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A Father’s heart!

Jaden is 8, and enjoys playing his games on the iPad. He always enjoyed the iPad, but these days he plays with such a zeal, and is relentless until he goes up to the next level.

For the last one month or so, he had been asking me to buy him a new game. I told him to finish 40 levels in a particular game and then maybe he could ask his dad to buy him another one. He worked really hard and managed to finish all the 40 levels.

Yesterday, he came again and asked if he could have the new game coz he had finished all 40 levels! I told him to ask his dad. When his dad got back from work, Jaden went to Jeev to ask him to buy him some coins and gems so that he could use it to buy the new game. Jaden asked for the $5 package. Jeev wanting to play around with him, said, “I’ll get you gems for $3, coz $5 is too much!”. Jeev and I were watching his expressions.

We could tell from his face how badly he wanted to buy the $5 package. He had been working for a whole month to get it. But when his dad told him he could only get him a $3 package, as hard as it was for him to agree, he agreed, with his countenance almost about to burst forth in tears. Trust me, both our hearts sank! Of course, Daddy went on to buy him what he asked for and delighted his little boy!

Jaden didn’t cry. It was just that his countenance fell, coz his little heart was broken. N’ Daddy n’ Mommy couldn’t bear the sight of it!

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How much more our Father in Heaven! Our countenance matters to our God! The Lord who is full of compassion wants to bring delight to your heart and mine! He makes all things beautiful in His time!

“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God”. Psalm 43:5

Blessed day everyone!

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….into the hands of God…

Anything that goes into the hands of God is taken care of, by the Lord. We can be rest assured that it is in safe hands. We don’t need to worry about it again!

Whatever it is that weighs your heart down, commit it into the Lord’s hands. Rest and Trust.

When 2 loaves of bread and five little fish, which looked very insignificant, went into the hands of God, it satisfied the hunger of thousands.

When the 2 cents of the poor old widow, went into the hands of God, the Lords hand of blessings was indeed upon it.

When young Mom’s brought their children to the Lord, that he might simply put His hands on them and bless them, they kinda had an understanding about the power of God’s Mighty hands!

Whatever it is that you and I may hold on to firmly, let go….. let go into the hands of Jesus. What goes into the hands of God, will never return void. It will indeed be blessed and become a blessing.

Think about the last words of Jesus on the Cross. ‘Into your hands, I commit my Spirit’, said the Lord! Think about the way the Spirit of Christ powerfully moves amidst us, even today!

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Anything that is entrusted into the hands of God will indeed become a blessing! Commit your ways into the hands of God n’ Trust Him!

Blessed day!

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Our silent companion!

Several years ago, (if I am not mistaken I think it was before Jaden was born) Jeev and I had a conversation. It was something about the planets and the sun. I don’t remember what the conversation was exactly about, but I was trying to prove to Jeev that the Sun does not move about, but rather, it was just the planets that went around the Sun. He was arguing that the Sun definitely was making an orbit. I didn’t agree.

Neither of us cared to Google….it was just one of those childish arguments which happens every other day in our home!

But that night I was quite taken aback to find that the Sun indeed made a circuit from one end to another. I learned it not from Google- but from the Bible.

“In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.” Psalm 19:4,5,6.

I was astounded to say the least. Not about the fact that the Sun moved, but about the fact that God cared enough to step into our conversation and clear things out….like a loving friend!!! I was reminded of a scripture: “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard.” Malachi 3:16.

Sometimes, when I go to pick up Jaden from school, the traffic is kinda overwhelming. Not that it is heavy, but when I see all the traffic and the people, I can’t help but wonder in awe. Who am I amidst all this crowd, I ponder! Lesser than a speck of dust…a fleeting shadow of no substance.

Yet to think that the Master of this Universe cares enough to answer your silliest of questions, makes Him incomparable!!! A loving, gracious, awesome Father in Christ we serve!!!

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Blessed month ahead!!

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When God Speaks:

God’s words have transforming power. They have creative power. His Words impart life.

Take a look at the story of Zaccheaus. Such an incredible story of the transforming power of God’s words. The crowds were thronging toward Jesus to just get a glimpse of the Lord. Amidst the crowd, was a short man named Zaccheaus who also wanted to see the Lord. He tried pushing through the crowds, but perhaps the people were annoyed by his presence.

The Bible does tell us that He collected more taxes than the amount required and exploited the people. Quite evidently the people didn’t like him. Perhaps he was like one of our Indian Politicians!! Not straight forward with the job that was put into his hands!

But this man had a curiosity to see the Lord. Zaccheaus, though an unfair government official, had the same heart that you and I have. The desire to ‘atleast’ see God.

Putting behind all the shame in the shadows, irrespective of what people spoke of him, he climbed up on a Sycamore tree, just to see Jesus. Little did he know that the first step that he took to see God, would attract the presence of God toward him.

Your first step toward God, attracts the presence of God toward you.

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5

The words that Jesus spoke were simple words that you and I regularly speak with our folks on a day-to-day basis. Nothing fancy about it. But what made the difference was that it proceeded out of the ‘mouth of God’. That made a world of a difference!! Zaccheaus repented before the Lord and promised the Lord that he would compensate 4 times the money he had unlawfully taken from the people.

The words of Jesus, transformed a wicked heart, brought repentance and converted a sinner to a righteous man in a matter of minutes!!!

“When God speaks, He gives us the ability to do something that we couldn’t do one second before He spoke”. -Kris Vallaton.

God’s words are powerful. They are our bread, by what we live by. Gods words carry Grace and strength to enable us to do what we can’t do by our own strength!!! Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Has God given you a Word? My friend, that Word is more precious than a Palace filled with gold and a house filled with silver. Treasure it, rest on it and passionately pursue it! The Word of God! What a wonder!!

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“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:17.

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The Presence

We all enjoy the company of loved ones. Parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents, aunt’s n’ uncle’s and friends! We are delighted when they are with us and the joy knows no end. Yet, better still, something that I believe tastes sweeter than honey, is the sweet presence of the Lord, when you bend your knees to pray. The joy and the peace that bubbles within you, when Jesus is by your side, is something else altogether! Once you get a hang of this awesome presence of the Lord, it is very easy to sense the absence of the Lord quite quickly!

It was one such dry morning. I clearly knew that I had done something to grieve the Lord. After a long time in prayee, this is what I heard from the Lord: “Are other things more important than Me on the day that you have set apart to seek My face?”. The scene that happened the previous day flashed across My face.

The previous day I had decided to put away My phone the whole day and spend time just praying n’ meditating on God’s Word. But after a short prayer, I quickly grabbed my phone, turned it on and went on with my days business, as usual. I couldn’t even stick to my own decision that I had made, to seek the Lord with all my heart, even for a single day, ‘without My Phone’!!! I knew exactly what God meant.

This experience taught me many things. 1. God doesn’t take irreverance to any degree. 2. When we seek Him diligently for answers, He always speaks to us. Third n’ the most important lesson was this. 3. Without the presence of God, our life is as dead as dead can be!

DGS uncle sings this beautiful song, “Neer illadha naalellam naal aaguma, neer illadha vaazhvellam vaazhvaaguma?”. (How can it be called a ‘day’ if you my Lord, are not in it, how can it be called a life, if You my Lord, are not in it.”)

Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,” Psalm 114:6,7

Folks we are living in the last days, where a compromising lifestyle is simply not accepted by Heaven. The Church needs to take utmost care to lead it’s flock in a lifestyle that is completely obedient to the voice of God, at all cost. The last days are days that the path to life gets narrower and narrower. Obedience gets more and more difficult. To add to the temptations of our time, needless to say, technology has become a snare to our walk with God and we don’t even realize it!!!

“….let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1

Whatever is your stumbling block. Cast it away. It is not nearly as important as your salvation. We are in the last days and the race is getting tougher n’ tougher by the day. We need to run this race that is marked out for us, with fear and trembling!! Praise God, we have the Spirit of God to show us our sins, when we fall on our face before our God!!

We serve a good God who is there to help us every step of the way to reach the shore, Yes! But He is also a consuming fire, if we take His grace for granted!

“Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11

Blessed week ahead!

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What on earth were you doing???

After a long time…. Got some time in my hands to pen down my thoughts about something that touched me deeply,. Here we go….

DGS Uncle is a man of God whom I greatly respect. This story was illustrated by his son, Dr Paul.

When DGS Uncle was working in the bank, a friend of his, invited him to stay in his home before a meeting. Uncle obliged. After uncle arrived at his place, they caught up with each other for a while and bid goodnight. The next day his friend was waiting and waiting for uncle to join them for breakfast… and then lunch… but every time he asked, he said that he was praying. Somewhat bewildered, when evening came they left for the meeting and all went well.

The next day, uncle’s friend jokingly asked him… “What on earth were you doing, praying the whole day..”!!! Uncle replied, “When I begin to pray, Jesus comes and I talk to him about people’s problems and he gives me counsel and wisdom for every question and problem. Time just flies… 24 hours seems not to be enough”!!! His friend joked and said, “Next time He comes, ask Him what He thinks about me”.

That evening when uncle sat for prayer the Lord Jesus came… and even before DGS uncle could tell the Lord anything, Jesus spoke about the friend. “Several years ago when he lived in misery, not having a single meal to eat, he would rise up early and seek Me saying, “Lord bless me with some job so that I can eat one meal today. And I would answer his prayer for that day. In the night, he would come and thank me for the meal and the job that I gave him. I enjoyed his time with me. I would wait for him everyday and delight to commune with him.”

“And then I blessed him with a job in a bank and raised him up to a great position. But these days I wait for him, but he never comes to me. In the mornings, he says, “Lord Jesus, you know I have much work to finish”, and when the nights come, I wait for him but He says, “Lord Jesus, you know I’m too tired to pray..” Go and tell him, I long to commune with him and I wait for him everyday” !!

When DGS uncle shared this with his friend, needless to say, the man was moved to tears!!!

Well… this story don’t need any explanation… and to a certain degree we all can identify ourselves with this story, I’m sure!!! As long as we are desperate, we run after God and seek Him much… but when life is comfortable and gets busy…. It’s the same excuse that we all give!!! But the Lord asks us all one question today…

“Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Matthew 26:40

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Time spent with God is time gained… not time wasted!!! Blessed week ahead folks!!!

 

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God’s definition:

It’s the time of the year for self reflection!!!

I often think about the words that God uses when He rebukes man. Hypocrite, fool, wicked, evil and perverse generation, o’ you faithless generation, you of little faith and so on!!! Very often when we read such words, we associate those characteristic traits to ‘someone else’ and not us!!! Perhaps to someone who is living a wild, rowdy life!!! As for us who go to church and do all the christian things well, we usually don’t associate such words!!! But if you take a close look at the Bible and read them carefully, most of these strong words, God uses to His own people, the children of Israel in the old testament and the church/disciples in the New testament!!! The so-called “Christian crowd”!!!

I understood something which was interesting to me!!! For example, when we talk of a wicked person, we associate that word to someone who is living an extreme life, like robbing or killing people or a rapist or someone to that degree!!! That’s man’s way of understanding a wicked person. But when God calls someone as wicked, it is usually a matter of the HEART. Luke 18 captures it best!!!

A tax collector and a Pharisee come to the church to pray. And there stands the Pharisee making a prayer: “I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’” Luke 18:11,12

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ Luke 18:13

Jesus concludes saying that the tax collector went home justified before God!!! Quite obviously the heart of the tax collector touched the heart of God, while the pride of the Pharisee didn’t get him anywhere!!!

As we walk this lenten season, I really do think that it is imperative for us to search our hearts and hear God’s opinion about us. We may be giving our tithes well, we may be doing church well… we may even be serving well… but if our hearts are lifted up to any degree, God sees it and who knows…the sinner out there may be more righteous than the ‘wicked’ in us!!!

Make this time of the year, a time of self-evaluation before the throne of God. God always shows you where you need to change!!! He is a good God and a loving Father who is tireless, when it comes to making us into the image of His Son, Christ Jesus the Nazarene!!!

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Blessed Season of lent to all!!!