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Rising above the Voices:

Every day we are bombarded with many voices. From taking a quick look at the world around us, we easily read that people are more discouraged, hurting and hopeless. Fear has taken the upper hand and has left man in a state of frenzy. World over, crime rates have increased. Mind health has deteriorated, even among young teens! A word which was very rarely used in clinics a decade ago, is surfacing all over the Internet these days – ‘Depression’.

With over a 1500 channels to keep man’s mind occupied, and thousands of restaurants to stop by for a good meal or connecting with a friend by a single click of a button – despite all the advancement in technology which is supposed to aid man in his well being, there seems to be a downward spiral into the pits of despair, instead of an upward climb. That’s ironic to me! What is supposed to help man hasn’t really helped much after all!

There are times when you’ve had the best gathering with your friends, yet when you return, you feel empty.

Clearly, I think you and I can agree that the voices around us don’t satisfy the deepest cry of our hearts. Whether those voices come through TV, radio, FB or through people – more often they leave us just a little bit more emptier than before! I’m sure we all have felt that way, at some point of time in our lives!!

When Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for their faith in JESUS, here’s what they did.

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.” Acts 16:25

Prison represents gloom, despair, loneliness, and sorrow. But when Paul and Silas began lifting up the name of JESUS in such a place, there was an earthquake which broke off their fetters of iron chains in an instant.

“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

There is power in the praise that arises from the place of despair. Angels move and demons tremble in such an atmosphere. The voices that were beating on you flee and the Spirit of God, floods you with Joy unspeakable. Chains of darkness are snapped in a moment when you exalt the name of JESUS. A fresh Hope floods your soul. There is something about singing to the Wonderful NAME of JESUS!

In a time, when darkness is getting denser by the day in the nations of the World, the light in God’s children shine brighter than before, simply because they know the Power of Worship when everything around them is dark.

Always take time every night to spend time singing to Jesus. By yourself and as a family!

‘Nandriyal thuthipadu’ . Blessed week ahead!

Love the last verse:

Sareeram aathuma aaviyilum sorndhu pogum velaiyil ellam; Thuthi sathathal ullam niraindhal thooyarin belan kidaikkum.

Everytime you feel weak in your body, soul and mind; fill your heart with Praise, and the Strength of your Maker will fill you!

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An excellent trait

I have often wondered what humility is, in the sight of God. Humility is a word often used in the world too. But I see a vast difference in the way the world looks at it, from the way that God defines it.

When the world describes humility, it usually equates it to ‘simplicity’. For example when a highly regarded person cleans up his house, or presses his own clothes, or walks to a little shop instead of using his BMW, the world calls them humble. Surely it is a great trait indeed, but God defines humility in a little different way.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5.

Humility in God’s eyes, as understood from the life stories of several men and women of God in the Scriptures, is ‘leaning on God for everything’. Being God-dependent rather than independent, is what God considers as Humility.

Let’s look at David. He was one of Israels greatest Kings. Until this day, Israel honors King David. If we do a brief study of his life, we continuously see how he sought God, day and night. There were times in his life when his own people picked up stones to kill him because all their wives and children were taken away by their enemies. But the Word of God says, he found his strength in God and even still, sought God’s counsel as to what he needed to do next. Though he was a mighty warrior from childhood, he still humbled himself EVERY single time to seek God’s counsel, something that not very many Kings of Israel, did. Most Kings moved in their own wisdom, but David sought God for everything.

If we look at the life of Moses, God himself gave witness that he was the most humble man on Earth.

Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3

Why did God say that? The children of Israel wanted to stone him to death too, several times in the wilderness. Here’s what I believe it is. There was no other man on Earth who sought God’s face for the sake of the children of Israel, as much as Moses did. The Israelites grumbled and complained at every possible instance, but Moses was always willing to fall on his face and plead for God’s mercy and direction, for the sake of Israel. He constantly sought God.

When man begins to think he can get things done by his power, intellect and wisdom, that’s a sign of pride. We, in our fragile human strength are capable of nothing.

But everytime we fall before the face of God, like Solomon did, and cry out, “Lord, I can’t do what you’ve called me to do, without YOU”, that’s Humility!

Humility is not just simplicity, but a trained trait to seek God in everything, acknowledging that ‘Without Him we can do nothing.” John 15:5

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Blessed week ahead!

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Just a star?

In the eyes of God, there’s nothing called, ‘Just-a’! ๐Ÿ™‚

Too often we are attacked by the enemy with his famous, ‘Just-a’ lines of discouragement. ‘You are just a nothing’, ‘you are just a weakling’, ‘you are just a house wife’ , ‘you are just a worthless old man’ , and frankly his list is truly endless!

But it’s amazing how God picks up the seemingly simple ‘Just a’ things and uses it marvelously for his glory!

Look at the Star. In the book of Genesis chapter 1, it seems almost like God created the star, just as a final touch up!

“He made the stars also.” Genesis 1:16

Nothing significant about this hanging in the skies. Yet, it had amazing purposes in the plan of God.

When God spoke to Abraham, he showed him the stars in the sky and said, “look at the stars….so shall your descendants be.” I almost visualise every star in the sky jumping for joy as it had a purpose in reminding God’s divine plan to Abraham!

Again, we see the seemingly insignificant star rise up and shine ever so brightly at the birth of our Lord Jesus! It was the Star that led the wise men to Christ our Lord! Isn’t it amazing how God has a plan for every little thing he has created?

In God’s dictionary there’s nothing called ‘Just-a’. Every little thing has a purpose to fulfill.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Blessed day!

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“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10

While talking about the people who are still to be saved (the lost sheep), Jesus said, don’t despise them because the angels appointed for them, always see the face of the Father in heaven.

HOW MUCH MORE will God defend you and me, who look to the face of our God for everything from dawn until night!!!

Our God, our defender!!

Our silent whispering prayers, our broken hearted worship, our helpless plea for strength… every single one of them reaches the ears of our Father in heaven. Be not afraid. You are indeed pleasing to God!! Our God rules the Heavens and the Earth and we call him ‘Abba’. What a privilege!

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Serving God through the battles:

Several years ago, I heard a preacher man say this and it has kinda stuck to my mind!

“Anyone can serve God riding a Benz car, with an ice cream in hand!! But when the rubber meets the road, it is a whole different ball game!”

The point he was trying to drive home was evidently about serving God when the going gets tough.

The Children of Israel cried unto God, until God could endure their misery no more! God sent Moses to deliver them from the hand of Pharoah! But when they were in the wilderness (with the greatest treasure man could ask for, ‘God Himself in the midst of them’) – they grumbled for meat and bread!

Just imagine, if God stood outside your door as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of cloud by night, what would you do? Ask God for Dairy Queen burgers and Wendy’s fries? C’mon!! Life is much more than that!!

There was one man in the whole assembly who knew what to do when God made Himself real to him! Moses!! Moses wanted to talk and talk…. WITH GOD… and God wanted to talk and talk with him!! I imagine there were several questions that Moses had in mind which he asked God and as a result, we have the first five books of the Bible!!

Ain’t it awesome??? Here’s the thing! Revelation makes you hungry for more Revelation!! Moses had a taste of it and he wanted more OF GOD! Nothing else could satisfy! He didn’t have his family around him, nor his kids!! He didn’t have anyone who cared much for him!! All that Moses had, were a group of grumbling, angry Israelites who wanted to stone him several times in the wilderness!!

But what did Moses want – Nothing more than God Himself!! Coz truly I tell you my friends, there is nothing in this world that satisfies!! Jesus alone …. the Son of God alone….satisfies the longings of our soul!!

So the next time you face a personal battle of any sort, draw near to Him!! Draw near to Him!! Battles don’t last forever!! But your friendship with God, does!!

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8

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Happy evening folks!

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What a difference 10 minutes can make!

“God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

The more you read the gospels, the brighter the personality of Christ, shines!! The gospels were written by 4 different disciples of Christ. But all four of them agree together as one, in bringing out the beauty of our Lord Jesus!!!

I didn’t have much time to read the Word this morning, maybe just 10-15 minutes. I read the gospel of Luke. Now, half the day is gone, but the brightness of His character which I perceived in those 10-15 minutes, still lingers within me!! Such is His beauty!! Flawless personality!!!

There is none like our Lord! No not One!! Exalt His Holy Name!!

Satan however seeks dark places and works only in darkness.

“Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;” Eph 5:11

Some pointers to keep in mind for a family:

1. Never keep secrets between you and your spouse. He is your God-given partner with whom you can share your burdens with. As long as we keep our struggles in the dark, the enemy is going to mess around with our minds, big time!!!

2. Encourage children to talk to you. As they get older, they usually get into a tendency to get secretive… but make sure you talk to them and find out what’s going on in school with friends. The more secretive they are, it is a comfortable playground for the enemy to kick our kids around and we certainly don’t want that!

3. Take time to pray as a family for the challenges we may face at work-place, school or anywhere else! The family unit must be a strong confidence for every individual in the family!!

When we continually bring things to the feet of Jesus, who is the LIGHT of the World, the more powerless the enemy becomes in those areas, coz’ Satan flees Light.

Light always wins!

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Blessed month of December, as we celebrate the coming of the Light of the World, the birth of our Lord Jesus! A very Merry Christmas to all my readers!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ„

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The blessing of Elders:

“Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:32

There are countless scriptures in the Bible which teaches us to honor the elderly and listen to their wise counsel. Infact one of the curses God says he will send, is that the children of Israel will NOT have elders during their time of trouble, to seek for counsel! Evidently the counsel from the aged, is like a precious jewel!!!

When Jeev n’ I were newly married, we used to attend many youth meetings. After the youth meetings were over, our friends used to press us to hang around and chit chat. Jeev never allowed me to stay around after a certain point of time. When he said we’ve got to go, it was absolutely time for me to get going! He was pretty strict about that! I never understood why!

Many years later, while in conversation with one of our good family friends who was also a part of the youth groups we used to attend, he gave the reason Why! Jeev’s dad had always told him, “Never hang around after a certain time with friends, it always leads to unwanted and unnecessary conversations”. Our friend went on to say that we were wise to leave, coz what used to start as neat conversations, always ended up in unnecessary talk!!!

Whatever the situation maybe, a word of counsel from the elders in your family and church is LIFE! It is a blessing to surround yourself with elders who have your best interest in mind. They have seen much more than you and I have!!

“Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.” Job 12:12

The blessing of the elders was so coveted in the old testament so much so that Esau wanted to almost kill Jacob for stealing his rightful blessing from his aged father Isaac!! And upon the descendants of Joseph, it’s amazing how Joseph brings his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh to His father Jacob to receive his father’s blessing. It almost seems like God kept Jacob alive to release the blessing upon Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph’s sons).

When the elders rise up and bless you, that blessing lasts for generations to come! Treasure it with every beat of your heart!! And in whatever way you can, honor your elders!!!

“The Lord said to Moses: โ€œBring me seventy of Israelโ€™s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.” Numbers 11:16-17

“The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” Revelation 19:4

From Genesis to Revelation, the elders are an integral part of the scriptures. Such values are fading away with time, but to us who seek to draw closer to the heartbeat of God, may it shine brighter and brighter!

Blessed day!!

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