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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Unplugged cord


I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15 : 5

 
Good morning, friends! Below is a simple incident that happened recently.

It was a busy morning.  I got up late, had only a few minutes until I needed to board the bus to the office. I had no other choice, but to select a pair of pants which were not ironed. I very quickly plugged the iron into the power outlet and ironed it. But after a while I noticed that the iron didn’t emit the heat it usually does when I set it to cotton. I tried pressing harder, but it didn’t help. I scolded myself for getting up late and using a useless iron. With the minutes flying like anything, and just when I was about to give up, I saw that the plug was unplugged from the outlet. It had come out of the outlet when I pulled it.

John 15 : 5 talks about the same idea. He is the vine and we are the branches. If we remain in Him and He in us, we will bear much fruit; apart from Him we can do nothing. No matter how hard I pressed the iron on the pants, adjusted the settings, the pants remained the same. When the cable is unplugged from the power socket, it could not do anything and was useless to me.

We, too, are useless if we are not connected to God. We can do nothing. We need the power of Him, to do even the simplest things. When I prepared for my Engineering exams, I always read His Word and prayed more than I usually did, because I knew that God would honor my faith in Him, and enable me to study more in less time. Jesus told us to stand against Satan. If you and I stand against Satan without Jesus, Satan can easily do anything to us. We cannot stand at all. We will be prone to anything (sickness, sin, temptation, worries, frustration, etc…) if we stay disconnected from God. I know that I cannot endure even a small thing that disturbs me when I am lost. But if I stay close to Him, I get enough strength to overcome the failures.

Friends, remain connected with God. Without Him we can do nothing. With Him, we can do anything! God alone is our strength and power!

On Sunday at our Church we sang this.
“And I, I’m desperate for you
And I, I’m lost without you.”

How true that is! We are lost without Him! Let us remain connected with Him so we can overcome the enemy and fulfill God’s purpose in our lives.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trust in the risen Lord - Part III


Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3 : 5 


 
Today is the last part of ‘Trust in the risen Lord’. :) The scripture portion is the same.

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go; tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’” Mark 16 : 5-7

A quick recap of ‘Trust in the risen Lord’: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome were met by a young man dressed in white robes, who had told them the good news about the resurrection of Jesus, and had passed on Jesus’ message that He would go ahead of them and would meet them in Galilee.  

There were 12 Apostles for Jesus, yet, Jesus wanted to pass on this message especially to Peter.  Why was that? Let us go back to the conversation between Jesus and Peter during the last supper, before Jesus was handed over to death.

Peter said to him, “I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times.  John 13 : 37
John 18 : 15-27 says that Peter denied Jesus thrice before the rooster crowed. He not only denied Jesus, but he also cursed Him. As soon as the rooster crowed, Peter felt very sad and wept.

Now back to the special message passed on to Peter. Peter who was very close to Jesus, and who acknowledged Jesus as the son of God, and who told Jesus that he would even give his life for Jesus, forsake Him and ran away cursing Him. Then he realized his fault and wept because of it. Because Peter felt guilty, Jesus wanted to remind Peter of the great mission He had to fulfill, (And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16: 18,19) instead of just weeping, and so sent a special message to Peter.

Peter and Judas Iscariot – both were wrong. Both realized their mistakes. But Peter was used for God’s glory; in fact he was the first one who was very bold to proclaim Jesus. He also gave his life for Jesus by being crucified on the cross upside down, whereas Judas, though he wept, killed himself without believing the Lord’s love & forgiveness, and, therefore, brought eternal trouble on himself.

Did you mess up everything and fail the Lord miserably? You have two choices. One is to follow the way of Judas Iscariot, and the other is to be forgiven by God and be a living witness to Him. If your life is messy today and you brought shame to your family, or maybe it is simply between you & God, and no one else sees your wicked ways, and you feel so guilty and you’re unable to shake off the guilt and you’ve lost peace, then choose what Peter did. Jesus is out there waiting with arms wide open to console you, heal you & make you a useful vessel for His glory. Trust in the risen Lord even if you have failed Him miserably; you have a great mission to fulfill! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Trust in the risen Lord - Part II



Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3 : 5

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go; tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’” Mark 16 : 5-7

A quick recap of the first part of ‘Trust in the risen Lord’: We read about how Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to anoint Jesus’ body, forgetting about their weaknesses and their questions. They saw the stone at the entrance of the tomb had been rolled away and they were surprised. They entered and saw the tomb empty, as the young man dressed in white robes had told them. He also gave them the good news about the resurrection of Jesus, and passed on Jesus’ message  that He would go ahead of them and would meet them in Galilee.  

We normally try to avoid those people who were not with us during times of need. There is even a proverb about this. “A friend in need is a friend in deed.” The disciples who were with Jesus when He did all the miracles in front of their very own eyes, fled away from Him in times of trouble. The disciples who shared the bread and wine with Him, who saw Him turning water into wine, healing the lepers, opening the eyes of the blind, multiplying 5 loaves of breads & 2 fishes to feed 5000+ men & others, and raising the dead to life, fled away when He was arrested. Only John was with Jesus when He was on the Cross telling John that Mary is now his mother. The one who told Jesus that He could even give his life for Jesus, denied Him thrice before the rooster crowed.

Honestly, I would say, if I were Jesus, I would have gone to all these disciples as soon as I was risen and asked them all sorts of questions that would embarrass them. But Jesus didn’t do that. He was so loving to them, even after they gave up.

God never gives up on you, even if you give up on Him. He loves us even when we are quite unlovable, even when we fall into that sin which tempts us again & again, even when we curse Him like Peter did, even when we don’t have faith in Him. Trust in this risen Lord even when you have gone far away from Him. He loves you; there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more & there is nothing you can do to make Him love you less! He is gracious enough to forgive you and accept you as you are. But don’t take this grace for granted. The disciples, once they saw the resurrected power of Jesus, no longer stayed away from Him. They gave their lives for Him. Just like a ball, when thrown from a height, bounces back, get back and be aligned with God.

Trust in the risen Lord - Part I


Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3 : 5

Good morning! 

This is our Pastor’s message this past Sunday from Mark 16:1-7. I loved it and wanted to share it with you in three parts. Below is the first part.

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. Mark 16:1-4

With great purpose in their hands (to anoint Jesus’ body), questions in their minds (They knew that the stone at the tomb’s entrance was big and they could not roll it away to enter into it. They asked themselves who would roll the stone away for them) and no answers to their questions, they didn’t quit. They kept on walking. But they were surprised when they saw that the stone was already rolled away.

These women walked until they arrived at tomb. They didn’t give up on their way. Because they didn’t give up, they were able to see that the stone had been rolled away for them.

Do you remember what happened when Moses sent twelve men to Canaan? All the twelve saw both the wealth as well as the giants, but only Joshua and Caleb came back with good news that the Israelites could go and capture the land, whereas the other ten came back with words of discouragement as they had questions and fear on how to defeat those giants. Only two men ignored the questions that they had. Listen, you may not have all the answers to your questions. But don’t quit. Just walk forward in faith because your God has all the answers. The Lord will honor your faith.

God cares about every single detail of your life. The Bible says that the Lord knows what you need even before you know you need it. Are you worrying about something today? Don’t lose hope. You’re there. Our Risen Lord is Big! He can do great things for you in your life. March on.

Trust Him when you don’t know what the future holds for you. You don’t know what the future holds for you, but you know that your God holds your future. He has plans to prosper you & not to harm you. He saved you for a purpose. Whatever God has called you to do, do it; He will give you the strength to finish what you started, by faith.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Praising & Nailing!


The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!" Matthew 21:9

Good morning, friends.

I love the song ‘More than a baby in the manger’, and if I start listening to it, I will listen to it several times in a row. Today’s subject is based on a line which is conveyed in this song. We celebrated Palm Sunday this past Sunday, with palm branches, and crosses made of these palm branches.

This is what Matthew 21 says. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”  “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

The above incident happened to fulfill what the Prophet Zechariah had prophesied, "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9

Hosanna means ‘uttering Praises to God aloud’. The crowd praised Him as He was on His way to Jerusalem. A few days later, the same crowd, cried aloud asking Him to be crucified. When I think about this crowd the very next thought I have inside of me is, “Isn’t it weird for them to cry aloud praises to Jesus followed by crying for His crucifixion?” You may also have the same question today.

We may feel that it was very odd for the people who praised Him, to then cry out for His crucifixion even though they haven’t seen Jesus giving His life for them. How much strange is it for us (who know that He gave His life for us) to crucify Him on the cross every time we sin or yield ourselves to various temptations? This Sunday our Pastor talked about sin. “Sin will always take us further than we want to go. Sin will always keep us longer than we want to stay. Sin comes along with the guilt. Guilt comes with the package of a mask we put on, on our face to hide who we are really.”

When He gave His life for us on the cross with His arms wide open, He showed His unconditional love when we were quite unlovable. When we go astray from Him, we also crucify Him with masked faces. It is worse than what the people of Israel did 2000 years ago. How long are we going to reject someone over and over and over again?