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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gideon - Part II

Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. Then build a proper kind of altar to the LORD your God on the top of this height. Judges 6 : 25, 26

Good morning, friends.

Israelites after getting delivered from the hands of Sisera, again turned to evil and went astray. For seven years they were under the Midianites. They cried unto the Lord when they were not able to withstand the pressure given by the Midianites. So the Lord chose Gideon as a mighty warrior who could lead Israelites. Gideon considered himself as the least among the least, but God made it clear that He would deliver Israelites from the hands of Midianites through Gideon.

Gideon asked, "But Lord how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."
Gideon was very happy that he spoke to the Lord and so he built an altar to the LORD there and called it ‘The LORD is Peace’. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

That same night the LORD said to him, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. Then build a proper kind of altar to the LORD your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering."

Gideon spoke to the Lord. He loved to build an altar to this Lord and he did it. But he didn’t cut down the altars which his father established.

To put it concrete and short, speaking to God, strengthened by His Word, building an altar to the Lord with the throne of praise and sacrifices are not at all enough. It’s good to sing praises to His name and giving offerings. But the true deliverance will come only when we tear down the extra altars which we ourselves built inside our hearts for anything other than God. God will guide us, will speak to us, will strengthen us, but if we want God to be pleased by our lives, we need to remove and tear down all the other altars we built so far by our own flesh. Be it for money, for pleasures, for our own job, family or anything you can add to the list. Bible clearly says we can not serve two masters. It also says anyone who loves anything/anyone more than God is not a follower of Christ.

Friends, as you read this today, just search your heart and if you see you have other altars deep inside, the true deliverance has not yet come. You’ll see it only when you throw aside all the things that are standing as barriers between you and God. God doesn’t only want you to tear down the altars, but He also wants you to build the altar on the top of the other altars. I understand it like, we should prioritize God than to the anything else, because He alone is worthy of our love. Nothing can match His matchless names. Deliverance is on your way! Are you willing to be really delivered?

To be continued…


Gideon - Part I

“If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” Judges 6 : 13

Good morning, friends. It has been long since we’ve done character study. Let us read something about Gideon day by day.

Israelites after getting delivered from the hands of Sisera, again turned to evil and went astray. For seven years they were under the Midianites.

When the Israelites cried to the LORD because of Midian, he sent them a prophet, who said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the hand of all your oppressors. I drove them from before you and gave you their land. I said to you, 'I am the LORD your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.' But you have not listened to me."

The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." "But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian."

The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?" "But Lord ," Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."

Gideon was found threshing wheat in a winepress. He was called by the Lord. He could have astonished when God called him. He could have searched here and there to see who the Lord was actually calling. Such a man, who didn’t know to go for a war was called by the Lord a mighty warrior. Before God called him Gideon was nothing. But when the moment the Lord called him he was blessed a mighty warrior. Are you feeling inferior that you don’t have power to do things? Blow it away! The God has called you and now you inherit His power and you stand as a mighty warrior conquering souls for Him.

But did he get ready for the battle when God called him? No, he asked the Lord, “Why has all this happened to us, if the Lord is with us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian.” This clearly explains that Gideon was an ordinary man with ordinary questions. We have such questions very often. “If you’re with me, why am I going through this? How are you letting this happen to me and my family? Has Your power gone? Is Your hand too short to save me now? Bla bla..” Don’t forget Gideon was a man who asked such silly questions in times of troubles, but God used him mightily.

The next one to be noted is, Gideon knew all the things that the Lord has done to his fathers. He kept a record of all the wonders the Israelites have ever seen. What about you? Are you having records of what He has done for you? Or just having a long list of unanswered prayers?

To be continued…


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A busy prayer!

“Lord, save me.” Matthew 14 : 30

Good morning, friends.

In my fellowship we have Fasting Prayer on all Thursdays. We have some worship teams and I’m one among the fifth team. It was my turn to lead worship, last Thursday. Actually I was not only busy with my work, but also deeply burdened in my heart about various things. I was not so sure whether I would lead the worship or not. My shift ended by 2.30 PM, but as I was stuck up with some more activities, I stayed at my office for more time. Before leaving for the fasting prayer, I went into the dormitory and opened my Bible to read few passages. And then I just prayed to Him, “Lord you know how I’m today. I’m not having the strength to go and lead people in worship. But still, please be with me and let everyone feel your presence when we worship.” Though it was a busy prayer (lesser than 5 minutes), I prayed sincerely, because I knew I could do nothing without Him.

Worship started. I led worship many times so far. But that was a very different one. I knew I was not the one who actually spoke. It was God who led me in worship first and with His help I led others in worship and I believe everyone felt His presence.

When you surrender everything to Him you can actually start seeing His hands in everything. Never do anything by your own strength, but by His strength, for yours is week and He’s strong.

The reason why I write this today is, friends, if you think you’re busy, tied with lot many things that you’re not able to manage and not willing to pray as it would be a very shorter one, I would say, “Just go ahead; at least pray that busy prayer. God will answer you, because He knows your situation.” The shortest prayer in Bible was prayed by Peter when he was about to be drowned into the water. “Lord, save me.” It was answered. If you’re not having words to pray, just be still, go and sit silently in His presence. That will do. He’ll understand you very well. He does look your heart and not your mouth.

When I’m familiar with shortcut keys, I no longer wait to use them. I’ll use them very often. Again Peter’s shortest prayer can be prayed at anytime, no matter where you are. If you are walking on the road and you see an ambulance, you can pray it. When you see someone who lives by the road with no basic needs, you can pray it. When you see some kids playing in the shopping centers, you can pray it. So pray it! When you have your colleagues who struggle with their assignments, you can pray it! Or let me frame it as ‘You should pray it.’ Because, you learned this secret today. 


Monday, March 15, 2010

Count your blessings!

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that confess His name. Hebrews 13:15

Good morning, friends.

Last year I bought a very big diary. But I’ve not used it to the full extent. I’ve scribbled some prayer points, some devotionals, some daily experiences for the first few days. That’s all. When I looked at it a few days back, I opened it again and when I started reading all the prayer points with a pen to tick whichever has been answered by the Lord, I couldn't stop praising Him. It reminded me of the days when me and my friend woke up and sang some songs, read few passages with partial sleep and prayed for many prayer points. We finished one notebook very sooner and almost all the prayer points were marked with a tick, which showed us the Lord's faithfulness in answering our prayers.

I had the same experience when I read this new diary. For some of my friends I've prayed for their marriages and even before I started praying to the Lord they would have kids, they were pregnant and gave birth to wonderful kids. For some of my friends I've prayed for jobs, whereas now I pray for their promotions/confirmations. And much more to mention here. Not even at a single point of time, I put a wrong mark (a cross mark) saying that the Lord has rejected the prayer requests.

Friends, just start thanking Him for what He has done to you so far. If you're not having a grateful heart, here comes a beautiful way to be thankful. Just start counting the blessings one by one. You'll be filled with joy and will have a grateful heart even before you cross five. The song 'Count your blessings' tell exactly what we've to do when we're troubled with lot many things.

Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your blessings, see what God hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Sometimes you may forget what you prayed for, but the Lord will never forget it. He’ll answer it in His own way! I’ve experienced it in my life many times. Here comes the vital question. Is there no prayer point that is not marked at all? Yes, I do have. But I believe that the Lord is preparing them and will hand it over to me at the right time. It’ll be granted at His own time. Sarah & Abraham after a long waiting got Isaac who was the father of nations. Elizabeth and Zachariah after a long waiting gave birth to John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus in the wilderness. Hannah got the great Prophet Samuel after a long waiting. Do you understand one thing? If something is getting delayed, there will be a special blessing definitely. In my fellowship, we love the phrase, “The longer the waiting time/preparation, the better the future is.” The one who carried you thus far is more than faithful. So never give up! 


Friday, March 5, 2010

Be a doer!

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1

Good morning, friends.

I’m working for a new project since the last month. I’m the only one working from my organization interacting with the client teams at on-site. This is altogether a very different project. Clients give knowledge transfer everyday and they assign some tasks to me. When I listen to them over the phone, or when I watch them doing things on their system, I’ll be pretty sure they’re very easy to perform. But when they all go to sleep assigning me the same tasks, I’ll be in such a pathetic situation if I get stuck somewhere. Mostly I’ll hesitate to wake them up at night. But if I face any problem, there is no way I can perform the tasks which need to be done at the scheduled times. So what we planned is, whatever they tell me, I’ll do in front of them by remote desktop sharing and once they feel I’m comfortable, they’ll go for a happy nap. This is how I learn and implement things as this is the start.

When I read Hebrews 2:1, I really understood why Paul insisted us to pay more attention to what we hear. The more we lend our ears, the more careful we listen. But what is the use of hearing all the time? When we don’t implement what we hear and what we are taught, if we’re left alone, certainly there comes a day when we are digging a deep pit for ourselves. When I say ‘left alone’ I really mean it. It is very easier for me to be good in front of others. I know how to speak when others look at me. I know how to do things when I see someone next to me. But what I do when none is with me, is what that matters. God gives instructions to us through His Word. As Paul says, we have to listen to what the Lord speaks to us when we read Bible or when we hear ministers preaching to us. Mere listening is not enough. That’s why the Bible clearly asks us to ‘Be a doer’. When you implement things by your own, you’ll really know your own potential. If you’re lacking anything, you can ask God the wisdom you need. Still if we are just listeners, it is much clear that we’re going to be drifted away. We have to stand firm in our faith, else we’ll not stand at all. To stand against the wrong desires and all the other unwanted stuff, we should not be just a listener. Did you ever think of Paul and his ministry? He was a great persecutor, but when God spoke to him ONCE, his life got completely transformed. How many years are we hearing to great preachers? How many times have we read the Bible completely? But still, we are nowhere nearer to Paul. Why? We pathetically fail to implement. My suggestion to you and me is ‘read one letter of Paul everyday.’ And be a doer!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

He never sleeps!

Indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalms 121:4

Good morning, friends.

Now-a-days I’m working in first shift. I’ve to get up at least by 4.15 AM everyday. I’ve to be in office at around 6 AM in the morning. You all may know how tough it is to get up so early especially when the weather is too cold. I’m staying away from my parents for work. I set up an alarm every night before I go to sleep. You know what happens? My hand will automatically snooze the alarm every now and then as I’ll be so sleepy. But my father will call me everyday at around 4.15 AM. That’s normal. But one day he returned to my hometown so late by 2 AM and then as usual he called me. I asked him if he could call me after ten minutes. He agreed and then when he woke me up again, he told me that he didn’t sleep at all for the entire night as he knew if he slept, he would have not waken up at 4 AM to give me a call. Though I was worried for not allowing him to sleep, I felt so happy that my mom and dad are always thinking of me even beyond their sleep.

My friend, when I think of their love, I also think there is someone who is greater than my mom and dad who works in ways I cannot see. The prophet Jeremiah says that the plans the Lord has for me is to prosper me and not to harm me. But sometimes we question God, “Aren’t you seeing me walking through such a pain that I cannot bear?” “If I’m the apple of Your eyes, why is this happening to me?” and the questions list grows. The Psalmist boldly says, “Though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I fear no evil for Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.” Shall we say that to Him today?

In my fellowship, one uncle always says, “Life is so simple; we are trying all that we can to complicate it.”

In Don Moen’s ‘Hiding Place’ album, there is a wonderful song ‘He never sleeps, He never slumbers.’  It is written so beautifully. I love the lines below.

Do you think that the Lord has forgotten your needs? Just remember that the Lord is always working in ways you cannot see. He never sleeps; He never slumbers; He never tires of hearing our prayer. When we are weak, He becomes stronger. So rest in His love and cast all of your cares on Him. And his song ‘God is good’ has ‘Though I may not understand all the plans You have for me, my life is in Your hands. And through the eyes of faith, I can clearly see.’

Do you think the saints who stand up for God have no problems? No, they too have. But they see the problems through their eyes of faith. We keep them closed. That’s the only difference. Trust Him to the core and overcome the problems you have, because the battle belongs to Him. And through Him the victory is ours. Cheer up.

May God bless you all!