Our generation has a wrong sense of pride and entitlement. The truth of the matter is this: God cannot be even forced, arm-twisted to do ANYTHING, for God is God and we are mere humans. For example, God cannot even be forced to SAVE us, leave alone HEAL us! This is truth is found in OT – ‘Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; PERHAPS you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD’ (Zeph. 2:3). And even in Post-Cross NT: ‘Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, IF POSSIBLE, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you’ (Acts 8:22). Of course, God is willing to save us, when we come in repentance and a humble posture (2 Peter 3:9)! And when it comes to healing-miracle-problems, the Lord may choose to allow them and say, ‘my grace is sufficient for you!’ (2 Cor. 12:9).
(Rev. Dr. Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a reader-supported Indian ministry to presentday people. Find out more at http://www.dukev.org. Watch his videos at http://www.youtube.com/visitduke).
Duke Jeyaraj uses acronym P-A-C-K-E-R to pay tribute to the great evangelical Bible Scholar and asks questions of self reflection for the Google Generation
J.I. Packer was a puritan. He stressed on personal holiness. Search YouTube for ‘J.I. Packer Personal Holiness’ and hear what he has to say about this neglected topic (he clubbed repentance also with personal holiness). The ‘eggs on his face’ he got for preaching this did not ever deter him from preaching this! What do you regularly preach from the Bible? Just the things that will make you popular, win the crowd’s approval, and garner social media hits/likes/loves?
A child-hood accident left a clearly-visible-on-the-forehead mark on his face. He could have moved away from God post this traumatic accident. But, instead, he chose to move closer! Do troubles drive you away from God?
C-anada Moving Packer:
Stirred by the Spirit, he moved to Canada even though he was very successful as a theologian in England. Do you listen to God’s voice when it comes taking life big decisions? Or do you just follow your whims and fancies?
K-nowing God writing Packer:
Packer wrote the classic book, Knowing God. Our life’s ultimate purpose is not wealth-accumulation or comfort-creation. It is to know God and to bring him glory (Jer. 9:23-24)!
E-SV Gifting Packer:
The English Bible Version which wed original-text accuracy and the much-loved KJV-like English (sans the ‘thous’, ‘arts’, etc) was the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. J. I. Packer gave visionary leadership to the A-class, Awesome team of Bible Scholars from different Church denominations who gave us this Bible serving as the General Editor for this accurate-to-the-original yet understandable-for-the-modern-English-reader. This Bible Version has a robust, never-crashing, even-can-be-used-when-offline SmartPhone App, the ESV App which I keep recommending to non-Christian friends I meet-up in my journeys!
R-eached by a Campus Ministry Packer:
Packer came to Christ when he attended an Inter-Varsity meeting in 1944 in Oxford University. This “E.U” (as InterVarsity Fellowships were called) reached great heights as a theologian and Bible Scholar! Do you invest in youth/campus ministry? Do you have time for young people?
(Duke Jeyaraj is the founder of Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, G4 Mission. Find out more at www.dukev.org).