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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Elijah and the widow at Zarephath - Part II

Then the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth."
1 Kings 17 : 24

Good morning, friends.

The other day we saw that Elijah was helped by the widow and she was blessed miraculously. Now let us read the rest about that widow.

Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the LORD, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD, “O LORD my God, let this boy's life return to him!” The LORD heard Elijah's cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”

We have so many messages from this passage.

One: The widow who was blessed miraculously by the Lord suffered when her son was severely ill and dead. The happy days were gone and it was the time she was undergoing a great pain in her heart. Though she indirectly blamed Elijah, she also realized that her sin might be the reason for that incident. When you face troubles, don’t just sit and keep on blaming someone else. Just ask the Lord to cleanse your heart. Don’t judge others for your own problems.

Two: When Elijah was questioned, he didn’t argue with her. He immediately felt the sorrow of the widow and he carried her son to his room. This indirectly tells us that he carried her burden as his own. Yes, we can fulfill the law of Christ only by carrying others’ burdens as ours. Galatians 6 : 2

Three: Elijah believed in prayer. He conveyed the widow’s pain to the Lord very effectively. The Lord listened to this righteous man’s prayer and raised the boy. Prayer brings victory. God will be pleased especially when you pray for others.

Four: When the Lord heard the prayers of Elijah, he not only provided food to the widow, but also provided her with the resuscitation of her son. Remember God is not only the God of small things, but also for big things. When you’re with God and He is in you, God can do mighty miracles to others through you.

Five: When her son was brought alive, the widow rejoiced and said, “I know you’re a man of God and the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” What a wonderful testimony! If your neighbors are asked about who you’re, what is the word you can expect from them? A son/daughter of God or a black mark in the God’s people, but still carrying Bible all around and singing praises to Him? Watch your ways. Let others see you and your deeds and praise God for that. Matthew 5 : 16. Don’t be a hindrance towards others coming to Christ. Let His light flow through you.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Elijah and the widow at Zarephath!

Then the word of the LORD came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” So he went to Zarephath. 1 Kings 17:8-10

Good morning, friends.

When the water of the brook dried up, the Lord asked him to go to Zarephath. He obeyed and went.

When Elijah came to Zarephath, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the LORD your God lives," she replied, “I don't have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. The jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD spoken by Elijah.

We have so many messages from this passage.

One: Elijah was told by the Lord to go to Zarephath even before he complained God that He was not providing even the water of the brook when it went dry. God knows when and how to take care of our needs. The only thing which we can do is, to trust that He would fulfill His promises at His right time according to His heavenly riches.

Two: God didn’t ask Elijah to go to a rich family, but to the poorest. This is how God works. He doesn’t need the powerful and the most talented men to work out His plans. He just needs the humble ones. Are you humble? Are you flexible? If yes, cheer up. God can use you for His glory, no matter how dry you’re.

Three: The poor widow believed what the prophet told and she was willing to provide God’s man. She didn’t doubt his words. She didn’t look for her and her son’s own needs, instead she gave what she had. Are you worrying that you don’t have anything to honor God with. Don’t worry. God just wants you and not what you have.

Four: When the widow helped Elijah, she was blessed and her oil and flour didn’t decrease, instead they both remained as they were in the day 1 till the end of the famine. When you are willing to sacrifice things for God, definitely God will provide you above all that you can ever ask for. Not even a single cup of water you give for His work will go waste. They will be stored in your eternal account.

Five: When you serve God sincerely like Elijah, God will not only bless you, but will also bless others like widow at Zarephath through you. Are you ready to be a blessing to others? If yes, serve Him sincerely without turning back even at the times of famine.

May God bless you and you be a blessing to others!!!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Elijah, fed by ravens!

“You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.”1 Kings 17 : 4

Good morning, friends.

It was the period when Ahab the king supported the worship to Baal and he led the people stray. He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal. Ahab also made Asherah pole and did more to provoke the Lord to anger than did all the other kings of Israel. Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: "Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there." So he did what the LORD had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

Elijah clearly stated that his God was a living God. He also declared that He was the one whom he served. Elijah means ‘Yahweh is my God’. I hope many of you have heard the song ‘These are the days of Elijah’. It clearly shows this man as one who declared the word of the Lord. The Lord wants you and me to declare His name and His word without fear and doubt. Amen!

When the Lord told Elijah that He would supply food to Elijah through ravens, he never doubted it. He simply obeyed after conveying the word of the Lord to Ahab and he fled to Kerith. I think that’s the first time the Lord speaking about providing food through ravens. I also think Elijah should have known how the Lord provided manna, the food of angels to Israelites day by day. So he believed that the Lord would provide him enough food and he never asked any question to God. He drank the water from the brook and then ate the meat and bread provided by ravens. How good it should be to be fed up even by ravens! But the situation turned upside down one day. As the land never saw rain as Elijah told, the brook dried up. The Bible no where talks about Elijah asking water and food to the Lord. Even before that, the Lord himself asked him to move to Zarephath and assured him that He ordered a widow to provide him food.

The thing which I wanted to add is, when the Lord leads you somewhere, don’t look for green pastures. Keep trusting Him for He is going to provide you everything that you need to survive, even before you ask for it in one way or the other. Remember the clubs may remain starving, but the ones who belong to the Lord will never lack anything!!!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Give thanks!

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5 : 16 - 18

Good morning, friends. This is one thing which I wanted to share with you since a few months.

As I’m the one who usually work in a project which needs a single resource, I didn’t have any chance to mingle with others. The Lord gave me two friends, because of whom I’m in touch with at least a few around me. I have spent most of my time only with them apart from my work. All of a sudden they both were asked to leave their jobs. We all were shocked to the core. You all know how tough it is to get a good job at the time of recession. We had no other go, but praying. Where else could we go? In my fellowship we started praying continuously and in the same time, we encouraged them both, telling them that the God is their provider and no one else. I personally believe that God won’t allow their children losing their jobs, unless He has some better plans in store for them. Our prayers and the support we gave really encouraged them a lot, I believe. Faith without action is dead. We also started looking if any of our friends’ company has any offer. Do you know what we prayed? We always prayed that they two should have a job at the day they leave this company. Sometimes we too had some unbelief, when we looked the situations around us. Still we didn’t give up. We prayed and we praised God for He would give them a job and strengthen them. You will not even believe if I say this. One company had an immediate offer and they needed experience people’s CV to be dropped in. When I got a call from the first one, I thought she was just called for an interview. But to my surprise, I heard that she was asked to join the company. The next one too had another job in a good company and I’m the one who was her reference from her previous company. :) They both are now deployed into the projects and they are getting paid more than what they had earlier.

Now tell, is He not faithful? He listened to our prayers and answered us and placed them exactly before they left this company. I praise God for that even now. Now they both are happy and this would have definitely increased their faith. Are you afraid of something today? Are you thinking that you have no other way out of your troubles? Be of good cheer. Pray continuously and give thanks for He’s going to make all things possible for you. Give thanks for all the closed doors in your life, for He is going to open them up after which nothing/no one can shut them. Friend, you may think that the problem is yours, but I strongly say that the problem is not ours anymore. It is His’. We don’t need to fight the battle ourselves. He’ll fight the battle for us wonderfully, amazingly in a way which we can never even think of. He is Almighty. His ways are always awesome. Don’t give up when you face problems. Let the problems drive you closer to Jesus! There is always hope in Him. He’ll never reject the brokenhearted. Above all, He loves you. He’s there to collect your tears in His bottle. None of your tears will go waste. They’ll all be answered. You can trust this. Recession has nothing to do with God’s children!!! Amen!!!

Prayer request: Please read and pray about it. Don’t forget!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Job, the greatest of all men

The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:12

Good morning, friends. Let us continue… I’m sending such a long message today. Please don’t give up reading. There are so many truths in this email which the Lord revealed us in our study on Job. Flag it and read when you’re free. Thanks!

One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

Job 1:6 says, “One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.” What do you think about it? He was kicked out of heaven by the Lord. What is Satan having with the Lord and His angels? Why was he present before the Lord? Friends, many times we may think, “Wow.. I prayed for one hour. I worshiped Him. I read the entire Bible this year. What is Satan having with me anymore?” Remember Matthew 4 where Satan tested Jesus while He finished His fasting. If he was so ready to tempt Jesus the son of God, how effectively he would try to tempt us with our past pleasures and all? If he would present himself before the Lord and His angels, how easier it is for him to show himself in our fellowships! Whenever you take a strong decision and commit yourself to the Lord, the Lord listens to it. But Satan is also watching us to take hold of us anytime!!! I hope you’re aware he works 24/7. When we from our fellowship participate in skits, our boys often wear black dresses if they are playing the role of Satan. But believe me, Satan is so beautiful! His ways look so great to us in the starting. The way he injects musical interest in us, the way he tells us “Is this sin? No. That’s a normal feeling which God created for us”, etc,… are his worst lies. They are like showing small worms and catching big fishes! Don’t believe him and give him even a small portion of you. If you do so, then you’re at a greater risk of running for peace and getting captured inside a lion’s den.

Job 1:7 says, The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." Why did he roam around the earth and go back and forth? 1 Peter 5:8 answers this question “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” So his ultimate job is to look for ‘Jobs’ (those who’re very close to God) and tempt them at most he can and bringing the report back to Jesus and to attack Him with his report. The same happened with Job, but the report was not up to what he expected. It came so wonderful, that he couldn’t pin point Job on anything.

Job 1:8 says Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." This clearly shows that even before the Satan starts something, the Lord himself knew that he selected Job as his target. As we saw the other day, the Lord boasted about Job. Job got a very good appreciation from the Lord himself. We can hide this and that from the people around us, but can we hide anything from Him? No. Job’s life was also open to God, but He could not find even a single fault with Job. Instead He ended up saying, “Job is blameless. There is no one else like my upright servant.” Just think about this. If Jesus is to give a report on you and me, how will it be? Appreciating or boasting? Or getting hurt for creating us and standing shameful before Satan?

Job 1:9-11 says "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." Satan found out a reason by himself why Job was so faithful and thankful to God. According to him, Job was too good as he was blessed by the Lord with everything that a man could ever need and want. And he suggested the Lord to test him by revoking all the things he got. We praise God!! And we know that He too rejoices on our praises! Let us find out the reason of our praises today. Why do we praise God? For blessings? Or for what He is and who He is and for what He has done for us on the cross even when we were quite unlovable?

Job 1:12 says The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Finally the Lord granted permission to Satan to test Job. Everything he has – This included Job’s sons and daughters for whom he sacrificed offerings in the early morning, whom he loved much, his possessions and his servants. What do you possess today? What do you love the most? Our family, friends, beloveds, work, the degrees we hold, and the blessings we get from the Lord? What else? How do you value them all? The Lord knew very well that Job didn’t value all these things than he valued God. And that’s why the Lord boldly asked Satan to touch anything Job had. How great his trust on Job?! Just think, if Satan goes and asks God the permission to touch you and me, will the Lord ever tell the same for us? I doubt! Friends, our God is above all powers, creations, wisdom, treasures and whatever we know! Don’t always focus on the blessings, but on the one who blesses us. Once you do this, you’ll start feeling too good and the Lord too will love us even more.

Job 1:13-19 tells that he lost everything he had. He didn’t give up. Instead he told, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” When the Lord allowed one step further and when Job got painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head, his wife asked, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9 he replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job 2:10(a) If we lose everything all of a sudden, how will we react? Will we start cursing like Job’s wife? Or will we stand for God? Actually this is too tough to answer. But remember what we have today is just only because of His grace and not by our righteousness.

And Job 1:22 and Job 2:10(b) clearly says that he didn’t sin in what he said and he did no wrongdoing. Wow… What a wonderful summary!! This is the most precious in the eyes of the Lord!

Do you face problems all the time? Do you feel situations make you give up your hope? Do you grumble that all the worst things are happening to you alone? Do you question, “Where God is? Is He really a God? If yes, why do I face these pains and struggles?” I want to share this with you today. Satan never touched Job unless he got permission from the Lord. So stop grumbling and start reminding yourself, “Satan can never touch you more than what God allowed. Temptations will not come more than you can tolerate.” Yes, friends, God is in control. He who is in us, for us and with us is greater than he who is in this world. Our God is greater than the greatest problem we face. Do you believe today that He loves you and He cares for you? If yes, why are you wasting your time crying and murmuring against God? Just cast all your burdens on Him who is available all the time to take all our burdens on His shoulders and give us rest amidst our troubles.

Finally, but why is God allowing Satan to test us? The answer from the book ‘Job’ is Job 23 : 10 “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Yes friends, He allows testing to make us shine as gold and to bless us with double portion. Job 42 : 12 says The LORD blessed the latter part of Job's life more than the first.

I hope you read this fully. :) Thanks for reading!!!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Job, a loving father!

His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom. Job 1 : 4, 5

Good morning, friends.

Job 1 : 2, 3 say that Job had seven sons and three daughters. He owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred oxen and five hundred donkeys and a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

How rich he must be! He had everything one can ever want. Above all, he had a very special thing, the fear of God, about which the Lord himself boasted in Job 1 : 8There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.

Is it not like getting outstanding in our annual appraisal? I was so happy when I heard from the folks who returned from on-site that my client appreciated me in some of the meetings over there. It was a temporary one. I got assigned to another project now. But how great it would be to get such an appreciation from the Lord who is with us all the time!!! In fact the Lord trusted Job and this led to such a boasting. Job's Lord is still the same! He trusts you and me today!

The children of Job had regular fellowships. Job knew the sins lead to death and as a loving father, he would get up early in the morning and would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them. We all know what happened when Eli’s sons sinned against the Lord. 1 Samuel 2 says “Eli’s sons committed sins and they didn’t obey their father when he rebuked them. So the Lord put them to death.” So this loving father did all he could even when he was not even sure that they sinned or cursed the God in their hearts. So he wanted his children to be like him and he wanted them to stay pure. He was very much concerned about the sin and its effects.

Do you know why the world is getting dumped with all the unwanted things which God doesn’t like? It’s not because people want to sin, but because they don’t know which is sin and which is not. They are not able to distinguish the small difference between them both. We’re tightly occupied with our own works and so we’re not even able to think about it. But Job even though he had large number of animals and servants to manage, he gave his priority to let the sin out of his family. Nowhere the Book Job speaks about Job accumulating wealth for his children, but he concentrated more on their purification.

In the same way, God too sent his son Jesus as a sacrifice for all our sins. He asked Jesus to carry the heavy cross and to shed even his last drop of blood only for our sins. How loving He is to give away His only son for us!

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Job, a man of Uz!

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Job 1 : 1

Good morning, friends. Last evening in our fellowship, we had a discussion on Job 1st chapter. At first I thought how that would be, as it was one of the toughest Books in the Holy Bible. It’s hard for me to understand everything out of it. Thank God, but the Lord is awesome! He led all of us so beautifully. This week, I would like to share what we had, with you all. I’m sure it would strengthen you as well, as it helped me! This week’s thoughts are not shared by an individual, but everyone has contributed. So one more thing, I would like to insist is, if you have a fellowship, all of you in your fellowship, try meditating on the same Book. The Lord will interpret the same passages to each one of you differently. And this will help you in seeking and understanding the hidden truths better and that’s another reason why God wants us to be a part of fellowship. He too believes in team work. I remember reading ‘Team work divides the work and multiplies the effect’ in International Daily Bread. Thanks!

Let us give the first verse a read. In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Job 1 : 1

In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. Do you think Job was the only man in the entire Uz? Why is the Bible so specific about Job? Why was he so special that his name was the only one to be focused in such a great book? Why does the entire book ‘Job’ talks only about the man named ‘Job’? We have lots of other books in the Bible, say for e.g. Genesis talks about Adam to Joseph, Exodus talks about Moses, Joshua and the Israelites, Kings and Chronicles talks about the great kings like David, Solomon, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jotham, Hezekiah, Josiah, etc,... But this book ‘Job’ talks only about Job everywhere. Why? Did you ever think of it? This is the only book which cannot be linked with any other book in the Bible. Amazing, right?! Okay let us move on.

The next line gives us the answer for why Job was that special. It’s because this man was blameless and upright. He feared God and shunned evil. Let us go back to Genesis 1 : 27 which says, So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; The first man, Adam was the only one who was flawless, as God created him in His own image. God is flawless, and the man he created remained flawless and perfect until he sinned. That is why, Job 1 talks about a man, who was flawless and who feared God and upright and who ran away from the evil things of the world. The Lord has special purpose for this special man who honored God with all his heart and in whatever he did.

Let us analyze who we’re today. God created everything and when He looked back, He saw that all was good and good and good everywhere. There was no manufacturing defect when the Creator, God Himself created man out of dust and breathed into his nostrils and when he created Eve from the rib of Adam when he slept. But later when God saw that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, He was not happy with that as they lost the image of God and so we too are born in sin. We make this simple, smooth life so complicated by concentrating on the forbidden things like sins, desires, lusts, jealous, pride, etc,… Where are you today? Are you with God and at least trying to be the man and the woman of God? If not, it’s not too late for you to turn back to God, so that you can preserve His image.

Look forward to read more about Job 1. May God bless!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Test everything!

Test everything. Hold on to the good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Good morning, friends. I got this story from Internet.

There was once a Canadian bird who decided he didn’t want to fly south for the winter. He decided it was nonsense to go all the way down south when he could just stay right where he was at. So he stayed behind. Well after awhile, it got kind of cold. Finally, he could take it no more and decided to fly south after all. As he was flying through the air, ice began to form on his wings to the point where he could no longer fly so he glided down and landed in a barnyard.

So here is the bird, he’s half frozen in a barnyard and at the point of death. About that time along comes a cow that walks right over the bird and drops a "plop" on him. Now the bird is really disgusted. He’s half frozen, dying, and now he has this "plop" on him. After a short time though, the ice begins to melt off of the bird. He starts to get warm under that "plop." He begins to think to himself, "It’s getting warm. I’m going to live! I’m going to live!" Then right there underneath that "plop" he starts to sing little bird songs. He’s now happy once again. About that time a cat comes along and hears this noise coming from underneath this "plop." He moves the stuff off the bird and eats the bird.

There are three morals to the story:

  1. Not everyone who drops a "plop" on you is necessarily your enemy
  2. Not everyone who moves it off of you is necessarily your friend
  3. And if someone does drop a "plop" on you, keep your mouth shut

Though 1 Thessalonians 5 : 21 doesn’t literally relate to the story above, we’re in a situation to test each and everything we see, we hear, we receive wherever we’re. It may be the Church, our fellowship, our work places, or anywhere in this world. One such thing is don’t trust the senders of the spiritual emails you receive everyday. Recently I came to know of one such sender sending also some unwanted emails to some girls which I never thought about. Friends, in this deceiving world, we don’t know how to identify the goats from the wolves in disguise. It is the Lord who alone can help us distinguishing things. If we do on our own, we may not be doing it right!

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Door without a handle!

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3 : 20

Good morning, friends. I got the following from the Internet.

A famous painter painted a beautiful picture of Jesus knocking at a closed door. He showed it to his friends. They pointed out a defect in the painting. The door in the picture had no visible handle or latch to open it. The painter said, "The door has no handle outside. It can be opened only from the inside. It represents our heart."

This message teaches us that Jesus is knocking at the door of our heart, awaiting our invitation to enter and be with us. It is said that though God is omnipotent and omnipresent, the human mind is a special place where He enters only with our consent. He has granted us the freedom to frame our attitude to Him. Let us open the doors of our heart and greet our Lord with pleasure. Let us seek His blessings and request Him to purify our heads, hearts, hands and habits.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

King Asa!

Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he? Isaiah 2 : 22

Good morning, friends.

God's child, Asa:

The very first verse that talks about Asa says, "Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God." 2 Chronicles 14 : 2 Why does it say so? The following verses give us an answer. He removed foreign altars which burnt offerings to idols. He commanded his people to seek and to obey the Lord's commands and laws. He sought help of the Lord in whatever he did and so the Lord has given him rest.

Asa's focus:

Asa called to the LORD his God and said, "LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you." 2 Chronicles 14 : 11 Asa prayed this prayer to His God when he saw Zerah marching against Asa with his mighty army. The Lord heard his prayer and delivered him from the hands of Zerah and struck down Zerah and his soldiers.

Asa's courage:

When the prophet Azariah came and conveyed what the Lord said, "Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded", Asa took courage and he removed all the idols from his country and he made his people to enter into a covenant to seek the Lord wholeheartedly and eagerly. Verses 12 - 15 of 2 Chronicles 14 say about it.

Asa's foolishness:

* Basha came against Asa. Asa took all the treasures from the temple of God and went to Ben Hadad, the king who had a treaty with Basha and asked him to break his treaty with Basha. And he succeeded in his effort. But the Lord's prophet Hanani went to Asa and said, "Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war." 2 Chronicles 16 : 7 - 9

Asa who relied on God when he faced a mighty war, didn't rely on the same powerful God when he thought of Basha. Instead of seeking God, he relied on the king Ben Hadad. His hope was not rooted in the Lord, but on a man. This was the first foolishness he did and when he heard the seer speaking these words, he ordered the seer Hanani to be put in prison. Thereby he failed to respect the man of God.

* When he was affected by a disease in his legs, though he was very severe, he relied only on physicians and not on God. 2 Chronicles 16 : 12 And then he died.


It's not how good we were at the beginning, but how we are all the time, especially at the end that really matters. When we have God as our strength, we can never be shaken by anyone. Just think on where your hope and faith are rooted today. Are they deeply rooted in Christ as they were before? Or are you going behind men at your tough times? Give God 100% control over everything and when you once did it, please don't try to take that control back to you. Our past glory will never help!!! We've to live in His presence daily.


Monday, October 5, 2009

Extend your helping hands!

He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done. Proverbs 19 : 17

Good morning, friends.

It was Christmas Eve. A small girl came to a jeweler’s shop. She pointed to a fine necklace displayed in the shelf and said that she wanted to buy it. The jeweler asked whether she had the money to pay for it. “Yes, I have,” she said, laying a packet of small coins on his table. He noticed that it amounted to only about ten rupees whereas the necklace was valued at thirty thousand rupees. Out of curiosity, he asked her why she wanted the necklace. She told him that she wanted to give it as a Christmas gift to her loving sister, who is looking after her after the death of their parents. The coins were from her piggy bank, her collection since last Christmas. She had been watching this necklace in the showroom for several days and was eagerly awaiting Christmas to purchase and present it to her sister.

He was deeply moved by the admirable affection of the innocent infant. He readily packed the necklace and gave it to her in exchange for her coins. She jumped with joy and ran home. She presented the gift to her sister. The elder sister assumed that the girl had stolen the necklace and scolded her. She dragged the girl to the shop and asked whether the article was stolen from there. The jeweler told her that he had sold it to the girl and that she had made full payment for it. No wonder, Jesus was born in all the three, the loving girl, the merciful jeweler and the truthful sister.

The merciful jeweler attracts me a lot. Expecting nothing in return, but giving away a high valuable thing is of course very rare now-a-days!!! We are very close to the festival season once again, because of our God's grace. Just turn back and see! We've crossed almost 9 complete months of this year. We heard about lots of accidents, deadly diseases, thefts, murders, etc,... But by His persistent care, we still have breath in our nostrils. Don't you think we've to thank Him for what He has done so far? The churches we see, the schools and hospitals we have now are nothing but the sacrifices of the foreign missionaries and their beloveds. It's also the time for us to extend His love to others. Friends, apart from your routine shopping, treats at big hotels, you can also plan for helping people. The helping hands and the praying lips together can help the needy. Let us extend our kindness in the coming months. Remember God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.

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