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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The formula for victory!

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:22-24
Good morning!
Recently I called a customer care number and told the executive who answered the call that I am no longer using the service as much and I feel that what I pay is much higher than what I actually use. I told him that I am planning to cancel my service. I was surprised to hear him say, “Okay, please stay on the line. Let me do the cancelation for you.”
I remember calling the same customer care several months ago and asking them to cancel my account as I no longer had the adapter, without which I was not able to make calls. Immediately that person made arrangements to send a new adapter to me. He also told me that he would not charge me for the new adapter. He tried at any cost not to cancel my account, as he didn’t want to lose a customer. That makes sense.
What is the difference between these two guys? Both of them work for the same company. Both of them handle calls from their customers. Both of them get paid. But one tried keeping the customer and the other never bothered about losing a customer, but still he did his job.
I worked with two offshore teams earlier and I have seen many types of people from these teams. There are those who accomplish their assigned task, and leave for the day, showing no concern for the work remaining for the rest of the team. The rest of the people would complete their assigned tasks and call me to ask if they could help others with their pending tasks. Let us leave alone the other people who never bother doing either of these. J Just doing only the assigned work is completely different from working as a team to accomplish the team goals.
In the same way, how you pray for others matters.  Praying just because someone asked us to pray is different from praying with a true burden in our hearts. Praying with true burden in our hearts is different from praying with faith on the living God.
Faith, true faith, is so hard sometimes. I often wonder why we have more faith in a chair than we do in God. If you had the slightest notion that a chair would fail in its duty to support you, would you sit in it? No. But you sit in the chair because you have 100% faith that it will support you. Are we willing to put that kind of faith in God, never having the slightest doubt that He will support us?
Yes, ‘True burden + Faith + Prayer = Victory’! :)
Stay blessed!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ready for the healing?

He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you." Exodus 15:26

March 27 is a special day in my life. Here is a quick recap of why it is special.

On March 27, 2011, I was admitted in a hospital in Nashville as I had a severe pain in my lower abdomen. The doctors told me that it could be due to cancer, kidney stones, bla bla… I was very shocked to hear that, as I was so far away from my family. Suddenly I felt like an orphan. I cried all day long. The doctors told me that the pain may come again anytime. But Jesus reminded me about this verse: Exodus 14:13. “Don't be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.”  To me, my Egyptian on that day was the pain. The world said that the pain may come again, but the Lord said it would never come again. You know what? The Lord won, as always! One full year has passed, and I have never experienced the pain again. Praise God!

Today when I read Matthew 9, I came across several types of healing. Verses 1-7 talk about the paralytic man who was carried by four men and was healed. Verses 18-19, 23-26 talk about the daughter of the ruler, who rose from the dead.  Verses 20-22 talk about the woman who was delivered from her bleeding ulcer that had plagued her for 12 long years. Verses 27-30 talk about the blind men who received sight. Verses 32-33 talk about a demon possessed man out of whom the demon was driven. The entire chapter talks about healing. But they happened in different forms.

The paralytic man was healed, and his sins were forgiven by the faith of the men who carried him. The daughter of the ruler was saved by her father’s faith even after she was dead. The woman was delivered from her long suffering by her own faith. In fact the power from Jesus came out from Him when the woman touched the edge of His cloak. The blind men got their vision because they believed that Jesus was able to do it.

The faith of the people, and the faith of their loved ones, healed them all. Do we have trust in Him? I saw a juice bottle wrapped by a label that says, “Trust me; I am good” in H-Mart two days ago. The Lord, who has done great and mighty things in our lives, so far is so good. We can always trust Him. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He has the same power He had in Matthew 9. We need to take a step in faith. Are we ready today?

May God bless you!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Carry others' burden

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Everything went smooth for me for the past few days. Praise God. :)

Today due to some official issues at work, I was very upset. While returning to my home, I decided to stay on the bus until it reached its last stop rather than getting off at my own stop. I thought this would give me some break from my anxiety. My decision didn’t change until I saw 2 people get on the bus & sit in the front seat. While I was still feeling worried, I saw them and something attracted me to them & their conversation. You know what? They spoke in sign language to each other. Though I was not able to understand anything, I knew that they conversed on whatever they saw. I felt really ashamed to have dwelled so much on the same problem again and again which had already been resolved by God’s grace.

When looking at these 2 people, I realized how blessed I am. I also realized that no matter how much God blesses me, I still give too much importance to the little things which bother me, while there are people out there with many problems which can’t be expressed by words. Getting up, going to office, working for a while, returning, worrying about our own problems, eating & sleeping shouldn’t be our routine. Now the real question comes! So what should someone do?

The answer is pretty simple! The burden which you and I have toward the suffering people will change us. We should not be completely immersed in our own problems. We should see beyond our own world. Let us at least start with our own friends and neighbors. Now another big question comes! When we ourselves are busy with our own schedules, without much contact with our friends, how can we know that they are in trouble? How can we pray about that?

Listen, the Lord didn’t destroy Sodom and Gomorrah without letting Abraham know of it. He didn’t allow famine throughout the world without preparing Joseph for those 7 years of drought. He didn’t want to silently destroy Nineveh, instead he sent Jonah to warn the people to come out of their wicked ways. God always wants to reveal the secrets with us when we are ready to stand for Him and His people in the gap.

I know many people who have visions from the Lord, and then suddenly have deep burden for someone. They know that something is going to happen with them. But still when they stand in prayer, the problems that are yet to come will not happen. When you get dreams & visions about you or someone else, don’t be worried or discouraged. God just gives you a heads-up and asks you to pray about it. Just carry their burdens as yours and pray for them as per Galatians 6:2! Your prayers can save them!

May God bless you!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Set aside!

Rejoice 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.

For the past few days, I have been constantly thinking about my college days. It was the first time I was away from my family. I was homesick for the first few days in the hostel (dorm) after which God sent many girls to be my friends. Wow, we had such a fun time. But we also were very serious in one thing that really united us every day. It is Prayer. A few non-believers who joined us for the prayers simply because they liked the songs that we sang started believing Christ and came closer to Him. When I was down, they encouraged me with God’s Word.

Would you like to know how we prayed? Just because the Bible says about seeking Him in the morning, we got up at midnight to pray. Why did we choose 12 AM? Because it was the very first hour of the day. Does that sound silly? Well, it might be. But we chose that time and we set this time for praying. After a while, we changed it to 5 AM for our prayers.

Getting up at 5 AM was not easy every day. We knew that if we pray separately we would fall asleep. So we gathered in small groups. 2 of my friends and I gathered together. I still remember waking up my friends with their toothbrushes and toothpaste in my hand. We sang a few songs in a feeble voice so as not to disturb others. We read a chapter or two and then we prayed for the rest of the time. Though our prayers were sincere, many times we never knew what we prayed for. Sometimes we found others sleeping, too. Even then we didn’t quit our morning prayers. Many times we felt too lazy, but still we chose to spend time in His presence. Some of the girls lived a very godly life, which also inspired us. This continued as long as we were in the hostel in spite of all the ridicule that we received from the non-believing warden.

We were told that we would never score high grades just because we wasted several hours (she never knew we actually invested those hours for God) every day. We were not even allowed to walk freely in the evenings around the hostel campus. Many times we found the warden walking behind us. My friends were also bothered by this. No girls were allowed to study with me. But we always found a way to study together at various times.  I spent many days standing outside of my warden’s room answering her questions that apparently were intended only to make me lose my study time. However, In spite of each and every single issue we faced, because of God, my friends and I scored the highest grades in our exams. All of us found jobs in good companies. None of us were put to shame.

The point which I wanted to convey here is, we didn’t understand all of the truths that the Bible conveys. But we knew that spending time in His presence is the most important of all. No weapon formed against us succeeded. The Lord fought for us and made us win the battle.

We are not students anymore, but this secret of ours is applicable everywhere. We should have an isolated time with God, but if you are a beginner, or if you are struggling to start your prayer life all over again, please find some prayer partners and start praying. If you don’t find anyone, don’t quit. The Lord Himself is our prayer partner. If you sit in His presence, He Himself will lead you.

May God bless you!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ask, Seek, Knock!

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7 : 7 – 8

Good morning, friends!

I read these stories long ago.

A little boy, on his way to his school every day, saw a Church. He didn’t know how to pray, so he simply went inside and knelt down and said to Jesus, “Hi Jesus! This is me, Jim.” This went on for many days. One day he didn’t come to Church. He was sick in the hospital. So Jesus went to him and said, “Hi Jim! This is me, Jesus!”

One more for you. :)

One little boy wanted a bicycle. So he wrote the following letter to God. “Jesus, I know I am not a good boy. But still I need a bicycle. Please give me one.” He realized that his letter would not convince God. He tore it up and wrote another one. This time, it was “Jesus, I will be a good boy going forward. I need a bicycle. Please give me one.” But he still was not convinced that God would accept it. He quickly went to a nearby Catholic church and stole the small statue of the Mother of Jesus, Mary. Then he wrote, “Jesus, I have stolen your mom. If you want her back, please give me a bicycle.” :)

Kids are always fun! Sometimes they are serious. Sometimes they are funny. Sometimes they think they are serious. :) However, their innocent prayers always matter! Jesus wanted His disciples not to restrict the children from coming to Him.

Even though we are adults, still to Jesus, we are His kids. He loves our innocent prayers. I read this in on the Internet. The Bible tells us to ask, seek & knock. These three are not different types of prayer, but different modes of prayer. That means praying to the Lord (asking), if the answer from Him is delayed (He is never late, but may be not at the time we expect), keep persisting until we receive it (seeking & knocking).

Stay tuned to know how a group of girls prayed when they were students! 

Ask, Seek & Knock!

May God bless you!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Altar alters!!!

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5 : 17

Good morning.

Recently I have been told about many unusual problems being faced by my family & my friends. Couples having issues with their marriages, diseases which scare everyone, young adults rebelling against their parents, being caught up by a suicidal spirit, etc.. The Bible says that Satan comes only to destroy like a roaring lion and he doesn’t know anything other than destruction. He is a wicked one who knows how to destroy everyone, no matter whether you’re in the Lord or in the world. There are plenty of tricks he can use to destroy the non-believers. They easily get caught in his cunning nets, whereas the believers cannot be destroyed that easily. So he plans so very cunningly to keep the praying ones from praying. He knows our weaknesses and how to keep us from praying. He distracts us with various matters and makes us lose our focus on God.

I am blessed by the Lord in every way possible. Each and every simple desire of my heart is being fulfilled by Him. The things which I always wanted, but never thought would happen, happened to me, purely by His grace and mercy. But instead of thanking Him and getting closer to Him, I still turned away from Him little by little until there came a point of not having regular fellowship with Him and spending time in His ways.

I recently chatted with one of my closest friends who has always been with me through all my good and bad. When she started telling me about the problems her family faces one after the other, I was really broken up. The only question that remained in me was, “what if I prayed?”

Time is precious. Every single day we spend without having a real burden for others, messes up everything. If you and I pray for our family and for our friends, we are protecting ourselves from all the evil things of the world. The Holy Spirit will help us pray for the things to come. We will be a blessing to everyone. The Bible asks us to pray without ceasing. You never want your friend to kill himself or herself due to the unbearable pain in their heart. You also never want to wait to pray until that happens. Do you? During a recent Sunday service, our Pastor, Pastor Russ, told us that the teens in the USA are cutting their wrists just to get themselves diverted from the pains and wounds they have in their hearts. When I can’t even bear the shallow hurts caused while cutting vegetables, how pathetic it is for someone to cut himself knowingly!

It’s the time to take Godly things seriously. What I have heard happening somewhere else in the world is now happening in our own lives and our close friends’ lives. What do you think is the only solution? JESUS! Yes, the rich and the poor, the hungry and the well fed, the young and the old, the bold and the timid, the white, the brown and the dark, the single and the married, no matter what, we all need Jesus. Going through the trials and tribulations all by ourselves is not at all easy. We need Jesus in our lives and in our friends’ lives today. He answers when we call Him. A very simple prayer can save anyone. Kneeling at the altar, alters our messy lives. Why don’t we try Him today? Kindly pray for the ones who share their pains with you. Be a blessing!

May God bless you!