. Can the great finisher do it once again?” That was the commentary typed by the ESPN Cricinfo team for ball number 49.1 bowled by Lockie Ferguson in the World Cup Semifinal 2019 on 10 July 2019 at Manchester, England. When M. S. Dhoni sent the first ball of the 49th Over over the off-side field for a six, the kite of Indian hopes soared. Some of us got goosebumps! We got off our sofas and did fist pumps! The next ball was a dot ball. The third ball, as Dhoni tried to steal a couple by awkwardly directing a rising ball to the legside, he was caught inches short by a Martin Guptill’s direct hit! As the replays – the most heart-stopping replays in modern live Cricket broadcast history – confirmed India’s worst fears that Dhoni was run-out, tears were running down from the die-hard cricket fan’s cheeks. Rohit Sharma, who had carried India to the semifinal stage with five fabulous centuries in the group state, was also on the verge of tears. Dhoni waked back after scoring 50 off 72 balls (his second straight fifty in the World Cup Semifinal stage).

What if, Dhoni had not got run out at that stage? India would have needed 23 runs off 9 balls. The Dhoni we have known would have hit a six off one of next two balls. With 1 ball to go, in that over, the equation then would have been this: 17 off 7. Dhoni, predictably, would have taken a single, to retain strike for the last over. That would have meant, that India would have needed 16 runs off the last over of the World Cup Semifinals 2019 to make it to the Finals with the World’s best finisher on strike! In Chennai Super Kings must-win game versus Kings XI Punjab, Dhoni was batting in the final over of the match in IPL of 2010 with the equation being exactly the same: 16 off 6! And Dhoni finished that match with two balls to spare! The over bowled by Irfan Pathan went this way: 4, 2, 6, 6. He could have possibly done the same, in the World Cup Semifinals 2019, too! Who knows? What a finish, it would have been!

Are you ‘inches short’ of your salvation? Are you ‘inches short’ of the Kingdom of God? There was a religion scholar was inches short of the Kingdom of God – Jesus pointed out in the Gospels (Mark 12:34). He heard the narration of what was the greatest commandment from the mouth of Jesus himself! And Jesus said that he was not far from the Kingdom of God! He was inches close to the Kingdom, but not in the Kingdom! Why? Even following the greatest command will not give you salvation or give you entry into the Kingdom of God! Placing your trust in Jesus with a repentant heart will give you salvation, – this is what the Bible teaches (Luke 13:1-5; Acts 16:31). And having been saved, out of gratitude we follow the moral laws of God, the summary of which is to love God and love people as New Testament believers!

Are you religious? Your religious faith cannot save you! Religion can point to the fact that we need need salvation! But Religion itself cannot save us! Apostle Paul pointed this out in his speech in Athens (Acts 17:22, The Bible). He also pointed that people of all religions need to repent and come to Jesus, if they want to escape hell punishment on the final day of judgment in the same speech he gave in Athens, inspired by the Holy Spirit (Acts 17:30-31, The Bible). You are near salvation, when you are religious! Religious is an expression of your desperateness for God and Salvation! But religion itself cannot save you! You need a relationship with Jesus (John 17:3; Gen. 4:1)! Then you can have eternal life! Then you can enter God’s Kingdom! Then you can be saved! So come to Jesus, now!

(Read more presentations like this by Duke at http://www.PurposeSpot.blogspot.com. Duke Jeyaraj is founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. This is a reader-supported Indian ministry. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org).

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Romance In Marriage - Keeping It Alive

Tuesday of Wedding Anniversary Celebration Week!

Duke Jeyaraj for Evan Duke – two posters created on the Tuesday of the Wedding Anniversary Celebration Week!

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19th Wedding Anniversary Monday Poem for Evan Duke!

On our wedding anniversary week Monday – here is a poem for wifey dear!

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Bible Truth Around Contemporary Events US Presidential Elections 2020 Devotions

TRUMP AT MOUNT RUSHMORE & A TRUTH ABOUT FREEDOM WHICH ENCOURAGES US AGAINST RUSHING TOWARDS SIN!

Duke Jeyaraj

“These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.” – So said US President Donald Trump in a much-talked-about Independence Day speech in front of the iconic Mount Rushmore on 3 July 2020. At this time, I recalled a Bible truth about FREEDOM that warns hyper-grace cult embracing believers that we must not rush towards sin because we are ‘free’! At this juncture, I was reminded of a much-neglected truth about FREEDOM that needs to be re-hammered in this false-Grace-embracing age, found in the book which is the very Word of the living God, a book with words that will stand forever according to the Lord Jesus who said, “Heaven and earth will pass away; but my words will never pass-away!” (Luke 21:33)! And I put that truth I discovered in my personal devotion on this poster! Just in case you have never seen the two Bible verses I am quoting in this poster, here they are: “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Gal. 5:13). “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Pet. 2:16). Here is how Eugene Peterson puts a part of I Pet. 2:16 – ‘Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules’ (MSG).

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. This is a viewer-supported, reader-supported Indian ministry to the Google Generation. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org. Write to Duke via emailduke@gmail.com or via WhatsApp 918886040605).

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Bible Truth Around Contemporary Events

Jayaraj and Fenix and the Question of Disproportionate to Crime Punishment When it comes to Eternal Hell!

Duke Jeyaraj

India Today reported the horrific alleged murder of Jayaraj and Fenix this way:

Jayaraj (59) and his son Fenix Emmanuel (31) ran a mobile shop in Tuticorin. On June 19, around 8:15 pm Jayaraj was pulled up by the Sathankulam police officials who were on patrol. They upbraided him for exceeding the curfew by 15 minutes. On Saturday, Jayaraj was taken in by the police and soon after his son Fenix was arrested too when he went to enquire about his father’s arrest.

The two of them were booked under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 353 (use of force to deter public servant from duty) 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), and 506(2) (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

In custody, they were allegedly tortured. They were later released and taken to a hospital where a doctor declared them fit despite eyewitnesses reporting that they beaten up and still bleeding.

The Sathankulam police then approached magistrate B Saravanan for the remand of Jayaraj and Fenix. The magistrate allegedly gave the remand order without physically seeing the father-son duo, which is required to ascertain if detainees are injured.

Fenix’s lawyer who was there in the station when the police officials hit the father-son duo had a horrifying tale to share.

Advocate S Manimaran, an eyewitness to the brutality said, “We were standing out and we were seeing the whole incident from outside through a glass gate. Fenix and his father were beaten. In the morning there was blood all over the place where they were sitting.”

He added that Fenix was beaten so brutally, his flesh was ripped off.

He said, “I gave them four clothes to change. We had laid down a blanket in the seat of the car when we went to pick them up, Fenix had lost a lot of flesh on his back. He was a well-built man. The car driver was in tears seeing their state. The spot where Fenix sat was covered with blood, the place where Jayaraj was sitting was also all blood. The blankets are still with us. They were beaten to death.”

Other eyewitnesses have also claimed that Jayaraj and Fenix were bleeding from their rectum and were allegedly sodomised while in prison.

A Chennai-based news site The Federal has quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Jayaraj and his son Fenix were allegedly sodomised in police custody.

Quoting friends and family, The Federal reported that when the father-son duo was released from jail, they were found profusely bleeding from their rectum.

“Between 7 am and 12 pm on June 20, the father and son had changed at least seven lungies (waistcloth) each as they had become wet due to blood oozing from their rectums,” The Federal quoted a friend of Fenix as saying.

The friend also said that the father-son duo came out of prison in a dishevelled state with torn and bloodied clothes.

He added that they complained of severe rectum pain and kept bleeding from their rectum.

Friends of Fenix, who were present in the police station when the police rounded them up, told the news outlet that for three hours, they heard only the screams and cries of Jayaraj and Fenix.

“Throughout the night, the duo cried for help and people residing about 500 meters away from the station could hear that,” the eyewitness reportedly said.

Jayaraj and his son were later produced before the magistrate and the duo was sent to Kovilpatti sub-jail. That evening, both the father and son were taken to the Kovilpatti government hospital. Fenix died on Monday evening and the following morning Jayaraj succumbed to respiratory illness.

(articles by India Today).

What should be our response to this alleged unspeakable crime?

First, we must MOURN. Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:15 this: Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. When was the last time you wept? And for what did you weep?

Second, we must REGISTER OUR PROTEST. The least we can do is to register protest against such alleged horrific crimes via media such as change.org (a place to register online petitions). God’s complaint against Jerusalem was this: “They have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper and they do not defend the rights of the needy (Jer. 5:28). As believers we are spiritual Israel and that accusation can be leveled against us as well!

Third, we must learn BIBLE LESSONS FROM THIS TRADEGY.

The charge of DISPROPORTIONATE PUNISHMENT can be justifiably leveled against the policemen involved. However, when God sends those who stubbornly and finally reject Jesus having chosen Satan and Sin instead, into ever-burning hell of torment, he would be absolutely just. Let me explain by recalling Psalm 51. When David sinned with Bathsheba, he wrote this: Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment (Psa. 51:4).

We would have thought David sinned primarily against Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband and Bathsheba’s grandfather, Ahitophel (who was David’s trusted counselor) when he committed adultery cum murder in 2 Samuel 11. But the Bible says, David’s sin was against the God of Heaven and Him alone! So, every sin that is committed is a sin against an eternal God who wants to lavish us with his eternal love! And the punishment for such a sin against the eternal God is everlasting torment, justifiably!

But God does not want anyone to go into the eternal torment of hell – he wants to save us instead (2 Peter 3:9). So, that is why Jesus was sent into this world (John 3:16). The consequences of our sins are this: a living hell here and now (2 Sam. 13) and a literal hell thereafter (Rev. 21:7-8). But Jesus took that upon himself as he hung on the Cross (Gal. 2:20). Now, if we turn from sin (Luke 13:1-5) and come to him in faith (John 1:12), our lives will be meaningful and joyous!

After having known Jesus as Savior you must be a bold witness for him. A BBC report on the above incident goes this way: The magistrate’s report included eyewitness testimony by the female constable at the police station in Sathankulam – and the court has asked district officials to ensure her safety. This female constable could have chosen to be mum about what she saw. But she boldly spoke up so that Jayaraj and Felix would get justice. Empowered by the Holy Spirit we can be “bold witnesses” and “gutsy witnesses” for Jesus (Acts 1:8). Stephen was one! This bold witness was a martyr for Jesus! Would you boldly defend the uniqueness of Jesus in a pluralistic world? Would you clearly state that homosexuality is a sin against God in a world which wants to normalize it?

(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org).

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Appreciating Doctors

DOCTORS, I AM GRATEFUL TO YOU! DOCTORS, MAY I PREACH TO YOU?

Duke Jeyaraj

I am grateful to God for doctors. Over a dozen of my class-mates in Ida Scudder School (Vellore) became doctors! But I did not. I dropped the subject biology in grade 11 as I was afraid of dissecting frogs! There are some doctors I am particularly grateful to God for! Dr. Chandrasingh – when I was reeling in kidney stone pain, he came to the rescue! Dr. Sarat Chandra – he gave me world-class free consultation whenever I have wanted it. Ditto. Dr. Prakash Balasubramanium. Dr. B. S. Krishnan was among the first to predict that I will do fulltime ministry. Dr. Solomon Satish Kumar has teamed up with me in ministry playing the piano! He remains an amazing friend. Dr. Sheela Ram and Dr. Ram has been ever-available for my family’s medical needs and emergencies, for the longest period of time (over a decade). Dr. Shiny and Dr. Asheesh are a sweet, sharp, doctor couple, who are just a WhatsApp message away! God used Dr. Elan and Dr. Shirley to put me on some August stages to proclaim the Word of God. Dr. Murali Potharlanka – during one conference I preached in – doubled up to man my book stall (such a humble doctor!). Dr. Cheruba Prabakar looks for ways to encourage my work for the Lord! Ditto, Dr. Sneha Kirubakaran. Dr. Raj Peter, Dr. Christy Pradeep Raj Dasari, and many others given me the opportunity to speak to the medicos of many different medical colleges! Dr. Alice Sujatha Livson warmly invited me with my family to witness the breath-taking beauty of Bissam-Cuttack, Odisha, where she serves the poor till date! Dr. Venmathi Adityan – her super skills when it comes to taking of my teeth, my son’s teeth, is unmatched. Dr. Sushmita Joel wonderfully cared for my wife as she got ready to preach to young people this January (2020). Well, I am sure I left out some names of doctors – the EU fellowship doctors of Ludhiana who invited me to preach to them in 2019 is just one group of this lot – who have impacted me! But I am sure you can see my heart – I am absolutely grateful from my heart to God for the gift called doctors!

What shall I do in response for all the doctors who have been such a blessing to me? I will do what I have been doing from the age of 16 – do a Bible Straight Talk to them (to all doctors in the world who will read this). Well, doctors! I tell you the truth from the Bible, because I love you! Would you be kind to give me a hearing without wearing any spectacles of prejudice?

THE SAVED DOCTOR!

In 2 Chronicles 16:12 we read this: “In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but sought help from physicians” (ESV). Just as there are patients who do not seek the LORD but only seek help from physicians (doctors), there are doctors who are stubborn in gleaning knowledge/life purpose only from science without acknowledging the obvious presence of the living God! Dear doctor friend, I appeal to you to consider the claims of Christ, the proofs he has given for his uniqueness and to give your life to him! In Mathew 9:12 we read this: But when he heard it, Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (ESV). Jesus said that only the sick need doctors! He implied all of us are sick with sin – including those of us who are medical doctors! And all of us have to repent from sin and turn to him for salvation, for He claimed to be the Only way!

THE SILVER-CONSCIOUS DOCTOR!

In Mark 5:26 we read this: “and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse” (ESV). The bleeding woman, it looks like, was exploited for financial gain by some crooked doctors (in Jesus’ time). Are you become a doctor, just to make a quick buck? Even if the need is great would you steadfastly refuse to serve in a backward area – even for a short period – because, you will have to compromise on comforts and cash-flow?

THE SHALLOW  DOCTOR!

In Job 13:4 we read this: “As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all” (ESV). Job’s friends were called ‘worthless doctors’ by him! Why? They assumed the reason why Job was sick and suffering was this: he was a wicked man. They came to this conclusion without proper diagnosis (Well you can’t come to that conclusion about anybody even after a detailed diagnosis)! Dear doctor, do you prescribe medicine without doing the hard work of proper, logical, lingering diagnosis just because you have to go home quickly and catch up on Netflix?

THE SERVING-GOD DOCTOR!

In Colossians 4:14 we read this: “Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas” (ESV). Dr. Luke was a medical doctor who joined the travelling ministry team of Apostle Paul. Dear Doctor, what will do with the one life you have? Will you still race to the United States despite having heard God’s call to you to serve in shutting-soon Christian Mission hospitals in the Northern States (of India)? Will you my doctor friend refuse to equip yourself in apologetics even though you pretty well know that you have the aptitude to pick up quickly (more quickly than the not-as-sharp non-doctors) and use it in evangelism as you work in that posh corporate hospital?

Jeremiah 8:22 reads this way:  “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?” (ESV). Today, the problem is not the non-availability of the believer doctor! The problem is this: the believer doctor is deaf to the call of God for missions which goes, “Is there no physician there?”

(Duke Jeyaraj – an engineer turned doctor of ministry grad – is the founder of  Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader-supported Indian ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org. WhatsApp Duke via 91-8886040605).

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‘FELT HE WAS GOD’S WILL FOR ME. PARENTS DON’T KNOW. WE GOT INTIMATE. AFTER YEARS OF HAVING FUN WITH ME, HE DUMPED ME AND MOVED ON WITH ANOTHER GIRL. BUT I CAN’T. STILL THINKING ABOUT HIM!’ – A GIRL’S CRY AND DUKE JEYARAJ’S RESPONSE FROM THE BIBLE

A GIRL: ‘I BELIEVED THIS PARTICULAR BOY WAS GOD’S WILL FOR ME. I MAINTAINED A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM WITHOUT MY PARENT’S KNOWLEDGE. WE GOT INTIMATE. NOW AFTER YEARS OF ‘ENJOYING’ ME, HE REFUSES TO MARRY ME. HE NOW SAYS, ‘IT IS NOT GOD’S WILL THAT WE MARRY’. HE HAS MOVED ON. BUT I AM NOT ABLE TO FORGET HIM!’

Duke Jeyaraj’s answer to a girl who asked this question

At the end of the day, one must understand this: according to I Cor. 7:39 – you can marry ANYONE but only in the Lord. So, ‘finding God’s will’ for marriage is a bit over-rated when God has already told you to marry ANY believer of YOUR CHOICE. Yes, we must seek God before finalizing life partner. Jesus prayed through the night before choosing 12 disciples (Luke 6:12-13). In your case – what disturbs me is this: perhaps your confidence it was God’s Will to marry that boy made you move with that boy closely and secretly (without parents knowledge). This is wrong and sinful (Sorry – But I will be frank here for your own good). Ezek. 23, Gen. 26, Prov. 7 – these passages talk about the sinfulness of physical intimacy before marriage. Watch these videos where I talk about this in biblical light, without beating around the bush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU2CmyKDqZ8&t=7s / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrE83K1d4Oo / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSimp0-jsV0&t=37s / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nANwM2eqqH4 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU2CmyKDqZ8&t=7s

Can anything good come out of this sad situation you are in? Yes! As we read in Hosea 2 (read the full chapter), we see that God puts ‘hedges’/’blocks’, at times, when we chase things displeasing to him (Hos. 2:6). So, in this case, it is quite possible, the Lord, out of love for you, put a block by allowing the boy’s heart to harden and say ‘no’ to you! Why? God sees the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10). He knows the turmoils you could go through if you had gone ahead and married this boy. So, God allowed the boy’s heart to harden the same way Pharaoh’s heart was hardened (Ex. 9:12). Now, having understood this, you should move on. Ask the Lord sorry: for maintaining secrecy about this from your parents, for the physical intimacy before marriage. The blood of Jesus will cleanse (Isa. 1:18 – scarlet sins, unprintable sins will be washed white). God justifies (Romans 3:26; 4:5; 8:33). It means in his eyes, when you come in repentance and faith, you are just-as-if-you-have-never-sinned. And you must move on with life. God is able to bring another boy who would love you and marry you, just the way you are (no matter what your past is). God is able to bring into your life a boy who will have the words of Phil. 3:13 in his mouth: But one thing I do: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…” By the way, you should not broadcast your past, as if it was the Goodnews of the Gospel! Only the Goodnew is worth broadcasting – not your sinful, colorful past. If a boy asks a point-blank question about your past, he is not marriage-material! He is not worth marrying!

(Duke Jeyaraj, is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. Duke has written a hard-hitting book on the topics which this question embraces – sex, love, marriage, romance, porn, etc (50 such topics) called STRAIGHT TALK (edition 2020). Find that book on Amazon. Find out more about Duke’s reader-supported ministry at http://www.dukev.org. You may choose to write to Duke via emailduke@gmail.com or via WhatsApp at 91-8886040605).

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annual ministry reports

G4 MISSION: IMPACTING PEOPLE FROM TINSUKIA TO TIRUNELVELI!


Duke Jeyaraj / Annual Report of G4 Mission 2013


Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) is an independent ministry founded by Duke Jeyaraj to bless present-day people. It is supported by Indians who have been blessed by the writings and preaching-teaching ministry of Duke Jeyaraj.
 
We at G4 Mission, wish you a very happy New Year 2014. We praise God for the wonderful way he has led us in 2013. 

It was a year of SPIRITUAL BLESSING: My wife and I had intense times of intercession through the year. During May and in November we had specially good week-long times of intercession. God taught us from His Word. We were part of the RZIM National Conference where we learn encouraging, edifying and enlightening truths from Dr. Ravi Zacharias and his speaking team during Sept 2013. While driving our car during 2013, we listened to Uncle R. Stanley’s message, Arrows of Discouragement, which was a blessing. We have been blessed by the preaching of our local pastor, Sis. Arlene Stubbs. Her  series from the book of Hebrews enabled us to learn fresh lessons.

It was a year of MATERIAL BLESSINGS. In 2013, the Lord graciously added very useful things. We don’t do ministry to get things. But things are useful to do the ministry in a more efficient way. We were blessed with a Yellow Vespa Scooter in April 2013. We were blessed with a Benq GP 10 projector this year. As the icing in the God-given cake, we were blessed with a 20 20 Dell All-in-One Personal Computer this December. All the three gifts were given by Indians friends of our little work for the Lord. Three Indians made a single offering/donation/bank transfer for us to be able to buy these. “This is the Lord’s doing and its marvelous in our eyes!”

It was a year of FINANCIAL BLESSINGS. God moved the hearts of Indian folks of our ministry and as a result they made that online transfer, sent that money order, sent money through Western Union, etc, to us, this year. And as a result, every ministry is paid and all our needs were taken care of. We had offerings sent to us from those living Tinsukia to those in Tirunelveli! There were those who sent Rs.200 Rupees, those who sent Rs.2000 rupees and those who sent Rs.20,000 Rupees, this year! And for each of those sacrificial givers we praise God! Even those in full-time ministry were moved by the Spirit to send us an offering this year! Like we always do, we too have given more than a tithe of what we received to ministries we believe the Lord lead us to support, this year.  It was a year of MINISTERIAL BLESSINGS. Because I am in the final phase of working of my Doctor of Ministry project, I did not take up too many preaching assignments this year. Every month of this year, we were able to have a Bible Study for a small group of Google Genners at our home. These message were audio and video recorded and made available in http://www.soundcloud.com/shoutaloud (audio) and in http://www.youtube.com/visitduke (video) for a larger audience. Duke summarized the message of the books of 2nd Peter, John, I John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and Revelation this year. Each time he used the name of the relevant Bible book as a summary for its message. Duke taught on Sexual Ethics, Fasting, Discipleship and Starting Small Group Fellowship, Intercession, etc, as well to small groups of Youtube Youth, this year. From June 2013, we have had the FOUNTAIN OF TEARS AGAINST MOUNTAIN OF FEARS fasting prayer every month to encourage the Facebook Folks to seek God’s face. It was  a blessing to intercede for the lost, the leaders and nations before praying for personal needs amidst us. Duke and Evan ministered in a camp for corporates in Bangalore, this year. Duke encouraged the believers of a large AG church during their lent season fasting prayer with two messages, this year. Duke spoke in the Sunday Services in towns as diverse as Trichy, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai this year. One of his most-remembered messages was from the Bible character of Uriah. He used this character to call the church believers to become faithful soldiers for Jesus. Duke even addressed the married women of a leading church telling them ways from the Bible as to how to understand typical men better, this year. Both Duke and Evan were involved in direct counselling, internet counselling and phone counselling this year. Marriages broken-down, questions about porn-watching, masturbation, sex, relationsihips, life partner choice, etc were answered, biblically and frankly with compassion. Young people were constantly told what they should hear, not what they wanted to hear. Duke’s writing ministry continued this year. Through Facebook updates (http://www.facebook.com/googleduke), through blog posts (http://www.purposespot.blogspot.in), through continued to wrap Bible Truth around contemporary events Jesus style, even this year. We continued to publish our magazine that does that, The Days of Your Youth, this year as well. Not only that. We printed two of our Gospel tracts for the Google Generation this year. The Bubbly tract and the Dhoni tract were given in 10 different locations during 10 different months by G4 Mission volunteers (including Duke) this year. A fellowship in Singapore ordered 300 copies of the Bubbly tract this year. A medical college student fellowship ordered 1000 copies of the Bubbly tract this year. This year Duke made fully online his two books – Straight Talk & Good News for the Google Generation – in his scribd account – http://www.scribd.com/duke_jeyaraj. We continued to distribute our two books. Eight copies of our twin books were ordered by students of Angola origin in the month of December 2013. A young woman living in Jharkhand wrote to us saying, “I have already both your books. When are going to write your next book?” Plans are on the anvil for two more books of Duke. God is blessing our ministry. Our children pray everyday, “Oh God of Isreal, please bless me, expand our borders, let your hand be with me and keep me from evil!” God is answering this prayer.


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LIONEL MESSI: SHORT BIBLE DEVOTIONS STARTING WITH HIM!

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Lionel Messi scored in the 91st minute – in stoppage time – to earn Argentina their World Cup 2014 group game win over Iran. Our God can intervene in our life in the 91st minute – between the neck and the knife as he did to save the life of tied-on-the-altar Isaac from the sword of Abraham – and do a miracle for us. So, let’s not lose hope!

SLOWING DOWN SWITZERLAND AND SLEEPING DAVID
Bible truth from the Argentina-Switzerland last 16 World Cup 2014 game

Towards the end of the second half of extra-time in the Argentina-Switzerland last 16 knockout game in the World Cup 2014, agressive-till-that-point Switzerland looked like waiting for the penalty shootout. They weren’t exactly looking to win. And Argentina wasted no time in pouncing upon the surprising Swiss slow-down and went on to punish them led by the magical Lionel Messi who usurped the ball from the Swiss defense, gave it a few deft touches like only he can before passing the ball to compatriot Angel Di Maria who scored for Argentina to make it 1-0 in the 118th minute – with just 90 seconds of regulation time left. As one observer put it, “Switzerland were supposed to keep the ball near the Argentine goal as the game inched towards the penalty shootout. Instead they were passing the ball around near their goal and this lead to their downfall.” When King David did not attack but chose to ‘stay back’ when he fell into temptation (2 Sam. 11:1). He was supposed to be busy leading his country in a war. But he chose to stay back in the palace and sleep till late afternoon when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. ‘Resting’ David became ‘rusting’ David. Laziness is an open invitation for the Devil to tempt you! Being an attacking Christian – which practically means that you don’t miss any opportunity to witness, you race for those weekend outreaches, you dash when you get a chance share your testimony, etc – is a great safeguard against temptation.

GOLDEN BALL VS WORLD CUP MEDAL; ALL THAT THE WORLD OFFERS VS KNOWING CHRIST


“He returned to the pitch with the Golden Ball trophy of the FIFA World Cup 2014 dangling limply by his side, as if waiting to be dispatched in the first dustbin he could find.” So wrote Dominic Fifield of The Gaurdian about Lionel Messi. Messi could have thrown away his golden ball, if that could be exchanged for a World Cup Winner medal. For him, winning the World Cup with Argentina was more important than winning the Golden Ball. Apostle Paul, in the same vein said he would trash all his qualifications in the trash can if that would help him to know Christ (Phil 3:8). We could give up anything – family ties, property, wealth, just anything, in order to know Christ! When it came to the golden ball or the World Cup medal, Messi preferred the World Cup medal. When we have to choose between the world and all that it offers and knowing Christ, we must choose knowing Christ.

MESSI, THE TEAM MAN: ARE YOU ONE?

The Champions League Final 2015 is the first club football game I watched “live” in full. My following of football is limited to the World Cups. Having realized the Google Genners I minister to go gaga over club football, I decided to watch the annual climax match of all club football – The Champions League Final.

Mark Doyle wrote these lines – lines I enjoyed reading – for Goal website after Barcelona lifted the Champions League Trophy for 2015 by defeating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin on 6 June 2015:

“True, Messi did not score, but his contributions were once again crucial. Indeed, he was involved in all of Barca’s goals in their 3-1 win. It was his pass which picked out Jordi Alba on the left-hand side in the lead-up to Ivan Rakitic’s wonderfully worked opener, a perfect example of the playmaking responsibilities which he has embraced so wholeheartedly for the good of both Barcelona and Argentina. Messi is a fantastic individual but he’s also a great team player. As evidenced by the way in which he handed over a penalty to Neymar in the Liga rout at Cordoba. Messi was on a hat-trick and fighting for the Pichichi with Cristiano Ronaldo but Neymar had yet to net. Consequently, Messi selflessly stepped aside. But it is Messi who lifts Barcelona when they are down. Indeed, they were being bossed in Berlin for 10 minutes after Alvaro Morata’s equaliser but then Messi intervened, charging forward towards the Bianconeri defence before deftly side-stepping Andrea Barzagli and then unleashing a low drive that Gianluigi Buffon could only parry into the path of Suarez.”

Lionel Messi, the best footballer in the planet arguably can do it alone. But he won’t. He loves to play for the benefit of the team(s) he plays for. It’s so eloquently mentioned above.

Lionel Messi inspires us believers to team up with other believers to build God’s Kingdom. “Two are better than one. If one falls down, the other will pick him up….but pity the man who falls down and has none to pick him up…” (Eccl 4:9-10).

In the Bible we see teams of people joining together to build God’s Kingdom. Moses needed a Joshua to hold his hands high while in intercession for his nation in battle and Joshua did not shy away from that not-so-glamourous team task. Nehemiah the political leader he joined with the religious teacher Ezra to build God’s Kingdom.

If there was anyone who could have done it all alone it was God-in-flesh, Jesus. But he chose to build God’s Kingdom with the twelve.

In Paul’s ministry team there were atleast 60 different names. This we discover when we read his multiple letters in the New Testament.

Are you part of a team to build God’s Kingdom? I am (however imperfectly). If I have to go on Facebook to make a point that would make a soundly biblical point my friend has already made, I will do it! If I have to interpret the message of a much-much-more-famous Tamil preacher whose ministry I believe in, into English, I will do it! If I have to stand in the kitchen and help my wife in cooking by atleast getting her the appropriate vessels or stuff from the kitchen, I will do it!

There may be a biblically sound missionary organization that has attracted youth who are ready to go and be a missionary to a needy area without the Gospel. Will you “team” up with that organization by financially supporting it? Oh, you can team up to build God’s kingdom in so many ways!

What about you? Are you a team person? You must be one!

Writing about Lionel Messi, the BBC notes, “He continued to try for a way through against Iceland with 11 attempted shots, the most he’s ever tried in a World Cup game, but was left frustrated.” Argentina Vs Iceland. Russia World Cup 2018. Messi was not a sluggard, someone who did not try. The Bible says, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied” (Prov. 13:4). We must try. We must try without giving up. We may not win everyone for Christ, but we must honestly try to share the Gospel and leave the results with God. We are not called to “Christianize”, but to “evangelize”.

(These are various devotions that Duke Jeyaraj wrote at various times. Bible Truth starting with football games featuring Lionel Messi is the common thread in this post. Duke is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader supported Indian ministry. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org).