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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Who is the greatest?

So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12 : 5

Good morning to you all.

One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So they held a meeting, and after a long discussion, decided to strike work till the Belly consented to take its proper share of the work. So for a day or two, the Hands refused to take the food, the Mouth refused to receive it, and the Teeth had no work to do. But after a day or two the Members began to find that they themselves were not in a very active condition: the Hands could hardly move, and the Mouth was all parched and dry, while the Legs were unable to support the rest. So thus they found that even the Belly in its dull quiet way was doing necessary work for the Body, and that all must work together or the Body will go to pieces.

The above would have clearly explained the importance of working together. The Bible talks much about the team work. It may be your work place or your fellowship or Church or family or wherever you’re, working as a team matters. www.dictionary.com shows ‘a number of persons, forming one of the sides in a game or contest’ as one of the meanings of a team. The members of the team are to be like minded and they all should focus on a unique goal. There is no work which is less significant when we do for God. Delivering the Word of God, praying, worshiping, driving the people towards God, playing instruments for God, behind the scene works, etc… are equally important if they all try to glorify the Lord. We are all the parts of Christ body. When one part stops functioning, automatically the vision and the missions will fail. Again don’t keep on looking who gets the credit at the end of the day. Serve and support one another to do their part. That’s what Jesus told His disciples, when they argued with one another, “Who is the greatest?” Mark 9 : 36




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Monday, December 14, 2009

4:12 AM!

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6 : 2.

Good morning to you all. The below is the wonderful story which talks about the salvation and its importance.

The school children came to visit the dairy farm of a kind farmer. The farmer had a big sign on the wall which said, “Prepare to meet thy God.” AM 4 : 12. They had many questions about the cows and the farm and also one about the sign. When they asked what the sign implied, the farmer said, “The Lord is coming soon, and we must be ready to meet Him. If we are still in our sins, we will not be ready. But God has sent His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us on Calvary's cross. If you tell Him you are sorry you've been naughty and want Him to forgive you, you will be saved. Then you will be ready to meet Him when He comes.”

Little Johnny went home that afternoon, he told his mother, “I've got to get saved before I go to bed tonight.” “Why do you have to be saved tonight?” his mother asked. “Well, the farmer said Jesus is coming soon, and on the wall in the barn it said, ‘Prepare to meet thy God, AM 4:12,' and I never wake up that early, so I need to be saved before I go to sleep.”


You may smile at the child's mistake in thinking that the AM on the sign meant "morning," when really it is the abbreviation for Amos, the book in the Old Testament where the verse is written. But the little boy knew this was something he should not put off. He was going to look after the most important thing in his life right away. What about you? “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Corinthians 6 : 2. “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.”  1 John 1 : 7. I hope you all will remember Amos 4 : 12 from now on and the only way to prepare yourself for the day is to be cleansed by the blood of the precious lamb, Jesus. Be prepared!



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Friday, December 11, 2009

Better late than never!

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Luke 12:2


Good morning to you all.

Mr. Barnes was a very wealthy man. He often noticed a particularly fine herd of cattle. He paid for it with the agreement that the cow would be delivered to his estate the following day. The next day as Mr. Barnes was out for his morning walk he saw a young boy trying his hardest to lead the cow over to Mr. Barnes's field. The boy, who did not know Mr. Barnes, called to him. “Please sir, would you come and help me with this cow? She is so stubborn!”

Mr. Barnes went over to help. As they walked along together he asked the boy, “How much do you expect to get for delivering the cow?” The boy stammered, “I don’t know, but I'm sure to get something because the people who are buying the cow live in that house, and those people are very kind to everyone.” By now the stubborn cow was walking along nicely, so Mr. Barnes excused himself and took a path through a wooded area that led to his back door.

As soon as he got into the house he gave one of his trusted workers a fifty-dollar bill and told him to give it to the boy who was delivering the cow. After the cow had been left at the estate and the boy was returning to the ranch, Mr. Barnes went out again and met the boy on the road. “Well, how much did you get?” asked Mr. Barnes. “Five dollars,” answered the boy. “Only five dollars? You must have gotten more than that,” said Mr. Barnes. “No,” answered the boy, “that's what I was given, and that was plenty, don't you think?” “No,” said Mr. Barnes. “I'm surprised it wasn't more. I know Mr. Barnes well, and I believe that if you come back with me you'll get more than five dollars.”

The boy agreed, and they walked back to the house together. When they went in Mr. Barnes called his hired worker. Mr. Barnes said to the man, “Your dishonesty has cost you your job and your good name. I hope you soon learn that dishonesty is not only very foolish but a terrible sin as well.” And he fired him on the spot.


I hope no more words are needed, as the story very clearly says breaking up the loyalty is sin. When the Lord created Adam and Eve, He longed to commune with them. He trusted them and He left them in Eden garden. But they listened to the serpent and sinned. We’re all the sinners by default. No one teaches a kid to tell lies when he does something wrong. As he grows, automatically the lies list grows longer, by default and so the other lists too. Stop here and think once and ask yourself these questions. “Am I worthy of the trust my Lord has on me?” “Is there any place or situation where I make my Jesus feel shy?” “Am I worthy of His great love?” “Am I really loyal to Him?” “Am I honest up to His expectations?” Remember there comes one day, when all our sins are exposed. It’s not too late to confess them and get out of them.  



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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Stay focused!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1 : 17

Good morning to you all. This is another wonderful story I got from the Internet.

General Bradford was definitely an unusual general. He was known far and wide for both his infinite patience and love as well as for His justice and wrath. His soldiers loved him dearly and for good cause. His orders were always good, and he personally found a way to care for each of the soldiers who volunteered for his little band.

Michael had recently joined his band, and was now quite anxious to prove himself a good soldier. His first task was to learn to march. “The key to marching is to stay focused and to listen for my commands constantly,” the general explained. “See that distant horizon? Fasten your eyes fifteen degrees above the horizon line. Don’t let them wander to the circumstances or people around you. Keep your eyes focused above the horizon, and your ears tuned to my voice. You’ll find that many, many things will try to distract you.” Michael couldn’t imagine anything distracting him from the horizon or the general's voice. He’d soon find out, however, just how easily he could get distracted. The first time Michael actually had the opportunity to march, he lifted his knees up nearly to his chest each step in an effort to look like a good marcher. He desperately wanted to do a good job to please the general! The general shook his head and gently admonished the young private, “Don’t let your desire to show off distract you. True marching isn’t about lifting those knees in show; it’s about putting one step in front of the other in sync with my commands.”

Michael hung his head. He had allowed the thought of what others would think to distract him from really doing his job. Michael tried again, this time not worrying about how he looked.


We have a beautiful thing to learn today. In fact it is a great learning for me too. I was disturbed a lot by some factors. When I shared about it to my friend, he sent me a wonderful quote which he got from the one he admires. The quote is this. “You can accomplish much if you don't care who gets the credit.” And he added this too. “I prefer to simply do my job as best I can, and let that speak for itself.” I thanked him wholeheartedly for sending this. This is what the above story also conveys. I believe that this is yet another confirmation from my Lord asking me not to keep looking on what others will think of me. Another example for this is, my friends at my fellowship do each and every single thing as much as they can, but most of them never showed them up on stage. Many times, their efforts may not be visible to the audience. But I’m sure that the Lord sees it all and will definitely bless them for their unseen works. Now I somehow prepared myself to give out my best in whatever I do, with whomever I got assigned and wherever He places me. When we do our best for the glory of Lord, He is able to lift us up at the right time, no matter whether anyone notices our work or not. I’ve experienced this many times in my life. Friends, please do not give up. Give your best for His glory and honor. He alone knows when and how to exalt you. As James 1 : 17 says, all the good and perfect things will come only from the Creator and not from any creation. No one can ever hijack your blessings. Stay focused!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Forgotten Diamond!

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3 : 16

Good morning to you all. This is a wonderful story I got from the Internet.

Ashley whispered in awe and wonder to her father, “Are you really giving this to me?” The thought that her father was giving her this priceless diamond seemed almost too much to comprehend. “Yes, my darling daughter, I am giving you that diamond. Love and cherish it, and keep it ever in your thoughts.” Ashley threw her arms around her father’s neck. How she loved him! She couldn’t imagine life without his love.

She guarded the diamond and spent hours gazing upon it, then went and told everyone she knew about her father’s marvelous love. Her heart of gratitude showed in everything she did. She was kind and loving toward others because her thoughts were focused on her father’s kindness to her. She was always eager to serve and praise her father because her thoughts were completely consumed with him.

Ever so gradually, Ashley began to become accustomed to the diamond she’d been given. Although the diamond itself never diminished in value one bit, she stopped thinking of it as much throughout her day. While she was still kind toward others and told others of her father’s love, she did so more from habit and duty than from gratitude and joy. Her words sounded like hollow recitations instead of heartfelt realities. When her friend reminded her about how much she talked about the diamond and about her father, Ashley knew how she had neglected his treasure. She had forgotten how beautifully it glittered and glistened! Her heart felt overwhelmed once again by the incredible gift that her father had given her. “Oh, Father, please help me to never forget!” she whispered, looking up in love and admiration into her father’s face.


Now just compare the diamond with the salvation, father with the Lord and the daughter with us. That’s what exactly happening. The Heavenly Father gave it to us (the worst of the sinners) free, at the cost of His only son, Jesus. We experienced the great peace, when our sins were forgiven. We delighted in His presence and we explained how great He was to us at the beginning. We didn’t realize how the time passed by when we were praying and meditating. We continuously gazed upon Him and rejoiced. But gradually, our love towards Him decreases. We think we don’t have too much time to have a fellowship with Him. We neglect His love and the free gift we received from Him, not by our power or might, but by His grace. In fact we totally forget how beautiful the Salvation was to us earlier. Every now and then, when we listen to some powerful sermons by powerful God’s people, we get goose bumps and we go back to Him. Or at the time when we need Him desperately for our rescue, we rush to His feet. When everyone ignores us and when we’re left alone, we long for Him and want Him to comfort us. How selfish we are! Just think of the Father’s love. When He proves again and again that He still loves us, is it a wrong that He expects that love in turn? Are we still in need of reminders to go back to Him? Reading daily devotions or 'meditating the Word and praying' just for the sake of doing is not at all enough. I know many Christians today just read a single verse from the promise calendar or a devotional email or daily bread and there they stop. It’s the wonderful celebration time. People spend lots of time in decorating their houses, getting ready for the Christmas programs, concerts, anything and everything except sitting at His lovely feet. Do you think it is right? It’s really a shame on us to forsake His only true love for us!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Prayer Killers - Part II

Joshua said, “Ah, Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?” Joshua 7 :  7 - 9

Good morning to you all. Today let us see about the next three prayer killers which Joshua 6 and 7 speak about.

“But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.”   Joshua 6 : 18, 19

“Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: That which is devoted is among you, O Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove it.’” Joshua 7 : 13


Disobedience:

The Lord has clearly given what the Israelites were to do when the wall of Jericho fell down. But Achan disobeyed Him, even though he very clearly knew about it. This is the extreme disobedience, because he also knew that if he disobeys, it would bring a great disaster to the entire Israelites. He was so dare and he took some devoted things for himself. This was the only cause for why Israelites were defeated by the men of Ai, though they were not that strong to Israelites.

The Lord gave the second chance and asked them all to consecrate them. The first thing of consecration is nothing but removing the unwanted things from them. Achan didn’t consecrate himself. He showed his disobedience once again.

The Holy Spirit is very sensitive. When He points something to us that they are to be removed from us, we should act immediately. If we don’t pay enough attention, we may no longer hear His silent voice, which will result in great trauma. Sometimes, our disobedience is the main reason for the disobedience of our next generation. One good example which I hear very often is, “The father used to smoke when he was young and now, his son follows the same even without knowing that his dad did the same.” What you give returns to you one or the other day. Beware!!!

The Lord said, “In the morning, present yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe that the LORD takes shall come forward clan by clan; the clan that the LORD takes shall come forward family by family; and the family that the LORD takes shall come forward man by man. He who is caught with the devoted things shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him. He has violated the covenant of the LORD and has done a disgraceful thing in Israel!” Early the next morning Joshua had Israel come forward by tribes, and Judah was taken. The clans of Judah came forward, and he took the Zerahites. He had the clan of the Zerahites come forward by families, and Zimri was taken. Joshua had his family come forward man by man, and Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

Lack of transparency:

When Joshua asked the tribes to present themselves before him, Achan didn’t come forward to admit the truth. When he asked them to show up clan by clan, he didn’t admit. When Joshua asked them to come family by family, Achan didn’t confess his sin. When the chosen family was asked to come one by one, Achan could have admitted, but he didn’t. At last alas! He was picked by the Lord. And then he was stoned to death by others. If he had revealed what he did to Joshua, his end would have been changed. But he kept it as secret. He was not open to his leader. Friends, no matter under who you’re, you’re expected not to hide things from them and from the Lord.

Idols in lives:

Running for what is not stored for us, is also idol worship. It was pretty clear that the devoted things were not for the Israelites, they were to be burnt up. But Achan even after knowing that, he kept his heart on it and took some from it. That became his idol. And that led him to death. These idols were the stumbling block which prevented him from confessing his sins and from to be saved.

Only after Achan was stoned and the devoted things were burnt, the Lord gave them victory over Ai and answered the prayers of Israelites.

These four prayer killers (Unconfessed sins, disobedience, lack of transparency and idols in lives) are not four actually. They are very interrelated. If there is one inside us, we’ll automatically have all the others. Get rid of these prayer killers. May the Lord answer all your prayers without any barriers!



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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Prayer Killers - Part I - Unconfessed sins!

Joshua said, “Ah, Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?” Joshua 7 :  7 - 9


Good morning to you all.

The Israelites acted unfaithfully in regard to the devoted things; Achan son of Carmi took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel. Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the people will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary all the people, for only a few men are there.” So about three thousand men went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai, who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted and became like water.

Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same and sprinkled dust on their heads. Joshua said, “Ah, Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies? The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?”

The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction.I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.”


Doesn’t the subject tell you what today’s Word is all about? Friends, we know about pain killers, but do we know that there are some prayer killers inside us, which act as the barriers for our prayers? Let us see the background of this passage and also about the first prayer killer.

The wall of Jericho was broken just by the shouts of praises by the Israelites, as commanded by the Lord. They did nothing other than marching around the wall of Jericho for seven days. They marched seven times on the seventh day and when the trumpet was blown, they all shouted the praises to the Lord and the wall of Jericho fell down. But the Lord also has commanded that they should not keep any devoted thing for themselves, but they were to be burnt away. The one who fail to do it would bring destruction on the entire Israelites. As we read Joshua 7, we see Achan took some devoted things for himself and not revealing this to anyone. When they went to conquer Ai, which had very few men, they were routed by the men of Ai. So Joshua prayed to the Lord complaining him, without knowing about what Achan did. At that instant, the Lord pointed out the mistake of Achan to Joshua. Achan knew very well about what God told about the devoted things. Yet he stole something for himself and he didn’t even confess it to the Lord and to Joshua, his leader. So the first prayer killer is ‘the unconfessed sin’.

Are you praying for a miracle to happen in your life for a very long time? Are you longing for the fulfillment of the promises the Lord has given you? Are you taking steps to attain your goals, but failing without even a reason? Are you at the point of giving up your hope? Just think of it. Are you having any unconfessed sin within yourself? If yes, then it may be the reason for all the above questions. Proverbs 28:13 says, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Just close your eyes for 2 minutes and pray to the Lord right now and ask Him to show you the sins which are acting as the hindrances for your prayers. Then confess them to Him and get your sins washed away by Him. If you want to see the miracles sooner, then don’t delay confessing your sins anymore. 


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