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Friday, April 30, 2010

Gideon - Part V

Gideon said, “I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder.” Judges 8 : 24

Good morning, friends. Today let us see the last part of Gideon.

The land enjoyed peace in Gideon’s time. The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us—you, your son and your grandson—because you have saved us out of the hand of Midian.”

But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.” And he said, “I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder.” They answered, “We'll be glad to give them.” So they spread out a garment, and each man threw a ring from his plunder onto it. The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels, not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains that were on their camels' necks. Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.

No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god and did not remember the LORD their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.

When the Lord strengthened Gideon and used him to deliver the Israelites from the hands of Midianites, Israelites were greatly happy and they even wanted to make Gideon to rule over them. Till that period, there was no king concept among Israelites, as the Lord Himself was their king. But when people asked him Gideon gave them the right answer that he was not the ruler, but the Lord who protected and led them thus far was the ruler. His reply was good. He requested them to hand over earrings and this request was not good at all because, he made ephod out of the gold and Israelites started worshiping it. This was considered as prostitution. So indirectly Gideon not only led the people to enjoy safe pasture, but he also made something bad which led them go astray. He paved a way for them to forget their only God.

Here is a careful warning to all the leaders today. They should be very careful, as they lead others. People whom they lead will watch them. They should never lead people go away from the Lord. I know many people who are Christians by birth, but they never know the love of God. They don’t go to Churches. If asked they would say, “Why should I hear that preacher’s Word, while he himself is the biggest sinner?” The fear of the Lord is not there and no wonder why we get to see many pastors’ names in the newspapers in the unwanted sections. We hear many pastors coming and openly say that they are gays. They divorce and remarry many times, when Bible asks them to have only one wife. They long for money for their luxurious lives while Bible asks them not to go behind money. But still they lead a church. I’m sure God would cry when He sees them leading His people. Think carefully. Are you today leading someone away from God? If yes, God is warning you not to play with that soul. So it’s not at all about how happy when people are with you, but how safe they’re in God’s hands listening to His Word, living a life He wants and preparing themselves to enter into His Kingdom.
 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kids at orphange!

Please read http://littleangelsinneed.blogspot.com/2010/04/kaakum-karangal-on-28-april-2010.html

May God bless you!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gideon - Part IV

During that night the LORD said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.” Judges 7 : 9

Good morning.

The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, announce now to the people, 'Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.' " So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. But the LORD said to Gideon, "There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go; but if I say, 'This one shall not go with you,' he shall not go." Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside. "Watch me," he told them. "Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon.' "

Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!" While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled. When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.


Gideon was again and again confirmed by the Lord that He would deliver Midianites into his hands. We saw in the last email that Gideon demanded so many signs. But this time when the Lord told him that 23000 men were too many and asked him to have just the 300, he didn’t question God. He didn’t need anymore confirmation. But this time God himself asked him once and go to the place where Midianites’ troop were sleeping and then God again confirmed Gideon through a Midian’s dream. Normally in wars, the warriors trust the weapons they carry though they believe in God. But here to our surprise, Gideon’s men were having just a torch and an empty pot. Doesn’t sound silly? But the one who asked so many signs one day, later completely trusted God. With just a torch and an empty pot, he was willing to lead his army believing that the Lord who spoke to Him would deliver as He promised. When they shouted and broke the pots and blew the trumpets, the enemies themselves started killing themselves.

Going around the wall for seven days to conquer a place is too stupid actually, but when they didn’t think too logically on that as they had faith on God’s Word, Joshua and his men went around the wall for seven days and shouted praise to the Lord, the wall of Jericho fell down. Similarly having asking 20000 men to go back and 300 alone with just a torch and an empty pot going for a battle was too illogical, but when Gideon and his people believed and blew the trumpets, the enemies were destroyed by themselves.

Dear friends, many of us sometimes feel that we’re left alone with all our problems. You may think you’re not fit to solve these problems as you don’t have anything to fight against the biggest problems you have today. But remember God’s people can stand in the battle without even a weapon in their hands. As Paul says when we’re weak and empty, He becomes stronger and fills us in abundance. A trumpet sound (the praise) is enough to deliver us. Your enemies (the problems) will be scattered from you. Don’t rely on the weapons/strengths you have, just trust Him because the battle is not yours, it is His. 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Gideon - Part III

Then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said. Judges 6 : 37

Good morning. Let us resume the Character study of Gideon.

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. But he was not so confident. Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said; look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.

Though the Lord spoke to him, Gideon was not willing to believe it, he again and again wanted the Lord to confirm by signs. Today how many of us are longing for signs. Lord if this happens, then I believe you spoke to me. Lord if this problem comes to me at my work place, then I believe that you ask me to look for another offer outside, if…if..if…. When we have the close relationship with Him, there is no need for any signs other than the Word which comes from His mouth. Though His voice is so silent, we can listen to it. If we place so many Ifs before the Lord, it is nothing but we doubt Him. And when we add ‘True’ part to these Ifs, we command Him as if He is our servant. How can a creation command its Creator? Jesus strongly rebuked those who looked for signs about His divinity and He gave them no sign other than the Prophet Jonah’s reference! What signs do we need more? He holds our future. He knows our history, present and also the future. We’re safe in His hands. Did He promise you? If He says, He will do for sure. God is never a liar.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jesus' Word 5, 6 and 7 on the cross

Good morning, friends.

I feel so guilty in not sending this email everyday. But when it came to annual appraisal, on the last day I tried my best to write about me in spite of the heavy work. I know that God is greater than all these appraisals and His work has to be given the highest priority. This is the shorter message which the Lord revealed to me.

Today let us close this meditation on His Word on the cross.

Word 5
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” John 19:28

Jesus refused the initial drink of vinegar, gall and myrrh offered to alleviate his suffering. But here, several hours later, we see Jesus fulfilling the Messianic prophecy found in Psalm 69:21, He said, “I’m thirsty.” In Matthew 27 : 34 we read, there they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.

It can be interpreted both physically and spiritually. Physically He lost even the last drop of His blood and water started coming out and His body longed for water. In those days they gave such bitter drinks in order to reduce the pain felt in the body. But Jesus never wanted to have lesser pain and that’s why he didn’t accept it. He paid the full price for us. I’ve heard from another preacher that He referred to the thirst for souls. Even today His thirst for souls is greater.

Word 6
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus knew for what He came into this world and one by one, He fulfilled everything. He accepted all the spits, mocks, beats and every wicked things we did to Him and finally when He was about to hand over His spirit to the Lord, He told the world that it was not an ending. It’s the beginning actually. It was an end only to sufferings and to pains. There came a new meaning for all of us after His death and resurrection. Our Savior lived and died for us. He rose again for us and is living now amidst us.

But He placed a challenging question to you and me, “I’m done with my work. I created everything in the first six days. You being stonehearted never accepted it. I came down to the world to prove my love towards you and to wash away the sins you bore. But you sentenced me to death. I was silent even when they mocked at me. Now I’m going up to ordain a place for those who love me. But I’m going to send down the Holy Spirit, your friend and comforter all the days of your life. Are you ready to get into the battlefield? You’re not alone, for the Holy Spirit is with you. I already won the battle. Now it is the time for me to stand for me in the world?” What’s your reply to Him today?

Word 7
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. Luke 23:46

Being the son of God of all the powers surrendered Himself to the Lord. He teaches us submission and humbleness. No matter whatever you achieve, you need to be humble for the Lord loves those who humble themselves.

Now a question comes here. Were these 7 Words just for popularity? Or to prove that He was great? No. Each Word was for a purpose. He taught several lessons to you and me even when He was hanging on the cross. Let us analyze each Word carefully and start following it.

1. Let us forgive one another wholeheartedly. 2. Let us not forget for what He has chosen you and me as His children. 3. Let us be more caring and loyal towards our own family. 4. May the sin become so cheap to us. 5. Let us have a deep desire to bring many souls into His Kingdom. 6. Let us start living the live He wants us to. 7. Above all, let us stay humble.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jesus' Word 4 on the cross

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46

Good morning.

Jesus took all our sins on Him. From the sixth hour to the ninth hour, the darkness came all over the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried aloud and said, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Have you ever seen God forsaking you? I haven’t. Because I would have gone to nothing if He has forsaken me, for it’s His grace and mercy that sustains me.

We see in Bible many times Jesus going and having an individual fellowship with God. Always He had a deep desire to speak to God. He rejoiced in the presence of Lord. But once He took all our sins, those sins created a very big wall in between Jesus and the Lord which Jesus could not bear at all. When others beat Him, spat Him and mocked at Him, He was silent. But once He was not able to see His Father’s face He was not able to be silent and out of His inability He cried unto the Lord.

What is the moral? Sin separates us from God. When you and I commit any sin, we’ll not be able to freely pray to Him and worship Him.

I’m a member of BOB forum which is for BusinessObjects tool. From my client machine, I opened google and in the search field I tried searching for BOB forum. For this I entered B and you know what? Immediately as the very first search result, I got Blue film.

Sin has taken its own place everywhere. We Christians may not see such films or kill or steal something, but Jesus very clearly says, “Are you angry on your brother? You’re sinning. When you look at a lady out of lust, you’re sinning?” How many of us will agree to record all our thoughts and show it to others if such a machine is available? It’s very important to see how our ‘thought life’ is. We can hide many things from others, but the Lord looks deep into our hearts. Nothing can be hidden from Him. The Psalmist says, “Search my heart, Lord.” Are we bold to say this to Him?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jesus' Word 3 on the cross

Jesus saw his own mother, and the disciple standing near whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son". Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother". And from that hour, he took his mother into his family. John 19: 26, 27

Good morning, friends.

One fine day when the Church was full of its members worshiping God, a gang of folks came in with pistols and shouted, “Those who want their lives can go out, else be ready to be shot dead.” That’s all. Everyone stopped their worship and started running towards the door, forgetting their own children who sat next to their friends.

Jesus’ third Word on the cross gives us how great His love towards His family in spite of the pain he bore on His body and soul. He cared for His own mother even when he felt the unbearable pain. He was much satisfied when He handed His mother to John, the disciple whom He loved very much. He didn’t ask His mother to go with someone else, but to a great one who loved the Lord and shone for Him.

This tells us very clearly that we’re responsible for whatever happens to our family members. If they’re going astray, it is you and me who need to pray even more for them. Sometimes I feel content after transferring my salary to my mom and dad. I don’t usually take off / time to go to my hometown often. But I know very clearly that sending money alone doesn’t make them feel happy. They need our love and care.

A young man found his son packing up an old blanket and some stuffs. He went to his son and asked, “What are you doing?” He was shocked when his boy said, “I’m packing this for you so that I can leave you at old-age home when I marry.”

It’s really shameful to see the young people leaving their mom and dad who spent almost all of their time, love and everything to bring them up. Listen! Your children watch you more carefully and you’re the root cause of how they would behave.

Paul clearly says that if one is not guiding for his own family, he is not eligible to be the member of priests/deacons in the Church. Jesus very clearly says that when we have something against our own brother, we have to keep our offering aside and go to the brother to be reconciled first before offering something to the Lord. Solomon in Proverbs very clearly says that a wise woman first fulfills her duty to her family. Where do you stand today? Are you really loyal to your own family? How much do you love them? If no, then you definitely need to troubleshoot yourself and find out what hinders/degrades your love towards your family and friends. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Jesus' Word 1 and 2 on the cross

Hi all,

Friends, as this is the Holy week, let us see something about what Jesus spoke when He was on the cross. Yesterday we had a meeting where we shared the Word of God based on these seven Words. There can be n number of emails that can be sent. But I try to make things short. Read a verse and then take a break and then proceed, if it is too long.

Word 1:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34

The people who shouted, “Hosannah!” and who prepared Him way on Palm Sunday, started shouting, “Nail Him on the cross” a few days later. He was beaten up like anything. People spitted on Him. They slapped Him. They made lot on His garments. They made Him bear a heavy cross. He was completely ill-treated by them.

Jesus – is the one who forgives the sins of the people. The primary purpose of Jesus to leave the place of the highest glory to the worst world is to forgive our sins. He insisted the same when He was on the cross when He was completed rejected and despised by men. He accepted all the spits, beats, mocks, etc,… without uttering a word. He was God and He could have cursed them for He didn’t deserve the cruel punishment. But still as He knew His purpose He chose to forgive everyone.

He teaches forgiveness in the Lord's prayer: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us" Matthew 6:12 We have no rights to pray this prayer when we don’t forgive others. Let us forgive others even if they don’t deserve it.

Word 2:

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

One of the thieves who hung there insulted Jesus while the other one rebuked him saying, “We’re punished justly for what we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” And then he said, “Lord, please remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Then Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Out of all the pains He bore, Jesus didn’t curse anyone, but remained silent. He prayed for their forgiveness. This really touched the thief’s heart. He would have never listened to any of the sermons Jesus preached. But he should have felt divine power of Jesus on the cross and he believed that Jesus would reign. His sins were forgiven and his faith was honored by Jesus. He just asked Jesus to remember him, but Jesus granted much generously that HE reserved a place for him in Paradise.

This again reveals that even at the death pain, Jesus was able to forgive others and He never allowed anything to divert Him from the primary purpose.

To be continued… 


Happy Good Friday and Easter to everyone!