Faith over fear

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Are you living in fear? Read the below verse by inserting your name instead of Jacob and Israel.

1But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you. Is:43:1

Yes GOD has promised us again and again throughout the Bible not to fear. If you are shaken by all that’s happening around you today, rise up above it by claiming GOD’s promises.

The GOD himself who created you says, “Do not be afraid for I have redeemed you and called you, you are mine”.

The GOD of the universe calls US HIS very own, what more assurance do we need. Further more HE says that HE is with us in all circumstances and in every place.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deu:31:6

And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deu:31:8

Do not be afraid of corona, covid-19, joblessness, death,sickness,lack,lockdown,going out etc. HE is never going to leave you because is with you always.

My dad taught me to claim this verse, whenever I was stressed and scared of my exams.  Its been a source of strength to me all these years. 

Whenever I am afraid,I will trust in You. Ps:56:3

When you get those scary thoughts of people dying and all the fears about tomorrow, just simply confess to GOD that you trust in HIM.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil:4:6,7

In order to experience GOD’s peace, lets first stop worrying and start praying about everything. Let’s begin by thanking and praising HIM for the assurance HE has given us that HE is with us no matter what.

Keep on confessing HIS promises.

Today choose faith over fear!

Please find below a printable version for Isaiah:43:1, where you can insert your name and print it out.

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Have a fear free day!

GOD bless!

Servant KING JESUS

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I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. Philippians 3:10,11 MSG

In the above verse we read about partnering with His sufferings. One of the ways to partner with Jesus is by meditating on His Character and implementing it on our day to day lives.

How can we die to ourselves just like Jesus died on the cross?

We die to ourselves when we put an end to our own selfish acts. When we do what the word of God says and listen to the Holy Spirit and do what He says that’s when our flesh starts to die. Jesus teaches us many ways to die to our own-self. Lets determine to die to pride, ego, anger, lies, selfishness, lust, fornication, hatred…etc.

As we are observing Good Friday throughout the world today, lets take time to meditate on humility which is one of the main characteristics Jesus exhibited while He was on the earth as you see in the below verse,

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 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, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
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Jesus, though He is God, He was so humble and gave us an example of what humility is. Matthew 11:29 says,

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jesus is gentle and lowly though He is the most powerful. The bible says everything was created by Him, For Him and Through Him.

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:3

In His humility, He never opened His mouth when we was accused falsely by the chief priests. He never opened His mouth when we was slapped and spat by the soldiers. He never opened His mouth when He was stripped, humiliated and beaten badly by the roman soldiers. Even on the cross He did not open His mouth. In fact He prayed for forgiveness for those who nailed Him to the cross.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.                                                                                                      Isaiah 53:7

Like a lamb He never opened His mouth. Today how many of us find it difficult to live like Jesus. Humility is one of the most difficult characters to display even among our own family. People live in their egos and never want to be humble. God hates pride and loves the humble. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to teach us humility.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. 1 Peter 5:6

This good Friday, lets make a resolution to be humble just like Jesus. When we humble ourselves, we reflect Jesus and in-turn glorify God.

Have a blessed Good Friday!

Our Rainbow Baby

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Mt:8:23-25

Have you ever felt like you are hit by a storm and you were drowning helplessly? I know everyone has a story to share of their time in the storm.

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Last year I got pregnant in February and we were very excited as it was our desire for a second child and just when we thought it was all going well, our boat was shaken up by a storm and this storm was so strong that we felt helpless and about to drown. Just like the disciples in the above passage we felt GOD was silent. Just around 10 weeks we came to know that I was carrying twins and both did not have heart beat. Exactly on 6th April the day after my birthday I lost them.

We as family were completely devastated. I couldn’t understand why would GOD answer my prayer and allow this pain to happen. I felt like a little girl who’s doll was just snatched out of her hands.

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I couldn’t pray, but I would just sit and cry my heart out. I knew situations like this could easily drift us away from GOD.I was so numb, spiritually I couldn’t feel anything and I started crying out although I couldn’t say anything. I once heard Ms. Gladis Staines(Wife of the Missionary Graham Staines who was burnt alive along with his 2 sons) say this in an interview. When the reporter asked her, “Did you ever get angry with GOD”, she replies,”Why will I? HE is the only one I can run to”.

The Holy Spirit started ministering to me and started comforting me through HIS Word, through visions and dreams. When I look back that was the time HE brought me closer to HIM. Though the entire period was like walking through fire GOD never left me once. HE was there to comfort, to encourage and always lift us up when we felt down.
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

In just couple of months I got pregnant again. HE kept HIS Word and blessed us with a beautiful baby Girl just as HE promised.

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When I look back, I am amazed at GOD’s goodness. He truly brought out beauty from ashes. What seemed impossible for man was possible only through HIM

I dint understand GOD’s ways nor HIS plans at that time.All I knows that HE is with us through whatever troubles we might be facing.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. Rom:8:28

Today you might be facing your own trouble, it could be anything- loss, lack, pain or sickness. I would like to encourage you that GOD is with you and you are never alone. HE is with you in the storm as HE was with the disciples. HE is with you in the fire as HE was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. HE is with you in prison as HE was with Joseph. He is with you in wilderness as HE was with David. HE is with you in the dessert as HE was with Moses. HE is with you when you face challenges as HE was with Joshua.HE with you no matter where you are and what you are going through.HE is with you in hunger, pain, persecution, draught and sickness. HE cares for you . HE knows the pain you go through. Don’t think for one moment that you are alone. HE counts all your tears. Thats how you know that HE cares.
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

Just cast all your cares upon HIM.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Ps:55:22

HE will never leave you nor forsake you.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deu:31:6

HE knows you inside out and has written down everything about you before HE even formed the earth.
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.Ps:13-16 MSG

Have a hope filled Day!!!

GOD bless!

Peace or Panic????

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Jn:16:33

 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Jn:14:27

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When you hear the word Corona or Covid-19 what is your first reaction?Do you feel peaceful or do you panic?

First of its kind in our entire lifetime, we are facing such a serious and high scale pandemic. Every where we turn there is fear and panic. Fear of death, contamination, lack and lock down. Schools are closing down and hospitals are overflowing with patients. It chaos, chaos and more chaos everyday everywhere. People are scared to step out of their houses because of fear of this new virus. But as Children of GOD how do we react to corona?

Are we scared like the people of the world that we or our family or friends might be affected or are we secure in knowing that GOD is our protector?

Are we panicking listening to the news and reading articles of how many died because of this or do we have peace that surpasses all understanding?

Are we worried about our lives and worried about dying or are we praying for healing over others and protection over ourselves and everyone around us?

GOD has not given us a spirit of fear but of Power, of Love and of Sound mind.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2Tim:2:17

Cheer Up!!!

As a Child of GOD you are by default under GOD’s protection and you are given authority by the Blood of JESUS to pray for healing and protection over others.

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions(corona virus), and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Lk:10:19

There is nothing wrong in listening to the facts about corona but at the same time, remember as a Child of the King you have greater authority over it.

Here are few things you can actually do,

  1. Pray Psalms 91 over you, your family, friends and community.
  2. Pray for healing over those affected.
  3. Bind the virus along with its stings of death and fear.
  4. Claim the blood of JESUS.
  5. Pray for unity among Christians to unite and pray during these tough times.
  6. Pray for revival and Salvation of everyone in this world.
  7. Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel of CHRIST.

Finally remember these are the last days and JESUS is coming sooner than we could ever imagine.

For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Mt:24:7

 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Mt:24:33

I would say this with more assurance because just last week I had this dream, where I was standing in a place where it was dark and dirty and suddenly I saw JESUS coming so fast, riding on a horse. HE was dressed like a King and was riding in all HIS Glory. First thing that came to mind was we are living in a dark and ugly world and HIS return is imminent.

My friends be prepared and prepare others.

Live life to your fullest according to GOD’s will. Be assured that HE is holding you in the palms of HIS Hand.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Is:41:10

Have a blessed day! GOD bless!

 

 

 

Run Run Run…

ExerciseHappy Near Year 2020!!!

In the start of this New Year let us gear up to Run. To run the GOD ordained race without taking our eye off the prize set for us. In this Year let us learn 3 types of running.

1. Run to JESUS

Most of the time when we are confronted with a problem or crisis in life we always tend to run away from GOD. Stop praying and reading the Bible, get angry on God and make ourselves numb to HIS Presence. But the key to all this is running to HIM, just like a little Child no matter how much you correct them they will always run back to you not away from you.

For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Heb:12:6

My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you.Prov:3:11

Lets resolve to be a Child this year and run back to our Heavenly FATHER no matter what happens in life.

2. Run away from evil

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 2 Tim:2:22

Just like Joseph lets learn to run away and not into temptation. Its fascinating to know that humans always tend to be attracted to trouble/wrong. The most toughest part being to walk away from what is pulling us down, whether be it a lust or sin.

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. James:1:13

Let us resolve to shake ourselves from anything and everything that doesnt please GOD and is deviating us from running our race. And above all let us discipline ourselves by practising doing the right things as it says in below verse.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Phil:4:8

 

3. Run your race

24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. I Cor:9:24-27

And finally lets resolve to discipline ourselves to run this race and focus on JESUS completely.
For GOD promises us an imperishable crown.
Whether you have made resolutions for the New year or not, today try to make time to meditate on things you can change in your life and resolve to live a disciplined life.
May GOD guide and help you in this New Year!!!
GOD bless!!!

 

Count your blessings!!!

This is the perfect time to look back at the Year 2019 and thank GOD for all HIS blessings showered upon our lives.

Thankful for 2019

I love this old hymn ‘Count your blessings’,

Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

 

Its always best to end the year with an attitude of gratitude and sail into the New Year with the same thankful attitude.

I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. Ps:7:17

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Ps: 9:1

I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you. Ps: 35:18

2019 could have been a great year for some and for the rest of us with a lot of bumps and hardships. For some of us it could have been a year of plenty and rest, while for rest of us a year of lack and hard work. For some good health but for the rest of us sickness.

Personally our family has gone through loss and I have seen others go through the loss of beloved family members. But through it all remains a sense of gratefulness and thankfulness for GOD’s faithfulness. HE sees us through it all and HE is faithful to carry us through.

Its just not the good things that happen in life but also the bad that brings us a step closer to HIM. Its thankfulness that magnifies GOD’s power and glory than an attitude of complaining and ungratefulness. I have found out that, when you are in your most desperate situation you think of GOD’s goodness and start praising HIM for what HE has already done in your life, that brings the hope and joy for an imminent miracle in your life. I could testify so many things that has happened in my life where an attitude of thankfulness has brought about great change to my current miserable situation.

Joblessness, sickness, loneliness, failure, poverty are some of the millstones that can drag you into your deepest sea of depression but an attitude of gratefulness can be a life saving boat that will lead you to GOD’s goodness and to HIS eternal joy.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. Ps: 100:4-5

Praise the Lord.Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever. Ps: 106:1

Here are some tips to end the Year 2019,

  1. Take your journal and jot down all the good things happened to you each month starting from January to December.
  2. Spend some quite time in the LORD’s Presence thanking HIM for HIS goodness.
  3. If you cant remember anything to be thankful for, start with “Thank YOU LORD that I’m still alive”
  4. Thank HIM for good health, family, children, friends and HIS Provision.
  5. Thank GOD for HIS love, HIS SON, HIS HOLY SPIRIT, Salvation & eternal life
  6. Thank HIM in advance for HIS mercies for 2020.
  7. Thank HIM that you have food on your table, a roof over your head and clothes to keep you warm.
  8. Thank HIM for HIS promises and faithfulness, that no matter what HE will never leave us nor forsake us.
  9. Thank HIM that you are not alone and that HE is always carrying you.

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

Phil: 4:6,7(TLB)
GOD bless ya,

Alpha Arunesh

The Most Priceless Gift Ever received!!!

 

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Celebrating Christmas is the best time of the year. The darkest and coldest month of the year is celebrated by lighting up the streets, shops and houses and giving gifts to each other. In all the hustle and bustle of the festivity and buying and wrapping gifts for our loved ones etc can drift us away from the main focus and the centre of it all – “JESUS”.

Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out. Jn:1: 3-5

 

Few days ago during worship I had this overwhelming thought about how an awesome and all powerful GOD- by whom, for whom and through whom everything was created could leave all HIS Glory and Heavenly home and chose not a palace, not a mansion not even a decent home but a humble manger to be born. The KING of kings and the LORD of lords lying there in a stinky and cold place always breaks my heart. Its goes beyond the meaning of the word ‘humility’, HE chose such a humble couple and such a lowly place to enter into this world.

Some of them criticise about celebrating Christmas. Think about this, without Christmas there is no Easter. Meditating on the humble entry of Christ’s birth, the struggle of Mary and Joseph, the announcement to the forgotten Shepherds and the significance of the gifts of the wise men and above all the very act of the GOD of all creation giving away HIS most precious possession (HIS only SON) is all about Christmas.

Even as a baby JESUS went through poverty, homelessness, death threats and even fleeing the Country. HE understands your every pain, HE not only understands your brokenness but he literally feels it and carries you through. Today you might not be joyful as people around you and might feel the pain of a loss of a loved one, take courage that JESUS is with you and HE is closer to you than you could ever imagine because HE has been there. HE is so real and more real than the air that you breath.

And for those of us who are wrapping our final presents, finishing our cooking, finishing our last minute shopping or even putting up last minute decorations, lets take time to reflect on the greatest and the most priceless gift ever given to us – JESUS!!!

For a child is born to us,
    a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
    And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
    will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
    for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
    will make this happen! Is:9:6,7

 

HE is our everything. Through HIM we have peace,hope, joy, good health, forgiveness of our sins, eternal life and best of all our names written in HIS Book of Life and the hope of life after death. May this Christmas fill you and your family with the love, joy and peace of CHRIST!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Controlled by Spirit or your flesh ?Pt-2

Exercise

11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. 14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus :2:11- 14 

In the above passage Apostle Paul urges us to turn from our godless ways and sinful pleasures. Its very very important that we live a godly life. 

Today we spend so much of our time and energy in getting a healthy lifestyle by altering our diets and exercising whether be it swimming, running or going to the gym. Though its painful and time consuming we still enjoy doing it bearing in mind the fruit it will bear.If we faithfully try to do it inorder to stay healthy,  how much more should we concentrate on our spiritual lifestyle. Training our mind to godliness in other words exercising spiritually is most important as it has benefits not only for our present but for eternity.

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” I Tim:4:8

I have come up with the below list from 1 Thessalonians 5 and I Timothy 3 and 4.

Please click on this link to take a printout and put it beside your desk or wherever you can see daily and read through it and try to apply it in your daily life —>Spiritual Exercise

Reminding ourselves daily helps us turn it into a habit and before you know it will become part of you.

Spiritual Exercise:

  1. Honour those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work 
  2. Live peacefully with each other.
  3. Warn those who are lazy
  4. Encourage those who are timid
  5. Take tender care of those who are weak
  6. Be patient with everyone
  7. See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
  8. Always be joyful.
  9.  Never stop praying.
  10. Be thankful in all circumstances
  11. Do not stifle the Holy Spirit
  12. Do not scoff at prophecies
  13. Test everything that is said
  14. Hold on to what is good
  15.  Stay away from every kind of evil
  16. You wives must accept the authority of your husbands
  17. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit
  18. Husbands must give honour to your wives
  19. You should be of one mind
  20. Sympathize with each other
  21. Love each other as brothers and sisters
  22. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude
  23. Don’t repay evil for evil
  24. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you- instead, pay them back with a blessing, that is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing
  25. Keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies
  26. Turn away from evil and do good
  27. Search for peace, and work to maintain it
  28. If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it
  29. Keep your conscience clear
  30. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins
  31. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay
  32. Keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you

GOD promises blessing and long lives even as you obey HIS commands. I would like to finish with the below verses.

23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 24 God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. 1 Thes:5:23,24

11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 12 Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. 2 Thes:1:11,12

Be encouraged and start your spiritual exercise today. The Holy Spirit will guide and help you in every step of the way.

GOD bless!!!

Have a great day!!!

Controlled by the Spirit or by your flesh?

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15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Eph:5:15 -17

I was meditating on this topic for few weeks now and I realised that every single moment of our day we our either controlled by our flesh or we are controlled by the Holy Spirit. Your actions are based on whom you obey. If you are constantly connected to the LORD by reading HIS Word and spending time in prayer, then your immediate obedience would be to the SPIRIT of GOD. If you hardly spend time in prayer or read HIS Word, you will cave in to the flesh. The Bible teaches us to be careful in how we live our lives, to live it wisely and not to live thoughtlessly.

17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.

20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. Eph:4:17-24

Apostle Paul encourages us again and again in all his books to put on the new nature of CHRIST and to live a life pleasing to GOD, to imitate CHRIST and live upto Heavenly standards. Let us ask Holy Spirit to guide us and help us in our day to day lives.

Many times we wonder why we behave the way we do and mostly we get angry on ourselves after we do the wrong thing. But the truth is simple, you behave the way you do based on whom you are controlled by.

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. Gal:5:16-18

In the above passage Paul gives us a list of behaviours that results from obeying the flesh and from obeying the SPIRIT. I have made a list below,

Fruits of the SPIRIT      Fruits of flesh
Love Sexual immorality
Joy Impurity
Peace Lustful pleasures
Patience Idolatry
Kindness Sorcery
Goodness Hostility
Faithfulness Quarrelling
Gentleness Jealousy
Self-Control Outbursts of anger
Selfish ambition
Dissension
Division
Envy
Drunkenness
Wild parties
Other sins

 

Based on the above list lets analyse and categorise ourselves as to which behaviour determines us.

Who is controlling you, your flesh or the Holy Spirit? Whom are you listening to and obeying? Does your life reflect the fruits of the SPIRIT or the flesh?

Times of testing doesn’t take very long, every single second of our lives we are being tested.

Some of the examples are,

  • The time when you get angry, you can either choose to win the argument by shouting and ranting or to keep quite or give a gentle reply.
  • The time when you are tempted to tell lies because you are late for something or because you are sick and don’t want to show up at school or work.
  • The time when someone is mean to you and you want to be unkind to them.
  • The time when someone asks for help and you turn them down.
  • The time when you scream at your parents, spouse, children or strangers because of stress at work.
  • The time when you want to shut yourself down and not let anyone help you because you don’t trust them.
  • The time when you want to be rude to everyone because you are hurting inside.
  • The time when you don’t want to settle down an argument and rather want to win it, despite knowing that you will lose the relationship.
  • The time when you are alone and no-one is watching you and you give in to pleasures.
  • The time when you allow lustful thoughts in your mind thinking that its not going to harm anyone else, little realising that GOD knows your every thought and intentions of your heart.
  • The time when you tease someone and say it was a joke when actually you were trying to get even by insulting them.
  • The times you feel jealous about someone and gossip about them.
  • The times of hatred, bitterness, betraying one another, backbiting, stealing and rage.

One of the things that JESUS already warned people that will happen in last days is that, love will grow cold. 

Sure enough there’s lack of love in the family among each other, among friends and among believers! Everywhere we turn there’s violence and hatred and its even present within the body of CHRIST. Sadly people hate facing each other and try to hurt them in different ways.

Let me encourage you with the below scriptures,

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Col:3:17

So next time you are tempted to be rude, angry, unkind and unforgiving think twice because you are not an ordinary person, you are a “Representative of LORD JESUS” and its not a simple thing. In all this thankfulness is the key attitude, be grateful every single moment of your life.And finally,

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Have a blessed Spirit led fruitful day!!!

GOD bless!

 

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!