Lent begins…

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Most of us know the meaning of Lent. Heres a definition,

Lent (Latin: Quadragesima: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.

Through the years I have seen many takeup a fast during Lent like skipping all 3 meals or just 1 meal, or giving up eating meat or alcohol or anything they fancy. More recently I have seen people giving up social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc. Some movie addicts give up watching movies for these 40 days.

Basically, in my opinion, I think giving up favourite things like food and entertainment is a good way to discipline ourselves. Its a great way to exercise selfcontrol and at the same time dedicating these 40 days exclusively to meditate on the sufferings of JESUS and agony of the cross is a great way to feed our Spirit man.

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death Phil:3:10(NLT)

that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death(NKJV)

I always have wondered what it means to fellowship with HIS sufferings. When you read and meditate on the crucification of JESUS, you will recognize that JESUS not only died physically but HE died in every aspect to his self. We will be meditating more on this during the lent.

But to start with I felt the HOLY SPIRIT put this on my heart, all that GOD desires is obedience from us.

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. I Sam:15:22

Yes all that GOD wants from us is obedience.When we obey HIS word, it shows that we truly love HIM.

“If you love me, obey my commandments.” John:14:15

If you have not planned on what you are going to give up this lent, here’s a list of things you can giveup,

  1. Anger
  2. Lie
  3. Gossip
  4. Bad Mouth
  5. Bitterness
  6. Jealousy
  7. Pride
  8. Ego
  9. Selfishness
  10. Addictions

Dying to one’s self is a great idea to start the lent. Make your own list and try to practise. Once you are sincere to follow through, I’m sure it will become a habit.

Also start practising the fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Gal:5:22,23

Lets put extra effort during this lent to willingly exhibit these qualities.

Have a fruitful Lent!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know who and whose you are!

It was an eye opening message I heard in Church and thought it would be wonderful to share it.

Many times we struggle as believers to cope up with our weaknesses and choose to battle them with our own strength. But the best way you can go about your day is knowing “Who you are?” and to “Whom you belong?”

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If you know the answer to these 2 questions, you will never again feel defeated or dejected.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.John:10:10

When you are constantly being bombarded with the lies of the enemy or the struggles of day to day life or the complications of relationships, the rock to be rooted in is JESUS and HIS Word.

Devil always tries to steal your joy, peace, time with GOD, health, relationship and everything you value, but he doesn’t have any authority unless you let him to.

“…He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John:8:44

Any time you hear discouragement of any sort know that its the liar’s voice. When you are bombarded with all these lies know that,

1.You are the righteousness of GOD

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Cor:5:21(NLT)

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.2 Cor:5:21(NKJV)

Your Heavenly Father sees you as a “Righteous person” because of what JESUS did.

2. You are precious because of CHRIST

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Rom:5:8

GOD knows that we are sinners and we fail from time to time, but every time you repent and go to HIM, HE always forgives and removes our sins as far as the East is from the West. No-one is perfect in this world don’t ever think that your actions will stop GOD from loving you. Your sins or your attitude can never make GOD love you any less.

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.Ps:103:12

3.You are a friend of GOD

You are my friends if you do what I command you. John:15:14

Its fabulous to know that the Creator of Heaven and Earth, The KING of kings and the Lord of lords is your Best Friend. I mean the very thought should help you throw your shoulders back and lift your head high and walk in confidence that nothing can ever change “who you are and whom you belong to”???

From today whenever you feel discouraged or good for nothing or a failure, always remember “Who you are” and “To whom you belong”.Give the enemy a black eye!!!

I would like to encourage you to take a printout of this list made by Joyce Meyer of the verses that tell ‘Who you are in CHRIST?’ and read it aloud everyday.

https://www.joycemeyer.org/everydayanswers/ea-teachings/knowing-who-i-am-in-christ

Have a Courageous Day!!!

 

 

 

 

7 beautiful years!

I will praise You, O Lord , with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
Psalms 9:1 NKJV

Today my son turned 7!!!

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It has been 7 beautiful and wonderful years for us as a family. It’s just not a day of celebration for us but a day to be immensely thankful for giving us a son and for keeping both of us alive.

This day always brings back fresh memories of Feb 6th of 2012. I thought of sharing it, especially because it was a life and death experience for both my son and I.

It was the early hours of a snowy Monday morning, 3 weeks before the actual due date. My waters broke and I was taken to the hospital for a normal delivery. Just when I was about to push the baby out, mistakenly I was given a painkiller. Due to this, my head started to spin like crazy and my baby’s heartbeat showed NILL on the monitor. The emergency alarm was triggered and around 15 people turned up in the room. Until then, it was just my mom, my husband, and 1 mid-wife were there in the room. The baby was in a serious condition and hence they had to use forceps to take the baby out alive. The situation was so crucial that the things that would usually happen in a normal delivery never happened like recording the time of birth, dad cutting the umbilical cord or even weighing the baby. By GOD’s immense grace and mercy our baby was alive and well.

During this process, they did a 3rd-degree tear and I lost a significant amount of blood and was rushed to the Operation Theatre for surgery. None of us knew the severity of the situation. Never in my wildest dream had I thought that I would be battling for my life after my child’s birth.

They just wrapped our son and left the baby with my husband and mom.

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Inside the theatre, I was surrounded by atleast 10 to 15 doctors and nurses. As I was lying there I heard someone speaking on the phone and screaming on top of their voice to get O-ve blood.

There was complete chaos and even in my half conscious mind, I told the doctor standing next to me that my blood group is O+ve and not O-ve. He assured me that I can still be given O-ve blood and its ok. After this I wasn’t aware of what was going on, except that I was drifting off to a deep deep sleep, a sleep like I never felt before, so peaceful.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4 NKJV

I had been in the hospital from midnight and hadn’t slept the entire night, so I thought I was obviously tired. Even in all this chaos I was constantly reminded of  my son’s chubby face that I just saw few minutes ago.

After a while, I suddenly felt like someone was calling my name in a distance, and slowly the voice started getting louder and now I could also feel someone pushing the oxygen mask harder and harder on my face, it started to hurt and someone saying there’s no pulse, there’s no pulse. So, I suddenly opened my eyes and pushed the mask away, to my shock I saw a lady’s face just an inch away from my face and she was screaming my name “Alpha” on top of her voice. As soon as I opened my eyes she moved her face away. I saw all these people staring at me as if seeing someone die. The look on their faces was so grave that I took out my oxygen mask and asked “Am I very serious?”. No-one replied to me except that someone pointed out and said “Look colour is returning to her face”. At the same time, 2 people on both sides of my bed were piercing my hands with needles and looking for pulse. After about 2 and a half hours I was brought out of the theatre. Later I came to know that I lost 2.5 litres of blood i.e. nearly half of the blood in my body and was literally about to die. My haemoglobin was 4 and they couldn’t find O+ve blood and hence had to give me O-ve in order to save my life.

I heard of the trauma my husband and my mom were having, as they were clueless about what was going on in the theatre and the chaos they saw. At one point they both thought I was dead.

A few months later at a prayer meeting, 1 of our friends saw a vision where he saw an Angel of death standing next to me and how the BLOOD of JESUS pleaded for my life while I was battling life and death in the operation theatre. JESUS saved my life.

“… You who lift me up from the gates of death, That I may tell of all Your praise In the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.”
Psalms 9:13‭-‬14 NKJV

GOD in HIS immense grace and mercy kept me alive to this very day, so I could share with you all, that we are alive for a purpose and not for our own. Unless you and I finish it He will not call us home.

Today know that “You are alive and breathing for a divine purpose and not your own”. When the petty things of day to day life pulls you down, be grateful that you are still breathing and you have a mission to accomplish.

I am so very grateful for the lovely 7 years of my son Anael (meaning ‘Grace of GOD’) and the amazing 7 years of motherhood and the very life GOD has given me.

Be grateful for everything in your life and know that you are alive for HIM and for his Divine purpose!

 

More to do list…

I found out more things I can actually implement this year in Romans chapter 12, here are few pointers, although the 1st 2 are from Luke.

  1. You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself
  3. Don’t just pretend to love others, really love them
  4. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good
  5.  Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other
  6. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically
  7. Rejoice in our confident hope
  8. Be patient in trouble
  9. Keep on praying
  10. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them
  11. Always be eager to practice hospitality
  12. Bless those who persecute you
  13. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them
  14.  Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep
  15. Live in harmony with each other
  16. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people
  17. And don’t think you know it all!
  18. Never pay back evil with more evil
  19. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable
  20. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone
  21. Never take revenge, leave that to the righteous anger of God
  22. Help your enemies
  23. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good

Personally I am going to take a printout of this list and hang it in a place somewhere I can read it every morning. It will be a wonderful reminder to start your day.

As you can notice I have taken a verse from Luke: 10:27 and topped it in my list because there’s nothing more important than loving our LORD and making it our top priority.

Have a blessed and fruitful day! GOD bless!

Kick start the New Year with a new you

Happy New Year!!!

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations:3:22-23(ESV)

New Year begins with new hopes, new expectations, new goals, new habits for some of us and for others its just the same routine with another new month. Many of us start making resolutions which we strive hard to keep while some of us don’t bother making resolutions when we know we might fail keeping them.

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Wherever you stand today, know that everyday is a new day and GOD’s mercies are new every morning. Even as we have completed half of January, let’s review ourselves. Let’s take time to reflect on our journey so far.

Personally I always would like to start the New Year as a fresh start for my life. I do acknowledge that I’m quite not good at keeping my resolutions, but I like to try to get better at it. One of the things I like to do is stop carrying the negative things of last year into the new year, things that bothered me, things that made me sad or slowed me down.

Heres a list of things you can focus on getting better this year.

  • Quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry – Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James:1:19
  • Love unconditionally, specially the tough ones – But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Mathew:5:44
  • Not to speak anything negative about anyone – Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. James :1:9
  • Stop complaining –  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Th:5:18 
  • Be Patient- Be patient with everyone. I Th:5:14
  • Choose to be happy- Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.Phil:4:4

 

Try making your own list and challenge yourself to keep them. One of the things that can motivate you is to think of the reward and think about the smile you will bring to the Father GOD.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.Phil:4:13

Have a great and productive year 2019!!!

 

Know your FATHER – PT 3

Millions of books written on the Heavenly Father’s great great love is not sufficient. We can never measure up HIS unfailing love for HIS children. Its hard to fathom and the best thing we can do is just soak in HIS love and reciprocate the same to HIM by obeying HIS commands.
10.He does not punish us for all our sins;
he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12.He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
13.The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him. Psalms 103:10-13
The 13th verse reminds me of a dream I had few years ago. It’s very very personal to me. Before I share my dream I would like to say that there are many controversies around the fact that the Father GOD could reveal HIMSELF to HIS children. The truth is yes, JESUS can reveal to you the FATHER. I just pray that you may have this special encounter or relationship with the FATHER.
Here are some verses to prove,
“My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”Mathew: 11:27 & Luke: 10:22
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John: 14:21
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One particular day a few years ago in December I was not feeling well and my son was a toddler and I had guests coming home that day, so I had to cook. Just when I thought I needed some rest before I started my chores, my son started crying and wouldn’t let me sleep. Not sure if it was the pain or the stress or just cause I felt hopeless at that moment, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I started sobbing. I hope every new mother would agree with me about these overwhelming episodes which we have every now and then.
But this particular evening like never before I cried out like a child and all that came out of my mouth was “Appa” meaning “Father” and “JESUS”. Eventually I was alright and did manage to cook and had a wonderful evening.
That night I had this wonderful dream, I saw myself playing with my Dad(not my earthly Father) and spending time with HIM. And in the dream I tell someone that I have to spend time with my Father and I can’t go with them, wherever they were calling me. I saw myself as a little girl running around and holding His arms.
When I woke up briefly from my sleep, I felt so happy and I asked myself, ‘wait a minute that was not my actual Father, the person with whom I was playing, but why did I call HIM Daddy and why I was I playing with HIM’? The Holy Spirit instantly told me that “It was my Heavenly Father”.
It was absolutely a wonderful experience, words fall short of telling you how I actually felt and the intimacy I have had since then with the Heavenly Father is phenomenal.
HE is always there with you. You might say I have never had such an experience or I feel GOD doesn’t love me the same way. No my friends that’s not the truth, intact the enemy would want you to think so. Remember He has no favourites.
For God does not show favouritism. Rom: 2:11
Our Heavenly Father is waiting with arms wide open for you to just experience HIS unconditional love, feel HIS embrace and hear HIS song He is singing over you.
When you go about your day and you feel you are all alone, know that YOUR FATHER is watching out for you and just lean on HIM.
Know that you are loved by the FATHER!
Shout out loud that “I am my Father’s Son”/ “I am my Father’s Daughter”!!!
Have a great Day!

Know your FATHER – Pt 2

‘The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.’
Jeremiah 31:3 
In the Message translation it says,
God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!
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Yessss!!! HE never quit loving us, though our current situation or our taunting past or our dreadful fear of the future says otherwise. Just remember HE loves you all the time.
When I was growing up, I used to admire the way my dad loved me. I still remember when I was doing my engineering he got me my very first mobile phone in 2003. He never owned a mobile phone before but because I was staying in a hostel, he got me one to keep in touch with me. And no matter if I got good marks in my exams or not, his love never changed. I still remember getting my first colour mobile from Sony the very next year, it was an expensive phone at the time and I realised how much my dad and mom loved me and it was never based on any conditions.
It was never based on, “If you achieve something great academically or do great things”
It was always unconditional.
If my earthly parents could love me so much, how much more GOD will love us.
HE focuses on ‘us’ rather than our weaknesses or our failures.
GOD sent HIS only SON to die for us with out any condition even while we were sinners.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Rom:5:8
HE loved us with an everlasting love.
Through HIS word, through the promptings of the  HOLY SPIRIT, through songs, through ways you could never imagine HE is showering you with HIS love.
Remember HE is constantly loving you,He is constantly singing over you and quieting you with HIS love.

HIS love is not based on your behaviour.HIS love never changes, like the sun its constant.  Your behaviour will never change HIS attitude towards you.HE sees you as to who you will become and not who you are now.

I love this song by Matt Redman,
The Father’s Song-
I have heard so many songs
Listened to a thousand tongues
But there is one that sounds above them all
The Father’s song, the Father’s love
You sung it over me
And for eternity it’s written on my heart

Heaven’s perfect melody
The Creator’s symphony
You are singing over me
The Father’s song

Heaven’s perfect mystery
The King of Love has sent for me
Now You’re singing over me
The Father’s song

You are so precious to HIM that knowing YOU will make mistakes, knowing you will fail, knowing you will sin HE thought you were worth HIS unfailing love and sent JESUS to die in your place.
Even if you were the only human being on planet earth HE would still die for YOU.
Cherish your life because you are “Precious to the FATHER”. And especially when you think you aren’t good enough know that HE is singing over you and quieting you with HIS LOVE.
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty Savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zeph: 3:17
Have a great day “Beloved of the LORD” with the realisation that your FATHER is singing over you today and always.

Know your FATHER – Pt 1

If you ask me which is my favourite verse from the Bible, I would say its Zephaniah 3 verse 17.

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‘The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”’ Zephaniah 3:17 

Every time I am overwhelmed in my life because of something or someone and my faith and hope seems to have vapourised from within me, I always go back to this verse and find comfort. Just the thought of knowing that my Heavenly FATHER is singing over me brings me tremendous joy and comfort.

GOD ALMIGHTY creator of Heaven, Earth and the Seas and everything that exists is our FATHER.

HE longs for each one of us more than we could ever imagine or think of. Some of you might wonder GOD never cares for you or HE has got so many others to take care of and you are not one of them, so on and so forth. But the truth is that GOD loves you and HE longs for you and your friendship. The entire book of Isaiah speaks about the longing that GOD our FATHER has for us and the love with which HE loves us.

The crux of the love of the FATHER is put 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 

GOD so loved the world beyond words could express, beyond one’s imagination or comprehension. It’s easy to deny the existence of GOD or GOD as a FATHER when we are surrounded by challenges and difficulties. We become blind and ignorant to the fact that our only help and comfort is found in HIM.

Our Heavenly FATHER has shown us HIS love by sending JESUS to die for us and saved us from death by giving us eternal life. That’s the greatest joy of a believer who has invited JESUS into their hearts and lives. But when confronted with troubles we often times forget who we are. I have come across people and I for one have done it in so many circumstances, where I felt GOD has forsaken and abandoned me and I felt I was not worthy enough for GOD to help me. One particular time when I sat in HIS PRESENCE HE so gently nudged me through HIS lovely HOLY SPIRIT saying “You are my daughter” , and that entirely changed my perspective. Just the thought that “I am my FATHER’s daughter”, “I am the KING of Kings” and “The LORD of Lords daughter”, completely changed me. No matter what happens, GOD never judges us by our mistakes, once we repent and turn to HIM, HE never brings up the past and never weighs HIS love based on our good deeds.

He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.’ Psalms 103:10-13 

HIS love is unconditional -Agape Love that will lift us up from the most darkest place and puts us in HIS embrace. HE is tender and compassionate.

Today my dear friend, realize that GOD loves you because HE is your FATHER and HE cares for you more than anyone on this planet earth. You don’t have to earn HIS love by being a good person. HE loves you just as you are. No matter how you feel right now, maybe you feel HE is far away or you feel you are in the deepest pit, GOD is right there holding YOUR hand and longing for you. HE is longing for you to come back to HIM.

You are HIS precious daughter and son.

Today live your life with this realisation that YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING!

 

7 Things GOD hates

Have you ever felt like me to please GOD in all you say and do? My everyday prayer is that my words, thoughts, and actions be pleasing to GOD. I know most Christians would want to live a Godly life.

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Do you know that there’s a list of things GOD hates? GOD has given them very clearly in the Bible in Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT),

16 There are six things the Lord hates—
    no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes,
    a lying tongue,
    hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil,
    feet that race to do wrong,
19 a false witness who pours out lies,
    a person who sows discord in a family.

 

Lets meditate on them.

1. Haughty Eyes/Proud look – GOD hates pride. Here are few verses you can meditate Proverbs: 11:2,13:10, 16:18, 21:24, 29:23

In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.Prov: 14:3

It’s better to not come under the category of a fool by being prideful. Let’s choose to be humble in all our ways

2. Lying Tongue – GOD hates lying and HE hates liars, be it black or white lie. HE says that the devil is the father of lies and when you lie you are his sons and daughters. That is pretty scary in itself. I would never ever want to be called that way, and I’m sure you wouldn’t too.

 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. ” John 8:44 NKJV

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8 NKJV 

Some of the other verses are Proverbs: 14:5,25,19:5,9, I Timothy: 4:2

One more surprising truth is found in the below verse,

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? I John 4:20 NKJV

Its not an easy one but if you want to please GOD, better not to hate anyone or tell lies.

3. Murderer GOD is the giver of life and it is only HE who has authority to take it. Cain was the first murderer. JESUS tells us in I John 3:15 that those who hate their own brother is a murder. So even if you don’t kill someone physically, but you hate someone, not necessarily your own brother, you still fall under the same category of murders.

Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. I John 3:15 NKJV

4. Evil Heart– In Jeremiah : 17:9, Mathew: 15:19 the Bible clearly states that out of the heart comes evil desires.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?Jr : 17:9

For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. Mt :15:19

Surrender your hearts to JESUS and ask HIM to guard your heart against all evil according to the below verse.

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.Proverbs :4:23
The heart is the source, if its well guarded then it will produce good fruits if not then it becomes the source of all evil.

5. Wrongdoing  Also known as quick in doing evil. Genesis 39:12 says Joseph ran from temptation. He did not run towards it but ran from it. Also GOD says in 2 Timothy 2:22 and Psalm: 37:27-29 to run from evil. How often do we stick around close to the flares of temptation just to be consumed by its flames? GOD clearly wants us to RUN from doing wrong and from giving in to temptations.

27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[a];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.Psalms: 37:27-29
Today examine your walk, whether you run towards evil by wrongdoing or towards good by doing Godly things.

6. False witness   The simple definition of false witness is “A person who deliberately gives false testimony”.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Exodus : 20:16

I’m sure most of us would be unaware of false witness, now how can we relate this to our day to day life? Being a false witness does also mean to spread false rumors or gossip about someone. Gossip has become a common thing among believers but GOD warns us about gossip in several verses, some of them are Exodus 23:1, Leviticus :19:16, James :4: 11, Proverbs: 16:28, 18:8,20:19, Psalms :34:13

And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. I Timothy 5:13 NKJV 

Let us make the below verse our prayer,

Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalms :141:3
7.One who sows discord- As Children of the most High GOD we are called to be Peacemakers and ones that unite and not divide people. GOD hates people who sow discord in a family, workplace or anywhere. The below verses clearly state to keep out such division makers out of Church – Romans: 16:17,18, Titus: 3:10.

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him. Titus: 3:10

Let us make it a point to meditate on these verses and to live a life completely pleasing to the LORD. Ask the HOLY SPIRT to lead you and guide you in your desire to please HIM.

Let’s start pleasing GOD in our day to day life!!!!

 

 

 

Who are you listening to?

Girl listening with her hand on an ear

Who are you listening to? Listen to GOD’s truth, not the devil’s lie.

A few days back on a weekday I suddenly started feeling very down, and before I knew it I was getting all sorts of negative feelings about myself. At the end of the day I had all kinds of negative thoughts- that I was not good enough, I was a failure etc etc.

Although I read through the below verses during my personal devotion, I just missed out on confessing them or meditating on them.

Psalms 139 : 16-18 in Passion Translation-

16 You saw who you created me to be before I became me![g]
    Before I’d ever seen the light of day,
    the number of days you planned for me
    were already recorded in your book.[h]
17–18 Every single moment you are thinking of me!
    How precious and wonderful to consider
    that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!
    O God, your desires toward me are more
    than the grains of sand on every shore!
    When I awake each morning, you’re still with me.

That evening as I sat down for our family prayer the HOLY SPIRIT reminded me of these verses and spoke to me about how I had allowed the lies of the enemy to put me down. HE lifted off the burden from me and made me realize how much HE would love me, with all my flaws and failures to think about me constantly in HIS thoughts. HIS desires toward me are more than the grains of sand on every shore. In fact, every time HE sees me, HE sees me as HIS finished Masterpiece rather than the mess that I am now.

This particular incident made me wonder how many times do we believe the lie of the enemy over our lives, education, career, relationship, children, job, finances, health etc.

Do we confess GOD’s word over the lies spoken against us or do we settle with the lie of the enemy?

Today I encourage you to tune yourself to listening to GOD’s voice through HIS Word  and through HIS HOLY SPIRIT and shutting down the enemy. One of the best ways you can overcome those negative thoughts or words spoken against you is through the Word of GOD. Start confessing GOD’s Word out loud, and let the enemy hear the truth and make for a run.

Study the Bible not just read it, apply it to your day to day life.

If you have a check in your name for a huge sum of money and you never deposit it and continue to still live in poverty, that’s exactly how it is to have the Bible or even to read the Bible and not apply it.

Let’s start studying and applying GOD’s Word today!!!