River

River

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Rivers are wonderful water system in nature. They start from high mountains or hills and as the slope tends it continues to run through the dry land and it finally connects to the sea. The longest river is recorded to be Nile, which stretches for 4258 miles! The source of a river varies from underwater reservoirs, springs, rain, melting glacier etc. However, it starts from one place and flow until it finally emerges with the sea.

When a river start to flow there are several obstacles in its path to pass such as great heights, valleys, gutters, dry land etc.. But the river passes these obstacles by making wonderful waterfalls at great heights, filling up the valley, overflow and move on, fill up the gutters and moving on and quenching the thirst of dry land and go on! As we see, there are several obstacles on the way, but the river doesn’t stop at any obstacle, but find some way to move on until it reaches to the sea! The river also carries several minerals and sediments on its way and deposits along the bank of the river where is used by the green plants and trees boosting their growth while drinking water from the river!

Thus the river brings life on the dry lands, flourishes the vegetation by giving water and the nutrients, provide great scenery through waterfalls, quenches the thirst of animals and man and it provides home for many river creatures! But the greatest of all is, even though it emerges into the vast salty sea, the river water never gets salty!

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While the fresh water quenches the thirst of our body, what can quench the thirst of the spirit in us? The Bible tells us about a river that can quench our spiritual thirst. Psalms 46:4 says-There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.’ (‭Psalm‬ ‭46‬:‭4‬ NIV). Yes, that’s the only river which can take away all the sorrows and burdens of our heart and fill us with divine joy and quench our spiritual thirst! More about this river is described in Ezekiel 47 and in Revelation 22

‘The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits, and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits, and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭47‬:‭1-5‬ NIV)

This is about a vision what God gave Ezekiel. There is no physical river that flows from the temple right now, but it’s a prophecy which will fulfill in the end of days. However to us this river is a spiritual river which can change the course of our life, our destiny! It’s the river of God! The river starts as a small stream, later it grows bigger, wider and deeper as the passage suggests. At first the water is shallow. But after 1000 cubits it’s ankle-deep, another 1000 cubits it’s knee-deep, again after another 1000 cubits it’s up to the waist and in another 1000 cubits the water became so deep that you need to swim and cannot cross! This shows the measure of spirituality in your life. What stage are you today? Are you at ankle-deep, knee-deep, waist deep, fully immersed or have not stepped in it? Would you like to get into this river?

The next passage tells us what it’s capable to do.
‘He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water, there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭47‬:‭6-12‬ NIV)

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This is a prophecy which will take place in the end of days. The river will flow from the temple situated in Jerusalem all the way to the Dead Sea. As you know the Dead Sea has got the most densest water in the whole world. As the name suggests there are no living things in this sea. The water is so dense with minerals and other chemicals that no life can survive in these waters and people can float on the surface! But when this river flow into the Dead Sea the water so powerful that it will bring great changes in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea will no longer be dead, but it will be brought back to life, for when the living water from the river of God will flow, it will take away all the saltiness and bring it to life! Living fishes of all varieties will grow in it and the fishermen will fish from the sea like in other seas and Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on the banks of the river, giving fruit throughout the year and the leaves will not wither for they are powerful to heal!

But we can relate this to our lives. We can be pictured as the Dead Sea with no life, no hope and everything dead situation. But if we allow the river of God to flow into us it will take away the dead things out of our lives and bring us new life! It can take away all the bitterness of saltiness in our life away and fill us with divine peace, joy and gladness! Good and life giving things will emerge from us like the variety of fishes that will come in the Dead Sea. People will come to us for support like the fishermen. Not only that, but the spirit of God will help us to be fruitful like the fruit trees of all kinds in the banks of the river and to remain fruitful all the time! And as the leaves will remain green and be used for healing our words, acts, will be made healing for many others who are broken, hurt and sick! Will you allow this river of God to flow into your life? Will you have a thirst to drink this living water today? This is why Jesus said- ‘On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.’ (‭John‬ ‭7‬:‭37-39‬ NIV) and In John 4 we see Jesus speaking to a Samaritan woman about this river of God-Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”’ (‭John‬ ‭4‬:‭13-14‬ NIV).

How do you receive this living river of God in your life? You need to accept Jesus as The Lord and Saviour in your life and lead a holy life. You need to believe in heart and declare by mouth that Jesus died for you on the cross of Calvary for the redemption your sins and He rose again from the dead and is in heaven who soon coming to gather his children to be with him forever!

‘If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.’ (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NIV)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭1-3‬ NIV)

If you haven’t accepted Jesus this amazing God as Lord and Saviour in your life and would like to accept him, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word.

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

As Jesus promised the River of God ‘Holy Spirit’ has been sent to this world on the day of Pentecost on the crowd of 120 people, including Peter and other ten disciples gathered on the rooftop of Mark as said in the book of Acts of Apostles chapter 2. God has set the Holy Spirit of God to lead those who believe in Jesus as an Advocate, comforter and to lead in all Truth in this wretched world. God can change your hopeless, distressed, painful, hurt and broken life into something precious. Will you accept Jesus in your life and allow the river of God to flow through you and perform great things for the glory of God?

‘For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭44‬:‭3‬ NIV)

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭1‬ NIV)

‘The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭58‬:‭11‬ NIV)

‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.’ (‭Revelation‬ ‭22‬:‭1-2‬ NIV)

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Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. ) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him. Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.” Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”’ (‭John‬ ‭4‬:‭4-42‬ NIV)

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‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him: “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’ “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (‭Acts‬ ‭2‬:‭1-47‬ NIV)

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Submarine!

Submarine!

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Submarines are awesome man made structures that carry us through unforgivable environment, the heart of the sea! It is built strong to dive in the ocean up to a thousand feet and move under water undetected! This makes it so awesome war machine to launch missiles and torpedoes to the enemy territory and warships. Modern submarines carry enough nuclear weapons to destroy the whole earth twice in a matter of minutes and is able to remain still and undetected for months and maybe years right under the enemy’s nose! Modern nuclear subs can run for 20-30 years without refueling! Such incredible masterpiece made with such care and precision.

A submarine is blind and moves with no eyes but ears! It produces sound waves from a variety of angles and sides of the submarine. When the sound wave hit any object, it sends a signal back to the sub thus making a map out of sound around the submarine. But the most amazing thing that wondered me is its structural strength. As we go down deep into the ocean, the pressure starts increasing, it increases in such a way that at 800 feet below sea, the sea applies tremendous pressure of 370.189 PSI or 25.52 bars of pressure whereas normal atmospheric pressure is about 14.70 PSI or 1 bar! Imagine crushed with 25 times more pressure! No human can survive without any protective gear in these depths! If we dive in an iron made submarine in the ocean, we could feel the tremendous pressure build up from around 400 feet. The submarine will make noise of denting metal outside the submarine, deeper we dive the pressure keeps increasing until at one stage it shear off completely as it cannot withstand any more pressure on it! However, modern submarines are made with titanium and other secret alloys which can take more pressure than iron, hence making deeper dives than ever before up to 1600 feet below sea!

The amazing structural strength of submarines enables the sailors to sail safely under water at greater depths. At 800 feet below sea level when the outside pressure is so immense of 26 bars the pressure inside the submarine is maintained at 1 bar making everyone comfortable and breathe normal as on land! Isn’t that incredible! Thus submarines are an engineering marvel in the modern world!

We can relate the submarine experience with our lives. In life we face different sorts of problems and challenges. The pressure of problems varies between individuals. At time, we see people struggling with problems. They undergo a lot of stress because of the problems they face. The more and more problem they face more pressure they get exposed to. It’s like you dive deep into the water. At few feets of depths you are ok. You can handle the pressure. But the more you dive deeper the pressure builds up. And with no protective clothing and devices you don’t need greater depths, but 50 feet of depth can kill you easily! It’s similar to life the more and more pressure you take, the more stressed you become and ultimately you will shear off. But if you dive in a submarine you can breathe easily, even at depths of 1000 feet as you are not taking the pressure, but the submarine is and it makes sure you can breathe as normal as on the ground providing 1 bar of pressure inside where as it’s exposed to 31 bars of pressure outside!

The submarine in our day to day life is God! Unlike man made submarines this submarine will never shear off at any greater depths! He is strong and there is no bigger problem than He can’t handle, for He is the creator of the whole universe! If you don’t have God in life you are like diving in the water with no diving suit or any protective gear. You might be able to survive few feets of depths, but when problems strike you hard you sink faster and you won’t be able to withstand pressure of life and ultimately you shear off! This is why Jesus said- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28-30‬ NIV).

King Solomon when he became King of Israel, he was just 9 years old! He didn’t know how to rule the kingdom. But God appeared to him in a dream and asked him what he need the most and instead of asking long life and riches of the world, he asked for wisdom and God gave him greater knowledge and wisdom than any humans of those days and later in life he wrote 1005 songs, 3000 proverbs and books on animals, birds and plant life! This is why he said in the book of Proverbs- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-6‬ NIV)

Peter, a poor fisherman who didn’t have any savings was worried when his mother in law fall sick, he had no money to take her to the doctor. He worked the whole night at sea, hoping to catch some fish and take her to the doctor, unfortunately, he didn’t even catch a single fish. He was sad, tired and weary after the tremendous effort and was preparing to go home for rest when Jesus came from nowhere and took him back to sea and caught a great catch which he could not get all by himself, but had to call others for help and later Jesus went to his house and healed his mother in law and she got up and served them! In another instance when he didn’t have any money to pay taxes, while the thought was in his mind, Jesus asked him to go to the sea and open the mouth of the first fish he catch, for there will be enough money to pay taxes for Peter and Jesus! Remembering all these great instances in life Peter, who once was the poor fisherman who became the first Apostle and the foundation of New Testament Church wrote in the his epistle- ‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-7‬ NIV).

My dear readers, lets not be like the pressure cooker which keeps whistling as the pressure increases making a hostile environment, but be in a submarine where it withstands higher pressures of outside, but maintains the same cool inside! Let’s not struggle ourselves with all pressures of life, instead leave it to God as you inside the submarine. It’s true you’re in the deep sea, but God’s able to bring you out of all the tremendous, dangerous and unforgiving environment to safe shore! Like a submarine, God will hide, defend and protect you from any harm! Instead of sinking in the ocean of problems, sink in the Grace of God, which been given through Jesus on Cross of Calvary! Accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life and lead a holy life for greater experience of God’s grace in life. Sink more into the vast ocean of God’s grace rather to the everyday problems in life and enjoy the wonderful life with God every day! All dead matters in life will become live, all fruitless efforts will yield all varieties of wonderful fruits and great healing will take place in all hurt conditions of your life for the glory of God’s name. (Ezekiel 47:1-12 passage given below). Like a submarine deep dive into the sea of God’s Grace rather to the problems of life and enjoy the presence of God in everyday life!

If you haven’t accepted Jesus this amazing God as Lord and Saviour in your life and would like to accept him, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word.

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

‘“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭25-34‬ NIV)

‘The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭47‬:‭1-12‬ NIV)

‘If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!’ (‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭17-24‬ NIV)

‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.’ (‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭33-36‬ NIV)

‘At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”’ (‭1 Kings‬ ‭3‬:‭5-14‬ NIV)

‘God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.’ (‭1 Kings‬ ‭4‬:‭29-34‬ NIV)

‘One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. ‘(‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭1-11‬ NIV)

‘When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭8‬:‭14-15‬ NIV)

‘After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭17‬:‭24-27‬ NIV)

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Changing Dry Life!

Changing Dry Life!

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We often come up with certain problems in life where we get completely stuck up not knowing what to do and how to get through. It’s very hard and painful situation. You try everything you know and all the possible ways of help and try to get over it, but what if nothing works and you end up completely stuck up? You wait and wait and wait patiently and nothing works! It’s such a tiring and helpless situation. You may even try praying and what if you don’t see any result on it and you end up that way completely stuck up? Eventually you leave that particular thing and try some alternate way. You may end up somewhere else than what you really wanted. As time goes by, you try to forget the original plan and try to get adjusted to the alternative way. Today I want to point out such a dry life situation coming out to life.

In the prophetic book of Ezekiel chapter 37 we see God leading His servant Ezekiel to a valley of dry bones in a vision and asks him, “Will these dry bones come to life?!”

‘The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭37‬:‭1-3‬ NIV)

For humans, it is impossible and in those days with such limited technology and medicines it was beyond imagination. Even today with all technological and medical advancements we cannot bring dead alive, sometimes with the help of CPR we may able to generate a shock and try to revive the person who has passed away a few minutes before, but still it’s not very successful and it can never work on older bodies. Then what’s more to be said about bones! And what about very dry bones? Can they ever bring back to life? Impossible! And Ezekiel was in a confused situation where he cannot deny God and comes up with an answer when he clearly knows impossible and says “Sovereign God you alone know!”

But what happens next is beyond imagination. God asks him to prophesy to the dead dry bones!
‘Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ”’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭37‬:‭4-6‬ NIV)

Ezekiel didn’t doubt God and he obeyed God in what He said and prophesied to the dry bones. As soon as he started to prophesy a great miracle which has never taken place begin to unveil before his eyes! He heard a rattling sound and the bones started to join together, bone to bone and formed the proper skeleton! Then, as he looked, he saw the tendons and flesh with nerves and muscles appear and finally the skin covering them! But there was no breath in them.

‘So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭37‬:‭7-8‬ NIV)

Then the spirit of God asked Ezekiel to prophesy to the wind to come and breathe into these slain, that they may live and he prophesied and the wind blew into them and they came to life and stood up on their feet as a vast army!

‘Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭37‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

Well, this sounds absolutely impossible, but this was a vision God gave to His servant Ezekiel, yes the dry bones coming back to life! An impossible task brought into action! The next verse clearly tells us the vivid picture behind this vision.

Ezekiel was a prophet in Israel during the time when Israel was captured by the Babylonian Empire. They came and attacked Israel and were taken captives into Babylon. The whole of Israel was destroyed. They lost all their hope to come back to their homeland. It was during this bad time God appeared to His servant Ezekiel through this vision and strengthened him to get the people of Israel not to get give up their hope, but to trust in The Lord for He is to bring them out from their captives and bring them to their homeland Israel!

‘Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’ ”’ (‭Ezekiel‬ ‭37‬:‭11-14‬ NIV)

Today to the New Testament Israel, the chosen ones who accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour in life and leading a holy life, God promises the same He spoke to Ezekiel. You may be undergoing several difficulties in life. You may be stranded or grounded with several problems where it seems impossible for you to break out. But God wants to let you know, like the very dry bones which were scattered all around the valley came together and stood up as a vast army as God worked through His servant Ezekiel, the dry hopes you expected to come over as a solution to your problems long back, which seemed impossible and seems dead and completely destroyed will come to life and as God work through your problems He will deliver you from all your problems at the right time. You may think its getting delayed, it’s taking too long, it’s too late, but God your Creator knows the perfect timing and He makes everything beautiful in the right time and deliver you from your impossible situation.

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time.’ (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ NIV)

Therefore, my dear readers, do not get worry on the hopeless situation you are facing in life, as how God brought the dry bones to life, He will take away all the dryness of your life and bring you back to everlasting life. Do not get tired and weak. Do not lose hope, but put your trust in God for He said- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭11‬:‭28‬ NIV)

Like how He raised Joseph from prison to be the Prime Minister of Egypt, Moses a murder to be the greatest leader the world ever saw, Jabez a Pain to be honorable and expanded to be named as the name of a city where great people of those days lived, Gideon a coward to a great leader, David a shepherd boy to be the King of Israel, Daniel a young boy captives to be the Prime Minister of three Great empires, Peter a fisherman with no good knowledge to the Head of Apostles, God is able to bring you out of your captivity and turn to something valuable! Let the whole world stand against you and discourage you, don’t lose hope He who said I have conquered the world is right beside you giving you strength, hope and courage on your situations and later will bring to greater positions for the glory of God’s name! Therefore do not be discouraged, be strong. God is able to deliver you from all your dryness of life.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭33‬ NIV)

If you haven’t accepted Jesus this amazing God as Lord and Saviour in your life and would like to accept him, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word.

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭91‬:‭14-16‬ NIV)

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)

‘But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭1-2‬ NIV)

‘Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭4‬ NIV)

‘I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭42‬:‭16‬ NIV)

‘“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭49‬:‭15-16‬ NIV)

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭2-3‬ NIV)

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ NIV)

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32‬:‭27‬ NIV)

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Who Am I?

Who Am I?

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We all ask at the door not knowing who’s standing on the other side ‘who is it?’, but have you ever asked yourself the question who am I? You may say I am NAME born to these parents on this date (Date of Birth) on this place on earth or some say I am NAME, a doctor or engineer or whatever your profession is. But is that what you really are? You said about a physical state, your identity, but not the real truth of who you really are. You are nothing, but just a normal human being born into this world as many other humans on this earth at this time of the earth. When you undergo tough situations in life, it helps you to better understand who you are as you really know the strength and weakness in you.

As said you are a normal human being born like other humans in this world. You have got a head, a body, two hands and two legs like anybody and you got 206 bones, up to 840 muscles, 7500 identified body parts, 100,000 billion cells in your body. Above all you have a life in you that keeps you alive in this earth. The moment you lose it, you no longer exist in this world! So who are you? You are nothing, but a mass of flesh! What are you boasting about? How are you different from others? There is absolutely nothing you can boast about other than the God’s grace knowingly or unknowingly you enjoy in life. This is why Apostle Paul said in his epistle to the Corinthians-
‘Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”’ (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭26-31‬ NIV)

Yes, we are nothing, whatever we have is not our ability, but is God’s grace, He blessed us to have the things, the positions, the possessions what you think you have. We have nothing to boast other than the divine grace of God in our life! We are like the flower that appear today and gone tomorrow, a wind that blow from one end to other and gone forever, a drop of water in the vast ocean, a tide that come and gone! Always remember if we cannot take the next breath what we take we are no longer in this world! Therefore, let’s be humble and submissive before God and be thankful for everything what we enjoy in our life.

Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.’ (‭Psalm‬ ‭39‬:‭5‬ NIV)

‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.’ (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭8-9‬ NIV)

But what keeps us special is that the amazing love, care and Grace of God in our life. Can you believe God the creator of the entire universe care for us! He listens to every word we speak, our thoughts, our plans, our ways our everything! He is there with us to achieve the impossible, to be with us when we needed the most! What a great love! We are like bacterias before him! Still, He cares for each one of us! Millions pray to God from different parts of the world at the same time, young, old, weak, needy and many others, but He listens to each and every prayer and answers them! What a Mighty and Loving God!

Even when we have hurt Him many times by sinning against His will, He still loves us, He cares for us, He provides us our daily bread, water to quench our thirst, cloths to wear and a shelter to survive! Above all He gave His only son ‘Jesus’ to the wretched mankind for the redemption of sins! What a great God! A God who loved us so much than Himself that, He came down as one of us and laid His very life on the cross of Calvary and gave the very last drop of his blood for the redemption of sins and those who accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life by believing in heart and declaring by mouth there sins are forgiven!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NIV)

‘If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’ (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9‬ NIV)

What an Amazing God! Not only that, but to those who accepted Him, He gave the authority to be His children! And He is coming again to gather His children again to be with Him forever!

‘He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.’ (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭1-3‬ NIV)

Oh, what a wonderful God! How grateful can we be? With what can we please this amazing God for all what He done to us? We cannot please by anything at all, other than a loving Him back by obeying His commandments! And the greatest of His commandment is to love one another as Jesus loved us!

“If you love me, keep my commands.” (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭15‬ NIV)

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭34-35‬ NIV)

Again once you accept this Amazing God in life, you are no longer yourself, but you have transformed into a ‘Temple of God!’ Were God lives in you!

‘Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?’ (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NIV)

‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.’ (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭6‬:‭19-20‬ NIV)

Therefore, let’s leave all hatred and boasting, let’s humble ourselves and live a holy life, pure and sanctified life washed by the blood of Jesus and running away from sins and loving and forgiving our enemies and spreading the gospel of Jesus to the many perishing without knowing this great Saviour in life.

‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭18-20‬ NIV)

If you haven’t accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life and would like to accept him, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!’ (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NIV)

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”(‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭5-8‬ NIV)

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”(‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭8‬:‭9‬ NIV)

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭1-10‬ NIV)

‘Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.’ (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭16-23‬ NIV)

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Hungry!

Hungry!

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Food, water, clothing and shelter are the most inevitable parts of our life. We may be able to survive without proper clothing and shelter, but it’s impossible to survive without food and water. In fact, we all work and earn money for this very reason, to have good food, water, clothing and shelter. To a hungry man providing cloth and shelter doesn’t help him, but the food will. Hunger while it’s an action and emotion in the body, there are other hunger in mind and soul! Depending on the person’s interest there are certain things people like to earn such as iPhone, laptops, etc. some may not be able to afford them, but they have a deep desire, a hunger to own one! That’s the hunger of the mind, whereas the hunger to listen to the word of God is the spiritual hunger or the hunger of the soul. A balanced satisfaction of hunger in body, mind and soul is needed for a successful life. But the sad reality is most of us run behind the satisfaction of body and mind but not spirit.

Psalms 107: 9 says -For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.’ (‭Psalm‬ ‭107‬:‭9‬ NIV)

Psalms 107 is a beautiful Psalm written by King David and a brief history of Israel is summarized in this Psalm. It talks about the difficulties Israelites went through their exodus from Egypt until they reached their Promised Land ‘Israel’ and the amazing ways of God, who delivered them from all their troubles. It is written as a thanksgiving psalm. As we see in the first verses they set forth from Egypt under the leadership of Moses a big crowd of 4,000,000 people, animals and other possessions! They were faithful to God when they were freed from the hands of Pharaoh, but soon as they departed from Egypt they started showing their true nature. It is not easy to provide food for this big crowd and the crowd were not ready to accept it and soon they started turning their own way not listening to God. This made God angry and God made them wander all over the place. But once they realized they are wrong and cannot do as they wish, they repented and came back to Moses and Moses stood as a middleman between God and Man, and God looking at Moses felt pity on them and delivered them out of their troubles. The people were hungry and thirsty and God in the middle of the desert where there are absolutely no resources, He made the water to come from rocks and fed them with ‘Manna’ the heavenly food from the sky! They had to wander for 40 long years, but their sandals never wear out nor their cloths tore. Children who were born during the journey were not babies by the end of the journey, but 40 year old adults! Their clothes and sandals grew as they grew! God delivered them by giving victory over the enemies on their epic journey. Thus God provided and protected them amazingly and here King David recollects all the amazing ways how God led his forefathers and brought into the Promised Land Israel is thanking God in the entire Psalm.

‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.’ (‭Psalm‬ ‭107‬:‭1-9‬ NIV)

When we look at the Gospel of Luke we see this same verse repeated by Mary, the mother of Jesus. ‘He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.’ (‭Luke‬ ‭1‬:‭53‬ NIV). Here Mary was visiting her relative Elizabeth while she was carrying Jesus in her womb. Zechariah and Elizabeth were old couples who didn’t have any child. They waited for a long time, but nothing happened. When they had given up all hopes and looking forward to their old age, God sends his Angel Gabriel to Zachariah and spoke to him about the birth of a John the Baptist as their son! Meanwhile, after six months same Angel Gabriel was sent to Mary and spoke to her about the birth of Jesus while she was a virgin! Now, after Gabriel left Mary went to meet Elizabeth and in her joy she said the verse we read above.

Zachariah and Elizabeth both waited so long for a child, but unfortunately they didn’t have a child. They lost their hope and gave up everything. They were looking into their old age when God sends his Angel and spoke to Zachariah. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing as they were old, but God had greater plans and He respected their desire of having a child and in spite the fact they were old God blessed them with a baby! Who was not just any baby, but whom Jesus called the greatest ever born from a mother! John, John the Baptist! Seeing the great miracle of God, Mary couldn’t keep quiet but praised God who satisfies the hunger of hearts! They were insulted for not having any children, but when it was God’s time, they were blessed with the greatest man ever born John the Baptist!

“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John”(‭Luke‬ ‭7‬:‭28‬ NIV)

Another similar incident is seen in the book of 1 Samuel. Here Hannah was longing for a child in her life. But she didn’t have any child and she was upset with the insults from Peninnah for having no child while she had 10 children. When it became too much and she couldn’t take it anymore, Hannah went to the temple of God and vowed that if God give her a male child she will give him to God forever. God heard the cry of her heart and next year God gave her a male child and she was overwhelmed with joy and said – Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.’ (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭2‬:‭5-8‬ NIV). She named him Samuel and as per her vow she sends him to be in the temple of God from when he was a young boy and later he became the great priest, last judge and the greatest prophet in Israel!

‘The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.’ (‭1 Samuel‬ ‭3‬:‭19-21‬ NIV)

Are you hungry for something impossible today? Bring it before God who can make all impossibilities possible. Cry to Him like Hannah, who didn’t cry and tell her worries to someone else, but to Almighty God and God gifted her the best!

Elisha disciple of Elijah, the mighty prophet of God, when knew God was about to take Elijah to heaven asked Elisha what you like to have before he depart and Elisha didn’t ask for any worldly things, but he asked for the double portion of the anointing poured on Elijah and When God separated Elijah God blessed Elisha’s hunger and gifted him the double portion of the spirit of Elijah and did a greater ministry than his master Elijah!

King Solomon became the King of Israel when he was a boy of just 9 years old! But during night in his sleep, God appeared to him in a dream and asked his heart’s desire and instead of asking all wealths, and long life, he asked for the wisdom to rule over the kingdom and God blessed him with great wisdom and made King Solomon the wisest in everyone in the whole world, not only that, but God blessed him with great wealth and honor!

‘The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court.’ (‭1 Kings‬ ‭3‬:‭4-15‬ NIV)

God blessed him so much that he was greatest among all kings of his days. He wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs. He even wrote books on botany and zoology!

‘God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.’ (‭1 Kings‬ ‭4‬:‭29-34‬ NIV)

My dear readers, what is your hunger for today? Is it something genuine and impossible? Bring your supplication before God, cry to Him. He will definitely hear the cry of your heart and will answer you! Be humble, admit your helplessness. Be submissive and don’t be angry or boss over anyone but patiently submit your supplication before God and wait for an action from Him and He makes everything beautiful in His time! You might think it’s over and not happening, the time has gone and it’s too late, but Lord God your creator knows everything about you from beginning to end before you were born and He will answer you in the right time and give you the best you ask for!

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time.’ (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ NIV)

‘The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people. He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.’ (‭Psalm‬ ‭113‬:‭4-9‬ NIV)

‘He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.’ (‭Luke‬ ‭1‬:‭51-53‬ NIV)

‘He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.’ (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭34‬ NIV)

‘“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭17-20‬ NIV)

“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 NIV)

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭9-11‬ NIV)

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (‭Luke‬ ‭11‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)

‘Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”’ (‭Luke‬ ‭18‬:‭1-8‬ NIV)

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Weakness Made Strong!

Weakness Made Strong!

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We humans are a special species from other animals. Unlike animals we are gifted with great knowledge and wisdom that all what we see around us today- houses, buildings, food, language, clothing, cars, computers, mobile phones, etc.- are all results of the work of human brains, were as the animals still live in their primitive habitats without much changes. We are special from animals. But even though we are superior to animals many times we are weaker in many aspects like knowledge, wisdom, power, strength, money etc. from other fellow humans! Not all of us are scientists or billionaires or wrestlers or kings and other nobles. We are common people who live with many inferiorities and limitations. These inferiorities often make us depressed and lead to failures in life. Today I want to say about a power that can help you in your inferiorities and limitations to strengthen you to become successful in life.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬ NIV).

When we look at the Bible, we can see several characters who are very common people like us, but who were not ready to contain in their inferiorities, but with this great power of God, they overcome their limitations and performed great wonders for the glory of God’s name.

Moses was born with stammered tongue. He was nothing, but somebody more inferior than other normal humans in the society. But God used this stammered Moses to deliver the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt! He has been considered the greatest leader of human history who lead 4,000,000 people, their animals and possessions through the harsh desert and brought to the promised land!

‘The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”’(‭Exodus‬ ‭3‬:‭7-10‬ NIV)

When the Israelites reached the Gulf of Aqaba, they were entrapped with the Red Sea in front, great mountains on either side and Egyptians from the back. They had no way to escape. Moses cried to God in helplessness. God heard his cry, and in the helplessness of Moses, God answers his cry by working through the helpless Moses by splitting the Red Sea and crossing the Israelites through the Red Sea to the other side and making the sea back to the normal way entrapping the Egyptians following them! Thus God brought a great victory through helpless, weak Moses over the mighty army of Egypt! (Please go through Exodus 14).

In another place we see Jabez, who was not born normal, but with great pain. His mother named him ‘pain.’ He was of no value before anyone. But he was not ready to contain in his weakness, he cried to God and God answered his prayer and made him honorable than all his brothers and God extended his territory as Jabez prayed and God blessed him so much that a great city was made in his name where the great scientists of those days lived!

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.’ (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭4‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)
And the clans of scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, Shimeathites and Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the Rekabites.’ (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭2‬:‭55‬ NIV)

Samson a single man when he was trapped with Philistines around him, the spirit of God came upon him and with a dry jawbone of a donkey he killed 1000 Philistines and put them in two heaps of 500 each!

‘As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men. Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.’ (‭Judges‬ ‭15‬:‭14-17‬ NIV)

Elijah after performing the great miracle before whole Israelites and revealing the true God of Israel, fled to the desert of Horeb fearing the declaration of queen Isabel to kill him. There he waited to be killed by God rather than the queen, but God himself appeared before him and strengthen him and appointed him with another mission to anoint three great men- two kings and a successor after Elijah, Elisha. And later to Elijah, who once was desiring his own death in the desert, was taken to heaven alive without seeing death!

‘As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.’ (‭2 Kings‬ ‭2‬:‭11-12‬ NIV)

Hezekiah the King of Israel when surrounded by a huge army of Assyria, cried unto God in his helplessness and God answered him by sending an angel of God that night into the Assyrian camp killing 185,000 Assyrians bringing a great victory over the Assyrians to Israel!

‘That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.’ (‭2 Kings‬ ‭19‬:‭35-36‬ NIV)

When Peter, John and ten other disciples who were of no great knowledge, power, ability and no strong family backgrounds, who were living in the lowest level of society, who were not considered by anyone, when obeyed Jesus and followed him they became great Apostles of God. The 12 foundation stones of the New Testament church! God performed great miracles through them and bought many perishing souls through them for the glory of God’s name! They were not worthy for any of it, but the Love of God brought them and raised them to higher levels of society and even after 2000 years their names are continuously proclaimed in different parts of the world!

My dear readers, accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life. Same way how he used the fishermen and the tax collectors who were considered nothing with no education and no strong family backgrounds, but when brought to him as disciples became 12 great Apostles, the 12 foundation stones of New Testament Church Jesus will come in you and fill in your emptiness of life and transform you completely in such a way that your failures will turn into great success! Not only that, but will fill with his Holy Spirit in our life through which we can accomplish impossible things as Apostles performed in olden days!

Therefore, my dear readers, as God said to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Let’s declare His grace is sufficient for us. In our limitations, in our inferiorities, in our helplessness lets call unto God and surely He will hear our earnest cry of our hearts and will answer us through the divine Holy Spirit by which all the weakness will be made strong! Are you willing to enjoy this greater power by accepting Jesus in your life today?

If so, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life today.

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭20-21‬ NIV)

‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NIV)

‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’ (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ NIV)

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”’ (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭26-31‬ NIV)

Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭40‬:‭27-31‬ NIV)

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The Caged Bird…

The Caged Bird…

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Once there was a beautiful nightingale in a forest with a beautiful voice. It used to sing such wonderful songs that everyone who lived near the forest used to come to the tree to hear the beautiful songs. The bird’s songs were so powerful to touch the people’s hearts! Soon the fame of the bird reached the King and the King ordered to catch the bird and bring it to palace so he can hear the song.

The King’s stewardess went to the forest, caught the bird, put her in a cage and brought before the King. The King was very happy to see the bird and hear the wonderful songs from the bird. But the bird was locked up in the cage and the bird became very sad as it lost its freedom. The bird asked the king to set her free, but the King never listened. The bird became frustrated, but it didn’t show the frustration to anyone. The bird searched a way to escape from the cage, but the cage was too strong to break out. Finally an idea struck her mind and the next day when the King came to listen to the bird song, he found the bird dead in the cage. The bird remained motionless and didn’t respond to anything. The King thought the bird was dead and asked a servant to bury her.

The servant opened the cage and took the bird out and took her in his hands. The bird remained motionless and once she was brought out of the palace the bird quickly flew away from the servant’s hands and flew back into the forest and she lived a happy life thereafter.

Many a times this similar situation happens in our life. We get entrapped in some sort of cage and lose the freedom not because you did something wrong, but because of our abilities and talents! We cannot change it how much ever talented we are! Nothing seems to work out and remain completely stuck up!

In the first book of the Bible, Genesis (Chapters 37-50) we see Joseph, who was very talented and different from his brothers, who had a particular talent of seeing visions as well as the ability to explain the true meaning of the vision! He had a vision of becoming an important person higher position than his brothers, and his parents and brothers bowing before him. This made a big dislike against him from his brothers. As a result, he was sold as a slave to Ishmaelitie merchants by his own brethren who then sold to an Egyptian named Pothiphar one of Pharaoh’s officials! From there he was jailed for no reason!

But Joseph didn’t make any great fuss about it, he remained faithful, patient, calm and still. He waited patiently for 13 long years. Many a time he would have thought what went wrong in his life, but he remained calm and waited patiently. At the end of those 13 years here comes another dream, this time to Pharaoh of Egypt. Nobody was able to explain the true meaning of it and the cupbearer of Pharaoh remembered Joseph and Joseph was brought before Pharaoh and he explains the true revelation of Pharaoh’s vision and Pharaoh made him second after him and made him in charge to prepare for the great famine of seven years that was coming after seven years of great harvest as per Pharaoh’s vision! And as history says the word came true and God used Joseph not only to save him, but the entire Egypt and the surrounding countries of Egypt to survive those harsh seven years of great famine!

See when Joseph’s brothers sold him, they thought that was the end of all dreams. Even Joseph when he was put in jail for no reason for 13 long years he might have thought his dreams will never come true, but at the end of those 13 years, through another dream of Pharaoh, Joseph’s dreams came true! He didn’t make any petitions or fuss about his innocence, but when he remained calm and still his deliverance was brought in a special way and he became the second after Pharaoh like the bird freed herself from the cage!

In another instance, in the book of Acts of Apostles, chapter 12, we see Peter the leader of the Apostles was arrested and put in jail for spreading the Gospel of Jesus. He didn’t do anything wrong, but spread the word of God to the people, which brought great deliverances in many peoples’ life. The Lame could walk, the blind could see, the lepers were healed, the demon possessed were relieved, the dead were risen were some of the miracles God did through Peter. Peter didn’t do anything wrong, but helped the helpless and spread the gospel of Jesus. But it created a great headache to the high priests of the Jews and King Herod to get the support of those high priests caught James another apostle the brother of John and killed him. Herod saw it was pleasing to the Jews and now he caught Peter to kill him.

Peter was put in a high security prison. He was to be killed the next day. But he appears to be patient and calm. He didn’t go to anyone to plead for justice and mercy, but remained calm and patient! And as you know God send his angel into the prison and his handcuffs fell off, the prison doors got opened and the iron gate to the city opened itself! Peter, who was put in high security prison got out of the prison, even without his knowledge, for he thought he was having a vision! The angel brought to the city and left him when he woke up and realized it was not a dream but real!

‘It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”’ (‭Acts‬ ‭12‬:‭1-11‬ NIV)

Peter when he was in prison might have thought there was no way out and prepared himself for his death for to be with his Master Jesus in heaven forever. But when a church earnestly prayed for him and since it was not God’s time, God sends his angel and brought him out of the prison! From death back to life! Later, God used him more powerfully and gained many souls from the path of destruction to everlasting life through Jesus for the glory of God’s name!

There are many more people in the Bible, Moses, David, Daniel, Daniel’s friends, Paul, Silas and many others who got entrapped in a cage like the bird. Not because they did anything wrong, but when they remained calm and waited for God’s time like the bird they were brought out from the cage they were tied in and it turned out, their entrapment to be a blessing not just for them but for many others for the glory of God’s name!

Therefore, my dear friends, if you go through a hard situation like the caged bird not for something you did wrong, but nothing seems to work and completely stuck up, instead of crying out to many others to help you, remain calm and patient, call unto God, submit your petitions before God. God will deliver you out of your cage at the right time and He will lead you to greater blessing which will not only a blessing for you but for many others for the glory of his name! Therefore, as the Psalmist said- “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬ NIV).

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.’ (‭Psalm‬ ‭118‬:‭5-9‬ NIV)

‘“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭18-21‬ NIV)

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭3‬ NIV)

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4-7‬ NIV)

‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)

‘“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭49‬:‭15-16‬ NIV)

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Fly Away!

Fly Away!

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Everyone in this world faces a lot of problems in life. Whether big or small everyone faces different sorts of trouble. As someone said ‘for an elephant it is the timber but for an ant its the grain of rice!’ Well, that saying says it all, the vast difference between problems in different individuals. For the elephant the grain of rice is not a problem at all, but for an ant its far too much to handle! Thus lies the variation of problems between individuals. But we all hope for one thing, to solve all the problems we face and come out as a free man! To fly away as a free bird from the cage!

There will come one day when we no longer worry about any problems what we face today! That day you no longer need anything what you have today, your job, family, vacation, absolutely nothing for you are no longer in this world! Yes am saying about your death. Have you ever thought about it? Have you thought what happens after death? Different religions give a different account on reincarnation and life after death. But the Bible gives a clear account on life after death.

‘And the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.’ (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭12‬:‭7‬ NIV)

‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.’ (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭10‬ NIV)

Throughout the Bible we see evidences of life after death. God when created our fore parents, Adam and Eve, He never created them to die. But when they sinned against God, death came into existence. God sends them out of the garden of Eden for this same reason, for He feared if man eat the fruit of the tree of life, man will live forever without death and cannot be redeemed from the sin. Thus death is a place where the spirit or life departs from the body and depart to God to be with God forever. But as the verse above, there is a judgement for everyone on each and every thing in life to choose whether to be with God forever or to hell for everlasting death! The choice is yours! Your destiny of endless billions of years is decided in this short term of 70-80 years spend on earth!

As said when our fore parents, Adam and Eve sinned against God, man lost the relation between man and God, for God is holy and God cannot come to unholy for they will be consumed at His sight. Therefore, God, who is merciful and kindhearted didn’t leave the mankind for everlasting death, but gave his Son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice to this world for the redemption of sins of mankind. Jesus paid the price on the cross of Calvary by sacrificing himself to death by undergoing severe pain and giving the very last drop of blood of his body. Jesus who was living in all glory and splendor in heaven came down to this wretched earth for you and me and He who hasn’t done or known sin became a sin sacrifice so that the sinful man you and me can attain redemption of sins through the blood of Jesus that been poured out on the cross of Calvary! What an amazing grace! Not only that, but gave this redemption of sins absolutely free, for to those who repent their sins and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life by believing in heart and declaring by mouth and leading a holy life.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’. (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NIV)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.’ (‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”(‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭5-8‬ NIV)

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. “(‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭8‬:‭9‬ NIV)

Will you accept this wonderful Saviour Jesus as The Lord and Saviour of your life today and lead a holy life obeying God’s commandments in your life for the redemption of your sins? For those who repent their sins and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life, Jesus will come into your life. He will bring heavenly Joy and peace in your life. No matter what you are and whatever sins you committed all will be forgiven. For when you accept Jesus in life he takes away all the old and transform you completely new!

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ NIV)

No matter what your situation is, if you accept Jesus in life, He will come to you and deliver you out from any situation you are engulfed in.

‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’ (‭Revelation‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬ NIV).

Not only that, but to those who been saved through Jesus, they are no longer outsiders as we were before, but have been brought as children of God, for we can come into the presence of God any time and call the God the creator of the entire universe Abba, Father and present our supplications through Christ Jesus!

‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!’ (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NIV)

‘Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.’(‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭12-13‬ NIV)

‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”’ (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭14-15‬ NIV)

Above all to those who accepted Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life and leading a holy life, Jesus is coming back soon to gather his children to be with him forever!

‘“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.’ (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭1-3‬ NIV)

Therefore, we have a solid hope through Christ Jesus that to those who accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and leading a holy life obeying God’s commandments, we are going to be with him in heaven forever after this small period of time on earth! Will you accept this wonderful Saviour in your life and be a part of heaven today?

If so, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life today.

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

For those who accept Jesus in life your names are written in the book of life in heaven! You have become a child of God and a part of the New Testament Church! Let’s live for the glory of God leading a holy life for Jesus is coming soon. Therefore, let’s not worry about any worldly problems that keep away from The Lord, but put your trust and hope in God, for He will deliver us from our problems and when the time come like a bird that come out of a cage and fly away as a free bird one day we will break this outward body the cage and fly to meet our Lord and Saviour Jesus the true God to be with him forever and ever! Let’s live with that great hope and don’t be discouraged with any problems in earth for the days are getting closer to meet our creator soon!

‘Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’ (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭14-18‬ NIV)

‘Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.’ (‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4‬:‭13-18‬ NIV)

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True Friend!

True Friend!

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We live in the age of social networking. Almost everyone got accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google plus and many other social networking sites. The technology has developed so much that we can access these social networking sites in the form of an app on our smartphones. We have a lot of friends on these social networking sites people who know us, our family, who studied with us, work with us, neighbors etc.. Most of us have hundreds of friends. The social networking has influenced us so much that it makes us to chat, share photos and videos with our friends and help us to communicate with them at the touch of your finger wherever they are in the whole world, but at the same time it silently took away the closeness between friends by taking us away from meeting friends in person like in olden days! We have hundreds of friends, those who are famous and popular have thousands and millions of friends and they add them as friends without even knowing them! I remember the famous one liner in Big Bang Theory where Leonard tells Penny I have 300 friends in Facebook and she replies back how many of them you actually know and he stands there absolutely speechless! This is a real question how many of your friends do you really know? Who is your real friend?

Well, in the 10th chapter of the Gospel of Luke in The Bible, Jesus gives a description of a real friend.
‘On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”’ (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭25-37‬ NIV)

This is one famous parable of Jesus called the Good Samaritan. Most of us know this story very well. It is quite self explanatory. One day during Jesus’s sermon, an expert in law asked Jesus what he need to do to receive eternal life or heaven as an answer Jesus ask him to obey as it said in the commandments- ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ So the man trying to justify himself and ask who is my neighbor and Jesus answers him in the parable of the Good Samaritan.

As the parable states a man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jerico. He might be a merchant or a wealthy person, but he got robbed and the robbers attacked him and left half dead on the road. There was no one to help him. He cried for help, there was no one to hear his cry. But later, a priest came that way, but seeing him, he moved aside and continued his journey so did a Levite. The priest and Levite were considered great personalities in their society those days. The people whom the people trusted to be the great men in society, who should be helping the needy in society seeing the man half dead didn’t do anything to save him, but continued their journey as if they didn’t see the man half dead on the road.

Then a Samaritan who was not valued in society and found in the lowest level of society happened to go that way and saw the man. Instead of going away from the man as the Priest and Levite did, he felt pity on him and went to him, nursed him treating his wounds and gave him to drink and then he lifted him and offered him his vehicle the donkey to the wounded man while he walked and took him to an inn and took proper care of him by spending the day there! The next day as he was leaving, he went to the inn keeper, gave 2 denarii and asked him to take proper care of him and not only that anything you spend extra will be reimbursed as he come back! Oh, what a great man! What a nice person! Do you find anyone as good as him in society? It doesn’t matter what your society tells you who you are. You may be left with no value in society, the people around you may insult you and mock at you, but will you be willing to take care of the needy as the Good Samaritan did?

As you see out of the three people the Good Samaritan is the true friend of the wounded man. It was he the only one who went to take care of the wounded man. He didn’t know who the man was whether rich or a good man or will he pay him for all good he did, but he offered all what he could do to save the man’s life scarifying his time, energy, resources and even money! He could have left him at the inn with the inn keeper instead he even paid the innkeeper and reassured he will pay back anything spend over when he come back! Oh, what a great man!

He is the only true friend of that man. A man who didn’t know the wounded, but did everything he could to save the man! My dear friends, we are the wounded man, we are the needy who were under the yoke of sin like the robbed man! We were depressed and hopeless looking who could save us. Many who were valued high and thought could save us didn’t even bother to help us. But when all hopes were gone and left to die in our sins ‘Jesus, the Good Samaritan’ came to this earth leaving all heavenly glory and splendor of heaven came down to this wretched world to save us from our sins, even though we didn’t know him he loved us and offered himself at the across of Calvary and suffered a lot of pain and gave the very last drop of blood of his body so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life! He who accepts him and believes in heart and proclaim by word Jesus as Lord and Saviour of life, their sins are forgiven! Jesus who was righteous died for the redemption of our sins so that, through his blood, whoever accepts him in life be saved and counted righteous by the blood of Jesus! He paid himself on the cross and brought us redemption of sins, and not only that as the Good Samaritan, he is going to come back and gather those who believed and accepted him in heart and declared Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life and leading a holy life to be with him forever in heaven! Oh, what an amazing Grace! It doesn’t matter who you are or how bad you were in your life, but if you believe and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life he will come in you and take away all those bad things away from your life, giving you a whole new life of heavenly peace and hope! Will you accept this true friend Jesus today?

‘If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.’(‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭9-10‬ NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ NIV)

Where you look for help and nobody come to help you, Jesus is your only true friend who look after you and bring out of any complicated situation you are for once you believe and accept him, He comes in you and take control of your life and deliver you out of all your worries and brings you hope and peace in life and not only that, but He will bring you to be with him forever, the everlasting life, Heaven! Will you go away without seeing this true love today or will you accept this one and only one Saviour Jesus in life today?

‘“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.’ (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭1-3‬ NIV)

If you willing to accept Jesus in your life, please repeat this following prayer by accepting and believing in the heart and declaring by mouth.

‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ NIV)

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ NIV)

‘So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.’ (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭16-21‬ NIV)

‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!’ (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NIV)

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”(‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭5-8‬ NIV)

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. “(‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭8‬:‭9‬ NIV)

‘I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.’ (‭Psalm‬ ‭40‬:‭1-5‬ NIV)

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Just One Thing!

Just One Thing!

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We worry about many things. We worry about our future, work, family, finances, sickness, friends, food, clothing and many other things. Whether we like or not we keep worrying knowingly and unknowingly. Some people tend to get tensed a lot over small things while others may not worry about that particular issue at all where as they may worry more on something else much more than the first person where for the first person it may not be a problem at all! Thus the nature of worrying lies so complicated that we cannot really figure out what really causes worry since different people worry about different things. When things keep happening altogether and you cannot handle out you outburst in stress!

One such incident is found in the 10 the chapter of the Gospel of Luke in the Bible.
‘As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”’ (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭38-42‬ NIV)

Here as we see Jesus was passing through the village of Bethany, where a lady named Martha invited Jesus to her house. Jesus accepted the invitation and went to her house and the crowd followed. Martha was worried about the preparations that needed to be done to make the stay of Jesus comfortable and was very tensed and did a lot of things. It turned out not a usual day for Martha for things were not happening as Martha wished. She might have prepared several dishes to serve Jesus, but may not have turned good as she usually do and many other things had to be done as there is a big crowd with Jesus in her house. Martha was really worried.

Meanwhile, Martha had a sister named Mary, she was also present there at that time, but instead of helping her sister Martha, she was listening to the sermon of Jesus. As time went by Martha became more and more stressed as it turned out Jesus going to close the sermon soon and things were not ready! She definitely distracted Mary her sister to help her, but she turned out not to be helpful as she kept listening to the sermon of Jesus!

Martha became more and more worried and at last she burst out, interrupting Jesus and his sermon by asking Jesus to tell her sister Mary to help her. But to Martha’s surprise, instead of Jesus asking Mary to help her sister in preparations, Jesus who knew Martha and her worries told Martha, you are worried and upset on a lot of things. But none of the things you are worried are required. Not even a single thing except one that is to sit and listen to his sermon as her sister Mary did!

What are you talking about? Sit there and listen to Jesus? Then who’s going to prepare the food and things for Jesus, his disciples and the crowd gathered there? Has Jesus gone out of His mind?

But don’t forget Jesus knows everything and nothing’s impossible to Him. Jesus once blessed 5 breads and 2 fishes and fed 5000 men and 12 baskets of leftovers were collected where as in another instance He blessed 7 breads and several small fishes and fed 4000 people and brought seven baskets of leftovers! The same Jesus is in Martha’s house and surely He is capable to help Martha! Jesus can make the little of what Martha made in her house to feed the entire crowd gathered at her house and gather leftovers! Therefore, what actually Martha was worrying was pointless! All her worries and tensions were in vain, but her sister Mary decided not to be worried as Martha, but to listen to the living words of Jesus!

Isn’t it the same in our life? We worry about many things and do a lot to cover up the worries inviting a lot of new troubles! We run tired and weary and ends up nowhere and helpless! But Jesus is saying the same He told Martha - “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” Will you choose to take the one thing as her sister Mary did to surrender yourself completely and quietly listen and obey the voice your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? He may ask you things which don’t bring any logic to you like He did at the wedding of Cana- for He asked the servants to fill water in those 6 jars kept outside and when they obeyed He asked the servants to serve it to the ‘Master of Banquet’ and when he tasted he was astonished and asked why did you keep the good wine till the end, for the water turned into wine! – But if you obey His words you will see miracles in life!

Therefore, let’s put all our worries on Jesus. Let’s not drive tension on things. The same Jesus who helped at the wedding of Cana, who helped the worried Martha and many others is right beside you. Give him the control of your life. Let him drive your life. Worries and problems will happen, like the waves in the sea, but He get you out of those waves of troubles and reach you safe on the other shore!

Will you Trust Jesus and give your life to Him today?

‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-7‬ NIV)

‘“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭25-34‬ NIV)

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