Vision is not about us

The tribes of Reuben and Gad owned vast numbers of livestock. So when they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideally suited for their flocks and herds… “Do you intend to stay here while your brothers go across and do all the fighting?” Moses asked the men of Gad and Reuben. (Numbers 32:1,2,6 NLT)

When God gives us a vision, He expects us to reach it without any compromise.

More often than not, we settle for less afraid of losing the provisions He gave us; forgetting, if not for the vision we won’t have that provision in the first place.

We are where we are because of the vision. It is not acceptable that we reach ‘almost’ there and settle for less. The most exciting time is yet to come if we pursue all the way!

After all, vision is not about us! Why we settle for something seems suitable just because vision seems to be impossible? We know its far from who we are called to be. Let’s be bold to cross the Jordan and fight the good fight!

You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. Galatians 5:7-8

Mind your Father’s Business!

“But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49 NLT)

Jesus didn’t asked these as a pricking questions to Joseph & Mary, but asked as innocent as dove!

So, Joseph & Mary couldn’t argue and a paradigm shift happened from that moment on. They knew soon He would move into the very purpose He came for and they wouldn’t have any say about it. Since then, they had to learn to play the role of His parents fearing God, and be careful not to hinder His cause.

For Jesus, growing up was exciting; the more He grew, the more He was closer to His Father.

Shouldn’t be the same rule for us today! The more we grow, the more closer to the Father!

The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. James 4:8

A thorough preparation!

John grew up and became strong in spirit. And he lived in the wilderness until he began his public ministry to Israel. (Luke 1:80 NLT)

John right from his childhood lived up to His motto, “He (God) must increase and I (soul) must decrease!”.

The “I” he knew was his soul, which is his self will, emotion and intellect – these he made sure decrease; meaning these will not be strong enough to overcome his decisions and purpose for his life!

For this reason, he forced himself to live in wilderness where there is not much appetite for his flesh and until his soul (self will, emotions and intellect) submits to his calling.

As soon as he dominated his self, his spirit became strong by the power of God’s Spirit and His word – sharp enough to discern and pinpoint accurately the Lamb of God Jesus Christ, the Messiah to the whole world!

A great preparation was needed for that great calling and the great life of John the Baptist, it wasn’t automatic because God said so. Are we getting ready?

You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah. He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.” Luke 1:14-17

The burning burdens

I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone. (Numbers 11:17 NLT)

Without a doubt delegation is a leadership skill to efficiently lead the people. But when it comes to the burden for the people – there is nothing we could do to delegate or share.

Such burden can’t be taught or trained. No words could describe the deep ache and yearning to achieve what God called and laid upon us. The burden has to come from the same Source we received from, when we were called – directly from God!

Gathering leaders before God often to intercede for the people whom we are called to lead alone will trigger this sharing and spreading of this burden!

When Lord Jesus called out the names of 12 disciples out of His many followers, it wasn’t done to give a position with a title but to appoint them with His burden!

“I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished!…” Luke 12:49 MSG

Prepare for an Overwhelming Victory!

A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the Lord spoke to Moses in the Tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai. On the first day of the second month of that year he said, “From the whole community of Israel, record the names of all the warriors by their clans and families. List all the men… (Numbers 1:1, 2 NLT)

People of Israel were brought out from Egypt with greatest signs and wonders. In wilderness they were protected and provided miraculously. Yet, God told Moses to mobilize an army to defend themselves.

God didn’t led Israelites like cattle by not requiring them to do anything but simply to trust Him. But made them to become responsible, trained them equally as any nations army existed at that time and equipped them with all supplies needed for their families so they can be devoted to these duties.

Only on top of all these necessary duties He entrusted on them, He showed up in their battles, in their weakness, in their impossibilities and made them to conquer!

A God’s child is never exempt from training himself/herself in all that is needed to defend including his/her faith. When we do all that we are required to do diligently by His grace and wisdom – He will add His favor and strength to make us win!

Let’s prepare diligently as we are called not just to conquer but to become more than a conquer thru’ Christ Jesus!

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37, 39

Leave & Cleave

But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6-9 NLT)

God’s plan of “joined together” (marriage) is far higher and not comparable to “living together”.

When God join two to gather, He meant no separation there after.

Marriage is the only relationship where commitment is learnt, appreciated and rewarded.

The commitment is mutual to stay true and be in peace before God and to each other, even if all other relationships may have a misunderstanding for a season. Only then, there is an expression of priority on the new family over the previous family – with parents & siblings.

Praying and thanking God everyday for the spouse He gave is the key for this commitment.

The purpose of the marriage is the commitment to be for each other no matter what happens in this life. God is pleased to show His favor when this commitment is established between the man and his wife.

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22

Exhibiting this committed relationship in our marriage is the true gift to our parents!

His name is Wonderful!

They were completely amazed and said again and again, “Everything he does is wonderful. He even makes the deaf to hear and gives speech to those who cannot speak.” (Mark 7:37 NLT)

Every minute somewhere, someone is touched by Christ Jesus and receives their miracle!

If we take a moment to look back at our own lives (or others who has Jesus Christ as their Lord), we will testify that He is so wonderful!

When Jesus walked among people 2000 years ago, they were in peak of joy as they had the very Creator in midst of them and testified that ‘nothing is impossible for God!’

Today, if we come out of our own small circle and start working with other needy people by introducing Christ Jesus their Savior to them – the stage has been set to see for ourselves the most wonderful things He will do for them!

This is exciting, is there anything impossible for Him!

…and the people begged Jesus to lay his hands on the man to heal him. Mark 7:32

Wherever he went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed. Mark 6:56

As for me and my family we will

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” (Mark 6:4 NLT)

God’s will is to save everyone by bringing them to the knowledge of the truth.

When God saves a person, it is His perfect will to save the whole family – where, He place the calling on the saved individual to reach the whole family with God’s love.

The saved individual since that time is expected to grow in passion, compassion, burden, humility, patience, mercy and wisdom to become a sincere servant in his/her own household to demonstrate the change in character, and a clean motive just to show them the love and plan of God.

If any of the above expected good/godly changes are resisted in that saved individual the plan of salvation for the family gets chocked.

Opposition, humiliation and rejection are very common towards the saved individual by the family and relatives – these are God’s way to bring good/godly change in the individual to come to the total submission to rely on God to make it happen.

The best way to handle the emotions due to such opposition, humiliation and rejection is to reach out the strangers, the unexpected and those in need of God – while keeping a constant eye for an opportunity in the family to tell it all over again!

One by one, surely everyone will be saved if we suffer, persevere and never leave the basic calling of every God’s child – to reach his/her own family.

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers. 1 Timothy 5:8

Keep me burning!

Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out. (Leviticus 6:13 NLT)

Doesn’t matter what we do or don’t in a day, our everyday calling is to submit before God with the fear that He is our Lord. We should never become cold and indifferent to Who He is!

It wasn’t easy for God to find us, save us and deliver us. The fire (His Spirit, the reverence for God) in us came from Him and it is our responsibility to keep it burning – we must spend time to guard it, feed it and use it.

Reason, by letting the fire go – we can’t start a new fire when we want it, that would be a strange fire not fit to please Him.

Keeping the fire on the altar is the only declaration/confession we could do daily to show that we serve God irrespective of our situation and feelings.

Listening and yielding to Holy Spirit is the only supply to keep the fire burning.

God is faithful, one of these days He will stir it up and we will see His glory!

Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. Acts 2:2-4

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. (Psalms 36:1 NLT)

Definition of wickedness in simple words – refusing to do in God’s way.

Isn’t it the problem we see everywhere! The sin in us constantly makes us to rebel against the word, will and way of God.

This is the purpose of sin: to keep us away from God until death comes (wages), which would move us permanently away from God.

Forcing ourselves to do what God wants us to do, and how He wants us to do is the only way to escape the hidden wickedness.

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” Genesis 4:7

Thank God for the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus!

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23