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All that is His is mine:

“Let the poor say I am rich”- the words of a famous worship song, may make no sense to the man who is truly, financially struggling!!

But even the poorest of the poor can claim plenty, if He is truly walking hand in hand with the God to whom EVERYTHING belongs! Afterall everything that is in the Kingdom, rightfully belongs to the Sons and daughters of the King!

This thought came across my mind this morning: Did you know, if needed, God is able to give you tons of Gold and Silver, just like that, at the snap of a finger??

“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:8

When the Master of this Universe is your friend, why talk about lack?? Talk the language of the Kingdom! Talk Faith!

“Let the poor ‘say’ I am rich!”…. “Let the weak ‘say’ I am strong”!

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Blessed day!

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Grace at the time of your need!

As we all know, every event that took place in the Old Testament, was just a shadow of  things to come, but the substance was Christ. Colossians 2:17. It is astounding to read the Divine wisdom of God in the Old Testament, coz’ when the true meaning unfolds in the New testament, it makes us stand in awe of our God, who is awesome in Wisdom!

The Manna that God rained down for the people of Israel is one such example. This Manna has been understood in many different ways in the New Testament, but one of the ways that we have not seen before, is Manna as ‘Grace’.

Referring to the Manna when in conversation with the jews, Jesus said that He was the true bread (Manna) that came down from heaven. John 1:14 describes Jesus as ‘full of Grace and Truth’. So when God provided the children of Israel, Manna in the desert, He was essentially teaching His Children to ‘rest upon His Grace for each day’!

The instructions to the Children of Israel were specific. God commanded them to take just enough Manna for their family for each day. They were strictly told not to collect Manna for the next day. Of course there were some folks who wouldn’t heed the voice of Moses and collected extra, only for maggots to eat them up!

What a great lesson hidden for us in the scriptures! Jesus taught us not to worry about our tomorrow’s! Grace cannot be collected for tomorrow. Grace is given for each new day. God knows our needs for every single day and we can trust in His faithfulness, every single time.

Man’s mind is mostly occupied with questions about tomorrow’s and frets thinking about the future. But you and I do not have to be afraid. The invisible hand that is holding us, knows What we need, When we need it and How to provide for it! Fret Not! No matter what it is that you are worried about, our Jesus will give us the Grace at the time of our need!

Just put a song together with my uncle and aunt, which reminds us that we will have Grace at the time of our need!

September 2nd marks a year since my dear friend Anu Evelyn Antony, went home to be with Jesus. She battled Cancer for about 2 years and this day, a year ago she stepped into the courts of the King! Most of us who knew her,  know the courage and the strength with which she handled it, by leaning on God’s grace for every new day.  Just wanted to take this day as an opportunity to speak encouragement into our hearts, as we fondly remember her!

I can almost hear Anu cheering all of us women, from the other side, to cling to His Grace to run our races in boldness, Faith and Courage!
“Fight the good fight of Faith”.

Blessed September!

 

 

 

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Unhindered Communion:

One of the things that make me marvel in the Word of God is the way some of the saints of Old, walked and talked with the God of Heaven! Some of the patriarchs had such an incredible walk with God, and it makes us wonder as to how we could have such an intimate walk with God! The God of the Heavens shared ‘His’ secrets with them! That’s a Wow factor for sure!!

“For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7

One of the Patriarchs whom God called ‘His friend’, is Abraham. It is one thing for us to say that “God is our friend”, but it is entirely different when God calls someone, “His friend”. Each and everyone of us have that desperate desire in our hearts for God to call us, “His friend”, Don’t we? Here are some pointers from the life of Abraham, who had that kind of a friendship with God!

1. Absolute Obedience: Most of the time, when God speaks something to us, it is usually not comprehended by the human mind. In the life of Abraham, God appeared to Abraham one day, and just told him to leave his land of birth(familiar land) and go to a land that God will show Him. He just had to get up and trust God in the journey of the unknown. (Genesis 12:1-9) NOT EASY!

2. Trust God: The next test lasted in Abraham’s life for about 20 years! God promised that he would bless him with a child, and Abraham had to wait for about 20 years before that promise was fulfilled. And all along, the Bible says, he did not waver in his faith, but gave the glory to God fully trusting Him, that He who promised is able to fulfill His Word. 20 years waiting on a promise??? NOT EASY!

3. Tremble and Obey: The 3rd and the most difficult test was when God told Abraham to carry the Son whom He loved, and offer Him as a sacrifice. I tremble even as I type this out. Can you imagine the emotions of a Father? It’s unthinkable for you and I, ain’t it? But Abraham’s absolute trust in the hand of God, caused him to saddle up his stuff the very next day! NOT AT ALL EASY!!

One thin line that runs common in the points above is that Abraham didn’t have the ‘fear of man’ in his heart. He perhaps shuddered at the thought of having to face a broken-wounded wife, after he had slaughtered Isaac by his own hand, BUT that didn’t hinder him from obeying God anyways! Abraham had no fear of Man whatsoever!!!

Let’s look at our lives in comparison. This week, I told a lie…. perhaps a white lie, as the world calls it. After a quick analysis in my mind, I realised I said it bcoz of the ‘fear of Man’. When I was tormented as a result of my sin, this scripture really touched me.

“….the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Songs of Solomon 2:15.

Our Vineyards(spirit man) are full of peace and quiet and Joy abounding, because Jesus is there! But these little sins in our lives come in like a fox and ravage our sweet communion with the Lord and Lo and Behold, the communication with God Almighty, is cut off!

The Bible says, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25

Our God indeed is a consuming fire but the beauty of His heart is that He desires to walk with you and me like He did with Moses, Abraham and David!

The question is, Are we fully ready to walk the journey of the unknown in complete surrender, like the Patriarchs of Old? Is pleasing man our priority or is it to live a life that is pleasing to God?

“for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.” John 12:43

We live to please the King, in every way!

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Blessed day!

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The Power of Positive Confessions:

All throughout the Bible, we see several examples of men and women of faith whose lives were profoundly impacted by the confessions of their own tongue. Without blinking an eye, we all can quickly point to King David, whose confessions of God’s Might and Power, seem astounding even when there was just an inch, between him and death!

We all marvel at such an awesome Faith and wonder why we aren’t the same way. At the smallest challenge of sorts, our soul sinks and our tongue begins to pour the worst possibilities and bring upon us terrible nightmares! Our mind is pretty much like Google, in a sense! Dr Google is the only doctor who will tell you that you can even die, with a common cold! Don’t you ever divulge into Google during times of despair…. the chances of you feeling better after consulting Dr Google is very minimal. On the other hand, I’ll tell you what works better!

Positive Confessions of Faith. Whatever negative thoughts come into our heads, well, you know who the culprit is, who is feeding those thoughts into you! You guessed it right! The same guy, who spoke to Mrs Eve Adam in the garden, some few thousand years ago! It’s the same guy, with the same old tricks and we pretty much fall every time. He isn’t tired, throwing arrow after arrow at the Children of God and it leaves us fretting and fuming for the simplest of issues of life! Arrows of all sorts!

Here’s what is wise to do, when you are spiraling downward into the pits of despair. ‘Just speak out loud’! There is power in declaration…and better still there is power in declaring the Word of God! I love this statement that David makes in Psalm 118:17. “I will not die, but live and declare the works of the Lord in the land of the living”. Im not sure why exactly he said, ‘I will NOT die’. Maybe it was coz he was hearing that phrase over and over in his mind. Perhaps, the evil one was threatening to slay him.(by the hand of Saul or Absalom or perhaps some other enemy). Davids response to such a battle in his mind is something for all of us to learn. He simply said, ‘I will NOT’.

Whatever it is that the enemy is speaking to you, just counter it with a ‘I will NOT’. Is the enemy speaking into your ear that people hate you, you are unwanted, you aren’t good for anything and sowing seeds of discouragement? Just respond with a, ‘I am NOT unwanted, but the favor of God surrounds me as with a shield” Psalm 5:12. Just as Jesus found favor in the sight of God and man, so do I have favor in the eyes of God and people.

Or is there a constant reminder of your sins? Just declare boldly, ‘As far as the East is from the West so far has God removed my transgressions from me’! Psalm 103:12.

Or is there a constant poking about how your Children are a failure? Oh! There are innumerable scriptures about the generation of the righteous! The generation of the righteous will be blessed! Period! No if’s n’ no but’s!

Life and death is in the power of the tongue! As hard as it sometimes may seem, be faithful to declare the goodness of God over your situations and just watch how you have steered your path to the perfect plan of God and that, simply because you made a conscious choice to discipline your tongue!

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True, that!

Blessed day!

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Just pick up your guitar n’ get singin’…

David loved the Lord. His worship was pure and was a delight to the heart of God, that God chose him to be the King of His people! All the days that he was a Shepherd, he just picked up his handmade instrument, (which I’m presuming didn’t even strike a perfect chord) and loved God with all of His heart! He probably let his tears flow, as he played on his instrument. Undoubtedly, he had heavens attention!!!

Very often we think that, more the people, more the sophisticated instruments, and more the skillful voice, the presence of God HAS to be there. But, actually many times the contrary is true. It is in the quietest times of prayer, when you hum a familiar hymn in adoration to the Lord, that you and I attract the presence of God.

While it is indeed true that God delights to be present in the congregation of the righteous, your silent times of adoration and worship with your own voice is precious too, in the ears of your Maker!! Your voice may be haggered, it may be pitchless, or it maybe a feeble one! But those tear-filled, broken hearted praises that arise from a sincere heart, is sweet fragrance to our King!

Just you n’ Jesus n’ your guitar….oh what a delight!

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“I will lift my voice to sing Your praise, O my Strength— for You came to my defense. O God, You have shown me Your loving mercy.” Psalm 59:17

Blessed day!

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Fine oils

“….fine oils have been poured on me.” Psalm 92:10

Psalm 92 is a beautiful psalm of Praise and Worship unto the living God. The Psalmist begins with such soulful adoration and makes this prophetic statement in verse 10.

When we begin to worship God in spirit and truth, adoring and worshipping him, there is a divine transaction that takes place, which the Psalmist has accurately captured in this psalm. The anointing of the Lord is poured out upon us, and we smell the fragrance of Christ wherever we go.

Mark 6:56 is an evidence to this truth. “They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.” A few verses before, we read that Jesus withdrew himself to the mountainside to pray. During His time with God, fine Oils were poured upon the Lord, that even His clothes were dripping with the Oil, in the spiritual realm. The demons knew it, the angels saw it and God had set His seal of approval on His Son, whose obedience to God His father, was unmatched. As a result, multitudes were healed, delivered and set free from their sicknesses and bondages.

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The same is true of our lives too. As we walk in absolute obedience to God and kneel in Prayer, worshipping the Lord with our hands held high toward heaven, fine Oils will be poured out upon us. We will be the fragrance of Christ wherever we go, spreading the life, the Joy and the Peace of Christ, that the Son of God alone can offer!

“it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;” Gal 2:20

Your time with God Almighty is a divine time. Dont trade it for anything! Spread the fragrance of Christ wherever you go!

Blessed day!

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God’s Ravens

The life of Elijah is such a power packed one! He was a man who walked in such a powerful anointing and a close walk with God. Just as Enoch was taken away to glory without seeing ‘death’, so was Elijah! He was one of the men of the Bible who didn’t see ‘death’, as we know it! I jaw-drop in awe, at such people, who have such an intimate walk with God!!

In 1 Kings 17, Elijah declares to King Ahab that they will not see dew nor rain except at His word. And it was so. But the Word of the Lord came to Elijah, to depart from that region and go to a place called Brook Cherith and there, the Ravens would provide for him. Also he was to drink from the Brook to quench his thirst.

There are seasons in our lives, when we are desperate for God to provide direction for us. In the life of a believer, God’s most important provision, is His direction for every step of our lives. And God is always, ALWAYS faithful to provide us that direction, when we are truly seeking Him for direction!

A couple of years ago, I remember I woke up one Sunday morning and out of the blue, I just had a feeling that we should go to Grace church. Grace church is not our home church. We go to a small little traditional church. But that morning, I really felt we should go there. So I asked Jeev, if we can go to Grace. He agreed and we went. The Sermon that day was ‘Gods Raven’ for us, for that season of our lives that we were going through! I remember sitting gripped in awe listening to every word! It was such an important Word that both Jeev and I, had to listen to!

Sometimes, we really under-estimate the power of the Holy Spirit in each of us! The Holy Spirit’s still small voice speaks to us, just as the Word of the Lord spoke to Elijah 4000 years ago! But many times, we brush it aside, thinking we are imagining things! Isn’t it awesome that you and I have the same invitation to be friends with God, just as the mighty prophets of Old, had!

What a friend we have in Jesus! That sums it all up!!

Good day, everyone!!