17 May 2014 by Natasha Kim CM-
Panir Selvam formerly the CEO of Telekom Malaysia Bhd. subsidiary but now a businessman and proprietor of a software business solution company recently shared at a recent Full Gospel Businessman meeting at Summit, Subang Jaya on the 23rd of May 2014. Panir grew up in a family of mediums, but has come a long way since he the Lord touched his life. Now he is one of the Church Elders of Grace Assembly. He is very involved in Grace Community Services (GCS) which provides food for the poor and Jesus Calls Ministries (a 24 hour line where people can call in and be prayed for). Panir moves around and shares amazing testimonies of supernatural dreams and visions. To date, he has ministered in USA, Argentina, Holland, Jordan and Malaysia. “It’s amazing how God uses us to be a blessing. God is good! Hallelujah!” he said.
This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
He began by reading one of his favourite verses from the Bible according to Jeremiah 9:23-24, as shown above. This verse shows us that God is not against wisdom, He wants His children to be wise. God is not against strength, He wants His children to be strong and neither is He against riches because there were many men of God in the Bible that were very blessed. “What God is saying in this verse is that, we should not put our focus on these things but that if we wish to boast, we should boast that we know the God of heaven and earth, the God that created the universe” shared Panir. He continued on to share that the Bible is set apart from every other religion in the world because it sends an unbroken message God’s love that starts from the book of Genesis all the way to the book of Revelations. God wants to fellowship with us and re-establish the fellowship that has been broken from the time of Adam and Eve. “God not only challenges us to know Him but has revealed Himself as a God who wants to reveal His heart to us. The Bible talks about the children of Israel who knew the works of God but it said that Moses knew the heart of God” said Panir.
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3:10-12)
The verse above as cited in Philippians 3:10-12, were words spoken by Apostle Paul. “Paul studied in the Harvard of his day. His life was turned upside down on the road to Damascus when he met the Lord. The impact of his conversion was a proper transformation in his life where he considered all the education he had as garbage because of the greatness of knowing Jesus” he shared. Through this we see the heart of Apostle Paul who left everything he had, including all his ambitions and his respected position to follow Jesus. Though it was a very different life, where he experienced being ridiculed and much more, Apostle Paul gloried in that life. He went through all of that because he chose to know Jesus and to declare the goodness of Jesus. “That is the greatness of the value of knowing God” shared Panir. “My encouragement to you is that it is worth knowing God, it worth knowing Jesus. It is worth seeking after the heart of God because our God, when we seek Him, we can be found” he said.
Through Him we have Salvation
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:1-3)
The greatest thing that comes from knowing the Lord, is having salvation. From the verse above according to John 17:1-3, we see how important knowing God is. “The Lord Jesus said, the fact that we know Him, we have eternal life. Now why did He say that?” shared Panir. He answered this question by going back to the time of Adam and Eve. Sin came to the world through them but now since we have been reconciled through the blood of Jesus, we have eternal life. Eternal life is not going to start once we reach the end of our lives or when we are resurrected. “What the Lord is saying is that eternal life starts today. That you and I can have that eternal life because you and I can be in the fullness of God’s presence” he said. Panir shared that he used to struggle with the fact that Jesus was the only way. “If there’s anyone here with that same struggle I want to encourage you to not have any doubt in your mind because the Word of God is the truth and when you accept the truth the truth will set you free” shared Panir. Now he walks firmly and obediently with Jesus in His life and has never experienced anything greater than knowing the Lord.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)