Apr 24, 2017

Do the Will of God

Heb 10:36 KJV For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Heb 10:36  AMP For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and  carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised
Living in an age of instant gratification, it is difficult for us to understand the concept of patience. In the post-digital era where information and services are on our fingertips, we have to go back to the old paths to learn the ways of God. All things spiritual come with patient expectation. God's gifts may be given in an instant, but His fruit may take years to come to maturity and sweetness. We may be saved in an instant when we truly believe. But the fact is, while we were saved in an instant (justified), We are still being saved (sanctified) and yet, We wait for the final redemption wherewe will be saved (i.e. Glorified).
Consider these verses again: For you need to have patience! I have often written about the need for the Christian to wait on the Lord before they receive certain blessing. Yet again, I want to stress today on the need to fulfill certain requirements before we come to enjoy the blessings that the Lord has given us. Pleasenote: I am not trying to stress on works for salvation! I believe fully that salvation is a free gift from God received by grace through faith. Yet, spiritual life is an endurance race than a 100m dash, and the way to prepare for a race is through patient training for years! No one has won a race because they decided one fine day to participate in it! It needs a decision to participate, adetermination to win, discipline to stay on training, humility to yield and change where it is necessary and dedication to suffer the process because they consider the reward to be worth it. This is the sum & substance of spiritual endurance too!
Patience is one of the fruits of the spirit. And in some of the older saints, I have seen this mature fruit where they wait with expectancy and much patience because they count Him faithful - He that has promised will surely bring it to pass. Finally, it boils down to our relation with the Lord. If we're right with the Lord and if we enjoy His presence, we will have no shortage of the fruit of patience in our lives!
Note again the words - After you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise! We want it all NOW! But God insists that it is only after we do the will of God that we can come into our promises. Dear friends, find His will for your life. Seek it with all your heart. For the will of God is your sanctification. Decide and desire to be purified progressively and to be made more conformed to His image. (and His nature). As we submit to this for our lives, we will see the great move of God bringing us closer to His precious promises for our lives.
Prayer: Father God, we know you're preparing us for eternity with you and we thank you for the grace that you have given us through your son Jesus. May our live reflect His goodness. Teach us to patiently endure our Christian lives that we may come to the reward that you have kept for us. Teach us to do your will and be in your will. If we have strayed, nudge us back to the center of your will. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
God bless you!

Apr 18, 2017

Don't live among the dead

Luke 24:3-6 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:

In the last few days, most of my meditation centered around the events of the Lord Jesus' last few weeks here on the earth - and as I was meditating on these themes, the words of the bible passage above was quickened in my heart. One of the key expressions of Christian faith is the LIFE that the Lord promises us. Our Lord was not to be shackled by death, and He rose from the dead on the third day. (Rom 8:11 promises that if the Holy spirit lives inside us, then the same spirit who raised up Jesus Christ shall also make us alive).

After Jesus' resurrection, the group of women came to the tomb where he was laid and they found the tomb empty. Are you glad that we serve a LIVING God ?! All other God-men and demi-Gods and so-called saints are dead and gone. But our savior is alive - and He lives forever more. He's not just alive ; He is here right inside us!!! Christ's resurrection is one of the most foundational aspects of Christian faith. This is what separates our faith from all others. Jesus said so many things related to this. John 14:6  I am the way, the truth and the life. John 11:25 I am the resurrection & life. John 1:4 In Him was life and the life was the light of men.

Consider again the verse: Why seek ye the Living among the dead?
Often, we find many people eagerly accepting Jesus Christ as their savior. They even get baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. But their ways rarely, if ever, change! One of the key reasons for this, is that they continue to stay among the dead, even after they are made alive! One of the key principles of this scripture is: If you have been made alive (if you were dead in your sins earlier, and are now made alive by the Lord), then don't stay among the dead!! I.e. All around us, in our day to day life, the world offers umpteen opportunities to sin and go back to the old life. The believer consciously (and often at a great personal cost!) has to separate himself from these opportunities.

OK. This is a bit difficult for us to understand. So let me illustrate. Let's assume there was this person who died. His body is now in the morgue (mortuary) and is among about 30 other corpses. Imagine ; Suddenly the Lord brings this man back to life and gives back to him the breath of life. He is now alive. He wakes up and realizes that he is in a mortuary. What sane man would continue to remain there? He'd be up and he'd rush out of that atmosphere of death as quick as his legs could carry him!

Now, where can we find a similarity in our lives ? We may be born again, but we may have consciously submitted ourselves to vain human traditions which keep us away from the Lord. We may be still in the friendships which take us back to the path of death. We may still be in dead assemblies or the religious traditionsor idolatry, which is a rebellion against the living God. We may consciously be living in sin and living our old life without tapping into the abundant supply of grace which powers us to walk righteous and blameless! The same Lord who cried out to Lazarus "Lazarus, come forth." is crying out to us! Come out!

2 Cor 6:17-18 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 

Rom 6:21 says: What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things [is] death. But the Lord continues in the next verse (Rom 6:22) that we are made free from sin and we are to become servants of God. The fruit that God expects from us is - Holiness and the end thereof is Everlasting  Life.

Old Life in Sin (Rom 6:21)
New Life In Christ (Rom 6:22)
Constant Shame
Constant Joy
Servants of uncleanness & iniquity
Freed from bondage of sin
Servants of God
Bitter fruit of fleshly works
Blessed fruit of Holiness
End is Death
End is Everlasting Life

May the Lord lead us to this blessed path of victory!

God bless you!

Apr 13, 2017

Behold the Lamb of God

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

The central theme of the Bible is God’s wondrous compassion for the human race, which was created in His image and likeness but has fallen so far short of His nature and goodness. Through the disobedience of the first man Adam, sin (meaning: all that is evil) entered into the world and shattered the communion between Mankind and His Maker.

The wretched sinfulness of mankind
The common cry of all men with a conscience is that we be delivered from our sins. The greatest burden that Man has to carry is the burden of sins. From Adam, man has carried this burden for the Word of God says: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Look into ourselves and we will see a law in our body and mind which is contrary to Godliness. (Rom 7:23). This portion, i.e.Rom 7:16-25, reminds us that in our flesh, there is no good thing!(Rom 7:18) We end up doing the evil that we don't desire to do instead of the good that we desire to do! (Rom 7:19) Such is the depraved state of man. Out of the lips of such a man comes the cry - O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the shackles of this body of death. (Rom 7:24)

The Love of God
But though God is a holy and just God, and though he hates sin and wants to punish it, He is also a loving God (1 John 4:8,16). He desires fellowship with mankind and He desires that we are restored back to a relation with Him. This very same love is what sent Himself to Earth as Man Christ Jesus to bear our sin. The most famous bible verse (John 3:16) reminds us that  God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. To redeem humanity, God decided that He would bear the punishment for all humanity.
God Himself had to pay the price to redeem us back into fellowship with Himself. Thus, it was He who had to give His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our sins. He therefore had to become man. God the Father prepared a body for His Son in the womb of Mary of Nazareth. Jesus was conceived by the third member of the Holy Trinity, the blessed Holy Spirit.

He bore our sin!
The primary task of the Lord was to be the Savior - to save people from their sinMat 1:21 - He shall be named Jesus, For He shall save His people from their sins. When he was taken by the Jews and the Romans and crucified, the Lord laid on him our sins. In the garden of Gethsemane, the Lord sweated drops of blood and became exceedingly sorrowful even to the point of death because of the weight of the sin of the world. To be more specific, He bore my sin & yours! And He took this burden to the cross. The nails of the roman soldiers didn't bind the Lord to the cross. It was His love for us that bound Him to the cross. It was my sin that held him there.

Slain from before the foundation of world
As Jesus came to this world as a baby (conceived by the Holy Spirit & born of the virgin Mary), remember, His life purpose was to live as man, to be tempted as we are, yet be pure and without sin, so that He could be the blameless Passover lamb who would die for us and whose blood will consecrate the new and living way for us to enter into the presence of God. By whose blood we are promised reconciliation with God! Rev 13:8 says, Jesus was The lamb of God who was slain from the foundation of the world. Because even then God knew that Man would sin and He had to prepare the plan to restore humanity.
The Son of God called Jesus, meaning “Savior”, lived a life without blemish. He then offered Himself without spot to His Father by the power of the Holy Spirit. Accepted and approved by God, Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God, who became the sacrifice for all who believe, upon the cross of Calvary outside the walls of Jerusalem. He was buried in a garden tomb, and He was raised on the third day as a sign for our justification.

He shall come again!
The Lord Jesus lives forevermore seated at the right hand of God until He comes again with 10,000 of His saints to receive all who believe on His Name, and to punish all who reject Him with eternal fire. This great salvation, which cleanses us through His shed blood on the cross of Calvary, is available to all. We must simply believe, confess we are sinners, ask Jesus to forgive us, ask Him to come into our hearts, and receive Him by faith. Then we will be born again by the Spirit of God and become a son or daughter of the Living God.

What must we do?!
As the jailor in Acts 16:30 asked, you may now be thinking - What must I do to be saved? My answer to you is: Acts 16:31 - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved and your household! Who shall not perish - it is he that believes in the Lord! John 1:12 says: as many as believed Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

I invite you, blessed friend, to do so now and receive Jesus as your Savior.

Also I invite you to read your bible prayerfully (and experience the treasures of God’s Word, which is a guide for believers from earth to heaven.) Do so prayerfully and your eyes will be open to the wondrous truths that are contained therein. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). The Good news for the believer is that the Lord shall prepare us to be like Him and to make us as Kings and priests in His kingdom for all eternity.

In this season, when the world around is remembering Jesus & His sacrifice, My prayer is that it will cease to be an empty yearly, seasonal meaningless ritual and that it will become a daily meaningful reality to be lived and to be experienced.

God bless you!

Apr 10, 2017

Faith of Moses

By Faith .. Moses

One of the most exciting chapters of the bible is Hebrews 11 because it summarizes God's view of who all are worthy to be placed in the hall of fame of Faith. And amongst the faithful of the Lord who are mentioned there, one of my personal favorites is Moses. While this account just makes a casual passing mention of David (Heb 11:32), despite him being called a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22), the word dedicates 8 verses to the faith of Moses.

Moses is a model of faith for all of us. In the below excerpt, we will look at a few reasons why he qualified to be in this hall of fame.

1. He forsook worldly titles - Heb 11:24
By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter
Here was a man who was the second in command of the land of Egypt (which is equivalent of the Americas today in terms of the development (social, scientific, economic) and also the decadence and depravity (moral, spiritual, etc). He was earmarked to become the next pharaoh probably. And yet, look at the humility of this man, who when called by God refused the title that the world offers. He refused to be called the son of the Pharaoh's daughter, and chose to identify himself with the slaves of Egypt.
How easy it is to fall into the trap of earthly honors and glory, all at the cost of forsaking the heavenly! As the Lord reminds us, what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?

2. He chose affliction over pleasures - Heb 11:25
choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
Christian life is all about choices. God honors you for your choices. You win or lose rewards based on your choices. You choose to follow God (or not!). Moses chose well. He chose to be afflicted along with the children of God and he chose NOT to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Remember, friends, the pleasures of sin are but for a season. It always tastes bitter at the end. Moses chose suffering afflictions with the slaves of the land rather than continuing to enjoy sin. He had set his mind on eternity and a healthy, holy fear of the Lord consumed him. It provoked him onto the righteous path and to forsake the way of sin.
You are either a friend of God or a friend of the world system. Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Moses chose the friendship with the Creator and that comes at a cost - of leaving and forsaking Egypt.

3. He chose the reproach of Christ - Heb 11:26
He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
Even before Christ was manifest on this earth, there are people who suffered reproach for his sake! Moses bore the reproach of Christ. Even today, there is a reproach that the world will place on us purely because we are a zealous disciple of Christ. Friend, welcome and embrace this reproach. I'd much rather be reproached by men than be reproached by God. Again, Moses chose reproach over the treasures of Egypt.
Once you have tasted the heavenly and once your spiritual eyes are opened, you know that the best that the world can reward you with is but dung and trash compared to the eternal weight of glory. Paul had such a mindset.
(2 Cor 4:17-18) For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(Phil 3:8) Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
Every saint of God who has been used by the Lord had this mindset. Again, Moses chose wisely. The word of God says: he chose thus because, he was able to look heaven-ward and see the reward that is waiting for him if he chose the narrow way here on this earth.

4. He left Egypt behind - Heb 11:27
By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
Only a person who leaves Egypt behind can lead a band of 3 million souls across the wilderness and towards the promised land. Only a person who sees how vile Egypt and the pharaoh are in God's eyes can decide and choose to leave Egypt behind. The lesson for the believer is that we have to forsake the world and the good of the world to follow Jesus. It's one or the other. While leaving Egypt behind, he was more aware of the invisible God and desirous of pleasing Him than, the visible wrath of Pharaoh and his displeasure.
Being born again opens our eyes and magnifies the emotions of our Lord God in comparison to the opinions of mere mortals.

5. He obeyed the word of God - Heb 11:28
By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
Moses was faced with the command of the Lord to observe the Passover to save the souls of the Israelites. A new commandment. The realm of the unfamiliar. Yet, what a blessed type of the precious sacrifice of the Lamb of God who took the sin of the world! By observing this commandment, Moses opened the way for the salvation of the Israelites from the realm of Egypt and their subsequent journey to the promised land.
It's only by that Faith in God that you can obey the commandments of God. If we love God, we will obey his commandments. It's only in loving him and obeying Him, that we can please Him.

When you are faced with the situations like Moses, my prayer is that all of us will choose wisely to obey Him as we have seen in the above situations. What a reward to this man of God to immortalize his faith in the Hall of Fame. May we choose wisely when we are at the crossroads!

God bless you!

Apr 6, 2017

Heart of Missions - Nations as our Inheritance

Psalm 2:8 – Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance
While this is a messianic prophecy, it will truly be fulfilled by the body of Christ (i.e. us). We, the blood-purchased saints, are the ones who are the royal priesthood who have the charge of reaching the world and work towards expanding his kingdom.
Ø  ASK OF ME – The Lord commands us to Ask Him – ask Him to give us the nations as our inheritance. We are expected to be passionate and intentional in our evangelism and disciple-making. As you map your heart’s passion for the lands of India, as you feel the spirit of God move you into a deeper prayer for a state or a region, ASK the lord to grant you that land as your inheritance.
Ø  I WILL GIVE YOU – The Lord promises with His unchanging word – I WILL. You are asking The Most High God, who can and will answer your prayer, because it’s a biblical surety.
Ø  THE NATIONS AS YOUR INHERITANCE – The lord is never slack concerning his promises. While the result of our prayer may seem overwhelming, he promises you an eternal inheritance in the coming kingdom; He promises you that the land that you ask in your prayer shall be granted to you. He promises that the regions which didn’t know Christ will lift His name high, as a result of your simple, persistent prayer.
Caleb in the Old Testament fully followed the Lord (Deut 1:36), and he asked the lord for the land of Hebron (Josh 14:12) and the Lord gave him the land of Hebron as his inheritance (Josh 14:14). The land was filled with giants, but by faith, Caleb at his 85th year waged a good warfare, and drove away the giants from the land and possessed his inheritance (Josh 15:13-14). We can also possess our inheritance by 1) Praying for the regions and lands of our burden 2) Sending the gospel into those lands 3) Going into the lands to proclaim the gospel of the lord.
“Missions, after all, is simply this: Every heart with Christ is a missionary, every heart without Christ is a mission field.” - Count Zinzendorf

Apr 4, 2017

Power of your choice

Ezra 7:10  For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.
A lot of our spiritual life depends on what we decide to do with the opportunities that are given to us. Ezra set his heart to study the law and to do it and to teach it. These words remind us two things.

1) There is a power of our choice - God honors and aids our good desires of our heart. We'll meditate more on this in the devotional today.
2) The way to be a disciple is to first, set your heart, then to study, then to do, and finally to teach! How often do we fail in honoring this biblical order ? In Acts 1:1, the holy spirit mentions that this was indeed the order followed by our Lord. He did and then He taught. If we reverse the order, there is no life in our teaching, because we haven't yet been obedient to the word that we're ministering!

Mar 31, 2017

Strength of a Disciple of Jesus

Psalm 20:7-8 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

Christian faith demands that we put our trust, not in the human might and power, not in the things which are valued according to this world system, But in the might and strength of our Lord Jesus. As the Word of God says, we walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Cor 5:7)

Often, in our faith walk, we come across people who (bless their souls) are constantly scheming, planning, whose trust is in their own strength and might or the might of money or weapons or their influence or their heritage. This verse reminds us that such a person shall surely be brought down and they shall fall - Because the source of their power is earthly and corrupt. But for the child of God who trusts in the Lord, the promise of the Lord is that he shall raise and stand upright. Friends, our trust is in the name of our Lord and surely, that divine source of powerwill keep our feet planted on the rock of Christ Jesus. Our Faith rests in the power of God - not in the wisdom of men (1 Cor 2:5). 

What rest we enjoy when we trust the Lord and His name. Mountains may shake, but such faith shall not be shaken, for our rest is in the power of our God. Jer 17:1 says: Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and Him alone. He shall be fruitful ! Dear friend, are you leaning on the crutch of this world? Those who lean on the world (i.e. trust in chariots and horses) shall experience the frailty of that crutch and they shall be brought down and fail. But they that know the Lord shall be strong and they shall do mighty works. (Dan 11:32)

Zech 4:6-7 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.  "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground.

When you're faced with a mighty mountain, don't despair. It's not by our puny strength or power that we will conquer it, but by the Spirit of God, and the strength of the Lord of Hosts. Our Lord will fight our battles for us and He shall make the mighty mountain that's standing in His path to be converted into level ground. In our weakness, our Lord's strength is made manifest. 

As the Christian song goes, Strength will rise as we wait upon the lord!

God Bless you! 

Mar 28, 2017

Seek The Lord

Isa 55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Amidst the busy times that we live it, seeking the lord becomes a boring & irregular chore that we would rather skip. But dear friend, the power that is given in this privilege of seeking the Lord is just awesome. It's not like the Lord to hide himself - But He delights in revealing himself to the ones who diligently and earnestly seek Him. Seeking the Lord refers to the time that we spend reading & meditating on His Word, in prayer and listening to His voice. In the beginning of the year, I felt that this year the focus is on us to seek the Lord's face and I blogged about it. Today, the word for us is - To Seek Him - While He may be found and to call on Him while He is near! It's an exhortation to prioritize this above all other tasks, however important they seem.
Mat 6:33 - Seek First the Kingdom of God. Remember the promise of the Lord to seek first the Kingdom & His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. Provision is promised to the ones who shall seek the Lord & his kingdom first. When we seek Him first, all our worries about today and tomorrow shall melt away only to be replaced by a peace that He shall grant us the grace and provision that we need daily.
Psalm 63:1 - Seek the Lord early. As David was in the desert of Judah and when he was on the run from Saul, every day brought new challenges and adversities. What can you do if the king of the land commands his choicest army chiefs to pursue and destroy you? David, at that time, sought the Lord early. Not just early in the day, but early on in his life. Before the problem became a crisis, he sought the Lord early. What comfort it is to face our day of adversity after we've sought the Lord and met Him early on! This is the battle strategy of the saints of God.
1 Chronicles 16:11 - Seek the Lord always. Let our attitude of seeking the Lord & prayer be like breathing. Let it be something that we do often & always. Let it be something that we do even without others noticing it. Realize that it is as essential for our spiritual life as breathing is for our physical life.
Ezra 7:10 - Seek the Lord with a prepared heart. God honors our consecration and a consecrated and prepared heart is capable of receiving and retaining God's grace much more than a vile and untidy heart.
My prayer is that we will become as a generation of those who seek the Lord and who are satisfied with nothing less than His fullness. As the Word reminds us (Psalm 34:10), The young lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

God bless!

Mar 25, 2017

Rejoice in the LORD always

Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
What an amazing and seemingly impossible command from the Lord!  We have no problem obeying this command when "the Lark's on the wing and the snail's on the thorn and all's right with the world". Natural joy bubbles up inside us and we're good. But it's so difficult when we're going through the trials of our life and when we face much distress and opposition and we can but see darkness all about.

Christian life is not always smooth sailing. There are storms of our life which we have to face. There are rough waters. But the promise of the Lord is that He is always with us. We can face the challenges in partnership with our Lord.
The same passage reminds us:
(Phil 4:6-7 ) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.

In Rom 14:17, we understand that the real fruit or characteristic of the Kingdom of God is the values of Righteousness, Peace & Joy in the Holy Spirit. When we are part of this kingdom, these values become part of our very being. These values represent the Lord himself. And the Lord wants us to be as He is.

Now, What happens when we come before the Lord with a sad and dejected face? When we appear before the Lord with a sad face? He takes it personally. Let's see the example of a man (Nehemiah) who appeared before the King Artaxerxes with a sad face. Neh 2:1 says: Nehemiah was the wine bearer for the king and had never appeared before him with a sad face but now he comes before the King and he notices the sadness of his face.
Neh 2:2 And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid.
Nehemiah was afraid, because, to be sad before a king implies that you are sad to be in His kingdom. You are disgruntled to be his subject. But as Nehemiah explained his burden to the king, we see the king passing a favorable edict which led to the will of God being done for Jerusalem's walls.
If that was the state of an earthly kingdom, how much more careful should we be as we are in the Kingdom of our dear Lord! Friends, the Lord is not asking us to fake it! He just wants us to be full of trust in Him and be fully aware that He has a plan for us, and that peace and that assurance has to translate into the fruit of the Spirit of Joy in our lives. (i.e. when we are able to be joyful with the help of the holy spirit even in the adverse circumstances).

The key, dear friends, is to let your heart cry be known to the Lord. Cast your burden on the Lord for He cares for you. Let your prayers and petitions be known to the Lord - don't take the anxiety. The Lord has heard your case. As it says in Ruth 3:18 , Wait, dear child, till you learn how the matter turns out. For the Lord will not rest, till He settles the matter today!
God bless you!

Mar 22, 2017

Pray for Kings

1Tim 2:1-3 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior

Dear friends, I thank God for the freedom that we enjoy in many nations in this world to worship Jesus in spirit and truth and to proclaim our faith freely. But not every place has this privilege. Always, everywhere, the "spirit of the world" is opposed to the proclaiming of the truth! In the apostolic times, we see the men of God much taunted and persecuted for their passionate preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In such a context, Paul exhorts the church to pray for all people, especially to those who are in authority & the kings especially.

Why should we do this ? Because it's pleasing in God's sight. Because, this prayer will help the authorities to change their mind concerning our faith and will cause us to lead our lives in a quiet & peaceful manner with the precious fruits of godliness & honesty.

These people may even come to the faith!! Verse 4 says: It's God's will that all men are saved and that they should come to the knowledge of Truth. Dear child of God, the Lord has uniquely positioned you to minister the gospel to certain people who may be your friends, relatives and colleagues. No other evangelist may reach them, but the Lord has given them into your hands to lead them to a knowledge of Truth.

A verse in Phil 4:22 is a great encouragement for me. It says: All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household. Someone in those times had the anointing and calling to go into the Caesar's palace to proclaim the gospel to them, and as a result many were saved there.

I thank God for all the blessed missionaries who are taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the un-reached nations and people groups. But that leaves a lot of people within our reach - Whom we can reach with the message of God's love, if only we are filled with God's love for them, and boldness for declaring the gospel to them. Like Paul says: we need to come to the stage where we say: I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the power of God to salvation!

Pray for all people without ceasing! Pray for Kings & rulers & governments! Pray for nations! Pray for your near & dear! Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send His chosen ones into the fields. Ask the Lord to show you the people whom you should be reaching with the Gospel. As we pray faithfully, we will see the hand of the Lord moving in our nations and turning the hearts of even the rulers towards the Lord Jesus.

God bless you !