Jan 25, 2011

"Christian fasting - what does the Bible say?"

Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it of Christians. At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23). Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33). Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.


Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). Fasting should be limited to a set time, especially when fasting from food. Extended periods of time without eating can be harmful to the body. Fasting is not intended to punish the flesh, but to redirect attention to God. Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either. The purpose of a biblical fast is not to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God. Anyone can fast, but some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example). Everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God.


By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others. Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Jan 24, 2011

Making the right choice

Making the right choice isn't as difficult as you might think.
A new year is here and as friends, I want you to know that God has great things in store for you. He knows your hopes, your dreams and your heart's deepest cry.
In this new season, you may have already made the decision to put away the Christmas decorations or you may be waiting until April when things are a little less hectic...if that season really does exit!
The truth is your choices-small ones and large ones-affect your future!
Today I want to encourage you that it is possible for you to begin making good choices that will change your future for the better.
You don't have to be a victim of your circumstances and longer!
Please hear me. Don't wait for people or circumstances to change before you examine your own behavior. You need to choose to change because YOUR FUTURE depends on it.
If you don't like your life or you don't like the way things are going, it’s time to make some new choices.
Making right choices boils down to making one simple choice on a daily basis.
In other words, whenever you are faced with a choice, ask yourself which decision will lead to life and which will lead to death.
Here's a little hint: Choose life and you'll always make the right decision. It doesn't get any simpler than that.
Making Right Choices, Wisdom Releases Power, Make Your Own Decisions and choose boldness instead of Fear.
Freedom has responsibility. Yes, we are free to choose, but the right choice is life-one that is filled with meaning and joy.
Wisdom always chooses to do now what it will be satisfied with later. The right choice sometimes means looking further down the road and realizing that our decisions have long term consequences.
Anybody who wants to see change in their life must change their decisions. This is huge. We must understand this.
Every right decision you make helps reverse a wrong decision from the past. The good news is that we can move beyond wrong decisions of the past. The more good decisions we make, the better our path will be.
Slow down-think before you talk. Wish I would have learned this one earlier! Our words have such a lasting effect-either good or bad-so learn now how to make your words have the greatest possible positive impact.
I want this to be a year of great things in our life. I know you know that, but I want to encourage all to make life-giving choices. Even if you feel like you've fallen short...
... Today is a new day, and God's mercies are available to us without limits or reservations
Decide right now with me that no matter what your past has been, you will choose to make the future ever brighter...by choosing life and allowing your daily decisions to reveal the love and blessings of God in AND through all of us children of our Creator.
We face many choices every day. No matter what the situation, it can be very easy to get stressed out about making the right choices. But I want you to know that God's way of making decisions-while it might not always be easy-is very simple.
God has given us two choices: life and death, I don't know about you, but I want to choose life, every single time! So when you find yourself faced with a decision, whether it affects your entire future or maybe just the next few minutes, think it through and ask yourself, Will this decision bring life?
Instead of running around worried about what to do next, simply follow God's plan and choose life! I promise, choosing His life will always lead you in the right direction.
"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make, Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants Might Live! Deuteronomy 30:19
There's only ONE Choice...
Choose LIFE!

Jan 19, 2011

THE SILENT SERMON

THE SILENT SERMON

This is very up lifting! It blessed me today, I am sure you, too will be blessed.

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.
It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing.
In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs.
After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.
The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, ‘Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday'.
We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little. Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.
The Lord is my Shepherd ----- that's a Relationship!
I shall not want ----- that's Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----that's Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters -----that's Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul ----- that's Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --that's Guidance!
For His name sake ----- that's Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death--that's Testing!
I will fear no evil ----- that's Protection!
For Thou art with me ----- that's Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me -----that's Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies------that's Hope!
Thou anointest my head with oil ----- that's Consecration!
My cup runneth over ----- that's Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life----that's Blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord -----that's Security!
Forever ----- that's Eternity!
Face it, God is crazy about you!

Earth Quake in New Delhi

Earth Quake in New Delhi at 2 Am .... A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck southwestern of Pakistan,Pls pray for North India.........God is shaking all this Places........
Are you in the region? Have you been affected by the earthquake...pl share more information....

Jan 17, 2011

Testimony of Kishore with Brain Tumor for 15 years

TESTIMONY JAN 17, 2011


Today, the 17th of January 2011, marks the 15th anniversary of the diagnosis that was to turn my world upside down. I would like to take this opportunity to testify to God’s goodness and mercy to my family and me for the past 15 years. I thank God for giving me Renuka, my wonderful wife, who has faced these trials with me, without whose patient and constant encouragement, I might have given up long ago.

In January ’96, after a seizure in the middle of the night, I was diagnosed as having a brain tumor. The doctor’s initial prognosis was bleak. Based on the MRI films and the size and location of the tumor, it was deemed ‘inoperable’ and the doctor said that I had probably 6 to 18 months to live. When Renuka, asked him whether I would be able to return to work, the doctor said to her “Consider him unemployable from today.” I don’t remember now what thoughts raced through my mind, but Renuka tells me that my first reaction was to express concern about who would take care of my parents and how she and the kids would manage without me. At that time my daughter was just 2 months old and my hopes of seeing her and her brothers grow up were dashed.

I had to face the fact that I might die within the year. Gone were my illusions of living to a ripe old age. Most of us don’t like to think about death till it is too late. I was one of them. But now I had to face my own mortality and what I would do when I faced God. Would I be considered “good enough” to go to heaven, or was I destined for the other place. I knew immediately where I was headed and it was certainly not eternity with God. The reason was that something vital was missing from my life – and that was Jesus.

For the first time in my life I realized the truth that no one is really born a Christian. One may be born in a Christian home, go to church regularly, read the Bible, know all about Jesus and still not be a Christian. Yes, I knew about Jesus, knew that he had died for our sins, etc, etc. But these were all just facts stored in my mind. But I had not allowed that knowledge to penetrate my heart because I knew it would cost me the one thing I treasured most – control over my life. I had been drifting along in life, doing well by the world’s standards, but by God’s yardstick – Jesus Christ – I was utterly lost. But God loved me so much that he sent a storm to shake me out of my complacency and give me a second chance. Most people don’t get one. People get killed just crossing the road, or have a heart attack and die without getting a chance to invite Christ into their lives. I wonder how many people in the twin towers, the Pentagon or aboard the hijacked airliners on that fateful day of September 11, 2001 had that chance.

Yes, God gave me a second chance. He was not the cause of the brain tumor. But He used it to send me a “wake up” call. I read several passages from the Bible over and over again and finally made, in some ways, the most difficult decision of my life. I said to Jesus, “Lord, I have been running from you all my life. But I am tired and can’t run anymore. I surrender my life to You.” I felt a deep peace flooding my heart that I had never felt before in my life. Since that day, He has been teaching me lessons that I sometimes take a long time learning. When that happens, He has to hit me over the head for me to get the point. Hebrews 12:5-6 has particularly comforted me. It reads, “My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”

For 5 years, God sustained me and kept me in good health. The tumor was stable and so other than anti-seizure medication I only went for follow up MRIs every few months. Although the initial diagnosis was that I would be unemployable, I went back to work within a few weeks and began to work regular hours. Soon everything returned to the usual routine. With the passage of time, I become wrapped up in the “busy-ness” of daily living – focusing on my family, my job, my home – in short, taking back control of my life which I had surrendered to Jesus just a few short years ago. God knew it was time to really get my attention. He lifted His hand of protection. The tumor turned malignant.

In January 2001 I had 3 grand mal seizures. I was rushed to ER where they stabilized my condition. Tests showed that the tumor was growing. The doctors advised surgery followed by radiation. We immediately requested prayer from friends and family and within a week a huge prayer chain was set in motion. The next truth I have come to understand is that there is power in prayer. I don’t consider myself braver than the average person. But when the day of the surgery came around, I was the most cheerful person in the pre-op ward. God had given me peace that amazes me even today. I am convinced that it was because of the prayer support from family and friends.

The doctors warned us that since I had a left frontal lobe tumor that was located close to the section in the brain which is responsible for memory, speech and movement for the right side of my body, there was the risk that I might lose my short or long term memory, lose my speech or become paralyzed. Little did we expect what was to come. God, in His perfect wisdom, was planning to teach us lessons that one can learn only through actual experience. I was trying to become spiritually more mature by reading the weather reports.  But God in his infinite goodness realized that what I needed was not just to “read” weather reports, but to actually live through a storm to experience His infinite love, power and wisdom. And what a storm it was.

During surgery, everything went as planned. The surgeon even prayed with us before the surgery, and was able to successfully remove 80% of the tumor. However when they woke me up in the recovery room, I was able to respond correctly to all their instructions except one. When they asked me to stick my tongue out straight, I wasn’t able to. Instead it would curve to the left. It was then that I realized that something was wrong. The vocal cords and muscles on the left side of my throat were paralyzed and I found that I could not swallow anything - not even my own saliva. Another side effect was that I could barely speak above a whisper. I thought that everything would be back to normal within a few days. But when the neurologist visited me the next day and conducted several tests, he was not able to give me any assurance that my swallowing and my voice would return to normal any time soon.

Those were not easy days for us. I had to be fed intravenously and by the end of the week all my veins had collapsed. When despair would threaten to overwhelm us, Renuka and I would turn to the Bible for encouragement. The therapist had to literally teach me to swallow again. I didn’t realize till then that over 30 muscles in our throat need to work together for us to be able to swallow. While little babies come into this world knowing how to do this instinctively, to teach an adult to swallow is one of the most difficult tasks a therapist has. There was no guarantee that I would ever learn to swallow and though there were minor improvements it became obvious that I would need to be discharged with what is called a PIC line inserted somewhere near my armpit directly into larger blood vessels that would not easily collapse. The Word of God and the prayers of people around the world are what pulled us through those dark days. How easy it would have been if we had known in advance that my ability to swallow would return and that eventually I would be able to speak normally. But God wanted to teach me to live by faith, not by sight. He wanted me to place my future entirely in His hands, not knowing what would happen, but trusting His plan for me.

To cut a long story short, my ability to swallow improved slowly and I was able to leave hospital without the PIC line. Within a month my swallowing returned to normal, though it took more than a year before I was able to speak normally. In the process I have learnt many lessons - that of faith, patience, not taking anything for granted, being thankful for everything. And I am still learning new lessons each day. Renuka has been my strength and support every step of the way. She has had to shoulder many of the household responsibilities that I normally would be expected to do and done so, uncomplainingly. Never has she more exemplified the vows that she took at the altar “In sickness and in health” than during this crisis.

After surgery there was a dramatic reduction in the number of seizures and on an average I was getting only about one seizure each week.  Suddenly on Valentine’s Day (2002), I started getting petite mal seizures once every hour or so. We rushed to the ER and when they couldn’t control my seizures, I was transferred to the NYU Epilepsy Center where I was hooked to a 24-hour EEG monitoring system. I was in, to use medical jargon, “status epilepticus” where one seizure follows another in quick succession. The intervals between seizures had become 10-15 minutes.

Every time I had a seizure Renuka used to hold my hand and pray with me. At first we were truly trustful and prayed with a quiet assurance that God would bring the seizures under control. But after 3 days there was absolutely no sign of any improvement and in fact things were getting worse. I was now getting a seizure once every 5 minutes and we were getting desperate. But God was patient with us and impressed upon us the truth that it was our duty to pray and His duty to answer (according to His wisdom and in His time). He brought to mind several incidents in the Bible where men of God had to persevere in prayer and wait for the blessing. While God was teaching us lessons in patience and perseverance, the doctors had in the meantime tried out all possible medications available in the US and finally decided to try a non-FDA approved drug from Canada. God blessed that medication and soon the seizures came under control. Several days later I was discharged from the hospital and from that day to this, by the grace of God, my seizures have been well controlled with the new medication.

But this testimony gets even more exciting. As far as our kids were concerned the only thing I couldn’t do that other dads could, was drive. So they had been praying for ever so long that I would start driving soon. Honestly I never ever prayed that prayer because I felt that was like asking for toppings on an ice-cream! But after having been seizure free for almost 2 years, the New Jersey DMV reinstated my driving privileges based on my physician’s certificate. God had heard the seemingly impossible prayer of 3 little children and answered it in such a spectacular way.

Looking back I can now understand God’s silence when we kept begging that the seizures stop and they didn’t. I can now see that God had a much better plan in mind. He had to let my condition deteriorate to force the doctors into trying the non FDA approved drug that would bring my seizures under control. I was fortunate that in this instance I could see His plan and understand His purpose within a few months. But sometimes we do not see it this side of Eternity. There are some things we will understand only in heaven.

Since my initial diagnosis, except for a few weeks off during surgery, radiation treatment and during the Valentine’s Day episode in 2002, I worked continuously at my job. I was rewarded with promotions and made my way up the corporate ladder. However due to the adverse impact the tumor and its treatment has had on my cognitive abilities over the years, I eventually had to go on disability in 2007. This was a blow to my self esteem, but I refused to let it overwhelm me. I asked God to show me how I could continue to serve Him and he led me to a wonderful Christian mission organization that needed a volunteer with my skills: the American Council of the Ramabai Mukti Mission. Since I started volunteering there, I have been truly blessed to be a part of a staff of believers who earnestly seek God’s will in all that they do - primarily to mobilize prayer, financial and missionary support for the Ramabai Mukti Mission, one of India’s oldest  Christian charitable organizations. They have just 2 full time staff members and the rest are volunteers, like me. While my main role is computer related, I am also called upon to stuff envelopes and do anything else that needs to be done. My main fulfillment comes from contributing to the growth of God’s kingdom in the lives of women and children that the Mukti Mission transforms in India.

In May 2008, a routine scan showed that the tumor had started growing again. Since the location of its growth was too deep seated, conventional surgery was ruled out. We prayed that God would give the doctors the wisdom to choose the right treatment option. After consulting with a panel of specialists, my neuro-oncologist decided that the best course of action would be for me to undergo a Gamma Knife procedure, a non-invasive procedure that allows strong doses of radiation to be delivered directly to the tumor, with minimal impact on surrounding normal brain tissue. Once again God heard our prayers and those of our family and friends. The treatment proved to be successful and follow up scans showed that tumor growth had been controlled.

In Sept 2009, again scans revealed that the tumor had started growing in the same location where the Gamma Knife procedure had been performed, ruling out a repeat of the procedure. So we prayed again for God to guide the doctors in deciding on my course of treatment since we had run out of traditional treatment options, except chemotherapy. What we did not know at the time was that my neuro-oncologist had earlier been part of a clinical trial that was testing a cutting edge (but experimental) ‘anti-angiogenesis’ drug that worked by cutting off blood supply to tumors. So in addition to conventional chemotherapy, I was put on this drug which was administered intravenously. There were several risks associated with this treatment, but praise God, other than nausea and one occasion when I had to have an emergency transfusion of platelets, I successfully completed 6 cycles of treatment in April 2010. I have since been going for follow-up MRIs and the treatment seems to have been effective in controlling the tumor for which I am humbly grateful to God.

However, our trials were far from over. The insurance company refused to pay bills that totaled $252,000 on the grounds that the treatment was experimental. We were devastated. We appealed their decision and prayed that God would somehow work all this out for us. After several months of appeals and counter appeals, the insurance company finally agreed to pay the bills from January going forward. While we were immensely grateful that they agreed to pay from January onwards, we still owed the hospital $126,000 for the treatments from Sept to December and had no idea how we would pay such a huge amount. But God was working behind the scenes just as we had asked Him to. Out of the blue, the hospital wrote off the entire amount! This kind of thing doesn’t just happen. “Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.”

These past few years have not been easy ones for us, but they have been truly blessed ones – years in which we have tasted God’s love, felt His presence, experienced His power, enjoyed His peace and delighted in His provision. He has used this illness to teach us many lessons and to draw us closer to Himself.

When I came to know the Lord, I became a new creation as in 2 Corinthians 5:17. But God doesn’t just stop there. As Max Lucado puts it so well, “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.”  The process of sanctification is life-long. Today, I am who I am because of God’s mercy, goodness and faithfulness and I can honestly echo the words of Dwayne Pottieger, a brain tumor patient and Christian speaker, who said “I would never have chosen the path I now walk…But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.” So while I don’t know what the future holds, good or bad from a worldly perspective, I am convinced that it will work out for our good from an eternal perspective.

I hope that everyone reading this is sure of their eternal destiny. If not, I would urge you to examine your hearts and ask yourself the vital question I had to ask myself in Jan 1996 “If I were to die today am I prepared to face God?” Please don’t trust your own “goodness” because being “good” isn’t good enough. What you need to do to be assured of salvation is to accept Jesus into your heart. It is not an easy decision to make, but is the best one you can make. Once you make the choice to let Jesus take control of your life, He will begin changing you from the inside out and life will take on a whole new meaning.

Understanding the urgency

Understanding the urgency Esther 4 : 4
1 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king's gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. 3 In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in sackcloth and ashes. 4 When Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them.

We all have heard and read about the calling of Esther. She was an ordinary orphan girl who was raised to be the queen of a nation. Though her beginning was very humble, at the end she played an extraordinary role in escaping the Jews. Leaving her beginning and end, we are going to meditate how she was in the middle.

In the above passage, we see already Esther was placed in a royal position, However she closely followed the instructions from her uncle Mordecai (Esther 2:10). Also Mordecai was very keen to notice Esther and her progress on a daily basis. This shows how much Esther was keen to humble herself to listen to the voice of her mentor though she was in a high position. This is a very mandate character we need to develop despite our position and exaltation.

At the same time, when Esther happened to know Mordecai wearing sackcloth and sitting on ashes through her maids, she failed to realise the urgency of intercession needed, instead she sent clothes for Mordecai to put on. But Mordecai did not accept them. Here we see that Esther was expected to feel distressed knowing the plan to annihilate Jews. But she got distressed looking upon Mordecai’s sack clothes. This is how we take situations so lightly without knowing the real importance and urgency. There was a great plan on her life. But she was slipping into petty things and got carried away from Godly plan. This kind of attitude in us simply delays the process of God’s plan and calling upon our lives.

The above shared things were so useful for me in my personal walk with God. I hope that it will be blessing for you as well.

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The same boat


Luke 5:3

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

This is not a new incident for us. We all know how Simon was blessed when he listened to the voice of the living God and was overwhelmed in his business. But more than that there is a simple hidden truth underlying and it is very practically expected from each of us. I hope this reading will be a blessing for us as you scroll on further.

The first concept shows that Simon had worked all night and he appeared to be very unsuccessful. Basically he had toiled for no gain. During that moment, Jesus got himself to one of the boats that belonged to Simon and asked Simon to put out the boat a little from shore. Here we understand Simon did not ask or request Jesus to use his boat but Jesus himself has chosen his boat. This is what meant by Lord’s calling in our lives, it is not we chose what we need to do, but it is He who chooses us from our mother’s womb and He calls us by our name ( John 10:3). There might have been several boats, but Jesus chose what he wanted, that is Simon’s boat.

The second concept indicates Simon’s obedience in letting Jesus use his boat to preach the gospel. Simon became a channel of blessing for others when he himself was a failure. We don’t know how many would have accepted Jesus as their saviour on that day and how many would have been healed listening to the teaching of Jesus. Though Simon played a very insignificant part, just a facilitator role, he was bestowed with double fold blessing for his obedience. He was blessed in his worldly fishing business with an exceeding abundance which he has not seen before and also at the same time He was chosen to be a fisherman of people. Praise God.

The interesting third concept is Jesus wanted Simon to use the same boat once again which had failed him before. Jesus is alone the specialist who can bless us in the same place where we met failure and loss. The sole reason is we are called to glorify Him in the same place where we were humiliated as He turns our mess into a message. Everyone was astonished seeing the abundance Simon had and that can be true in our lives today as well as we believe and serve the same God.

May God bless you through this reading.

God's commitment in your calling

Psalm 106:23 So he said he would destroy them- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Lord not only calls people to do his ministry but He enables them to accomplish their calling. We are going to meditate on this topic and see how Lord fulfilled the calling upon Moses’s life and enabled Moses to stand in the breach.
In the book of Jeremiah 1:5 Lord says before I formed you in the womb I knew you. The same way devil also knows the calling upon our lives when we are formed in the mother’s womb. If we see further, devil also plans his strategies to bring destruction upon God’s purpose and calling. Moses was not an exception for this. When Moses was born, the rule from Pharaoh was to throw all the boys that were born into the Nile River. Exo 1:22. Hence Moses was not exempted from this when he was born but Lord used his mother to hide him for the first three months. It should have been the greatest miracle than the crossing of red sea, I would say. Every woman will surely agree with this, how you will prevent a little new born from crying. Crying is the expression they exhibit more often to express their appetite and basic wants. Lord has prepared Moses right from there.
Secondly when Moses’s mother could not hide him any longer, she made a papyrus basket and placed him on it and left it along the reeds on the bank of Nile river. Now, Moses cried and Pharaoh’s daughter felt sorry for him though he was a Hebrew baby. Now, Moses’s sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter whether she could bring a nursing mother for the baby and Moses’s mother was able to nurse him and bring him up and she was paid for that. Praise God. This is the second greatest miracle right. Have you ever heard that a mother was paid for feeding her own child? But here, Moses’s mother was paid well from princess for feeding her own son. When all other male newborns were thrown into Nile, Lord protected His anointed one and nourished him too.
Thirdly, Lord made the enemy itself to protect and bring up Moses. What a marvellous God we serve. Ex 2:10 says when Moses grew older, Pharaoh’s daughter took him as her son and named him Moses.
Especially Lord clearly says from the life of Moses for those who are doing Lord’s ministry that He is the same God even today and He is committed to protect and nourish us even in our worst predicaments. Our enemy(saitan) can try to sink us in this worldly pressure, but Lord will make the same situation to bring Glory to His name. Because God is God – Halleluyah. So please do not give up looking at the challenges in your ministry, It was the same for Moses, Joseph, Daniel and every single person quoted in the Bible. Though their beginnings were humble, the ends were glorious. Yours will be the same, Amen.

Testimony of a person who lost two young sons in the span of 15 days

Jan 15, 2011

GODLY SORROW


PRAISE THE LORD..!


I am going to tell you about two different sorrows that are mentioned in the Bible.

1)     GODLY SORROW
2)     WORLDLY SORROW

2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 

From the above verse we can see that there will not be any regret in us regarding the godly sorrow that we went through. Instead it will bring repentance in us and will lead us to salvation.

But worldly sorrow will bring death, death to our spiritual life, death to our prayer life, death to our family life etc.

In the next verse we can see more explanation regarding the Godly sorrow:

2 Corinthians 7:11
See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

Godly sorrow will produce things in our life when worldly sorrow destructs things in our life.

Let us see what all things Godly sorrow produces in us:
1)      Earnestness-  (characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind)
2)     Eagerness to clear yourselves- (marked by enthusiastic or impatient desire or interest)
3)     Indignation- (anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean)
4)     Alarm- (sudden sharp apprehension and fear resulting from the perception of imminent danger)
5)     Longing-  (a strong desire especially for something unattainable)
6)     Concern- (to have an influence on)
7)      Readiness to see justice done-  (prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action)

Thus Godly sorrow produces in us new things while worldly sorrow brings death.

Example for Godly sorrow: Peter’s sorrow (Luke 22:60-62). Peter wept bitterly here, but his sorrow produced in him all the things what we discussed above.

Example for Worldly sorrow: Judas’s sorrow (Matthew 27:3-5). Here his sorrow brings death to him.

Now by these verses we can distinguish between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow and can be prepared to face the situations accordingly by the grace of God.

MAY GOD BLESS U ALL…

Jan 14, 2011

Examine yourself

2 Corinthians 13:5 (New King James Version)

5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.



Nothing more to say, let us examine ourself, whether Christ is in us or outside, whether we are qualified or disqualified....


May God bless you all to be a qualified warrior for Christ...

Jan 10, 2011

..Wind of Love...

Heyy.. All the Praise to our awesome GOD... :)
A very Happy New Year to all of u n have a very Blessed year ahead... :) <3

" He who does not love does not know God, For God is love "
~~ 1 John 4:8

As many of u know that God is love lemme explain u dis with a small story...

A farmer had a weather vane on his barn, on which it was written "God is Love". When his friends asked him why, the farmer said, "This is to remind me that no matter which way the winds blow, God is Love. "

Wen the warm "south wind" with itzz soothing and balmy breezes brings showers of blessing, God is Love because bible says "Every good gifts and every perfect gift is from above" ~~ James 1:17 ~~

When the Cold "North wind" of trails and testing sweeps down upon you, God is Love. because its written in Bible "All things work together for Good to those who loves God " ~~ Rom 8:28 ~~

When the "West wind" Blows hard upon you with its punishing intent, God is Love. because bible says "Whom the LORD loves he chastens" ~~ Heb. 12:6 ~~

When the "East wind" threatens to sweep all that you have, God is Love. because its written in Bible "God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Glory" ~~ Phil. 4:19 ~~

Perhaps you are discouraged and Downhearted. If so remember, God still care for you.What you are experiencing has either been sent or it has been allowed by him for your Good.

Yes, No matter which way the wind is blowing, "God is Love"

So my Dear friends.. Just think how lucky n blessed u r... That God loves you..
So we just need to take a step to loving him because he is in Love with us...
Go for it...
Life with Jesus is like a roller coaster ride...
So tie ur Belts n get ready for a awsome ride called Life :) <3

Be blessed...
Jesus Conquers all.. <3
Peace N Care
Angel's Around You.. ;)





Jan 6, 2011

....The Potter And The Clay.....

hey....Praise Be To God alone....:):)
Happy new year to all of u....and a have a blessed year ahead...:):)
Hope Lord leads u through out this year...:):)
so here m gonna start the first post of this year...:):)

"You turn things upside down,as if the potter were thought to be like the clay...!!!
Shall what is formed say to him who formed it..,
"he did not make it??
" Can the pot say of the potter,he Knows nothing...."??
~~ Isaiah 29:16

"But who are you,O man,to talk back to God?"Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did u make me like this??' " Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purpose and some for common use..??
~~Romans 9: 21-22

These verses made me wonder...so many time we want to cry out to God What He is doin..?..Why he is punishing us out of six billion people in the world....yea....in this time of lament we usually think that God has no Understanding and that he dnt know what He is doin...
The Little Piece of clay yelling at his maker......



But i have realized through these verses that God doesn't owe us anything...nothing..!! We are wretched people who hated him....who ignored him....and still He cares for and loves us....we may get mad at God for making us too short,or making our nose too long,or giving us no visible talents to showoff..But itz nt at all like that we are very special..we are lumps of clay and God inconceivably gave us numerous ability...He knew what he was doin ...and He knows what He is doin...He is the great potter...The great maker while we are only lumps of clay...and i think that alone is reason enough to trust him that He has given us everything and He Knows what he is Doin....:):)

What is the interpretation of the sign...??
Who is Potter...??
well you know the Potter,of course,Is God himself ....:):)
What are the wheel and the clay....??
Who But the Lord Could be the counterpart of the potter....???

In Isaiah 64:8

O Lord,
You are the Father...
We are the clay,You are the potter...
We are all the Work of ur hand.....:):)

so we just have to thank Lord ....:):)
Glad I know the potter and God Know this piece of clay...:):)

Be Blessed..:):)
Jesus Conquers all...:):)
Peace and Care...:):)
Pl read my latest blog : http://serahindia.blogspot.com/2011/10/unexpected-letter.html

Jan 5, 2011

CAST YOUR BURDENS AT HIS FEET

Be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING,
let your requests be made known to God;

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
(Phil 4:6,7)....

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.''
(1st Pet 5:6,7).....

Sounds simple enough right?
Yet often times we find ourselves stuck in a situation, in a dilema
where it seems difficult to ''Let Go, and Let God''.

Why?
Whenever we walk according to the flesh,
our flesh has a natural tendancy to want to ''Fix it''.
To try and solve the problem ourselves,
and when we do this,
when we step out from under God's umbrella of protection,
the situation we are trying to ''Fix'' becomes worse.
Then we become frustrated,
and angry thus allowing hopelessness and doubt to set in.
BUT, when we walk according to the SPIRIT,
we know that what God has SPOKEN in HIS word,
HE SHALL PERFORM
and like children we TRUST our Father at HIS WORD!

Many of us have reached a point,
and some even now have reached the point where ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
and recognized that whatever we are trying to fix, WE CANNOT DO IT on our own.

Now is the time to CAST YOUR BURDEN AT HIS FEET.
and HE the great problem solver,
THE ONE WHO KNOWS how to ''FIX IT''...most definitely WILL!!!

Praise and thanks be unto God
our most AWESOME and MIGHTY Heavenly Father
For the Promise of His WORD,

''CAST YOUR BURDENS AT HIS FEET''

Jan 4, 2011

I want to see believers without DEBT

Let me wish you for this year and also share the thought given by our lord.
Most of all who are closely related to me know how the lord took me out from the bondage of DEBT.If not you can visit the link to know about me http://serahindia.com.
I have seen many believers facing the problem of DEBT and they don't want to share with others.I have counseled many believers and seen them coming out of this curse.Let me share the common perspective.


1.Can I live a DEBT free life?Most of them say no,but after changing the attitude now they do as per my advice as well as with prayers I have seen the lord helping them out from this clutch.
Are you in DEBT feel free to mail me at jivi.jebaraj@gmail.com or call me at 9840087469."Complete confidentiality assured. No information or details provided will be shared with anyone without your permission"