BISHOP LAZARUS VALLURI
Rev. Lazarus Valluri is not just the pastor of Interior Church Ministries. He also oversees other ministers and churches while counseling, guiding and directing the ministries and ministers within his own church as well
I was born and raised in a Christian family. Every now and then I visited Children Bible schools, youth meetings, and college prayer services. As a teenager, I spent most of my life being only a nominal Christian. Because of this, when I became an adult, I couldn’t recognize God or his power. I then became an atheist.
I caused headaches to my parents and to any other Christian, or anyone who believed in anything spiritual. While I was engaged in secular studies I would argue and mistreat anyone and anything associated with God or his power. I strongly hated and argued that all Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and any other religious beliefs were foolish and useless.
Many people, including my parents, prayed and fasted for days for my salvation and transformation so that I could understand the Creator and one true God.
One day, a couple of friends and I argued about the different devils, gods and goddesses. I boldly stated to my friends that there is no power in this world. Everything is done by the power of men or women using machines or technology. One friend disagreed with me, and after long debate he left. That night, I had a hard time falling asleep. I finally did, but it was deep and troubled.
While I slept, an unexpected power fell upon me and I didn’t know where it came from. It closed my mouth and nose and I could not breathe. I almost died. In my spirit, I was still aware. I knew that if I called on Jesus of Nazareth, that he would come and deliver me from this situation. But the hardness of my heart would not allow me to do so. After a few minutes, things got worse and I desperately began praying and called Jesus to come as Savior of the world to rescue me and the lost. As soon as I called on Jesus, he appeared and fought with the devil, and destroyed the power that was strangling me.
Ever since then, I have recognized and tasted the power of God. My inner spiritual eyes and ears were opened to understand his word, and a little of his power as Creator of the universe. I was at a spiritual crusade listening to a servant of God speaking about “God and his marvelous power in Creation”, and he spoke with such a burden for the lost. I then understood that God had called out to me, and I became thirsty for the living Word of God and his fellowship. I regularly attended services, and all the Christian programs I could attend.
The voice of God spoke to me through the Bible in Psalm 148, 1 John 2:15-17, “Love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lusts thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.“
I then had my spiritual eyes and ears opened, and I understood the real power of God and his greatness. I told my pastor and other mature spiritual Christians what God was telling me. They were all pleased in their hearts and said that God was speaking to me through the Bible. They suggested that I accept Jesus as my savior and confess my sins, and then be baptized in water. I dedicated and surrendered my life to Christ and did what the elders taught me to do.
Now God has put a burden in my heart for the perishing souls of India. I have dedicated myself to God’s service for the rest of my life until he takes me home. After finishing my secular and theological studies, I went out according to the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. I was authorized by theological leaders in the same manner as the Apostles, to preach the gospel and serve the people with God-given gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 1:15; Matthew 28:19-20.)
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Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)
COTR, Theological College and Seminary, Bheemli, Visakhapatnam District.
Master in Divinity
Antioch Theological College and Seminary