Doing the right thing/doing what GOD says? Pt- 3

Lets meditate on few more examples from the Bible who did what GOD wanted rather than doing the right thing.

GOD thing or right thing

1. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Dan:3:16-18

When the King gave a degree to worship the golden statue, the three friends decided to please GOD rather than the King. Although every other person in the whole Kingdom did what seemed right by obeying the King that is to bow down to the golden statue, only Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego chose not to bow. They knew that obeying and pleasing GOD was more important than listening to a mere human and although they had to pay the highest price of giving up their own lives by burning in the fire, they counted the cost of pleasing GOD more rewarding. In verse 18 they make this profound statement that even if GOD will not rescue them, still they will not worship the idol. The Bible says these three had an excellent Spirit. It has always made me wonder what a unique mindset they had, that they never even bothered about their getting killed.

Today we are confronted with many similar situations in our day to day lives. How many times have we pleased GOD? Have we given in to the need of the hour? Not giving a second thought to whether our actions will please GOD or not?

Do we try to please our boss, teachers, spouse,parents, in laws, friends, children or sometimes even strangers?

Most of the time we get carried away and start following the crowd. Long back I read a story about dead fishes, how they flow with the water current, its only the live fishes that swim against the water current. Today when you are confronted with any kind of challenge which would contradict Godly values, I encourage you to choose to please GOD. Take a bold stand for what GOD wants- where ever you are, stand out in the crowd and think about the live fish which swims against the water current and doesn’t go with the flow.

Whatever consequence you might face always remember that your reward in Heaven is greater and that is all that matters.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. Math:5:12

2.Little boy who shared his lunch 

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. Jn:6:8-10

This little boy always fascinates me. His mum packed a lunch for him and he decided to share it with JESUS. Again the right thing would be to eat his lunch himself but he did the GOD thing by sharing it. When he shared with JESUS, HE not only blessed it but multiplied it. Same applies to our talents. GOD has given each and everyone of us some kind of talent. Even to a person who thinks he has no talent, GOD has entrusted him something. All we have to do is give it back to HIM and HE will surely multiply it.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Rom:12:6

Whatever you do make sure, you don’t bury it but use it for the glory of GOD, for that is what GOD wants you to do!!!

Have a fruitful day doing the GOD thing!!!

GOD bless!

Doing the right thing/doing what GOD says? Pt- 2

GOD thing or right thing

In the previous blog we saw the examples from the Bible who chose to do the right thing and did not do what GOD wanted them to do and ended up losing their lives.

Lets see some more characters in the Bible who chose to do what GOD wanted them to do instead of doing the right thing.

1.Joseph     

“I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.

“Now hurry back to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately! Gen:45:3-9

Joseph had every opportunity to get even with his brothers. Infact it would have been the right thing as they were even willing to kill him in the first place and later mercilessly sold him as a slave. Because of them he had to leave his loving dad and all the luxury and became a slave and started working in an young age.Because of them he spent years in prison and experienced injustice most of his life. His anger was justifiable and infact his brothers dint deserve his kindness according to the standards of this world. But what did Joseph do? He forgave his brothers and gave them food and invited them along with their families to come and live in Egypt.

So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” Gen:41:38

In the above verse we see that a pagan ruler recognised the Spirit of GOD in Joseph in other words he had an excellent spirit.

Today when people hurt us and do us wrong, how many of us forgive them and bless them. Forgiveness is the toughest and sometimes the most difficult thing for a christian. GOD wants us to forgive each other immediately not a day later and not a year later. JESUS forgave instantly as we read in the below verse,

33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. Lk:23:33,34 

I have seen relationships fall apart, families and friendships broken because of unforgiveness. People carry so much of grudge within themselves that the very thought of seeing the other person or talking to them becomes difficult. In my own life I have come across many many people who stop talking to their own parents, husbands, children or friends. Small misunderstandings have ruined so many  lives. People are least bothered about what GOD thinks or what GOD wants. They cave into their own emotions and end up satisfying themselves rather than pleasing GOD.

Today even as you read this article, I would like to encourage you to choose love and forgive others.  Life is too short to carry your hurts, unforgiveness and grudges.

Forgiving others does you more good than the other person.

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Math:6:14,15

Choose love over hatred and forgiveness over grudge.

2. Ruth

14 And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. 15 “Look,” Naomi said to her, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” Ruth:1:14-17

Orpah and Ruth are perfect examples of choosing the ‘Right thing’ or ‘GOD Thing’.

Orpah did the right thing while Ruth without a clue of the future chose to do what GOD wanted her to do.  Though she was not a jew she still chose to follow the true GOD. She was not raised a believer but still she saw Godly values in Naomi that attracted her.

We see submissiveness in Ruth and willingness to forsake her own family, people, country and her comfort zone to go to a foreign country. Unknowingly Ruth tapped into GOD’s divine great plan and received tremendous blessings. Infact GOD choose Ruth to be part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. She is 1 of the 5 women mentioned. Such a great honour and a great legacy left by Ruth through her simple obedience.

Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).
Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth).
Obed was the father of Jesse. Math:1:5

In our lives today when we obey the still small voice of the Holy Spirit over our own convictions, clattering emotions and over the noisiness of the world and choose to do what HE wants us to do, then without doubt we will be honoured and blessed greatly.

Sometimes every ounce within us, will scream and direct us to follow the crowd by doing what is right but pause and think if that is what GOD wants you to do and do the GOD thing!!!

Think about the immense blessings that you will have and not only you but others and even generations will be blessed with the Godly decisions that you take.

Today I encourage you to do the GOD thing!!!

GOD bless you and have a great day!

 

 

 

 

Doing the right thing/doing what GOD says?

I have always thought GOD wants us to do the right thing when it comes to choosing between right or wrong. But never did it occur to me that I am supposed to be doing what GOD says through HIS Word or directly. Doing the right thing is not the same as doing what GOD asks you to do.

GOD thing or right thing

Let us see some examples from the Bible,

1. Uzzah

Then David and all Israel went to Baalah of Judah (also called Kiriath-jearim) to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the Lord who is enthroned between the cherubim. They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house. Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart. David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.

But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon,the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the Ark. 10 Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had laid his hand on the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the presence of God. I Chr:13:6-10

Reading through the story of Uzzah, really shook me, as I thought he was doing the right thing. Infact anyone who was so close to the Ark would have done the same. But what is GOD’s instructions regarding the Ark. If you read in Numbers, GOD has given clear instructions to Moses as to who should touch/carry the ark. When David moved the Ark he dint follow any of those instructions. The family of Kohathites were supposed to carry the Ark and it was a very sacred duty and no matter what happened nobody was supposed to touch the Ark.

The camp will be ready to move when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the sacred articles. The Kohathites will come and carry these things to the next destination. But they must not touch the sacred objects, or they will die. So these are the things from the Tabernacle that the Kohathites must carry. Num:4:15

So GOD has given clear instructions, that even Kohathites who can carry are not allowed to touch, otherwise they will die. Uzzah tried to do the right thing but that was not what GOD wanted him to do.

2. Young Prophet

At the Lord’s command, a man of God from Judah went to Bethel, arriving there just as Jeroboam was approaching the altar to burn incense. Then at the Lord’s command, he shouted, “O altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: A child named Josiah will be born into the dynasty of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines who come here to burn incense, and human bones will be burned on you.” That same day the man of God gave a sign to prove his message. He said, “The Lord has promised to give this sign: This altar will split apart, and its ashes will be poured out on the ground.”

When King Jeroboam heard the man of God speaking against the altar at Bethel, he pointed at him and shouted, “Seize that man!” But instantly the king’s hand became paralyzed in that position, and he couldn’t pull it back. At the same time a wide crack appeared in the altar, and the ashes poured out, just as the man of God had predicted in his message from the Lord.

The king cried out to the man of God, “Please ask the Lord your God to restore my hand again!” So the man of God prayed to the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and he could move it again.I Kings: 13:1-6

If you read the full story the ending is really pathetic. The young prophet was killed by a lion, because he disobeyed GOD and went to eat with the old Prophet who had lied to him. I never understood this story until recently when GOD spoke to me about this blog. 

In,fact we see in the below passage that the man refuses to eat saying GOD forbade him, but the old Prophet insists and then he eats.

15 Then he said to the man of God, “Come home with me and eat some food.”

16 “No, I cannot,” he replied. “I am not allowed to eat or drink anything here in this place. 17 For the Lord gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’”

18 But the old prophet answered, “I am a prophet, too, just as you are. And an angel gave me this command from the Lord: ‘Bring him home with you so he can have something to eat and drink.’” But the old man was lying to him. 19 So they went back together, and the man of God ate and drank at the prophet’s home. I Kings:13: 15-18

The young man trusted the old prophet and thought he was doing the right thing but he missed on what GOD wanted him to do.

When GOD gives us instructions, then HE will be the one to tell us if there is a change of plan. In the above story, GOD would have told the young Prophet himself whether he could eat or not. This is a valuable lesson to be learnt- “Never rely on other people for knowing GOD’s instructions for your life”. GOD is your FATHER and has given YOU His HOLY SPIRIT who knows the will of GOD and HE says to ask HIM in JESUS Name. You don’t need a mediator to talk to your own Dad. Don’t be mislead. Spend time at HIS feet and reading HIS Word to know what HE wants for your life. Knowing HIS Will in each and every step of your life is more important than anything else you could possibly imagine.

27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Rom:8:27,28

3. Ananias and Sapphira

If you read the story of Ananias and Sapphira from Acts:5:1-11, you will see that their intention was right -Selling their land and giving the money to the poor.

Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” Acts : 5:3

The great mistake they did was telling lies about how much they sold and keeping back the money.

Im sure they dint have to sell their land in the 1st place, but to do the right thing and to be generous they sold it and instead of telling Peter the right amount, they lied and it cost their lives.

Today how many of us tell lies thinking it won’t hurt anyone or it can even be a white lie.No matter what GOD says HE hates lies and liars don’t have any part in Heaven.

“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Rev: 21:8

Ananias and his wife thought they were doing right but instead they did the greatest blunder of their lives, of lying to GOD himself.

Let us learn from these above examples from the Bible, they are written so that we can learn from their mistakes and live a better life pleasing GOD.

4. Judas Ischariot

Like Judas most people in the world and even many Christians think, that when there is no way out from the misery they are facing or the challenges they face. The way to get rid of all their problems is either walk away from GOD or commit suicide.

People think all the problems they face are from GOD and HE loves some people and hates others. That’s the greatest lie devil wants us to believe.

John:3:16 says,

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

HE loves everyone without any condition.

A very contrast character to Judas is Peter. According to the world’s eyes Judas did the right thing, but Peter did the GOD thing. Peter ran to GOD for forgiveness and mercy.

That’s all GOD wants you to do. Run to HIM. He is waiting with arms wide open with no criticism but only love.

The only way out for all your troubles is running to JESUS and not away from HIM.

Today my dear friends I encourage you to do the GOD thing. Seek HIS will and do what HE says and not what is right in the world’s eyes or your own eyes.

Have a blessed GOD filled day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

GOD who sees you!!!

Have you ever given a thought, that someone is constantly watching you, 24/7 – day in and day out? How much better when it is GOD Himself who is watching over you every second of every single day.

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The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.Prov:15:3

The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man. Ps:33:13

Take comfort in knowing that you are never alone, and whatever that you are going through is never unnoticed. For there is a GOD in Heaven who is watching you and who cares for you more than you could ever imagine. For some this might be terrifying, that GOD watches us even when we are doing wrong, yes that’s when we come to realise that no matter what you do you cannot hide from HIM.

I love the story of Hagar in the below passage,

13 Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.”She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” 14 So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered. Gen :16:13,14

According to human standards Hagar was unwanted, slave, servant, cast out, lonely, unloved and thrown out of camp. Infact I don’t think anyone even considered her a godly person. She was known only as Sarah’s maid. Yet when she cried out GOD saw her tears and GOD answered her.

It moves my heart to know how tender our GOD is, HE always listens to us no matter how far we run away from HIM. HE is watching over us with everlasting love and always waiting for us to return to HIM. HE watches us to protect us, to preserve us and most importantly because HE cares and loves us so much that HE gave HIS only Son to die for us.

Never once think that you are alone.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. 2 Chro:16:9

What more do we need in life, when we have the strong support of GOD Himself in our lives.

The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
to 
see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Ps:14:2

The Lord is in His holy temple,
The Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold,
His eyelids test the sons of men. Ps:11:4

Have a great day knowing that GOD never sleeps nor slumbers but is busy watching and caring for you!

GOD bless!

 

 

 

 

Where are you GOD when I need YOU the most??? Pt-3

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you. Is:43:2

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Your current situation may seem like as if you are going through fire, worse than you have ever faced before. You may feel like your dreams, ambitions, hard work, success, relationships are all burned up and turned to ashes. You might be just giving up saying this is too much for me to handle. I cannot trust GOD any more and I am not going to rely on HIS Word.

I would like to encourage you, don’t give up yet!

The GOD we serve is so faithful that according to HIS promise in Isaiah:43:2 , “When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,Nor shall the flame scorch you.”  He says HE is with you no matter what. 

This reminds me of the 3 champions in the Bible- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who never gave up their faith in GOD even when they were about to be thrown into the fire, they challenged the King.

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Dan:3:16-18

The zeal they had for GOD even when threatened to be thrown into fire is absolutely mind blowing. How may times do we lose our faith when confronted with trials and failures in life? Do we hold on to GOD knowing HE is with us in the fire or do we panic and easily give up?

Do we stand for JESUS when our faith/religion is put to test or do we easily compromise?

It is good to analyse our lives today, seeing where we actually stand. For some of us, its a matter of faith and trust but for others it can be a time of refining.

GOD Himself says that HE refines us for HIS Glory.

I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering. Is:48:10

But why does GOD refine us? See the below verse,

These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. I Pet: 1: 7

Our beautiful hope remains that we are not alone and that JESUS is with us. I would like to conclude with verse 6 from the same chapter.

So be truly glad.There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. I Pet:1:6

We serve a faithful GOD who will never abandon us. Be encouraged that no matter how many times your furnace is hotter than others, the GOD of the Universe is with you and that you will come out victorious without your clothing scorched or the smell of the smoke.

Hallelujah!!!There is a wonderful joy and crown for each one of us!

Have a joyful day!!!

 

 

 

[Verses to Meditate]

19 Nebuchadnezzar was so furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face became distorted with rage. He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual.

24Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

25“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” 

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came as close as he could to the door of the flaming furnace and shouted: “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!”

So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fire. 27 Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke! Dan:3:19,24-27

Where are you GOD when I need YOU the most??? Pt-2

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Have you ever wondered before asking GOD the question “Where are you in my troubles?” that GOD wants to take you deeper in relationship with him.

I know I have never given that a thought until GOD showed me that HE was holding my hand and taking me deeper into the wide ocean to show the mysteriously beautiful truths about HIM.

Psalmist David had a very similar experience, it seems to be an eyeopener to me because I can very well step into his shoes and feel the somewhat same emotions he went through and the questions that he asked and the turmoil he faced.

Psalm 42

As the deer longs for streams of water,
    so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
    When can I go and stand before him?
Day and night I have only tears for food,
    while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking
    as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
    leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
    amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,
    but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
    from the land of Mount Mizar.
I hear the tumult of the raging seas
    as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
    and through each night I sing his songs,
    praying to God who gives me life.

“O God my rock,” I cry,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?”
10 Their taunts break my bones.
    They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11 Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
    I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

The greatest example set by King David in the above Chapter is that you run back to GOD and not away from him during your troubles and the beauty lies in the 1st few verses as he cries out to GOD about his desperate need for GOD and HIS very Presence.
Today when we look at ourselves, are we drowning in our own problems, blaming GOD, blaming ourselves and even blaming others??? or are we getting desperate to get closer to HIM? It is ok to ask GOD Where or why HE was not with us during our troubles as you can see in Verse 9 David asks GOD-Why have you forgotten me?
Some of the things we can do during our period of trial is-
1. Dancing in the deep with the Saviour- 
I love the phrase “dancing in the deep”. Because when you dance you forget yourself and everything else surrounding you. And I don’t think anyone can dance out of sadness, but there’s always joy that fills your heart when you are dancing.
So here I would like to share that dancing is nothing but immersing yourself in GOD’s Presence forgetting all about others and whatever you are surrounded with and with pure joy spending time with HIM in prayer and studying HIS word.
Some think that prayer is a ritual or has to be done in a particular style. But the truth is  prayer is pouring out your heart to GOD just as you would speak your heart out to someone you trust like you father/mother or a spouse or a friend. Prayer is a place where you can be yourself and not pretend, a place where even words don’t have to flow while tears and silence can mean a great deal.

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36

 If JESUS prayed for every single thing, how much more do we need to spend time in prayer and especially when we are down?

2. Hope in HIM-
As mentioned in verses 5 and 11, we should never ever stop hoping in GOD.
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” Ps:16:9
“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.” Ps:119:114
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Pet:5:10
Trusting and hoping GOD is very very important because Bible says without faith its impossible to please GOD. And trust in HIM moves the Hand of GOD to work on your behalf.
So no matter what you are facing today-failure, loss, disappointment or turmoil, know that GOD is working for your good. According to Romans 8 :28 – What enemy means for evil GOD will turn for our good. Expect your test to become a testimony and your misery to become a miracle. For GOD alone can bring beauty from ashes.
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Is:61:3
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom:5:5
Keeping hoping in GOD for HE will never disappoint us!
3. Praise HIM-
The LORD is my strong defender; he is the one who has saved me. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will sing about his greatness. Exo 15:2
Praising GOD in tough situations is like using a key to open the door to the great unknown blessings that GOD has in store for us.
Its so easy to praise GOD when you have everything and everything is going great in your life. But when you are facing challenges and its feels as if you are going through a valley, that’s the most difficult place to praise GOD.
A well known example in the Bible is Paul and Silas. They were praising GOD after being beaten badly and chained in prison. Im sure they had not eaten anything or had a good sleep and they must have been exhausted. Yet they chose to praise GOD.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts: 16:25
What happens next is absolutely mind blowing.
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. Acts:16:26
The beauty lies in the fact that when you start praising GOD in your most difficult situation- strongholds come down, walls are broken like the walls of Jericho, doors are opened, seas part like Red Sea, Heavens are opened, battles are won, chains are broken and you can experience the supernatural like you’ve never experienced before.
Praising GOD gives you the instant access of entering HIS Presence. And in HIS Presence there is no sickness or brokenness or death or evil or sin, so you get to enjoy being with HIM.
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. PS:16:11
Choose to praise GOD even in the middle of the storm you’re facing and in your darkest days.
Have a hope filled and joyful day!!!
GOD bless!

Where are you GOD when I need YOU the most???

 

JESUS Lion

From time to time we all have this question rising  within ourselves, specially when we are facing trials and when we are walking through the fire.

JESUS Himself went through this phase when HE was on the Cross.

     My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
    Why are you so far away when I groan for help? PS:22:1

I am sure many of us are in that place right now, where we are asking GOD – Why me? Why now? Why not? Why? Why? Why?

As I am going through something similar in my life right now, one of the things I find hard is to spend time with GOD. Mainly because I feel HE is not with me and HE is not listening to me. All I can feel is my pain, my failure and my limitations.

Still I make it an effort to sit in HIS Presence and even if I can’t say anything I just sit and cry, knowing that HE is counting all my tears.

    You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book. Ps:56:8

So today as I was asking GOD to speak to me as I had to write this blog. And I needed to know why is it that we don’t feel HIS Presence specially during the troubled times, why is it so hard to get through?

Im sure the disciples felt the same way when JESUS was sleeping in the boat and they had confronted a huge storm. I have always thought why in the world will they panic knowing that the Creator of the Universe was with them.But now I can perfectly relate to them, when confronted with trials and storms, the trouble always looks bigger than the reality.The reality in our lives is the Truth that JESUS is always with us just as HE promised.

    Give your burdens to the Lord,
    and he will take care of you.
    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Ps:55:22

…Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.(NKJV) Math:28:20

Yes HE will never leave us nor forsake us at any time. The truth be said HE is closer than the very breath that we breathe.The Bible says in Genesis:2:7, GOD breathed HIS very breath into our nostrils and that’s how close HE is.

The reality or the truth never changes but circumstances do, our problems get more complex, our storms grow violent, our failures get frequent, our guilt increases, and before we realise we bury ourselves under all this debris.

The Holy Spirit revealed to me why I felt the way I did, its because all my focus was on my problems, my failures, my limitations. I was constantly magnifying my storm without even realising like the disciples that I was all focused on how big the storm was and how I have failed in so many ways and how I had no control over the storm. It was all about the storm that I lost sight of who was with me through it all. I forgot that JESUS the King of all Kings, Lord of all lords, the Creator of the entire Universe who promised to never leave me alone till the end of age was with me. Focusing on my failures rather than HIS power I completely forgot to magnify HIM for who HE is.

You might be going through your own storm or fire or valley. Grief, failure, loss, unanswered prayers, sickness, disappointment, discouragement, depression and so on. Remember Greater is HE that is in you. Start to magnify the GOD who is with you and start focusing on HIM and HIS qualities and how good HE is and HE will work out everything for your good.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom:8:28

You will Start noticing a change in your heart, circumstances might be the same but you will become stronger and the once again the joy of the LORD will be your strength.

All that the enemy wants to do is to divert us from doing the right thing and get us off the track from our journey.  Where ever you are right now, just pause and praise HIM and make HIM bigger than any of your problems and you will see the red sea parting and the walls of Jericho falling in your own life.

Complaining, grumbling and ungratefulness was what kept Israelites from entering the Promised Land. So I encourage you to choose wisely to start magnifying and praising GOD above everything else you are facing in life.

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. I Pet:5:7

GOD bless you and have a praise filled day!!!

JESUS carried your every sorrow!

4. Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5. But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. Is:53:4,5

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The 4th verse starts with a ‘Surely’, surely HE bore our griefs and sorrows. When we compare our pain with what HE experienced is absolutely nothing. HE dint have to die on the Cross yet HE gave HIMSELF, HE dint have to take our punishment but still HE did, HE dint have to bear the insults but HE patiently endured and took all our sufferings grief,offences,sinfulness and sickness upon HIMSELF.

That historic Friday some 2000+ years ago, HE experienced every pain the whole of mankind would ever experience in their entire life time only to a very small fraction, but  HE took it in full capacity – loneliness, rejection, extreme stress, hunger, insults, cursing, extreme violence, abuse, emotional trauma, physical impairment, torture and finally death itself. You name anything that you are going through right now, He has already taken it upon HIMSELF.

Cheer up, your pain and agony is so little compared to what HE went through on the Cross.   You might be going through some kind of valley right now, be assured HE is standing next to you and comforting you saying-  “My Child I feel your every pain and every sorrow because I already carried them upon myself”. HE is closer to you right now than your very breath!

JESUS knows your pain so rejoice and have a great day!!!

Prayerful Life!

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Mark:1:35

prayer

The greatest example JESUS set is a life of Prayer. Being GOD Himself, HE taught us the crucial importance of Prayer. Throughout HIS ministry we read that JESUS went to a solitary place to pray.

Prayer leads to intimacy with GOD, it is nothing but talking or pouring out your heart to GOD. Many are still in the notion that prayer means a specific time, a specific pattern and specific words. That’s not the truth, prayer is talking to GOD anywhere and at anytime.

Prayer doesn’t have to have a format, nobody gives you lessons to talk to your own dad. It is the same with prayer. You can just talk to HIM. Talk to HIM as to who HE is and what HE has done and whats in your heart.

All that GOD desires is a honest heart and not made up words.

Lets see some of the scriptures that JESUS taught us about Prayer,

  1. Humility in Prayer-

Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”Luke:18:9-14

2. Private prayers-

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.Mt:6:6

3. Without repetitions-

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Mt:6:7,8

4. Model Prayer-

In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

5. Forgiveness is mandatory-

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Mt:6:14,15

6. Don’t Stop-

Pray without ceasing. I Thess :5:17

Above all JESUS prayed every time and everywhere, before HE started HIS day, late at night, for water to be changed to wine, for the sick, the dead or possessed, before eating, for the storm, for the children, for HIS disciples, for those who crucified HIM and for the entire mankind.

And before HE was crucified, HE prayed for Peter who denied HIM, HE prayed for strength before HIS agony, HE prayed for forgiveness, HE prayed for help, in fact HE never stopped praying.

Nobody else in the Bible has ever emphasised on prayer than JESUS, who is GOD Himself. The very key to GOD in our lives is prayer and communion with HIM.

Many of us when faced with trials and temptations, avoid prayer for so many reasons, but JESUS’s life teaches us that the only life line we can hold onto is Prayer.

Pray when you are happy, blessed, sad, discouraged, depressed, sick, helpless, in loss, faced with tragedy, in the impossible nothing but prayer can revive you and keep you closer to GOD.

The biggest lie of the enemy is to keep you away from prayer especially when you have sinned. We see the example of Judas and Peter’s lives. Judas realised his mistake but never returned to GOD while on the other hand Peter realised his mistake and repented and it changed his life forever.

Specially when you are put in a difficult or helpless situation, the best you can do is run back to GOD in Prayer and seek HIS help and shelter. Never ever underestimate the power of prayer.

A while ago I heard someone speak about the power of prayer, GOD showed that person, that when a believer prays, its as if an atom bomb has gone off, that’s the effect it has on the Spirit world, its shakes the earth. David beautifully describes how GOD reacts to our Prayer in Psalms 18.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalms+18&version=NKJV

And finally never cease to pray no matter where you are and what you are doing. Keep a constant connection in prayer with GOD.

I wish and pray that you grow into a more closer relationship with GOD through your prayer walk.

Have a prayer filled day!!!

 

 

 

 

Meek and Lowly Pt-5

Submissive

One of the aspects of meekness includes Submissiveness.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John:6:38

JESUS was submissive to GOD the FATHER even to death. HE did not do anything on HIS own but whatever the FATHER taught Him, HE did that.

So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. Jn:5:19

He was also submissive to HIS earthly parents by obeying them when HE was a little boy.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. Lk:2:51

So what made JESUS submissive to GOD’s will and how did HE sacrifice HIMSELF to accomplish the will of the FATHER?

The Bible says in Hebrews:5:8, that HE learnt obedience through the suffering HE underwent.

Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. 

I was really amazed while writing this blog about the number of verses I came across that speaks of the obedience of JESUS. When you want to develop your character focusing on JESUS’s character, the best thing to do is to read and meditate on the particular topic scriptures. In today’s context let us meditate on submissiveness/obedience based scriptures.

Write it down or memorize, do whichever works best for you. The more you meditate, the more you will start working towards it. The more you work at it, the more you will change internally. Persistence is the key, the Word of GOD is the resource and the greatest Teacher who is ever present with you is the HOLY SPIRIT!

The 3 main categories of submission are,

1. Submit to GOD

“Submit to God, and you will have peace;
    then things will go well for you. Job:22:21

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James:4:7

The key things that happen when you submit to GOD are first, you will have peace, second, all things will go well with you and thirdly James says when you submit to GOD the devil will flee from you. Let doing GOD’s will be your top priority. When you submit everything into HIS hands and ask for HIS Will to be done, you will not only be assured of HIS peace but at the same time, you will know that all things will work out for good when HE is in control.

 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom:8:28

Here are a few more verses you can meditate on,

I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart. Ps:40:8

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Ps:143:10

‘Your kingdom come Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Mt:6:10

“For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” Mt:12:50

 

2. Submit to Authority

13 For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state, 14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honour those who do right. I Peter:2:13

It’s very important to submit to your authority if you are a child submit to your parents, if married submit to each other and if you are working submit to your boss. Being in submission holds us accountable.

Here are some scriptures to meditate,

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Rom:13:1 

Honour all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honour the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle but also to those who are unreasonable. I Peter:2:17,18
3. Submit to One Another

And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Eph:5:21

Finally, it is very important to submit to one other. I love the below scripture, it summarizes the entire concept of submissiveness into one. JESUS being GOD humbled Himself, we all should likewise try to be humble like HIM.

Phil:2:5-11

5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.6 Though he was God,
    he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
    he took the humble position of a slave
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8     he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honour
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Here are few other Bible verses to meditate,

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Phil 2:3

Honour all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honour the king. Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle but also to those who are unreasonable. I Peter 2:17-18

You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. I Peter 5:5

 

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Eph 5:22-24

I hope these scriptures encourage you in your day to day life. Please do write to me at spiritualnuggets4u@gmail.com and let me know how these blogs on Meek and Lowly have helped you so far in your walk with GOD and how far you’ve been successful.

GOD bless you and have a great day!!!