“And the LORD preserved David wherever He went.” 1 Chronicles 18:6,13
It was not the skill of his hands, or the strength of his horsemen or the size of his army that preserved David.
In 1 Chronicles 12:22, we read thus: “Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.”
Quite evidently, David’s army was like no other army! But despite it’s great glory, it was NOT his army (mighty men of valor) that preserved David. It was simply the presence of the LORD of Hosts, at His right hand, that preserved him!
“because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
The LORD of Hosts who was with David, who was with Joshua, who was with Elijah is with you and He is with me! That is the ONLY reason, we are preserved each and every single day!! There is simply no other reason.
“If God be for us who can be against us.” Romans 8:31
About 7 years ago, I watched a movie called, ‘The Hiding place’. It’s a movie about the Ten Boom sisters, Corrie and Betsie.
The Ten Booms lived during a rough time in history – what we all know today as the Holocaust. There were many at that time who secretly helped the Jews to move to a place of safety, because of the heavy persecution that the Jews were facing at that time.
The Ten Boom sisters along with their Father, did the same, for which they were arrested and taken to one of the concentration camps in Germany. The whole movie is about their life in the concentration camp. One of the sisters died in the camp, but Corrie was released in December 1944. True story!
Truth be told, it’s one of the heaviest movies I’ve seen thus far. It took me several weeks to recover from the movie. Just to think that people actually walked such horrific times, shook me to the depths!
A couple of months ago, I don’t know How, but YouTube auto generated an old clip of Corrie Ten Boom giving a message to a small church audience.
My curiosity was aroused coz’ I just wanted to see how she looked in real life. So, I started watching the video. I don’t remember everything she said, but there were two stories from that clip which kinda stuck to my memory.
One was an occasion when, after sharing the gospel to a small audience, she gave the altar call, and the man who treated her sister pretty brutally on several occasions in the camp, came to the front during the altar call to accept Christ as His Savior. She struggled and wrestled with the Lord to forgive. Long story short, she led the man to Christ and helped him find peace with God.
The second story was a rather interesting one. During their time in the camp, one day, Corrie had a terrible cold. Her sister Betsie asked Corrie, if she asked the Lord for a Handkerchief.
Corrie replied, “Oh! Why bother the Lord, with it, No I didn’t!” Betsie told her sister, “okay then, Let’s ask him for it!” Corrie didn’t want to fuss about it, so, that night, Betsie prayed. “Lord, Corrie has a terrible cold, Can you give her a Handkerchief? Thank you Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.” A simple child-like prayer!
Just as they said Amen, Corrie heard her name was called. She went to the window and there stood her friend who worked in the prison Hospital.
“Quickly, quickly! Take this little package; it is a little present for you.” she said. When Corrie opened the package, inside was a handkerchief!
Corrie asked her friend how in the World she knew she had a cold. She replied, “No, but I was folding handkerchiefs in the hospital, and a voice in my heart said, `Take one to Corrie ten Boom.”
Can you imagine the tears of Joy that must have flooded the hearts of the sisters?? Just to be affirmed of His Love and Care even in that cruel cell, is Heaven itself! Ain’t it?
“Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.” Psalm 139:4
“…your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matt 6:8
I have often pondered what JOY really is? Coz’ things that I thought would bring me utmost Joy, only left me emptier than before.
Here’s what I think JOY is. It is not the presence or absence of circumstances thereof. It is simply the presence of a PERSON, irrespective of the circumstances. His name – JESUS!
“In Your presence is fullness of joy;” Psalm 16:11.
Corrie and Betsie must have got it full well!!! 🎊🎊
Pic Below: A beautiful pic of Corrie Ten Boom who is resting in Joy with Jesus, in mansions of Glory and endless delight! Her Labors well rewarded!
Few months ago I was reading the book of Judges, and the story of Gideon caught my attention. When the angel came and said “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of Valor,” Gideon almost looked behind his shoulder to see whom the angel was talking to, with a look of complete bewilderment!
In the natural there was nothing warrior-like about Gideon and he certainly didn’t believe He could be One. Infact, when the angel met him, He was hiding in a winepress in fear of the Midianites who were ransacking Israel’s sustenance. It was right there in that insignificant moment that God decided to meet him, to completely turn him around and embolden him to accomplish one of the most impossible victories for Israel.
And He did it! With just 300 men on his side, he overthrew an army that seemed like a swarm of bees! If God be for us, who can be against us, (Romans 8:31) right?
Somewhere around the same time that I was learning about Gideon, I remember one evening, I was listening to a sermon on YouTube. One of the phrases that the speaker said, just jumped out and I just kept thinking about those lines over and over: “See yourself as God sees you.”
As these lines were running in my mind, my kids were playing in another room. After sometime, my little one brought a tiny little book from the library we have there. The size of the book was about the size of my palm. She wanted me to read it to her. I took the book from her hands and flipped the page, and to my utter amazement, the same lines that was playing in my mind, was in that tiny little book: “See yourself as God sees you!”
It was a teaching moment!
Day-in and day-out we hear a multitude of voices speaking fear and condemnation to TEAR us down. But look at Jesus! He is ALWAYS encouraging, ALWAYS guiding, and ALWAYS showing us Higher ground!
Chapter 1 and 2 of the book of Ephesians gives us a glimpse of how God sees us. Please do give Ephesians 1 and 2 a read, when time permits.
Chapter 1 talks about how God raised Christ Jesus from the dead and made him sit high above all principality and power (Ephesians 1:19-22). Chapter 2 talks about how WE are seated together with Christ Jesus in the heavenlies. (Ephesians 2:4-6)
If we are seated together with Christ, imagine the kind of authority that God has vested upon the church.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19
See yourself as God sees you! We are righteous, Holy and Blameless in His sight, not because of ANYTHING we have done, but because of EVERYTHING that He has done on our behalf! Oh! The Cross, the Cross made ALL the difference!!
That reason ALONE is enough to give God Praise and Thanks, for all the rest of our days!!
A couple of weeks ago, I was inspired by a young lady who made beautiful decors from Dollar tree products. She spent very little money on the raw materials, but the end product looked stunning! Needless to say, I was super inspired to try out something along the same lines.
I decided to make a centerpiece for my dining table. So off to Dollar tree with my two helpers, I went. I kinda had an idea of what I wanted it to look like. I just wanted simple white flowers. We shopped around a bit and picked up all the stuff I needed and returned home.
The next day, I carefully picked out each flower stalk and cut it to the length that I needed, and began assembling them. As I kept adding each stalk, it was beginning to look exactly as I had it in mind! My Joy knew No bounds! When my little project was complete, Boy! Was I thrilled??!!!
I still don’t understand that joy behind creating something with your own hands and the sense of fulfillment that comes out of it. The best way to describe it would be ‘Delight’!! Those of you who are creative will resonate with what I’m saying!!
That evening Bini n’ Mum called, and the FIRST thing I talked to them, was about my new art piece! I Whatsapped the pic to my friends and showed it to Jeev with glee. I was jubilant and so proud of my work.
But wait! I noticed something. As kind and extremely sincere as all my friends and family were to appreciate my work, they did not enjoy my Masterpiece as much as I did!!!
I was eating, sleeping and dreaming about my handiwork. I kept looking at the picture several times that whole day! But to others, yes, it was good, but it didn’t bring the same ‘passionate excitement’ as it did to ME, it’s CREATOR!
“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
If you and I were to take a quick look at the World around us, it wouldn’t take us too long to realize that the depths of man is crying out to be VALUED. From the King in his courts to the Common man on the streets, everyone of us hunger, to be VALUED.
So often we look to the left and right and seek for that Value from people. But, that value that we so desperately crave for, can be given only by our CREATOR.
“Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; ” Psalm 100:3
He knows EVERYTHING there is to know about us – the good, the bad and the ugly! And YET STILL, values us with a deep, deep Love, like NO man can ever give!!!
“Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26
None of us know what events are awaiting the Earth in the Coming years. But be assured, there is a Savior clad in a White Robe, Mightier than all the host of Heaven combined, walking alongside You, like a friend, to simply let you Know, He Values YOU!
This Testimony is from my dear friend and relative whose faith has been such an inspiration to me in my journey with the Lord. This Testimony has been Work-in-progress for about 5 years and finally Akka was able to finish it. I’m posting it here for my readers. Read on, you will be blessed!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, “says the Lord”, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
This was the promise that God promise gave me on March 14th, 2014 exactly a month before I could conceive Jeremiah (Our 5 yr old). I was waiting in my gynecologist’s office that morning, totally frustrated, hopeless and dejected after 10 long years of waiting, disappointment and fertility treatments. The office was empty since I was the first person present. I closed my eyes and framed these words in my mind, “Lord won’t you give me one more child, am I not worthy enough to have one more baby?” It was at this moment that my phone rang and someone sent me an email.
I’m not great at checking emails promptly, but that day it’s definitely God’s will and I opened the first thing I saw was this verse from Jeremiah 29:11. I hungrily held this promise close to my heart and one more time with all my faith. [Just the size of a mustard seed]. I closed my eyes and prayed, “God beggars can’t be choosers, I am not going to ask for a girl baby. We already have a boy [Joshua our first born is 15 years old] but if it’s your will, if you let us have one more boy, we will definitely name him Jeremiah.
That month also the treatment was not fruitful but God held me closer to him and made my heart happy so that without any doubt I was able to cling to his promise and continue with the treatment. The next month I conceived Jeremiah.
From the very first day, I was bleeding profusely. This caused fear and doubts in my heart [thats what the evil one will do]. I forgot all the promises and fear gripped me. Finally, when I was 15 weeks pregnant, I had to undergo a blood work and that day we also had a gender scan.
After doing all that, we came home and in a few hours the nurse called us and gave us the worst news possible. She said our baby has trisomy 18 and that it cannot survive. So rather than wasting time it will be wise to get rid of the baby from my womb. I felt shattered as any normal human mother would do. I gave the phone to my husband and ran into the bedroom. I only remember kneeling down and crying for a few seconds.
Suddenly like a slide show all the promises that God gave me came infront of my eyes, my tears dried and disappeared on its own. God renewed my spirits within me. Just the way Hannah ceased to worry after leaving her burden under God’s foot, I too felt lite and happy, filled completely with his joy. This is no power of mine because, “His strength is made perfect in our weakness”. After that, I asked only for one thing. I said, “God I am ready to believe without seeing but to carry and deliver this baby I need my husband’s support. Amen”. By then my husband was alone talking with the nurse, who wanted us to go to the hospital on Monday for the final procedure.
I could see the fear in my husband’s tear filled eyes. I cried one last time and said “He is our baby and we have named him already”. At this time God gave him the strength to say “Whatever it is, he is our baby let us have him”. It was enough for me at that time. I didn’t even shed one drop of tear after that. That very same day God made me give testimony in our Tamil fellowship meeting and again the following Sunday in our church. He made me repeat the same in our church service as well. He put words in my mouth and made me say, [I didn’t pre-meditate a single word]. This is not a prayer request but a thanks giving testimony. The reports say my baby has trisomy 18 and will not come out alive but my God is a faithful to his promises, “I am carrying a whole healthy baby and am going to deliver the same”. I had to visit the hospital as frequently as 3 to 4 times a week. Every time, new technicians and doctors in the scan room or some were there will ask me innumerable questions about my decision. God put the spin of cheerfulness in my heart and I was full of laughter and smiles always. Some of them even thought I am a pathetic illiterate woman who can’t understand English. But when God makes me speak & explain they would quietly go away.
After this, twice I heard my husband say “Whatever it is, he is our baby and we have decided to have him “. But our good Lord gave me the Strength again to stop him and say, “I am, carrying a wholly healthy and healed baby.” Our good Lord who is so faithful to his promises, even though I am a broken vessel and totally unworthy of his mercies. He mercifully strengthened me through his promises each day. He kept giving me promises to reassure me. He gave me Jeremiah 1:5 as a reassurance. I could feel Gods presence at all times. He held me in his mighty arms and carried me along so that I didn’t have to walk on the rocky road. All I did was happily rest on His promises. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “He knows us even before we were formed”. That’s exactly what he did. He made me name my baby even before I could conceive him.
On December 6 2014 to everybody’s surprise, God blessed us with our whole healthy & healed baby Jeremiah. We serve an awesome God, the maker of the Heaven and the universe. Nothing is too difficult for him.
All praise be to my Savior and friend, Jesus alone, always!
“So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.” Judges 10:16.
Often times we picture God to be a very strict Father…atleast that’s how I do.
But the scriptures reveal the core of His heart. ‘Compassion’.
El-Shaddai…El means ‘All powerful’. Shad – means a nursing mother… GODs compassion is like the compassion of a nursing mother…. Be encouraged…the bosom of the Lord who carried us all these years through several trials and tests will be Faithful to carry us and our families safely across the shore.
When we go to him with tears….His soul can no longer endure our miseries…..
The nature of God and who He is, is something that we will learn all through eternity, and still not come to the end of it. So Great is His beauty! The Psalmist said it this way:
“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD..” Psalm 27:4
The beauty of God’s Nature is filled with UNENDING GOODNESS toward you and me. One such unique character of God, is His nature to cover our shortcomings, sins and our failures.
We all have had incredible Mothers whose gentleness and compassion can compare to none other, right? Can you ever imagine a Mother going to your neighbor and revealing all of your wrong-doings or weaknesses? I can never imagine my Mom do that! The World may shake and Skies fall down, but to a Mom, her kids are the Best!
It does not matter what A, B or C may say or think, a Mother, would never expose the weaknesses of her beloved Child.
When an earthly Mother has such a heart by nature, how much more God! God never exposes His Children to shame them. His heart is always bent toward covering our sins.
“….love covers all sins.” Pro 10:12
While Satan has always been finding ways to bring Shame to Adams race since the garden, Jesus is always looking for ways to restore Honor back to us.
When people look at us, it is possible that they see us through the lens of our shortcomings. But God’s eyes always look past our outward shortcomings and sees the diamond within.
Jesus always did this. Whether it was the sinner woman whom he rescued from being stoned to death, or the Samaritan woman who had lost all dignity of life amongst the people she lived with, because of her multiple marriages, or the blind man whom he embraced when the Pharisees cast out as a sinner – Jesus valued every single one of them!
Jesus met them to remove their disgrace and clothe them with Honor. He still does that today!
When all the world sees our weaknesses and failures, there is a Father in Heaven who sees the diamond within, because He values us and takes Great Delight to Honor us.
“I summon you by name and bestow on you a title of honor.” Isaiah 45:4.