Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? (Luke 5:23 NLT)
Wherever Jesus went signs and wonders accompanied Him. Constantly crowds exclaimed woo-hoo, wow & hah! But whenever Jesus said Who He is the crowd wanted to kill Him!
They had no problem when He raised the dead but can’t stand when He told He is the Son of God.
Today, it’s no different. The crowd wants the benefits of Jesus Christ but don’t want to give Him the Lordship.
Unless we see and say what Father God and His Word say Who Jesus Christ is, we won’t have deliverance.
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17
…God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” (Psalms 50:14, 15 NLT)
A real tough workout to build our inner person stronger is to make our soul to thank God in disappointments.
Our soul has no clue of what it is to be thankful to God when it goes thru’ disappointment and has nothing tangible to hold on to.
Our spirit on other hand is humbled and is in want of God to lift it up and ready to do anything God asks.
Let your spirit be bold and lead your soul when it is tired and worn out. Lead it in thankfulness of all that God has done.
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Psalm 103: 2, 13-14
God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:2
None of us can find the salvation ourselves. It is God’s salvation that finds us – no matter how far we stray away from His plan for our lives.
Because it is He Who chose us, we have no choice of refusing to believe when His grace and time come upon us.
Until then, we can argue, choose not to believe and do what ever we want. Only then when His grace finds us, we know full well it is not us or our works, but only by His grace thru’ our faith we get saved!
He chose, He gives grace, He gives faith, He saves, He gives love to love Him, He gives obedience to obey Him – there is really nothing we could offer Him.
What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me. Psalm 116:12-13
Save us, O Lord our God! Gather us back from among the nations, so we can thank your holy name and rejoice and praise you. Psalm 106:47
Salvation -> Gathering -> Worshipping is by design irrespective of who we were and our personalities.
There is a deep hunger in every human soul to know God and rejoice in having a closer relationship with Him.
A person may chose not to believe in God or call himself an atheist – but his soul cries out constantly for freedom to believe in God. This freedom is Salvation.
Free from unbelief, religion, traditions, superstitions, pride and foolishness is salvation!
Let your soul rejoice in the Lord in this beautiful season of hope, joy and peace.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
I am my lover’s, and he claims me as his own. Come, my love, let us go out to the fields and spend the night among the wildflowers.Let us get up early and go to the vineyards to see if the grapevines have budded, if the blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love. Song of Solomon 7:10-12
‘Being sold out for Christ’ is often thought as one being passionate for God’s Kingdom in doing things – preaching, teaching, equipping, giving, adding… but important of all these is our prayer life – pouring out time generously, sacrificially just to be with Him rather than asking, crying and pleading to Him.
God has rescued us from the clutches of devil with the precious blood of His Son Jesus Christ, not for us to continue to stay busy and worry about many things; rather to start strengthening the relationship that He has restored back with Him and start celebrating each other!
This kind of prayer life is beyond asking Him to meet our needs or praising Him for Who He is – it is falling in love with Him and being with Him – where He cherish us and we cherish Him – way beyond the worship we know and completely far off from a Master-Slave or a Father-Child relationships into a harmonious one-spirited caught-up-in-total-love type of relationship that we never ever has experienced before!
Any human soul-spirit would never ever want to come back into this flesh again once it has tasted this awesome goodness of being with Christ relationship… a sincere love for God expressed in prayer life would offer a glimpse of this eternity to come!
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:15
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “…The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” Job 1:20-21
Can you imagine losing every blessing one after another in a single day!
None of us can tell how we would react to such tragedy unless we been there before.
Job went thru a heart breaking, total nightmare of losing all his children and wealth in a single day. He tore his clothes, shaved his head to express extreme mourning and emotion, yet, bible says he fell down and worshipped God!
Every evil days are meant to pass away, not to destroy us permanently. If we can hold on to the faithfulness of God and His love, we too will chose to worship God like Job rather than ending our lives or cursing and living bitterly wounded.
We don’t need to lose everything to verify if we genuinely love God or not. Let’s ask ourselves why we worship God today? Am I worshipping God because He gave me something? Am I worshipping God when I lose, things break and when door closes?
Do we worship Him for Who He is and not for the things He gave us?
Then the Levites carried the Ark of God on their shoulders with its carrying poles, just as the Lord had instructed Moses. 1 Chronicles 15:15
God’s presence is not something one could forcefully bring in his own ability or zealous.
There is no new way that we could invent to bring God’s presence.
God is sovereign, He alone is wise, He is the authority and He is the One to create us!
His presence has to be sought only in the way He told to seek. His presence comes in our lives only when we fully follow His instructions. His presence can only be carried (retained in our lives) if we seperate ourselves for Him and serve loyally only Him.
God’s grace and mercy are unbelievable – reaches and touches our lives when we are in need without asking or seeking or deserving! But God’s presence doesn’t come for nothing or by self-efforts.
God’s Word is same yesterday, today and forever like God. God has clearly instructed how one should conduct his life and fear Him in order to serve Him.
When we read God’s Word, train ourselves to obey it sincerely and seek God as He prescribed with all of our heart – nothing could stop His presence flooding into our lives.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. John 14:6
It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul. 1 Chronicles 13:3
Holy Spirit prompted thru’ David that the people of Israel had neglected the Ark of God in their lives.
It is hard to believe that we could neglect the presence of the Almighty God for a season, and not even aware that we did neglected (meaning – we no longer have the presence of God in us or among us).
The reason people of Israel neglected God’s presence was they asked and got a king (Saul) to lead which made them –
Not to walk by faith for God to provide, protect and bless.
No longer worship God their Creator as they had enough food on their table, enough cloth in their closet, good health and plenty of fun.
We are no special creatures than the people of Israel. We are also likely to become just like them to neglect God because He blessed us so much and there is no more physical or worldly needs in our lives that we need to trust in God to provide.
The only way to refrain ourselves from such backsliding / indifference is trust God for our spiritual needs – peace, joy, love, kindness, goodness, patience, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Because all these good and perfect things can only come from
We have constant consistent relationship of dependence on the presence of God when we allow Him to minister to our spirits everyday. Then the Ark of God (His presence, His Word and His authority) is with us.
Serve the Lord with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Psalm 2:11
Being reverent is more than showing a deep respect; it is a relationship to submit totally, give all honor and worship.
This is the only way to serve the Lord. One cannot serve the Lord with a partial obedience, self-glorifying or divided loyalty.
There is a great peace and an uncontainable joy when we deny our selves completely in order to obey God’s Word. This can only be done when the fear of the Lord grips our lives as we worship His holiness and might.
I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at My word. Isaiah 66:2
No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11
How great it is to know that we can bring delight (an extreme pleasure) to the Lord by fearing Him!
Fear of the Lord comes in our lives not because we’re threatened by His power and might, but because of His unbelievable forgiveness and tender mercy towards us.
But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you. Psalm 130:4
The only way to maintain the fear of the Lord is continue to praise Him and thank Him for His forgiveness and mercy.
Isaiah 11 says Lord Jesus Christ delighted in fearing His Father!
“His delight is in the fear of the Lord” Isaiah 11:3
Fear of the Lord is the only thing that brings a mutual delight in God and in us. Let’s delight in Him!