Blessed November Month

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“Surely Lord Jesus Christ took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted.
But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:4,5

Blessed September Month

“I know what is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12,13)

In our daily life we face different situations, all the times we are not convinced to be happy. Sometimes we undergo through hardships, persecutions, trials and tribulations. Moreover every child of God is surrounded by all these things. God who knows our situations expects us to be content in all our ways. A Christian life teaches us to live a contentment life.

The above word of God says us to learn the secret of being content in all our situations. Contentment is an important character that each and every God’s child should have.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)

Apostle Paul write to Philippians that he learnt the secret of being content in any and every situation. On his second journey to bring the gospel to the Gentile world, he helped to start a Church in the city of Philippi, a colony of retired romans soldiers.

When Apostle Paul was in Rome at prison, he writes this above verse as he appeals to his own life as an example how to respond to hardship with joy.


How to be content in all our situations?

  • Rejoicing in the Lord always:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

When we are joyful in the Lord, nothing around us will make us to depart from being contentful in the Lord.

When we think of our salvation which we received on the cross from our Lord Jesus Christ, the price which He paid for our redemption, the forgiveness of sins we had received, the righteousness we had received, make us to rejoice in the Lord.

King David in the book of Psalms writes, not to take away the joy of his salvation from him.

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:12)

Habakkuk, the prophet of God says,

“Though the fig trees does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crops fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God my Savior. (Habakkuk 3:17,18)

Therefore let us rejoice in the Lord.

  • Being Gentle towards everyone:

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Philippians 4:5)

If we are gentle towards everyone, not judging anyone then we will be content in our ways. The word of God says,

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time, wait until the Lord comes.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)

Let us be gentle towards everyone.

  • Always Praying to God with thanksgiving:

The word of God says, not be anxious about anything. If we need something or if we are trouble by something, let us take it to God.

“Don’t be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks giving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all undersanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)

If we have the peace of God in our hearts and minds, then we will content in our situations. Let us always pray to God with all our requests and petitions.

  • Always having Faith upon God:

If we have faith that God will meet all our situations, then we will be content. The righteous will live by Faith.

“I can do all this through Lord Jesus Christ who gives me strength.”
(Philippians 4:13)

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His Gloryin Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Being Joyful in the Lord, Being Gentle towards everyone, Always Praying to God with thanks giving, Always having Faith upon God.

These are the fruit of the Spirit which we receive from God. God will teach us to be content by the fruit of His Spirit.


A Blessing in the Inner Man as well as Outer Man:

The Man of God who was content in all his ways:

Moses, the man of God was content in all his ways. Many situations are recorded in Bible about his contentment. From his brith till he grows, he was facing all kinds of trials. When Moses was born he was hid for three months, he was took by Pharaoh’s daughter. One day after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor.

The word of God says,

“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By Faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:24-27)

The above four verses describes the whole life of Moses, that how he chose to be content with his fellow people. He came out from the palace and left the life of fleeting pleasures, instead he chose to suffer with people of God. This was the burning desire which Moses had inside him.

When he saw an Egyptian beating an Hebrew, one of his own people. He went and killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”

The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian. Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from there and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by the well. At that time one of the Midian priest who had seven daughters, they came to draw water from the well to fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

The seven daughters of Midianite went to their father and said how Moses rescued them from the shepherds who drove them. Then the Midianite invited Moses to stay with him. Moses was content to stay with the man. Also the Midianite gave one of his daughter to Moses in marriage, her name is Zipporah. She gave birth to a son. Moses named him as Gershon means “I have became a stranger in the stranger’s land. (Exodus 2)

When Moses was content in staying with the Midianite, the Israelites were groaning in their slavery and cried to God for their help. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them,

When Moses was tending the flock in the wilderness, “the angel of the LORD appeared to him in the flames of fire within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up.”

The LORD called him Moses, Moses and said I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. The LORD said to Moses I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.

God saw a man who was content in his ways, also God saw the burning desire how he got troubled in his heart to rescue the Hebrew.

Though Moses was an Egyptian, he killed the Egyptian. This symbolizes that in our heart there are two things which fights contradictory within us, the life of Egyptian and the life of Hebrew. The life of sin and the life of Godliness.

They are in conflict with each other. Therefore Moses killed the life of sin. There are two laws in our inner man struggling each one to overcome, we have to kill the Egyptian life inside us, and to live a life of Hebrew living a Godly way of life. Moses was chose by God to be the ruler and deliverer of Israelites to deliver them from the hands of Egyptians. A person who is content in his ways can please God also receives Blessings in the Inner Man.

A Blessing in the Outer Man:

David was a man content in all his ways. We know that David was always surrounded by his enemies. When God delivered him from all his enemies, he was content to write Psalms and sing songs to God.

“David sang to the LORD the words of the song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.”              (2 Samuel 22:1)

When Absalom tried to kill David, Shimei one of Saul’s family man came to David and cursed him. He even pelted him with stones and said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel! The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are murderer!”

One of David’s person, Abishai said to David I will kill Shimei for cursing you. David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood is trying to kill me. How much more, then this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me His covenant blessing instead of His curse today. (2 Samuel 16)

This shows the Contentment of David. When he was cursed by his enemies he was content in that situation.

Also when David was exhausted in the wilderness, God met all his needs through the people of Israel. They brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds, sheep, cheese from cow’s milk for David and his people to eat. For they said, “The people have become exhausted and hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.”

God will meet all our needs. King David was content even when he was exhausted in the wilderness receives Blessings in the Outer Man.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His Glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)


“Lord Jesus Christ was content in His ways, Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.” (Philippians 2:6-9)

Lord Jesus Christ even though He was rich, He became poor to make us rich. He was joyful in His Father, He was Gentle even to the point of death-all for the sake of others. This is the new way to be human that is revealed in God’s kingdom.

Moses, David and Lord Jesus Christ was content in all their ways that God was pleased to fulfill His purpose through them.

God will teach us to be content in all our ways that we will please Him and God will accomplish His will through us.

Learning to be content.

Blessed Septemeber Month.

Good News Prayer House/M2H

 

children of God and Children of Devil

How can we identify the children of God and the children of Devil?

“Lord Jesus Christ said, You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.” (Matthew 7:16)

The word of God says, No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother or sister. (1 John 3:9,10)

The life of Cain:

The way Cain acted towards his brother testifies about him that he is of evil. Because of his jealousy upon Abel, Cain killed him.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. (Matthew 12:35)

Cain bought evil things out of the evil stored up in him. The word of God warns us not to be like Cain.

“Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. (1 John 3:12)

The life of Cain’s grandson Lamech:

The first man who married two woman was Lamech. Lamech coveted his neighbor’s wife and he killed his neighbor and took his neighbors’ wife. Cain’s evil seed continued in Lamech’s life. The Spirit of Murder which passed on to Lamech.

The commandment of God is:

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And also You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:17,13)

Lamech said to his wives; “Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech , hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.” (Genesis 4:23)

Lamech struggled to covet his neighbor’s wife at the point of shedding his own blood. But the word of God says,

You should stand against the sin.

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12:4)

Thus the life of Lamech was cursed by God.


The life of Lamech’s three children:

Lamech’s wife Adah gave birth to Jabal; he was the father of those who live in the tents and raise livestock. (Genesis 4:20)

Jabal, the father of those who live in tents: Those who live in tents wander from place to place. They don’t trust in God, since their foundation is not strong, they wander from place to place putting their trust in wordly things. This is the Spirit of Girgashites.

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not except to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:6,7,8)

They don’t have a sure foundation.

Lord Jesus Christ said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is a like wise man who built his house on the rock (Lord Jesus Christ). The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had the foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears the word of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on a sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

Thus Jabal lived an unstable life, and also he became the father of those live unstable. The children of devil lives unstable as they set their minds on earthly things wandering here and there. For the children of God looks forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10)


Jabal’s brother name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes. (Genesis 4:21)

Jubal, the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes: Here we can see Jubal is the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments. But at the beginning, Lucifer the devil is the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments.

Lucifer had the workmanship of tabrets and pipes on the day he was created. In his pride of his heart he was pushed down from heaven to this earth. Till now he is leading a band of troops who play these pipes and stringed instruments. (Ezekiel 28)

“All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread beneath you and worms cover you. How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of dawn! (Lucifer) You have been cast down to the earth, you once laid low the nations.” (Isaiah 14:11,12)

People who play these pipes and stringed instruments celebrating with their wrong mind for their pleasures are the children of devil. They have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands.

“They have harps and lyres at their banquets, pipes and timbrels and wine but they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord, no respect for the work of His hands. Therefore Death expands its jaws, opening wide its mouth; into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers.” (Isaiah 5:12,14)

Jubal became the father of all who play pipes and stringed instruments. Children of God should be aware of playing instruments which please God and which does not please God.


Tubal who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron:

Lamech’s wife Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. (Genesis 4:22)

There is a spiritual meaning of these bronze and iron.

When God gave his commands to His people of Israelites, He said if you do not follow or obey the Lord your God, all these curses will come on you and overtake you. One of the curse is this:

“The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron.” (Deuteronomy 28:23)

Sky refers to the mind. The children of devil has the mind like bronze. Bronze refers to the earthly things, visionless life or fruitless life. Their mind is occupied by the lust of this world.

“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:28)

Also it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” (Romans 11:7)

Ground refers to the heart. “Lord Jesus Christ said, For it is from within, out of person’s heart, that evil thoughts come-sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:21,22,23)

Iron refers to a stone-heart, which has no understanding.

We children of God should not set our minds on earthly things, but on things above, where Christ is seated. (Colossians 3:1)

Bronze and iron refers to the deeds of darkness. The word of God warns us to put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (Romans 13:12,13,14)

Tubal forged all kinds of tools using bronze and iron. Tools is our heart and mind, Let us not forge it with bronze and iron.


Jabal was the father of all who lived in tents.

Jubal was the father of all who played pipes.

Tubal was who forged his tools with bronze and iron.

By their acts we can identify who the Children of God are and who the Children of Devil are.

Adam and Eve gave birth to a child in the place of Abel, who was named as Seth. The generation of Seth was blessed by God. The Grandson of Seth was Enoch. The word of God says Enoch walked faithfully with God and he was taken up by God. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. (Hebrews 11:5)

Here in the generation of Seth there comes another Lamech who walked faithfully with God and gave birth to a son Noah. God testified about Noah and saved Noah’s life. The children of God always walk faithfully with God. Lamech who was the grandson of Seth lived a life of 777 years and died. But the grandson of Cain, Lamech was avenged 77 times than Cain. The life of Lamech who lived 777 years reached the fullness of God’s blessing.

The children of God should attain perfection in God’s holiness and righteousness.

The one who is born again through the faith in Lord Jesus Christ will never continue to sin, because they are born of God. (1 John 3:9)

 

The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world

Have you ever questioned yourself, about how to lead your life in peace at midst of sorrows, tribulations and temptations? If you have, then we have an answer just for you!

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Yes, the ONE who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world!

Who is in the world?

 Satan, who is the god of this world. 2 Corinthians 4: 4

Satan, the fallen angel plans his plot against us thus preventing us from entering into God’s plan. He uses his people to trap us, may be our friends, our relatives or higher officials in our job. Not only people, he might also try his chances on making us sick or use witchcrafts against us.

But behold, who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Who is the One inside us?

We know that God the Father, Lord Jesus Christ are the ones who lives with us while it is Holy Spirit who dwells in us. As we see in John 14:16, the work of Holy Spirit is to remind you of everything Jesus have said to us through word of God, the Bible.

Why to remind us of Jesus Christ? Because, Jesus is greater than everything!

Jesus through his crucifixion has overcome everything in the world.

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Also, we see several occurrence of his greatness in bible like the following,

Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, His holy mountain. (Psalm 48:1)

Lord Jesus Christ is greater than the temple. (Matthew 12:6)

Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Solomon. (Matthew 12:42)

Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Abraham. (John 8:53)

Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Jacob. (John 4:12)

Lord Jesus Christ is greater than Sabbath day. (Matthew 12:8)

Jesus, the son of God will deliver us from the all the mines of satan and will give us his blessings who believes in him! 

A blessing in your promised land:

When God bought Israelites out of egypt, He commanded to drive out few nations from the places where they are about to inherit the promised land. So Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions.

During that time, Joshua blessed Caleb and gave him “Hebron” as his inheritance. “Hebron” is the place where a man named “Kiriath Arba‟ lived. He was the greatest man among the Anakites. (Joshua 14:15).

Who are these Anakites?

Anakites are the one who is greater in the world. Yes, literally they are humongous. They are the descendants of Nephilim. These Nephilim were on earth in those days-and also afterward- when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. (Genesis 6:4)

The LORD hated these Anakites as they are the descendants of Nephilim. These giant structured people were there in the place of Hebron, in which Caleb was yet to posses this land. Caleb being not afraid of these anakites, said to himself, with LORD’S help I will drive them out. And with the help of LORD, caleb drove out the three Anakites-Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, the Sons of Anak. (Joshua 15:14) from Hebron and possessed it.

While it was not be his might he drove them out but by the One who was with Caleb.

Same way, In our life there are people like anakites who are very numerous for us, staying in our promised land, in the fortified city which God destined us to give. They may have power to harm us or to plot evil against us. But the One who was with Caleb is also with us to help us to inherit the promised land.

God is going to give you the blessing of the promised land, a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dug, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.

The One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world whether it may be Anakites or Nephilim or whoever it might be.

If God is with us, who can be against us?

But at the same time, when you inherit this promised land, you should be careful not to forget the LORD who bought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Deuteronomy 6:10,11,12)

A blessing in the campus:

Naaman is a great man and highly regarded, because through him the LORD had given victory in Aram. But he suffered from leprosy. A girl who was taken as a captive worked and served for Naaman’s wife. The girl said to Naaman’s wife, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:3)

The girl knows that the one who is in Elisha, would heal Naaman’s leprosy. Naaman went to Elisha’s house to get himself healed. But before naaman could even meet him, Elisha sent messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” On hearing this, Naaman got angry and said, “I thought he would come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 

But Namaan’s servants urged him to listen to the prophet’s words. So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times as the man of God told him, and his flesh was restored and become clean like that of a young boy. After he was got cured, he gave testimony saying “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel” 2 Kings 5:15.

Same way, there may be people like Naaman in your campus/office who is highly regarded and respected by everyone yet suffer from problems of life. If you encounter such people, take courage and share about Jesus Christ, the greatest healer the world has ever seen. God will use you to heal them by your prayers and petitions for them. After God solved their problems, they are going to testify and praise God like Naaman did! 

A Blessing of healing:

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.  She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. (Luke 8:43,44)

Here we see a woman who had been held by satan for twelve years longing for cure had touched Jesus’s cloak, power came out of him and healed her. Jesus said someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me. Imagine the joy she might have got after all the suffering she went through twelve years. Yes, Jesus is capable of changing your sorrows to joy in no time. 

One encounter with Jesus Christ will change your life upside down forever!

All you have to do is believe that one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

A Blessing over Witchcraft

 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,  and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.  Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. (Acts 8:13)

Here, we see simon, a sorcerer who made people awestruck with his magic arts. But when he saw the power of God through Philip’s work, he himself got astonished. This is not because of Philip but because of the one who was in him. When he shared gospel, people turned to kingdom of God and got baptized. The Gospel which we receive is greater than all the magic arts and sorcery of this world.

There is no divination against Jacob, no evil omens against Israel. Numbers 23:23a

No weapon forged against you will prevail. (Isaiah 54:17)

The One who is in you (Lord Jeus Christ) is greater than the one who is in the world, gives you a blessing in your promised land, a blessing in your campus, a blessing of healing from all your sickness and finally blessing over witchcrafts and all demonic influences!

Blessed April Month.

God bless you!

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

In our life, we face various kinds of situations. We can’t say we are happy all time irrespective of our situation. Sometimes we undergo troubles, face trials and tribulations.

But I would like you to remind that whoever has accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, will be least troubled or dismayed. Because we have His word say,

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

This is our promise verse for march.

Rod and Staff

Basically, rod and staffs are used by shepherd as they overlook their flocks. Sometimes they use it to save their flock’s life from wolf, fox, lion or whichever wild beasts that may come to scatter them.

Who is our Shepherd?

“I(Lord Jesus Christ) am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

Yes, Jesus Christ is our shepherd. He leads us, feeds us, also comforts us.

Today, let us see three types of staffs he holds in His hands.

The Staff of Favor:

So I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. (Zechariah 11:7)

Favor” is an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual. God irrespective of our human nature still loves us and cares for us. That is how he had overlooked Israelites troubles on Egypt. He lead them out of egypt and nourished them on the way to Israel, a promised land. They were favored before the eyes of God.

Year of Favor:

God says, “I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years.” (Leviticus 25:21)

God commanded Moses to say to Israelites that for six years you shall sow and reap but at the seventh year you shall not do any work and you should celebrate the year of Jubliee. For blessings of sixth year will be plenty and it will be sufficient for next three years. Isn’t it great? Just like God rested on seventh day after creating all things, same way He wants us to rest on seventh year without doing any work but worship God for his marvellous works.

Now we, who all are not israelites by birth but by faith is eligible for this blessing. For we have his promise

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – John 1 : 12

Through Jesus Christ we have become Sons of God.

Jesus Christ while preaching at the temple said, God has sent Him to proclaim the year of Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:19)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Isaiah 61 : 1, 2a.

Like it has been prophesied in the book of Isaiah 61, Jesus Christ is the chosen Son of God and we, by believing him and accepting him as our personal saviour are now favored before eyes of God.

The Rod of Justice:

Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. (Psalm 45:7)

Our God is God of Just. He helps the oppressed people and judges people who oppresses the weak. Like he judged Pharaoh who plotted evil against Israelites. He killed all the male child, and God judged him by destroying all the first born of the Egyptians. Also being destroying them, God also strucked Pharaoh and egyptians with plagues.

“You are just in these judgements, O Holy One, for You who are and who were; for they have shed the blood of Your holy people and your prophets, and You have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” (Revelation 16:5,6)

We are in end times. God is going to judge the wrongdoer and evil ones. God is very much concerned about us, to judge all those who raise against His children. Those who oppress us, those who devise evil against us will all face God’s judgement for He has the Rod of Justice in His hand.

I would also like to emphasize that it is going to be Lord Jesus Christ who is going to judge people according to their deeds.

About the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” – Hebrews 1 : 8

Yes, during his first coming Jesus Christ came to this world demonstrating the Love of God. But during his second coming, he is going to be the Ultimate Judge.

Staff of Oneness:

‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph –which is in Ephraim’s hand-and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ (Ezekiel 37:19)

This is the work of the Holy Spirit who unites us with God. His (Lord Jesus Christ) purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, whether Israelites or Gentiles.

God has the Staff of Oneness in his hands to make all the believers one in heart and mind. (Acts 4:32)

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all in all. (Ephesians 4:4,5)

God unites us through Holy Spirit who believes Him by the Staff of Oneness in His hand.

Apostolic Teaching

We saw the work of God through staff. During the crucifixion this staff was given to Jesus Christ.

They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head. They put a staff in His right hand. Then they knelt in front of Him and mocked Him. “Hail, king of Jews!” they said. (Matthew 27:28,29)

This particular incident is a prophecy, prophesied in the book of Micah that he(Christ) will be beaten up by staff.

They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod.(Micah 5:1)

Jesus Christ being God, did nothing but accepted the sufferings to save mankind from sin. He redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.
It is not soldiers who persecuted Jesus Christ, but also we, by our sinful and arrogant deeds, persecute Jesus every day.

How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29)

Let us turn our minds from evil and sinful nature.

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. – Hebrews 12 : 1, 2

Jesus has the rod and staff in His Hands to give us His Favor, to give us His Justice, and the Staff of Oneness to bless us.

God Bless!

Blessed New Year 2016

Israel, a transplanted vine, the Church

“You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land.
The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches.
Its branches reached as far as the Sea, its shoots as far as the River.”  (Psalm 80:8-11)

Vine is the people of Israel whom God delivered them out of Egypt where they were slaves.
God drove out many nations before Israelites and planted them in the land which He gave.
Likewise, Vine is the Church of God, redeemed by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, God delivered us from our Egyptian life or sinful life where at once we were enslaved to sin.

God drove out all the nations that is what all the evil spirits from us through the Blood of Lord Jesus Christ and by the word of Lord Jesus Christ. (while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2)
we are His branches that covers the mountains and even the mighty cedars. We are greater than the mountains which refers to the authorities of this world. The one who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world.

God expects us to be fruitful:

“I will sing for the one I love a song about His vineyard:
My loved one had a vineyard (Church) on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well.
Then He looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.” (Isaiah 5:1,2)

God planted us on a fertile hillside, He dug it up and clear the stones, (cleared our sins) and planted it with the choicest vines (with His chosen people).
He also built a watchtower, a wall which is by (the Blood of Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of Lord Jesus Christ) to protect us from the evil one.
Then He is looking for a crop?
Are we bearing a good fruit or a bad fruit?

Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then He rented to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
“The tenants seized His servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then He sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, He sent His Son to them. ‘They will respect my Son,’ He said.
“But when the tenants saw the Son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come lets kill Him and take His inheritance.’ So they took Him and threw Him out of the vineyard and killed Him. (Matthew 21:33—39)

God, the Father sent His servants, His prophets into His Vineyard, to collect His fruit. But the tenants killed them. At last God sent His own Son Lord Jesus Christ into His Vineyard to collect His fruit. They killed His Son by nailing Him on the Cross.

Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for His Father’s Vineyard, for us who are His people.
God the Father brought those wretches to a wretched end.
That is what our God and Lord Jesus Christ are very zealous for their vineyard.
Church, a transplanted vine.

 

Consecrate yourselves and enter into this new year

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)

    Consecrate yourselves from all the evil things:

The Lord said,
“Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in the preparation for tomorrow, for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.” (Joshua 7:13)

In few days we are going to enter into the new year 2016. What all the things which had hindered us from inheriting the blessing of God, let us leave all that in this year before we enter the new year.

The word of God says,
“Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” (1 Corinthians 5:8)

    Humble your heart before God:

There was a vineyard that belonged to Naboth, the Jezreelite. Naboth took care of his vineyard very well that it was his ancestors inheritance.
His vineyard was next to the palace of the king Ahab who was the king of Samaria. Ahab, who noticed Naboth’s vineyard which was next to his palace went to Naboth and asked him the vineyard. Ahab had in mind to change the Naboth’s vineyard into herbs to keep it next to his palace.
But Naboth refused to give his vineyard to Ahab. Naboth replied to Ahab that “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”

So Ahab and his wife Jezebel plotted an evil against Naboth to seize his property. They killed Naboth by arising a false witness upon him.
The Lord’s anger burnt against Ahab and then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seize his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood-yes, yours!’” (2 Kings 21:17,18,19)

And also the Lord said that I am going to bring disaster on you and all your descendants will be cut off from Israel and also dogs will eat that belonging to Ahab who die in the city.
Ahab, hearing the word of the Lord tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted.

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day. (1 Kings 21)

Vineyard is the Church of God.
Naboth is the minister of God.
Ahab is the evil person who is full of malice and wickedness.
There are people like Ahab who are surrounded with us noticing the Vineyard to make it as an Herb to keep it in their palace just for an appearance.
But Naboth, took care of the vineyard watched over it and cause it to bear fruit.

Naboth refused to give his vineyard.
The Ministers of God should refuse to give their Vineyard to people like Ahab. Naboth even gave his life for his Vineyard. Naboth was zealous about his Vineyard.

Just as the Apostle Paul was zealous about his Vineyard, his people, to present them all to one husband, to Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Corinthians 11:2)

Finally, Ahab who sold himself to evil, repented and humbled his heart before God. God took away the disaster which was about to come upon him and his descendants.

Consecrate yourselves before God and give thanks to God for what all He had done for you in this year 2015.

Humble your heart before God.
Bear fruits being in His Vineyard.