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Need healing for yourself or a loved one? Here are some good resources from Curry Blake, General Overseer of John G Lake Ministries…
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They say “Never quit.” “Never give up.” In some cases, that’s not true. It depends on what you want to or need to quit or give up. If you are a slave to smoking or drinking, then you need to quit – give up – that. You need to be set free. Many people who live in democracies are in bondage – to sin. Or they are captives of disease, depression etc. Are they really free? No…! They need to be set free. Here’s how…
“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” – John 8:36
The best way to be set free from sin is to repent of it before the true living God and ask Him to forgive you and restore you to what He wants you to be. Jesus Christ – the Son of God – wants to set you free today…now. All you need to do is ask him to forgive you and help you overcome your weaknesses. In saying this I assume that you are already a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. If you are not, then you need to become one. Click here to learn how to get born again. Once (or if already) you are a born-again believer, use the suggestion given earlier in this paragraph, exercise your authority in Jesus’ name and choose to receive the freedom that is yours in Christ Jesus! Amen.
O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. – Psalm 96:1
Gospel music star Don Moen’s tour of India this year was a big hit! He conducted a concert and a ‘Worship Seminar’ each at Chennai, Shillong and Mumbai.
I attended the concert at Mumbai since I live in Mumbai. It was a “Wow!” experience for me right from the time I reached the venue to the time I got back into my car. The stage, the sound, the choice of songs and the audience participation – all were of a very high level. To top it all, Don Moen and Team’s performance was excellent! The best part though, was that Jesus Christ was glorified throughout – a great practice session before we worship him forever into eternity. I often feel that one of the reasons why eternal life is eternal is because eternity is what we need in order to thank, praise and worship the Living God! Anything short of that simply wouldn’t do.
Coming back to the event, the tour was organised by The Friendship Club (TFC). TFC is a charitable trust that conceives and manages events surrounding the projects they undertake, like the current Project Friend.
A bit about Project Friend…
Project Friend is an initiative to help cancer patients cope up with tough times. It is not restricted to Christians. It covers cancer patients irrespective of religious affinity. TFC believes that cancer patients, especially the terminally ill, have multiple needs. Not all of these can be met by their families. What use are family members if they cannot support the patient emotionally simply because they are forced to look for funds to treat their loved one? TFC solicits charitable donations for Project Friend from various sections of society (in return for an annual membership to TFC) so that the funds collected can be used to arrange for day care nurses, medicines and other such needs. The TFC team can also periodically visit the patient and pray for them as well as counsel them. Who knows – some or all of them can actually recover completely and may even get saved in the process!
I request you to keep the TFC Team and Project Friend in prayer so that precious human souls on the road to an eternity in hell are saved and spend that eternity in Heaven instead – in the presence of God our Creator. I know how important it is, because just December last, I had lost my first cousin – my best friend – to leukaemia. After all, those other cancer patients too are somebody’s first cousins – somebody’s best friends!
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Everything is not perfect in this world because Earth is not Heaven! Every adult I know has some problem or the other. And the bad news is that we cannot become children again. But the Good News is that Jesus Christ invites us to hand over our heavy burden to him.
Jesus changes lives!
Jesus has changed – transformed – the lives of billions of people over the ages, some of whom I know personally. Like my uncle, for instance. He was deeply in debt, but when he earnestly prayed to Jesus and began attending church and studying the Bible, God cleared his debts in a matter of a few months.
There’s a youngster who was suffering from AIDS. He faithfully prayed to God and began attending prayer meetings at my family friend’s church. He was healed completely within a few months! Medical tests confirmed that he was free of AIDS. He even married after that. Now he attends church and you must hear him pray. I am convinced that the Spirit of God gives him utterance as he prays fluently and just right, quoting Scripture!
One pastor I know was a local rowdy trained in martial arts, until he gave his life to Jesus. Now he has been the world over, preaching the gospel. There was a time, he said, when he could not go to sleep at night unless he had hit someone. The Lord has turned his life completely around and dealt a body blow to the devil in this pastor’s life! “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So if you think your life can do with a makeover, let that makeover artiste be Jesus. He knows a thing or two about turning lives around for the better. He did it for Mary Magdalene, for Saul (Paul) and for me. He can do it for you too. He is the true turnaround expert!
Carrying on from the previous post, marriage can be said to have 4 chief purposes. They apply to us today as much as they applied to Adam and Eve thousands of years ago!
- Companionship: God did not want Adam to be alone or lonely. [And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Gen.2:18)] Though every creature had a mate, Adam did not. So God created Eve to be Adam’s help meet and friend forever.
- Raising of children: “Be fruitful and multiply;” (Gen 1:28) was God’s command to Adam and Eve. He has equipped us with all the resources we need to to procreate and raise children for His glory.
- Intimacy: They say intimacy spells “into+me+see!” That’s true. In Genesis 2:24, we see that God purposed for a man to be joined to his wife (not his girlfriend or his fiancee or his ‘boyfriend’) and become one flesh. Such joining and becoming one flesh was only to be within the confines of a Biblical marriage covenant. But it doesn’t stop at that. Intimacy also means you share your deep fears, joys and traumas with your spouse. Marriage allows you to be intimate in every sphere of life, while at the same time giving a healthy space of solitude to your spouse.
- Security: In live-in relationships, there is no legal security. You cannot force your partner to co-habit with you. But when you truly love your chosen life partner, you want to give and receive a sense of security, that your bonding will be life-long. Only marriage can provide that. God knew we would need this security and so created the institution of marriage.
God is truly amazing, isn’t He! He cares so much for us – for our physical, emotional, biological, social and spiritual needs. And He’s given us everything we will ever need to meet these needs. He’s truly Jehovah-jireh!
How true! Billy Graham’s wife Ruth was once asked if they ever argued and if she ever thought of divorcing him. She said they argued many times, but she never thought about divorce. But yes, she did think once about murdering him! Honest lady, indeed.
Well, no one is perfect. Love as a feeling is transient. So when you base your affections upon the emotion of love, you are vulnerable to its opposite – hatred. But love as a virtue is perfected by Jesus Christ himself, who died for us so that we could have happy marriages; so that our relationships could be healed through faith in him. And when we learn to love our spouses like he loves his Church, we too can walk in perfect love for our spouses. This is especially true for husbands, who the Bible says, should love their wives “just as Christ also loved the Church and gave himself for it.” (Eph.5:25)
Before I upload the next post, let me step back and assess if I love my wife the way Christ loves the Church!
About a month ago on my way back from church, I bought the Mumbai edition of Sunday Mid-day at a traffic signal. I fell short of a One Rupee coin (2 cents or 1.3 pence) and the signal turned green. The poor and ageing vendor said it was okay – “give it to me the next time.” Here’s the rest of the story…
I wondered whether I should have bought the paper at all, as I rarely buy anything at traffic signals. I prayed to the Lord: “Father, may I find the vendor the next Sunday and pay off his One Rupee.” I had even taken his name and saved it in my mobile phone ‘notes’ folder. I didn’t find him for 4 weeks. Meanwhile, I “got an idea” – I would hand over a tract of the Good News to him when I found him. I even prayed for his salvation! And then Sunday last, I was waiting at the same red signal again on my way back from church and voila! He just turns up! I seized the opportunity and took out the One Rupee coin (would you believe, I had stored plenty of them in my wallet since then!) and reminded him of it. He had forgotten about it. He said take a copy free as a gesture of appreciation. But I paid him the Five Rupees that the paper costs. Then I “just recalled” about the tract – but lo – the signal turned green! Immediately, I thrust my bag open and took out a tract – first of the wrong language and then the correct one (in Hindi)…I called out to him as he was moving away…he came and accepted the tract and returned the One Rupee I had preserved for him so long!
I then thanked the Lord about all of this and prayed for his salvation. Won’t you join me in praying for RANA SINGH’s salvation today?
If you are not sure where you will spend eternity, read this post. It could change your life!
On one of the Christian TV shows, I heard someone say that God has a 3-step plan for our lives. Here are those steps, with my inputs added…
God wants to:
- Get us out of the ‘world’: When you give your life over to Jesus, one of the first things he does is is, he takes you away from the world and its petty things. He sets you apart for a higher purpose in life. He makes you a new creation in Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- Get the ‘world’ out of us: In order that Christ can live through us – in order that God can fulfil His purpose for our lives – we need to take our mind off petty things. E.g. “Why was I served less coffee than him?” or “Let her wait outside some more, just like she made me wait yesterday.” God really is above such things and wants us too, to follow suit. If we want God’s Holy Spirit to fill us, we must drive out such negative attitudes from our lives in Jesus’ name. This will create space for the Spirit to reside in our hearts and preside over our lives with full power. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Also, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
- Get us back into the ‘world’: When we let go of our childish attitudes towards life and people, our child-like nature comes to the fore. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” (Mark 10:14,15) Once childlike, we are ready to take up challenging assignments for God’s Kingdom. God too is confident about our capabilities in Christ and sends us out with power to fulfil His plan for our lives. Strange, isn’t it? God trusts a child-like nature more than the nature of an ‘adult’ or a ‘grown-up’! All this does not mean that you cannot begin working for the Kingdom of God while you’re growing as a Christian. It only means that He has greater things in store for you in the days to come.
Today, let us create space for God to write something on our hearts and direct our steps for His glory! Amen.
In the last post, we saw how Jesus, though himself in indescribable pain, cared about the well-being of others, including those who were not even related to him. His attitude teaches us a lesson or two for our personal and professional lives. In this post, we will just look at one example each for both aspects of our lives.
Parents are the best examples of how to live for others the way Jesus did. I did not realise this until: a) I became Papa; and b) I recognised my Heavenly Father’s love for me expressed through the sacrifice of Jesus.<
Now every night, when I sacrifice my sleep to put my son to sleep, I know Jesus did so much more for me and my son both. Or when only a sip of water is left in the bottle and we’re in the car, I let my son have it all…That quenches my heart’s thirst. These are some simple ways I relate to Jesus’ sacrifice. O how the Blood of Jesus meets the need of my spirit to be cleansed in order to be more ‘Christ-like’! Who else could be so selfless? None, but Jesus Christ.
When I was a team coach in a call centre, I had one girl in my team who was on the verge of fainting. I left my workstation and got some biscuits for her and made an electrolyte solution for her. I gave her the prescribed tablet and covered her with a blanket in the ‘relax room’. When our team leader was away, I had my coffee at my desk rather than in the cafeteria, so I could be around when my team needed me. Yet, in my appraisal a team member said that I was never found at my desk when help was required. Another member said I was always at my desk and never moved around to offer help!
I know that I sacrificed in order to make someone’s job easier. What I got in return was brickbats. But then Jesus said, “‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20) This key verse has motivated me to never stop doing the right thing even when situations and people are not in my favour.
The key is to abide in God’s Word – the Bible; because job situations will keep changing, personal problems too may show a new face every time, “Heaven and earth will pass away…” but God’s Word shall not pass away! (Matthew 24:35) It is forever settled in Heaven. (Ps. 119: 89)
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Q: How do I walk on water?
A: Seek God’s face.
I recall Don Moen’s song “Be Magnified.” It goes like this:
“Be Magnified O LORD! You Are Highly Exalted;
And There Is Nothing You Can’t Do.
O LORD, My Eyes Are On You…”
In the last post, we saw what Jesus’ walking on water meant. Now we’ll see how you can walk on water, keeping your eyes fixed on God at all times.
When Jesus asked Peter to come toward him, Peter immediately stepped out of the boat and onto the water (Matthew 14:29). He even walked a few steps on the water. The Bible tells us that he could do so because his eyes were fixed on Jesus. He did not for one moment think about the danger of drowning; because like a child that runs toward its father the moment it sees him, Peter just embarked on water to reach out to Jesus. But then he took his eyes off Jesus and lo – he began to drown (Matthew 14:30)! Jesus, out of compassion and love, came and rescued him. But Peter must have learned a lesson or two there. Thank God, you and I need not drown in our sorrows and crises. We have Peter’s example before us, written in God’s own Word – the Bible. We need simply fix our gaze on the Lord and he will take care of us.
In your particular situation, fixing your eyes on God means seeking His face. Here’s how to go about it:
* Begin by praising God.
* Pray about your problems.
* Thank Him for allowing these problems to come upon you, so you could turn to Him for help.
* Commit your problems to God.
* Look up verses in the Bible stating God’s promises. A good Study Bible can help you do this.
* Thank God for the promises and claim them.
* Believe that He has solved your problems.
* Thank Him for solving them and for giving you victory over the situations.
* Praise Him again for being who He is and enjoy His presence.
* Do all in your power to manifest the solution and give God the glory.
The best thing is that through the thick and thin, Jesus is with you. Psalm 37:28 says, that God “does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever…” That’s Jesus for you.
Happy walking on water!