Dec 16, 2011

When your heart fails

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.
                                                                                     - Psalm 73: 26 (Amplified Bible)

Ever had those days when you tried and tried and still nothing was happening? -Like, when you were expecting God to give you that promotion at work for being a model employee yet your boss fails to notice you, or worse, gives the promotion you thought you deserved to someone else. And there are those times when it comes to the people in your life when you just wish they understood you better instead of complaining all the time. Or what about that disease (be it a cold or cancer) that never leaves? Its just a few examples to what you and I go through in life, facing situation after situation, expecting it to get better but it doesn't get anywhere near to 'good'.

Friend, I too like you have lost

Dec 15, 2011

Who is Blessed?

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his refuge and trust, and turns not to the proud or to followers of false gods.

                                                      - Psalm 40:4 (Amplified Bible)

There have been many times in life that I have been stuck in bad situations where I have been a nervous wreck, not knowing what to do, asking everyone I knew for help and suggestions. And when that didn't work out, I resorted to

Aug 22, 2011

To save, not condemn you

Do you ever picture God? Was there a time when you would sit down and wonder, " Hmm..I wonder how God actually is..or looks like..what does He think like?" Do you observe that our perception of God changes according to our circumstances? Say, when you get a promotion or a gift, you think that God is blessing you. And when you are stuck in a bad circumstance or

Aug 6, 2011

The Lord's Prayer: Kingdom Come

'Your kingdom come'. The word 'Kingdom' in Merriam-Webster's dictionary is defined as ' a realm or region in which something is dominant'. In the Kingdom of God, God's Kingship rules. Its the redemptive kingship of God that will be on earth soon. Jesus spoke of it in His prayer. It is a kingdom where

Jul 30, 2011

The Lord's Prayer 2: Letting go

And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven.
                              - Luke 11:2(Amplified Bibile)

When  you are trusting God, you will be confident in  Him to say "Let Your will be done". That verse may be one of many verses that might find struggle in us as we are programmed since birth to rely on people. Not God. And when we grow as adults,

Jul 29, 2011

The Lord's Prayer 1: Praise unto the Lord!

And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven.
                                   - Luke 11:2 (Amplified Bible)

 'The Lord's Prayer'. It only takes a few moments to pray this but do you really know what you are praying? Have you paid attention? I am not blaming you, friend. Its something many Christians do - paying no attention to what they pray or utter when they pray. I was also like them. As a new

Jul 28, 2011

The Lord's Prayer

And He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done [held holy and revered] on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us daily our bread[food for the morrow].
And forgive us for our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us [ who has offended us or done us wrong]. And bring us not into temptation but rescue us from evil.
                                     - Luke 11:2 - 4

This week, we shall focus on the Lord's Prayer. Let us learn about the essence of the daily prayer of every Christian. Every day, this week, we shall focus on certain topics related to the Lord's Prayer. God bless you.

Jun 27, 2011

James 5:12-20

12But above all [things], my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation.
13Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God].
14Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him wit oil in the Lord's name.
15And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offences, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart].  The earnest (heart-felt,continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available.
17Elijah was a human being with a nature such as we have [with feelings, affections, and a constitution like ours]; and he prayed earnestly for it to rain, and no rain fell on the earth for three years and six months.
18And [then] he prayed again and the heavens supplied rain and the land produced its crops [as usual].
19[My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God],
20Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one's] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert].
                          - James 5:12-20

Patience is something that God teaches us. Some seem highly endowed with it and some seem to have none of it all.But the waiting period still frustrates us sometime or the other. It is this period of waiting where we are expectant of the Lord for what we had asked for and is yet to come. It is a period where we say, "Lord, I know that You have listened to my prayers and know the needs and desires of my heart and that You are not ignoring me but instead, taking care of me. I believe that You will bring it to pass in Your Own good time. Meanwhile, continue enabling me and

Jun 21, 2011

James 5: 7- 11

7So be patient, brethren, [as you wait] till the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits expectantly for the precious harvest from the land. [See how] he keeps up his patient [vigil] over it until it receives the early and late rains.
8So you also must be patient. Establish your hearts [strengthen and confirm them in the final certainty], for the coming of the Lord is very near.
9Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you [yourselves] may not be judged. Look! The judge is [already] standing at the very door.
10[As] an example of suffering and ill-treatment together with patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord [as His messengers].
11You know how we call those blessed (happy) who were steadfast [who endured]. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the Lord's [purpose and how He richly blessed him in the] end, inasmuch as the Lord is full of pity and compassion and tenderness and mercy.
                           - James 5:7-11 (Amplified Bible)

So far we have learned through the previous verses of James 5 that lust of Money is corruptible and leads us to sin in many different ways. And those that have fallen, do not go unnoticed by God.

But why do we desire money, in the first place? This is an important question to note. Just take,say, a 2 year old kid. Does he desire money? Does he care for more than his mother's love and and his father's care? He is absolutely carefree. The reason we care/crave after money so much is that

Jun 18, 2011

James 5:4-6

Yesterday, we have taken a look at verses of chapter 5: 1-3 of the book of James teaching us about the consequences of lusting after worldly riches.Today we shall focus on the continuing verses 4-6.

[But] look! [Here are] the wages that you have withheld by fraud from the laborers who have reaped your fields, crying out [for vengeance]; and the cries of the harvesters have come to the ears of the Lord of hosts.
[Here] on earth you have abandoned yourselves to soft (prodigal) living and to [the pleasures of] self-indulgence and self-gratification. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
You have condemned and have murdered the righteous (innocent man). [while] he offers no resistance to you.
                    - James 5:4-6(Amplified Bible)

Here James speaks of the evils of going after worldly pleasures. Anything and everything in this life is sure to affect us. But it very much depends on the choice we make - whether we choose to go on the right path or the wrong. And going after money is surely treading on dangerous waters. Why? Here in James 5:4, the Lord clearly shows us what the nature of the people changes to when they crave riches - they, in the greed of wanting more money, not only pile up their own wealth but also hold back the wages and salaries of those who have earnestly worked for them. How many people do you know that do this? When we enter the commerical street, we get to see many examples as