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.

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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.

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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!!!

 

 

 

Meek and Lowly Pt-4

So far we have seen what is meekness and we have meditated on the below verse on how JESUS invites us to learn from HIM. We have also seen biblical examples and some general ones.

Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Mt:11:29

Practise

Today we are going to see how we can practise meekness in our day to day lives. This can only be done with the help of the HOLY SPIRIT.

‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts. Zech:4:6

 

We would fail if we tried to be meek by our own efforts.

Firstly let’s see, the qualities of meekness are –

quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on, submissive.
And the antonyms of meekness are impatientassertive, overbearing, disobedient and proud.
So any time you get into a situation which tests your meekness, try to follow the example of JESUS. I know its easier said than done. Many times I have realised that I have failed the test miserably only hours later. So I guess the best practice is to prepare your mind early morning when you wake up and spend time in prayer, ask the LORD to help you throughout the day to keep you meek and humble and not to lose your cool. To remind you when confronted with situations that push your buttons.
Some of the day to day incidents would be- Letting someone else take your seat in a bus or in a queue with a smile instead of arguing with them, not losing your cool while driving, not trying to win over an argument, keep quiet even when you are falsely accused or called by names, being submissive to your boss/teacher even when they mistreat you.
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James:1:21
In other words, to accept and obey the Word of GOD in all meekness.
Also, arm yourself spiritually every morning. The more you are prepared, the more victories you will get and the less you are prepared, the more vulnerable you are to failure in your meekness test.
I assure you, the more you pray asking GOD to change you, the more tests you will face. But, never ever get discouraged when you fail because the Bible says in Proverbs: 24:16, “Though the righteous fall 7 times they will rise up again”. And you have been made righteous through JESUS!!!
Today I encourage you to start your day with prayer, asking the LORD to help you to be more like HIM – Meek and Lowly!!!
Have a blessed day!

Meek and Lowly Pt-3

Then some began to spit on Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, and to say to Him, “Prophecy!” And the officers struck Him with the palms of their hands. Mk:14:65

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Though the people insulted JESUS, beat him and he was humiliated like no other human ever had experienced before, yet HE never opened HIS mouth. The very Source of life, whose breath was in the people accusing HIM, HIS very creation, HE kept quiet. HE never defended HIMSELF. In fact, if you read in Revelation it says,

From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. Rev:19:15

He is an all-powerful GOD through whom everything was created that ever existed. What humility, what an example of meekness, that’s the very reason HE invites us to learn it from HIM.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt:11:28-30

I was reminded of the below story which I had read while in college years ago and its a great lesson of how you can learn from JESUS. And when you encounter this humility, it will forever change your life.

St. Francis of Assisi’s ministry begins with this incident, which changed his life completely. GOD changed a rich young man who hated lepers into a meek and humble man whose life drastically

Like most of his contemporaries, Francis felt disdain for lepers and avoided them at all costs. One day, before his conversion, Francis was riding his horse alone in the countryside. As he moved along the road, he caught sight of a leper walking toward him. Francis’ instinct was to turn back or move off to the side to avoid contact with the poor wretch. But Francis instead rode directly toward this man with parts of his face and hands eaten away by this dreaded disease.

Francis dismounted his horse and warmly embraced and kissed the leper tenderly. In his Testament, Francis writes, “When I was in sin, the sight of lepers nauseated me beyond measure; but then God himself led me into their company, and I had pity on them. When I had once become acquainted with them, what had previously nauseated me became a source of physical consolation for me. After that, I did not wait long before leaving the world.” Francis eventually came to realize that he had actually embraced none other than his Lord, Jesus Christ.

Francis soon found himself living with lepers and caring for them. His meeting and embracing the leper was the best preparation Francis could have had for the founding of a new order in the Church, whose highest ideal was to serve the poorest of the poor.

Let us pause and take a moment to just meditate on JESUS’s humility and try our best to follow HIS example by not condemning others, loving those who hate us, doing good to our enemies, making room for mistakes and not judging others.

43“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy. 44But I say, love your enemies!s Pray for those who persecute you! 45In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47If you are kind only to your friends,t how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.48But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Mt:5:43-48

GOD bless you!!!

Meek and Lowly Pt-2

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”. Matthew 11:29
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Even as we continue to meditate on Meekness lets look at the below scriptures,

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble”. James:4:6

The Lord lifts up the humble;
He casts the wicked down to the ground. Ps:147:6

He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way. Ps:25:9

 

But the humble will inherit the land And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity. Ps:37:11

 

gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Gal :5:23

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; Col:3:12

Throughout the Bible, GOD emphasises on meekness and humility, with the very example being JESUS!

As Colossians:3:12 states, as the Chosen of GOD these are our basic requirements to put on- a Heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Let us see a couple of examples from the Bible,

(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) Num:12:3

Wow, I wish GOD could testify the same about me as HE did of Moses.

 

Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ–I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 Cor:10:1

Paul suffered so much for CHRIST that he says, he carried the scars of JESUS on his body.

 

I love the saying, “Meekness does not mean weakness, but it is the strength under control”.
We can never try to be meek or humble with our own strength, we will need the help of the HOLY SPIRIT and only HE can help us to live a life that reflects JESUS.
How many times have we shown humility when confronted???
Honestly, I have failed many times, but the HOLY SPIRIT is always there to help us in our weakness. With HIS help you can start developing this JESUS’s character.
I have heard this saying from Charles Spurgeon’s message about meekness- He says that, ‘Only an empty vessel can be filled’.
Today empty yourselves and ask GOD to fill you with the same meekness that JESUS had when HE was crucified. And ask the HOLY SPIRIT to guide you and help you every step of life to reflect HIS humility.
Stay humble and let people see JESUS in you!

 

 

 

Meek and Lowly

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

Lamb

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” Mathew :21: 5

JESUS left HIS glorious abode to come down to die for all humanity. Whenever I think of HIS birth I wonder why din’t HE chose a Palace or any rich family to be born into. Why did the Great Creator -for whom and through whom everything was created that ever exist not pick a comfy posh place to be born.

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

Even in HIS birth we can witness HIS humility and meekness. HE chose to be born through a poor virgin girl, HE chose a manger instead of a comfortable house, HE chose the lowest of all places. There was no room for them, the King of Glory was laid in the manger.

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke :2:7

I can’t even wrap my mind around this thought, how did JESUS do that? I mean if I was in HIS place I would have chosen the most luxurious place on earth and probably the richest family. But HE never sees it that way, HE looks at the heart and for HIM one of HIS characters is meekness.

Meaning of Meek –

Quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Mathew:11:29

 

Let us make this our goal in life to ask the LORD to teach us how to be humble and gentle like HIM. The best part is HE is willing and ready to teach, the question is are we making an effort to learn from HIM? We can learn this quality from JESUS by spending more time with HIM and by studying and dwelling on HIS word.

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth”.Mathew:5:5

It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Prov:16:19

 

Today with the help of the HOLY SPIRIT lets practise meekness.

Have a blessed day!

GOD so loved the world…

GOD so loved

The crux of Easter lies in this one verse,

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John:3:16(NKJV)

Even as I was meditating on JESUS, the cross and what I should write today, the HOLY SPIRIT reminded of the verse John:3:16 and somehow I couldn’t let go of the thought, that GOD ALMIGHTY so so so loved the world and its people filled with flaws, full of sin and so unfaithful and would willingly give HIS only SON to die so that we can have eternal life, that blows my mind away.

In fact, the Bible tells us that GOD had this plan even before HE created the world, even before the foundations of the world was laid. Oh, there is no limit to HIS unfailing Love.

For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.2 Tim:1:9

So even as we step into this Lent, lets just soak in the very thought that GOD the Creator of Heaven and Earth, The Father of all Creation, The King of all kings whose throne is the Heaven and the Earth HIS footstool, his very breath melts the earth, at HIS voice Nations tremble, Lord of lords, Omnipotent, Omniscient and unapproachable yet revealed HIMSELF to us through HIS beloved Son JESUS to show us HIS unconditional love.

Years ago I heard our Professor say this and its so profound,

“JESUS brought an unreachable GOD into an embracing distance” 

Wherever you are today just feel HIS embrace and know that you are truly loved.

Have a great day!!!GOD bless!