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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To change your handset
All you would need is money
But to change your mindset?
Hmmm! Let us talk about it

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.

Reflections* 5 – Faith – Stir it up

 

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The unseen comes into existence
The unseen comes to exist in the natural
When you are in F-A-I-T-H
When you are in a state of expectancy
When you are expecting from God.

The Bible says in Heb 11:6
So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

When we are in faith we are in a state of divine expectancy. We are expecting from God,

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Stir up your FAITH

an answer to our prayer. So to please God our heart and mind must always be in a state of expectancy from God. We must be in this state of looking heavenward and waiting for an answer. Remember your first day at office, or the time you waited for your children’s examination results, or when you waited for the vacations, to take a trip back to your homes –  then you were in a state of expectancy. In the same way, as we are in this state of expectancy towards God, then He is pleased with us and our answers to our prayers is on the way.

In our current world, society and circumstances which prevent us from looking towards God, what is it that can keep us in such a state of expectancy? It is the Bible, the Word of God which adds fuel to our hearts and mind and keeps us always looking unto Jesus. As we get together with other believers, it is a blessing. As we have our family prayers, it is a blessing for us.

When we read His Word, when we ponder over what we have read, when we discuss it with some one, when we sing a song of praise to the Lord or when we pray, then we keep our faith alive and are in divine expectancy from God. Then, the moment you receive something from God, share it with the person next to you, speak about it, call a friend, shout it aloud. In this manner your can glorify His name. So be expecting from God who is never in short supply, but has good gifts for His children. Today and always. 

Prayer:  Loving, Heavenly Father. No matter what the situation, let me always keep my heart and mind on you. For with you Lord nothing is impossible. I commit all my needs and the prayers that I have been praying. Today I believe that you are able to do, all that I have asked for and much more. Thank you Heavenly Father for hearing my prayer. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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Mustard seed Faith

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Dynamic Faith

Reflections* 4- Faith

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Walk by faith and not by sight

You have INHERITANCES yet to claim
You have victories yet to be won
You have blessings yet to claim.
Receive it in faith.
They are all yours in Jesus name.
Read it (Bible), speak it out and receive it in faith.
The Word of faith is nigh thee even in thy mouth.

It does matter what you say. For if you say you cannot then you cannot.  If you say you can then surely you can. You can if you want to and you will not, if you don’t want to. So watch your words, watch where your mind is lingering, watch, watch, watch.

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Walk by Faith

What is faith? How does one receive in faith? The Bible says in Heb. 11:1
The New King James version translation says
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of that things not seen.

New living translation says
It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.

It is the confident assurance that God will answer our prayer or what we are hoping in God for. The evidence or proof of this faith should be seen in our behaviour, our attitude or external attributes. It is very important how we behave, how we talk and how we express ourselves. We should always be in faith. It gives us a positive approach to life and an expectancy from God in all matters, e.g. If you are praying for a particular need (Job, promotion, healing etc) then you must think and behave as you have it. As you show evidence of your faith in your actions and in your talk, then one day, God will bring it forth in the natural. Your request will be granted. Always be in expectancy, in faith.

We have heard of body building, similarly we must also build up our faith. You can do faith building by hearing good messages, by reading the Bible.

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Walk by Faith

is build by the Word of God (Bible). Start today by spending a few quality moments reading the Bible and praying. Make it a daily habit, then introduce it to your family. If you do not have a Bible get one. See the change and then share it with your loved ones and friends and give God the praise. Hallelujah!

Prayer: Loving Heavenly Father, You have revealed your plan and will for my life in your Holy Word, the Bible. Help me and give me the mind/time to read and to understand your divine Word. Reveal to me the truth in your Word, your blessings and all that you have kept for me. Thank you for hearing my prayer. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

*Reflections – Repost of earlier writings.

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Mustard seed Faith

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Dynamic Faith

Love your enemies

 

Love covers a multitude of sin. GOD IS LOVE.  When we were His enemies, He still Loved us in His Mercy.

A Story

There is a story of a slave who came across a Lion in the forest, with a thorn deep in its paw. The slave braved it to the Lion and removed the thorn. He also did some natural dressing with leaves and the Lion slowly limped away.  As days went by, the slave was in the Roman prison and it was his turn to be fed live to a hungry Lion in the Roman sport, as the spectators clap and and cheer,  when the victim faces death at the mouth of a hungry lion. The day came and amidst much cheering the slave was put into the arena and the Lion came chasing towards the prey. But as it came close the Lion lost its pace and ferocity, and started to walk towards the slave and licked his hands and feet like a tamed dog. The whole crowd was astounded, they wondered why the hungry Lion behaved thus.  The Lion showed his love to the slave and returned back to its cage, all to the crowds amazement.  Little did they know that it was the same Lion which the slave had freed from the thorn in its paw..

There is the old saying ‘at times humans are worse than animals’.  The animal remembers but humans forget.

God’s Love for us is Unchanging

Forgiveness. Christ forgave us on the Cross, He died for all our sins.  Christ died for us, once who were sinners without escape.  The Lord not only forgave us but also forgot our sins as written in Micah 7:19
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.

Forgiving with mere words is not enough, it is as good as worshipping God with words and not with our hearts. What about Forgiving unconditionally and loving people genuinely for Christ’s sake.   What about making a genuine effort as the Lord and Master said…in Matt 5:23,24,  probably the most difficult in our Christian walk.  A point seldom heard of nowadays.

Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

He bore it all for LOVE

Let us read carefully. The Lord said if your brother has something against you, not you have something against your brother. Loving unconditionally.  The Lord has commanded us, to Love one another as He has loved us.   Forgiving from our heart, may seem difficult at times. Humanely, is it possible to forgive from our hearts ?  But with the help of the Holy Spirit it is possible.  As God forgives and forgets we also will be able to forgive and forget and restore the relationship for His glory and praise. This would be the work of the Holy Spirit.  Great would be the blessing of those who keep the above commandment to take a step, to go and reconcile with his brother.

It is forbidden to speak ill about another servant of God or ministry, because he is Gods servant. It is not good to speak evil, about any person because Christ has died for him and loves him.  If we are unable to witness and share the gospel we should be constrained to do it with our lives, with Christ’s love working through us.

Years back when I was working in Mumbai there was a manned pantry  setup in the office serving us tea.  Since I was not used to Tea/coffee I requested the supplier for an alternate drink and he offered CADBURYS hot chocolate and I settled for it. After fixing the price as he supplied tea/coffee to the other staff, my drink would be hot chocolate. Things were fine for some time and slowly the hot chocolate was tasting like tea with very little chocolate. When I complained, he insisted that it was hot chocolate and also showed me the Hot Chocolate container in the pantry. But then I stopped taking the drink.  Time went by and I moved to another company in Mumbai.  Many years later on a Christmas day I saw the old tea supplier outside my brothers house where I was staying. We recognized each other and I called him and served him a Christmas snack.  As he was leaving he called me aside and confessed that years back he had cheated on the hot chocolate and served it mixed with tea.   A non- christian man is able to hear his conscience and obey. I was amazed and still am at what a genuine act of love can do.  It can bring repentance and open the door for the sharing of Gods Love.

In this day and season don’t we need more testimonies of God’s Love in action, the Love of Christ that makes an impact in others lives ?

Are we, who claim to follow the Man of Zero Ego, still caught up in ego.  Let us examine our hearts for unforgiveness. Let us let go and forgive, for Christ forgave us even when we were sinners. Unconditional forgiveness brings healing to our spirit, soul and body,  as we release our hurts and wounds of a long period.  Is it not time to rebuild relationships like of old. In Christ broken relationships can be Healed and Restored.

Let us surrender to the Lord as commanded in Jn 14:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

GOD IS LOVE..

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