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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!!!

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Merry Christmas… from a different angle!!!

Tis the season of Christmas!!! Needless to say, colorful lights brighten up the season and caroling out in the not-so-cold weather, adds that extra Christmas Cheer!!! A blessed Christmas season to all!!!

One thing that captured my heart or rather touched my heart deeply about Christ, this Christmas season, is the character of God, that saw beyond His own pain and sorrows and ALWAYS sought to bless the life of someone who reached out to Him!!!

It doesn’t feel all that great to be the unloved character in the family or amidst friends. Yet when I think of the life of Jesus, especially as the brutal agony of the cross was getting closer and closer, there were more and more people turning against Him and towards the end, even His closest friends began to curse His name. I often put myself in that situation and try to think how it could have felt!!! To have the entire city stand up against you, and your closest people turn their backs on you, is the worst nightmare for anyone!!!

Yet, as His own heart was being torn apart, His gentle heart reached out to someone who was hurting!!! Be it the healing of Malchus’ ears, or a word of comfort to Mary His mother from the cross, or a word of promise to the thief on the cross….. Jesus was always sensitive to the hearts cries of those around Him!!! And … that character of God touched me deeply!!!

Jesus said “I am the light of the World” John 8:12… and INDEED he was!!! But Jesus also said that “You are the light of the World” Matthew 5:14The question I leave with you this Christmas season is…. “Beyond our own pain and sorrows…. are we being the light in someones life???”

Oh…. we live in times that’s covered in darkness…

And I know that people… are longing to see some light…

So remove every darkness that dwells in my soul…

That I might be the light of the World…. !!!!

Very Happy to come out with my next Song…. ‘Search my Heart’!!! Listen and Enjoy…. and go out and change your World!!!! 

Blessed Christmas Season to all!!!

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My two favorite voices…

I missed my friend. It had been a long time since I heard from the Lord!!! I kept telling Him, “Lord, it has been so long since I heard from you”… I had been travelling quite a bit, so I guess I was well occupied!!!! Now that I’m back home, and back to mundane routines….. I was missing the company of my friend, my Lord!!!

One afternoon when Jeev was home for lunch I was playing some of my favorite singers and singing along. When I was in college one of my favorite singers used to be Mariah Carey. When I got saved, all her cd’s which I had dutifully collected over the years went straight to the trashcan!!! 😀 Nobody told me to do that!!! I just felt that the lyrics of her songs were not in alignment with the things of the Lord!!! And so, it went right to the trashcan!!! However, I truly think that she is one of the best voices I have ever heard…. one of the best voices that the Lord has created: she holds the Guinness records for the best vocal-range and stuff…. She is hard to emulate…. if u can emulate her…. boy… that’s good!!!

And another favorite gospel artist whom I think has an instrument in his voice is David Phelps. These two folks are my favorite voices, though I don’t listen to the former anymore!!! I was bringing the roof down with my energy and my louddddd singing!!!! 😀 My husband and son were glued to their seats …. I wonder what they were thinking!!! Lol!!! But I had no intentions to stop. I like Mariah Careys version of ‘O holy night’ …. n David Phelps’ version too…. I was singing at the top of my voice…. with all my energy!!! And right then came the still small voice…..

The Lord spoke, “If this is your full POTENTIAL, do u think you have given your full potential to Me?” In between the song, I broke down…. God’s ways of catching us right at the unexpected moment and the unexpected place…!!!!! My volume went down…. and I got thinking!!!! When was the last time I sang with all my strength for the Lord???? Well……. I don’t think I ever have…. !!!!

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; Luke 10:27

Strength is an aspect I haven’t much thought about….. perhaps I should!!!! Very often, we give our best strength to the things of the world… and to the world!!! But when it comes to the things of the Lord, we give much lesser than our full ‘POTENTIAL’. The word Potential took on a whole new meaning for me, from that day….. !!!!

Yes!!! God has given you something that can be used to build His Kingdom…. Are you using it??? Are you using it to your FULL POTENTIAL???? Keep pushing yourself AND YOUR KIDS to be better each time, for the LORD first, and then the world!!! Not just with our talents, folks, even our everyday duties are just as important!!!

Coz’ as C.T Studd rightly said, “ Only one life ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last”!!!

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Reach your full potential, for God!!! Yes, It’s in your hands!!!

Happy Thanksgiving season to all!!!! 🙂

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Facebook article!!!

A couple of days ago I read an article on FB. It was about a physically challenged girl who went on to do some great accomplishments in the field of athletics and stunned her on-lookers by her mental strength and determination!!! What interested me more as always, is the comments section!!! While some people praised God for giving her the determination and the grace to help her go beyond her disabilities, most people hurled insults at God for being cruel. Quite obviously, being a Child of the King myself, I was enraged by the comments made about my Father in Heaven!!!

The reason being: In my 10 years of walk with the Lord, if there is one thing that I have understood about my Father it is this. The relationship with Jesus, is the most loving and the most genuine relationship one can ever have!!! It is next to impossible to understand the Father’s heart by being a stranger. You need to be a ‘child’, to understand the Father!!! I have had my share of joys and sorrows in life. Sometimes I have been soooo angry with God and sometimes I am just enthralled by His love and see myself totally undeserving of any goodness at all from Him!!! But that’s all a part of the relationship and I can assure you that the joy and the pain in my life has only made the relationship stronger!!!

Yesterday I had a random thought in the early morning hours…. I was visualising the sky rolling up and making way for the King of all kings to come down to the Earth to receive all His Children unto Himself!!! What a glorious day would that be!!!! Where would all the mockers hide??? What will become of all the scoffers then??? Trust me, that day, ain’t too far!!! It’s coming….. it’s coming…. sooner than we think… Are you prepared to meet thy Father??? Are your Children prepared to meet their Creator???

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

– Jim Hill

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