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Three simple spiritual lessons from my early years of life

1. If no one else sees God sees. 2. God collects your tears. 3. Earnestly desire and ask, seek, and knock for spiritual gifts.

I like to believe that simple is more important and more memorable and more meaningful. Thanking God for all the life lessons and the spiritual lessons that I was able to learn and understand over the years. Just like to share three of my early lessons.

Lesson 1. If no else sees GOD sees

This happened when I was in grade 3. My school had organised a 3-day Christian bookshop exhibition. First two days I went around checking all the books, flipping through the pages, but one small black book caught my eyes. On the last day of the exhibition I took the book and put it my uniform pocket. As I was about to walk out to the exit with the book, I could see that I have been watched by someone. He looks down at me and said softly " If no else sees God sees”. I returned the book to him. Shame and guilt felt years ago still comes to memory fresh • Yes, God sees the sinner in me • He sees my need for a second chance • He sees my shame. • He is EL-ROI, the God who sees me. (Genesis 16:13).

Lesson 2. God collects your tears

First time in my life I went to a Jesus calls meeting. Main preacher was Dinakaran uncle. My family and I got space to stand towards the very end of the crowd. As a young girl I still remember uncle's preaching that "God sees every tear you shed, not only he does see, he bottles them up”. (Psalm 58:6) It is very comforting to know, no matter how much of my anguish have gone unnoticed by others, not one moment has escaped the attention of God who neither sleeps nor slumbers. (Psalm 121:4) Do my tears matter? Why would God record my sorrows and collect my tears? Yes, it is because He loves me so much. He wants to heal every hurt and pain. The bible teaches us that one day God will wipe all tears from our eyes. (Revelation 7:17), but until then we can count on Him to draw us close and catch them.

Lesson 3. Earnestly desire and ask, seek, and knock for spiritual gifts

Two of my classmates shared their testimony after they got filled by the Holy spirit. This was the first time I even heard of it. Two things were common in their testimony, they both had a great desire and they both prayed and encouraged us to earnestly desire spiritual gifts. What do you do when you really want something? You do not wait around for someone to deliver it, fully assembled and ready to use. You go looking for it, you read, watch, and listen a lot of information. You ask, seek and knock. Do we have to desire more of this divine gift? Yes, those who are so controlled by the spirit: • Can live a life pleasing to God. (Galatians 5:16,25) • We experience intimacy with God and all He has for us. (Galatians 5:22-23)

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