No Turning Back

images (10)The words, “I have decided to follow Jesus,” bellowed from a man of God in Assam, which is located in North-east India. This man had converted to Christianity along with his family in the mid 1800s. He was being forced to renounce his faith by the village chief or risk being executed. It is said that when they threaten to kill his wife he declared, “Though no one joins me, still I will follow.” Then, they did, in fact, kill his wife and killed him while he was still singing. Truly, this man of faith held the attitude that there is no turning back with Jesus!

Once we have truly had a conversion experience with Jesus, there is no turning back. When His Spirit comes to live within us with indescribable peace and blossoming joy, there is no turning back. This is when we start to know more than ever before that He is real and that there is nothing that this world has to offer that can even compare with being in fellowship with our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Later, like Saul of Tarshish witnessing the godly reaction of Stephen, as he was being stoned to death for his faith in Acts chapter 7 and verses 54 through 60, the village chief of this area in Assam was influenced by this man’s last words and later gave his heart to Christ. This type of stubborn faith is what changes lives and influences people for Christ. Furthermore, we find this is the type of attitude of faith is present in Revelations 2:10 as John the revelator describes those who overcome in the last days,

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”(KJV)

The final words of this Indian man of God, who was full of the Holy Ghost, were made into a hymn by a Indian missionary named Sadhu Sundar Singh. Then, William Jensen Reynolds, a American gospel hymnal editor, rearranged the song and included the song in the hymn book: 1959 Assembly Songbook (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Have_Decided_to_Follow_Jesus).

These are some of the words that were inspired by the great faith of this Indian martyr before he gave his life for his faith:

I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back, No turning backI will follow You, I will follow You, I will follow You my God
I will follow You, I will follow You, I will follow You my GodThough none go with me still I will follow
Though none go with me still I will follow
Though none go with me still I will follow
No turning back, No turning back

I will follow You, I will follow You, I will follow You my God
I will follow You, I will follow You, I will follow You my God

The world behind me, the Cross before me
The world behind me, the Cross before me
The world behind me, the Cross before me
No turning back, No turning back

I will follow You, I will follow You, I will follow You my God
I will follow You, I will follow You, I will follow You my God
Yeah, I will follow you, my God

May this become the abiding theme of our faith in Jesus Christ.  A-men

 

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Tim Phillips received Jesus into his heart the day before Easter at age 4 (during his 5th year of life) in 1975. He immediately began preaching in his home as play church. In 1984 he became serious as the Lord revealed to him during a sermon, ...not to just tell people what they are doing wrong, but to tell them ( through the Word) how to do right before God. This revelation caused him to develop the heart of a teacher. He became serious about his "garage church" trying to reach all neighbors within hearing distance. Week after week he taught encourage those who listened to serve God. Later, that year God spoke to him in several dreams confirming his call to preach. In 1986 Tim Phillips began preaching at the church that his family attended. Then, in 1988 he was licensed to preach officially. He has preached and studied the word of God for over 26 years. He has done one-on-one counseling and spiritual guidance during this same period. Recently, he was prompted to launch this site to teach and encourage people to consider their eternal future. Eternality is at hand, some of us are only a breath away. Jesus stands with His arms outstretched ready save you from a future in Hell.
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