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

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Is there anyone better than our God!

But Balaam responded to Balak’s messengers, “Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord my God. But stay here one more night, and I will see if the Lord has anything else to say to me.” (Numbers 22:18, 19 NLT)

God’s will is not going to change by waiting, negotiating or sacrificing.

His will is always good and just, and He is committed to protect and save those who put their trust in Him!

Thank God, He shows no partiality! Thank God, He stands strong in His commitment! Thank God, He makes promise and never change His mind! Thank God, He never desert us because someone else is better! Thank God, He truly love us and great is His faithfulness!

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Psalm 118:5-9

Shocking Surprise

“How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” (Luke 1:25 NLT)

Elizabeth and Zachariah probably managed their expectation as they grew old and wasn’t expecting God to give them a child anymore.

When God gave John the Baptist as their child – they were old and it wasn’t a sweet surprise but was a shocking surprise to learn that God indeed want them to have a child and intended to give at His time – the right time!

Unlike Abraham and Sarah they didn’t had a promise to wait for a child, but they resolved in their hearts to serve the Lord and allowed His will to prevail.

Yes, Elizabeth was too old to have a baby and Mary was too young to have a baby – but it was God’s perfect timing to send John the Baptist, the forerunner and Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior in just the right time when we were utterly helpless!

God is very kind to meet your needs and give your heart’s desire – you can’t hope more to receive it sooner or lose hope to escape the shocking surprise from your dear Lord!

The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Psalm 138:8

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4

First portion to the first love

“When you arrive in the land where I am taking you… you must set some aside as a sacred offering to the Lord. Present a cake from the first of the flour you grind… as you do with the first grain from the threshing floor. (Numbers 15:18-20 NLT)

Not just entering the promise land requires obedience to God so He would fight for us, staying in the promise land requires a continual obedience so His power will keep us!

It is essential that a mutual trust is established between God and ourselves right from the beginning that we would be His people and He would be our God. This means we obey God and He will protect us and provide us.

First step to show God that He can trust us is by showing our first love is for Him. This means keeping Him first in all we earn, spend and do!

If we really trust God we trust His command to tithe (first portion) of all we earn!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways,and He will guide you on the right paths.
Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest; then your barns will be completely filled,and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:5-6, 9-10

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!

Need Help?

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. (Psalms 40:1, 3 NLT)

God created mankind and has kept under His authority. It is a simple truth, but many struggle and fail to understand.

The significant importance of having an authority is to go and get help when we are in need. Also, the responsibility of the authority is to help the helpless.

When our lives are surrendered to God, we acknowledge His authority over our lives. Then, no matter what we go thru’, we can cry unto Him – He is in charge to help us, great is His faithfulness, He is the only one truly love us, and nothing is impossible for Him!

Who don’t want to be under such great authority! Let’s understand our design and place ourselves under His wings.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.” Psalm 91:1-4, 9-16

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