Saturday, October 21, 2017

God, is it really going to work?

“God, is it really going to work?” Might be a usual part of the daily prayer for a lot of people who has received a promise from God and faced with a reality far away from it, but still we gather up the courage to get back up and run the race. But there are times when we get too tired to get up and run, points of life where everything we do, think is according to God’s word but still face set back after set back. What is going on?
The question has been asked by Sarah, wife of the one God called faithful, Abraham and Abraham himself gave into doubt after waiting years before finally going to Hagar , but as we look into the bible for answers, God doesn’t disappoint.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 NKJV
The above verse might be the one we hear often, something that tells us  that his ways doesn’t make sense to us, God has the clearer picture of everything that has, that is and that will happen so it’s wiser to just stop trying to figure out what God said is impossible.
Upon reading Genesis chapters 37, 39-45 we come across the story of Joseph who dreamt of greatness and that really cost him everything, even with his faithfulness in every place God put him, all he got was setback after setback, but in the end God promoted him swiftly from the prison ,the farthest place from his dream, to being the prime minister of Egypt. One has to take time to think of what would have happened if even one of his troubles were taken away, the results would have been different and he wouldn’t have reached where God intended him to reach.
It’s tough to hold on, but it will be worth it. God always pays off. Having blind faith involves seeing the dream God gave you through your situations and trusting God’s ways even if it doesn’t make sense to us.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lost Sheep

We all know the parable of the lost sheep.. there is something that we all need to remember in it, which is mentioned in Luke 15:7 ....... there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. But often, we ignore the lost one to keep the ninety nine happy. Seen this over and over in chat rooms. When someone is mad at God or at the believers we are too quick to kick them out, so that the comfort zone of the "Christians" are not disturbed. At least for a moment we need to step back and see why they are mad and help them sort it out so they too will be able to love God. I know the trouble makers  need to be dealt with

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

When we minister to others we should always do it in love, as one of the quote in FB rightly pointed out...The pulpit is NOT for beating the sheep, it's for feeding the sheep. ~Gospel 101

Friday, October 12, 2012

Moving Mountain!

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done (Mathew 21:21)

Jesus told us that if we tell the mountain to move in faith, it will obey, but we keep telling Jesus to move the mountain for us and wondering why there aren’t any results.

We always tell God how big our problem is, instead try telling the problem how big our God is and see the difference!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Three days and three nights in the grave.

Some interesting revelations about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Its generally believed that Jesus died on Friday, its a misunderstanding because of the Sabbath following Jesus' death, it was not the ordinary sabbath the falls on every seventh day, but a special sabbath pertaining to the first day of the The Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Leviticus 23:6-8 On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. For seven days present a food offering to the LORD. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work).

Also in John 18:28 Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. This states that the Jewish leaders didnt eat the passover meal and its the dawn of the day they need to have passover. that is Thursday, the 14th day of the month remember Jewish day starts at sunset not on sunrise.

John 19:14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. "Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews.

Its still noon that day when Pilate handed over Jesus

John 19:31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.

Still the day of preparation, and the next day is a special Sabbath (first day of the The Feast of Unleavened Bread), not the regular one.

So Jesus was in the heart of earth on the day he died (Thursday), the special Sabbath (Friday), the regular Sabbath (Saturday) and resurrected on Sunday as Jesus stated in Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hearing God

The main obstacle to hear God is our lack of understanding, many believe that we need to be holy and blameless to hear from God. Its true that sin separated man from God, but Jesus came to restore this broken relationship of mankind with God.

God said he will never leave us or forsake us, but we often forsake God, instead of following the spirit we follow the world, and that separates us from God, (but not God from us). When we are saved, only our spirit gets saved, our body and soul are still corrupt, and making them perfect is an ongoing process, also known as growing in Christ. When we sin, we are giving devil a foot hold in our life, and all he does is to steal, kill and destroy.

God always talks to us irrespective of who we are or what we do, in other words our spirit is aways in communication with God. Since we are not living according to our spirit we don't know it or understand it. How many times we come across situations where we knew we were wrong How many times we cried out to ourself “I knew it was wrong”, How did we knew it? Who told us it was wrong? Its God, speaking through our spirit.

God is always talking to us, but we not hearing. For example, most radio stations broadcast 24/7 we wont receive them until we tune in, they don't start broadcasting when we tune in, but we receive them only when we tune in. We sometimes tune into wrong stations, we cant receive CNN when we are tuned in to FOX.

If we don't receive a station its not their fault, it might be our receiver or we were not tuned in. Like wise if we don't hear God, its not his fault, its our fault, we need to tune in to his voice. Jesus said “My Sheep will hear my voice” so all we need to do is some tuning.

Another obstacle of not hearing from God is that many don't know how God talks. He can talk in audible voice or through the word of God or through other men of God, but often he talks to us through that gentle voice in our spirit, our spirit then push them as thoughts into our mind, once we are familiar with his voice, we will hear it loud and clear, knowing him is the key to recognize his voice. Initially we must be very cautious, it can be our own thoughts or the thoughts devil brings in. If we are not sure we need to wait for confirmation, we need to know that all what Gods tells us will be in tune with the written word of God, so we always have refer to it, Its like having a prompter and a map as we drive, if we are are not sure of the prompt we can look at the map, or if we miss a turn in the map the prompter will prompt. Once we start listening to him his voice will become familiar to us, and as it becomes familiar its will be easy to communicate with him.

Next question is how to tune in to God? Reading the word of God and meditating on it, asking God to explain it is what I tried. You will see his words coming to life before you, the verses you read all you life will suddenly become colorful, verses will start popping out at you, yea you wont miss out Gods voice there.

So get ready, raise your spiritual antennas and start tuning in!

God Bless you.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Being "bold" about criticizing other people

Suppose, we find a dog with a dry bone in its mouth, knowing that its worthless, if we try to pull it off its mouth the dog will go grrrr...., instead if we show the dog a good piece of meat, it will drop that bone and come for the meat.

Likewise when we tell people that they are wrong, they will switch over to a defensive mode which will be counter productive, instead if we could let them see Christ in us, they will come seeking for it.

That's all about being a witness of Jesus Christ.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Noah's Ark

When I first read a comparison of Jesus Christ and Noah's Ark, it triggered lot of interest in me and I spend days meditating on it and God revealed to me some great understanding of it, since them I used this analogy in many ways to explain walking with and growing in Christ.

The events in Old Testament were the shadow of things that come to pass in the New Testament. Now, those who are in Christ are saved, in Noah's time those who were in the ark to got saved. The ark represented Christ;

It is interesting to see what it is like being in Christ with respect to being in the ark. To understand this we need to know a bit about the structure of the ark, (Genesis 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.) the bible states that the door was on the side.. it had three stories and the window was on the top a cubit from above.

Since the door is on the side, and considering the fact that the ark was set on dry ground, those who enter the ark, would enter the lower deck and the window is only one cubit from above, so it must be in the upper deck, the only ventilation for the ark.

All who entered the ark are saved, irrespective of the deck they are in. So does it matter which deck they are in?

We know that all kinds of animals and birds were in the ark; obviously the larger mammals might be in the lower deck and those who travel in the lower deck will have to travel with them. Even if you don’t get crushed, it will be dark and stinking down there and though you will reach your destiny, you will never be able to enjoy your journey.

Now if we move to the middle deck? It will be better, there you don't have to worry about being crushed by an elephant, but there too it stinks and that dropping from all the birds all over you. It’s better than the lower deck still not what God intended you to have.

What makes the top deck different? It has abundance of fresh air and light. Jesus is the light of men (John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.) and the Holy Spirit is often related to moving air, wind, breath etc., so the top deck represents the abundant presence of Jesus and Holy Spirit. So to enjoy the trip you need to be on the top deck, staying in the bottom deck and complaining won’t help. God has provided us what is needed, now it’s our turn to acquire it.

It’s the same being in Christ, even though that gets you a berth in heaven, to enjoy your life one need to grow in Christ.

To grow in Christ is to become like him, for that first we need to know him, to know him we need to spend time with him, communicate with him, and be in his presence. Climb on to the top deck, be in his presence and enjoy the trip.

(Psalms 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.)