Reflections *7 – JESUS – The Author of our faith

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Our faith begins with Jesus
Jesus is the author of our faith

In the book of Matthew 8: 5 onwards we read about a Centurion whose servant was paralyzed and in terrible pain. A Centurion is a leader of one hundred soldiers. He was a man under authority. He pleaded with the Lord Jesus for the healing of his servant. Even though the Lord was willing to go to his house to heal the servant, the Centurion had faith that if the Lord would ‘only speak a word’ his servant would be healed. The Lord granted his request and commended the great faith of the Centurion. The Lord sent His Word and the Centurions servant was healed.

You may be in a pressing crowd, or alone at home, your faith will not go unnoticed by God. This kind of faith pleases the Lord and releases heavenly blessings on our life. Today all that we need is ‘a word from the Lord’. A single word from the Lord can change our lives and our future. A single word from God can impact and change a nation. The Centurion shifted his eyes from a hopeless situation to a place of hope – which is the Lord Jesus. In the same way do not focus on the situation at hand, or on your failures and get depressed, but today as you read this email, arise and lift your eyes expectantly to the Lord Jesus and call out to Him. He will send you that one word that can bring healing, deliverance and victory in your life. Hallelujah!

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Prayer: Loving Heavenly Father, Many a times I have forgotten to say. Thank you, but today I thank you with all my heart for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me. Thank you for my job, family, friends, good health and the hope I have in thee. Today I pray that you will send your word from Heaven which can bring healing to my body and soul. Fill me with your heavenly joy and  peace. In the unfailing name of JESUS I pray. Amen. 

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*Reflections – Repost of earlier writings.

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Reflections *6 – Changing your mindset

 

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There were three believers. They all had faced difficult situations, temptations, struggles and victories in their lives. They carry the memories of these difficult situations in a bag hung on their back called ‘BURDENS’. All the victories were hung in a bag on their chest called VICTORIES’. Let us see how each one faces life.

Having had many failures, the first believer often remembers his failures. He thinks he will not be successful anymore. Fear of the unknown rules his heart. He has lost all hope and is depressed. He worries about the future and has no will to carry on, He always ponders on his past failures. ‘I did not study well, I lost my job, I fell sick and so on. Now what will I do. He is unable to progress in life and is stationary. His ‘BURDENS’ bag is so full that it pulls him backwards. His ‘VICTORIES’ bag is empty. He is blinded by the devil and has forgotten his position in Jesus Christ as a believer. He has a defeated mindset.

The second believer also had failures in life like the first believer, but amidst this he also trusts in God. He carries some of his old burdens and sorrows with him. His “BURDENS’ bag is half full and he has got some victories. He goes ahead and makes some progress. He has got a progressive mindset.

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Sword of the Spirit – Word of GOD

The third believer has also had failures in life like the other believers. But now he has chosen to completely trust in God. He keeps His faith on God and always looks ahead to the Lord Jesus. He spends every moment Thanking and Praising God. He prays and reads the Bible, seriously. He has cut his ‘BURDENS bag at the bottom and everything that is put there falls out. His VICTORIES’ victories bag is full and under the weight of that bag he is pulled forward to more victories. He runs ahead to more victories in Jesus Christ. His ‘BURDENS’ bag is empty. He has got a victorious mindset.

How do we renew our mindset? The Bible speaks in Rom 12:2 about renewing our mind. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Don’t you want to renew your mindset ? Yes, we all want a renewed mindset. As you read and meditate on the Bible the Holy Spirit works in you and renews your mind. Everything has a beginning. To go towards victory one has to start today. Today let us break free from everything that holds us back. In Jesus name, today you can overcome a defeated mindset which God has not intended for you. Let us receive a victorious mindset that God wants us to have.

Prayer: Loving, Heavenly Father. As I read you Word please let my mind be renewed.  Let your Holy Spirit work in my life. I yield to your ways and to your will. Lead me to become all that you created me for. Let me do all that you want me to do each day. I thank you for hearing my prayer. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

 

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*Reflections – Repost of earlier writings.

Trusting in God – Part one

 

 

 

The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.  Nahum 1:7

When we trust in the Lord, we are ready to wait for Him. When we trust in Him we are ready to face the consequences of our waiting on Him. For we would trust in Him and in the outcome of the situation.

God told Noah to build an Ark and he  obeyed the Lord and built the Ark, with his family.  The people wondered if there would ever be rain and they continued their lives till disaster struck. Probably they thought that the waters would subside but the deep and the heavens were opened to put an end to the violent and sinful and wicked people.  Noah and his family  family were the only humans saved alive, along with all the other living creatures in the Ark.  So how long was Noah in the Ark with all the living things and the cattle. He was in the Ark for more than a year and few months.  Now after about 150 days (5 months) God remembered him as recorded in Gen 8:1..

Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.

After the waters subsided it was  one year and then the land also dried as recorded in Gen 8:13

And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the firstmonth, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry.

But still Noah patiently waited for a total of 57 days till the land was totally dry.  And God spoke to Noah as recorded in Gen 8:15,16
Then God spoke to Noah, saying,  “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.

When we trust in God He will remember us.  If 600 year old Noah waited for 57 days to hear from God then if we take an average life span of 80 to 100 years then we have to wait on God for atleast 7 to 10 days to hear from Him. The Lord may respond earlier than that.  But our waiting on God with specific purpose, to hear Him, builds us and strengthens us.

Noah was not disappointed and so will also all those who wait on Him.

If you are in one corner of the world in a remote city, an ordinary person, but if you Trust in Him, He will remember you and as Soddom and Gomorah was not destroyed till Lot was brought to safety,  He will surely remember you.

Ebedmelech was a Eunuch in the court of King Zedekiah.  This king did not submit to the prophecy of Jeremiah that they would be safe if they surrender to the invading Babylonian army.  Jeremiah was treated with much harshness and was put in a pit, but Ebedmelech was instrumental in securing the kings permission to rescue him.  The Word of God was fulfilled through Jeremiah and the army invaded and killed the kings children in front of his eyes.  But Jeremiah was set free but what happened to Ebedmelech, did God forget him.  God remembered him as recorded in Jer 39:15-18

 

15 Meanwhile the word of the Lord had come to Jeremiah while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying, 16 “Go and speak to Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for adversity and not for good, and they shall be performed in that day before you. 17 But I will deliver you in that day,” says theLord, “and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid. 18 For I will surely deliver you, and you shall not fall by the sword; but your life shall be as a prize to you, because you have put your trust in Me,” says the Lord.’”

What a great deliverence. The Lord knew his fears , gave him assurance and delivered him , because and only because He trusted in God.  So fear not.  God will remember us as we Trust Him and continue to trust Him and He will deliver us.

So when we Trust in Him, He know us and will remember us, testify about us and show up on our behalf. Fear Not.

When the King returns to the vineyard

 

What is our calling and what does thee Lord expect of us ?  Are we giving Him, our Lord and Master the fruit He expects from us.  Apostle Paul said – I have kept the faith, I have finished the course.…. are we on the appointed Heavenly course ?  When an athlete runs the race he must be on the right track.  In case he breaks the track he could still continue running, but in the end faces disqualification.  Let us run with all diligence, focused on the course laid by Him, so as to win a prize.

As we are careful to make our call and election and our position in building His Kingdom sure, we receive further grace to build and stand upon the rock.   As 2 Pet 3:10 says

 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

In 2 Chron 26 we read about King Uzziah who was a mighty king and who prospered as long as he sought the Lord. But the day he went into the temple to burn incense,  as his heart was lifted up to his own destruction, the Lord struck him with leprosy.  He did not heed the priests advice not to do so… and did what he was not called to do.

Let us run so as to build His Kingdom as members of a larger body of Christ. Let us build in a way He wants it and horseproduce fruits Matt 21:43,44

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.  Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

Bearing fruits in our relationship with him, giving Him the fruit of our lips – Thanks giving and Praise, fruits in our relationship with others – doing unto them as we would like them to do unto us and shining in this dark world with the True Light of Christ from within.

For the shaking continues as the Bible says in Haggai 2:6

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;
After the Tsunamis and earthquakes, rising of nations against each other and rising terrorism,  and now the current years being full of reports of the shaking of dry land, the shootouts, terror attacks, refugee situation and so on. Situations which the world had not seen in such great magnitude.  Is this not the time to stay our hearts, mind and our focus on the return of the King.  To look upto Him and to Him alone the Coming King.  As recorded in Luke 21:28
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

So when the King returns what will He find us doing- Ready ,serving, building, WATCHING

Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat,and will come and serve them.
Luke 12:37

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  Luke 12:40

The time and season calls for His Kingdom priorities to be first in our lives even as we continue to live for Him.  Surely He is returning.  Let us make our calling and election sure, and put our house in order.

 

 

 

Your life is a seed in Gods hand – part 4 – The Wayside Christian

THE WAYSIDE CHRISTIAN
(condition of the heart)

The Bible says in Mk 4:4,15

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.

And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

After the World war there were many places in which unexploded bombs were located.  Recently there was a report on such unexploded bombs being located in the UK. When such unexploded bombs are located they are diffused by a team of experts else they could result in loss to civilian life. So an unexploded bomb could be dangerous and even death to the civilians.

When the seed is sown by the sower, the fowls devour it or the devil comes immediately to take it away if it falls by the wayside. Do we have a wayside attitude to the Living Word of God or does the seed fall in the wayside of our hearts ?  To such a heart there is no difference between reading the newspaper or reading the Bible.

PAUSE: Let us take time, ponder and answer the above question.

The Bible says in 1 Pet 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The devil knows that if this seed is left there then it can sprout, grow and bear fruit. So the devil does everything he can to remove this good seed of the Word of God even from the wayside of our hearts. He devours it with great urgency. The seed is like the unexploded bomb which means destruction to the devils kingdom but can bring a blessing upon the hearer who receives the seed.

The seed is the Word of God.

The sower soweth the word.  Mk 4:14

Every seed ( Word of God) has the power to give life to the receiver. This is what the Lord Jesus said in  Jn 6:63

…..the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

 The Bible says in Luke 8:12

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Here we see the real power of the seed of the Word. It can save the person from sin and give him who believes eternal life.  The devil steals this opportunity from the person or the heart found by the wayside.  SINCE THERE IS NO SEED THERE WILL BE NO TREE AND SINCE THERE IS NO TREE THERE WILL BE NO FRUIT.

Every seed can germinate and grow into a full fledged tree bringing the receiver a blessing and destruction to the devil and what he plans to do in the life of the receiver.  The seed can build our faith, wash our lives, give us new hope, reveal to us the nature of God, and bless us in many and every way God wants to bless us. The devil knows the power in this seed fallen even by the wayside, that is the reason he quickly devours it.

Let us change our wayside attitude to the Word of God – today and graduate from the  wayside ( Christian)  to better and fertile ground. The Word is eternal and Living  and has a heartbeat.

 

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