Prayer reflects our dependency in God.

July 28, 2012

Prayer is a sign of our dependency in God. When we are prayer-less, we are disconnected to the thoughts in the Father’s heart. God pleasing prayers originates from conceiving the Father’s desires for us to celebrate our life with Christ.

When we are content in ourselves, we fail to desire God and seek the deeper things in His heart. Here we totally fail to enjoy our communion with His Spirit.

We should always remember, without Christ we are nothing. Hence Prayer reflects the pulse of our existence in Christ. Prayer is a divine channel to draw strength from God Almighty. And joy of the Lord is our strength. Pray, because this is the day that the Lord has made to rejoice in His Kingdom and His righteousness. Amen!

Be Still and Stand Firm

July 28, 2012

Most of the time we get upset by over-reacting to unacceptable facts or unfavorable circumstances. But if we don’t train ourselves to remain calm in trouble, we loose our share of joy and peace. Spirit of fear is a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Giving him a foothold can lead us to develop inner conflicts which shipwrecks our faith in God.

God uses our rough seasons to build us and strengthen us to triumph over every works of darkness. And the perfect love casts out the spirit of fear. Hence, be still and stand firm on the foundations of Christ, because the battle belongs to the Lord Who is greater than the one who is in the world.

Christ like endurance brings everlasting peace that surpasses all understanding. While facing the stormy winds and raging seas, remember in Christ we posses the authority and power to clam them all down. But before that, be still and know He is God. Remain calm to release our inner peace into the terrifying atmospheres we face every day. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under our feet. Amen!!!

The purpose of the Message.

July 24, 2012

Our grounding in the scriptural understanding should unite us with the Spirit and the Person of Christ. Conflicts of teachings due to strong likes and dislikes originating from spiritual pride in today’s five fold ministers demotivates the listeners. Mere knowledge with no depth and power to change lives is garbage. The Kingdom of God is not in word but in power. Those who follow Christ will be transformed into His likeness by His Spirit and Truth. More than hearing God’s Word from a messenger once in a while, we should be constantly led by the voice of the Spirit of life dwelling in us.

If we seek Him with all our heart, He reveals Himself to us individually. His Bride craves to hear the direct voice of the Holy Spirit the Teacher from within because she is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Bride of Christ adore Him and follow Him where ever He goes.

The knowledge of His will inspire us to deny ourselves and renew our minds to please the heart of the Father. If we are not spiritually blind and deaf, the Spirit of God stimulates our spirit, soul and body to rejoice in the immortal pleasures in the Kingdom of Light. The power of the Spirit enables us to eternally part with the sinful pleasures of the perishing world through crucifying our flesh with its passions and desires. Word of life has the power to transfer the life of Christ in those who sincerely surrender to live the desires of the Father.

When we come close to the Throne of Grace with a heart of worship, we will kiss the Son and love others as ourselves. But if our knowledge gives us puffed up heads, we fall from the grace in Christ Who made Himself nothing to unfold the mystery of His Father’s will. Building a platform in selfish gain by over estimating ourselves and underestimating others, quenches the Spirit and disconnects us from people.

When we know Him more, we will be humbled by what we know. Then considering others greater than us, we will share our limelight with those who know something more about our King and His Kingdom. ‘Cause we will understand, we only know by part and what we know is not yet complete before we see Him face to face.

Nevertheless after seeing many faces and hearing many voices, admiring the Bridegroom, the Bride sang adoringly, “He is the fairest of ten thousand to my soul”. For her there is no substitute for Christ her King and the voice of His Spirit. The ultimate purpose of any message from above is to transform us and prepare us for the day of transfiguration.

Paul said: Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Till then we will feed our souls with the Bread of life and quench our thirst with the Spirit of life. Jesus is coming, Amen!

Be a real father not a mere leader.

June 20, 2012

The Apostle governs, Prophet leads, Pastor guards, Teacher grounds and Evangelist gathers to establish the Kingdom of God and make His praise glorious on earth. The Ambassadors of Christ foreordained before the foundation of the world are co-builders of the Kingdom of Light. Our lives are constantly engaged in spiritual warfare against the principalities and powers of darkness working non-stop to distract us and deceive us. Integrity, transperency and unity in following the protocall of God is mandatory for a triumphant victory against the enemy.

In any war zone, the army, navy, airforce, and all other military divisions function under the same military intelligence as one single unit led by the head of their nation. The truth is that, the eye cannot hear with out the ear. We know the nose can breathe but cannot eat and stomach remains empty without the help of the mouth. As parts of His body, we are fearfully and wonderfully made to serve one another in the fear of the Lion of Judah the Great Conqueror. To become more than conquerors in Christ, we should compliment each other without contradicting and ridiculing each other.

But spiritual pride divides us and blinds us from seeing the meticulous details of the Divine purpose of our minsitry. Our collective humility keeps the unity in the bond of peace. But corrupt leadership belief systems make us think we don’t need to be accountable to others and it make us feel we dont need to be interdependent ’cause we are capable of wining the war all by ourselves, so that we can take the credit for victory.

Selfish motives that control and manipulate the ministry quench the Spirit of God. If the terminology “submission to authority” is abused, the quality and quantity of the Church growth diminish shamefully. Where there is no vision from the Father, His people perish as a result of inner conflicts. Lack of direct revelation, is a favorable condition for spiritual disaster.

If the mind of Christ is not our code of conduct, we build our personal ministry kingdoms for selfish gain and grieve the Holy Spirit. The self centic leaders, represent Christ in vain. Because they try to own the Church which Christ earned with His blood on the cross.

Seek the deeper passions in the Father’s heart. Never be self centric leaders who belittle the immeasurable possibilities of the united Body of Christ. God says, be fruitful, multiply and subdue the earth. Hear the deep calling the deep, constantly know the heart of the Abba. May the Spirit of Christ Who dwells in us enable us to give birth to a holy generation united in perpertual adoration. To remain fruitful enough to subdue the earth be a real father not a mere leader. Amen! – http://www.vjtraven.com

Seven Kisses in the Bible

February 2, 2011

THE SEVEN KISSES IN THE BIBLE.

 

The Kiss is a graceful demonstration of love that expresses our passion for a person whom we love and respect. To honor someone, kisses are done in private or in public. Generally speaking it is offered as a greeting, farewell, adoration or worship. People hate to kiss somebody they dislike. No one desire to receive a kiss from someone they don’t know. And we never kiss a total stranger or yearn to be kissed by a stranger.

 

Anatomy of a kiss reveals, twenty muscles act together in harmony to create a decent kiss.The Smile seems to be a close relative of a kiss, because 19 muscles moves together to demonstrate a smile. You will smile when you passionately kiss some one you like. If two strangers kiss each other with no specific reason, there must be some thing terribly wrong. And a dishonest expression of love reflects meaningless exchange of empty emotions. It is as funny as two dead bodies kissing each other.

 

The Screen kiss is a loveless kiss and an intimate kissing shot in a movie is not an easy act to shoot. In Films, professional kiss is a part of the actors momentary expression of love for a particular scene and it is done without a long lasting commitment. The longest recorded kiss took place in New York on Dec 5th, 2001. It lasted 30 hours, 59 minutes and 27 seconds.

 

Seven stages seen in a wholesome kiss are the following.

 

1.Head to body        [your head scans the whole person you kiss]

2.Eye to eye            [your eye gets locked with the eye of the person you kiss]

3.Voice to Voice       [your voice exchange words of grace to honor the one you kiss]

4.Hand to hand       [your closeness make you do a hand shake with the person you kiss]

5.Hand to Shoulder [you embrace the person you kiss]

6.Face to face         [your faces should touch in a kiss]

7.Lip to lip                [your lips demonstrate intimacy than merely speaking the words of love]

 

The Kiss is a very sensitive thing. Nine senses are in action in a very intimate kiss.

 

1.Sense of sight      – [Perception of vision]

2.Sense of sound    – [ Perception of sound]

3.Sense of smell      – [Perception of smell]

4.Sense of taste     – [Perception of taste]

5.Sense of touch    – [Perception of pressure]

6.Sense of speed    – [perception of speed]

7.Sense of balance – [perception of balance]

8.Sense of time       – [perception of timing]

9.Sense of heat      – [perception of heat]

 

In the American wedding, after the ceremony, the Priest will tell the Bride Groom to “Kiss the Bride”.

It is the first expression of true love and togetherness. Gen 2:24 says, a man shall leave his father and mother

and be joined to his wife, they shall become one flesh. And it begins with a kiss. The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1 Cor 6:17

 

SEVEN KISSES IN THE BIBLE.

 

1. The Kiss of Life.

 

God is light; in Him there is no darkness. In the beginning when God created the Heaven and the earth, the darkness was over the surface of the deep. To bring His dominion over the state of darkness, God spoke His heart and send His awesome word through His mouth. God said, “Let there be light, and there was light” (Gen 1: 1-3). Jesus Christ the Son of God is the light of life. He is the true light that illuminates every man. He gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist (Rom 4:17). He is the King of Glory. He is the image of the invisible God. In the very first encounter with the mankind, the Last Adam kissed the first Adam with a kiss of life. We read, “God formed the man of dust from the ground and God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life “(Gen2:7). The Breath of Almighty gives life (Job 33:4).

So every thing that has breath may praise the Lord now. Hallelujah.

 

Today to receive a new kiss of life, breathe the fragrance of Heaven by listening the Word of God. “All Scripture is God breathed” [2Tim 3:16]. The breath of God gives understanding (Job 32:8). Bible says, “Jesus breathed on the disciples” (John 20:22). The Scripture was not written by the will of man, but the holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2Pe 1:21). The Scripture brings an encounter with its Author, the Spirit of the Living God. “It is the Spirit who gives life” (Jn 6:63). Jesus said, “The words I spoke to you are the Spirit and life” (Jn 6:63). “He who has an ear,let him hear what the Spirit says” (Re2:7). “Incline your ear,come to me, hear me and your soul shall live”(Isa 55:3). Ezekiel (2.1) says, The Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me. Where there is Spirit, there is freedom. When we know the truth, the truth shall set us free. Jesus came to set the captives free. Apostle Paul wrote, “For the story and message of the cross is sheer absurdity and folly to those who are perishing and on their way to perdition, but to us who are being saved it is the [manifestation of] the power of God (1Cor1.18)

 

 

Let every heart get illuminated to clearly see the mystery of Christ in all its glory. His Voices imparts the fullness of His life in those who listen His word reverentially and obey Him completely!!! May your inner man get rejuvenated by a kiss of life from Christ the Breath of life. Amen!!!

 

2. THE KISS OF BLESSING

 

We know the Story of Isaac the father of twins in the book of Genesis (Gen27:1-19).Rebekah the mother of the twins loved the younger son Jacob more than Esau the elder one. She heard Isaac telling Esau to bring him a savory dish so that he can enjoy that delicacy and bless him. Before the elder son Esau did what his father told, his mother Rebekah informed Jacob about his father’s plan to bless Esau. She prepared a dish for the father Isaac on behalf of Jacob the younger son. But before Esau brought what his father said, Jacob reached Isaac with the savory dish in disguise of his brother Esau. Now watch carefully how the Isaac’s blessings came on Jacob instead of Esau.

 

In Gen 27:21 we read Isaac said “Please come close, that I may feel you my son, whether you are really Esau or not”.

Isaac said “the voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau”. A father’s senses are fully activated to feel the closeness of his son. Isaac asked his son something very passionate. “Please come close to me and kiss me, my son” (Gen 27:26-27). In disguise of Esau, Jacob came close and kissed his father first and got blessed by him.

 

Many people are not blessed today because they stay far from their Father in Heaven. Sin separates you from God, so repent before it is too late to run back and kiss Him. Jesus invites every one saying, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father in Heaven but through me”.”Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). God is passionately waiting for you. Come near the Father in Heaven. Jesus is the one and only way to the Father. Jesus died in your place, He got punished for the sins you did against God. He carried all your curses on the cross. He rose again from the dead on the third day. He conquered the sin and death forever and became your Savior. Believe in the holy sacrifice of Jesus; and welcome His Lordship in your heart. If you repent and confess your sins, God will forgive your sins. The Blood of Jesus will cleanse your sins and make you stand righteous before God.

Here, you get the right to be the child of God (Jn 1:13).

 

Sin no more and remain in constant union with Christ till the end. Through your obedience of faith in His word, He is able to sanctify your whole being and make you stand blameless before Him. And the Lord will never leave you lonely. The Salvation of your soul is a kiss of blessing from the Father in Heaven and you receive it as you submit to God and embrace Christ His Son who died for you on the cross. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness every day and all the blessings will be given to you (Mt 6:33).

 

3.The Kiss of Compassion

 

Ps 85:10 says, “The mercy and truth are met together,righteousness and peace have kissed each other”. On the cross Christ made peace with God for us.He became our peace for ever. John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”.God exchanged the life of His beloved Son Jesus to forgive the sins of all the prodigal sons. We see a kiss of forgiveness and compassion in the story of the prodigal son in Luk 15: 11-20.

 

“A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything and went on a distant journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. After he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country. That guy sent him to the fields to feed the swine. And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods for the swine, but no one was giving even that to him.

 

But he came to his senses; he said ‘how many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! I will get up and go to my father and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired men’. So he got up and came to his father. While he was a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the father said to his slaves, “Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet and bring the fattened calf, kill it and let us eat and celebrate”.

 

Jesus said “I have this against you, you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen

and repent and do the deeds you did first;or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place”(Re 2:4-5). Do what the prodigal son did, humble yourself, truly repent and get back. Then God will also get back to you.

James 4:8, 10 says “Draw near to God, He will draw near to you” and “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will lift you up”. Heb 4:16 says “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the Throne of Grace,

so that we may receive mercy and grace in the time of need”. Good Shepard gave up His life to find His lost sheep;

His sheep will hear His voice. Jesus asked, “Do you love me more than these?”

 

Embrace Him and never leave Him.Rejoice in Him and celebrate Him.His heart is full of love and tenderness; You may know, Father God is waiting to give you that Kiss of Compassion. But are you ready to run back?!!! In His presence there is fullness of joy and in His right hand there are eternal pleasures.

 

4.The kiss of separation

 

In the book of Ruth we see a kiss of separation. Ruth 1:14 Orpah kissed her mother in-law a kiss of good bye

and went back to her own people and their idols. She chose not to worship the living God with her mother- in law.

But Ruth the other daughter-in law left Moab and clung to her mother-in law to worship the Living God and got blessed.

Heb 3:12 says “Take care brethren that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the Living God”. In the book of Genesis (19:1-28) Lord came to destroy the head-quarters of sexual immorality, the Sodom and Gomorrah.

 

But the compassion of the Lord was upon Lot’s family who lived there. Even though Lot was hesitant to escape from there, Lord brought them out of those cities. Angels of the Lord said “Escape for your life! Do not look behind

you and stay any where in the valley, escape to the mountains”. Lord over threw those Cities and its inhabitants.

But the heart of the Lot’s wife’s was craving for Sodom. She disobeyed the instruction of the Lord and got cursed.

It is written “His wife from behind him looked back and became a pillar of salt” (Gen 19:26).

 

Many people’s spiritual lives are standing dead as a pillar of salt. They are reluctant to escape the corruption of this world by lust.Part with the sinful pleasures and flee from sexual immorality. Love the Lord with all your heart. Obey Him and never grieve Him. Partial obedience is disobedience.”If any one does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed” (1Cor 16:22). “It is a terrifying thing to fall in the hands of the living God” [Heb 10:31].

 

We see a heart-breaking Kiss of separation in Act 20:36-38 . “The brothers in Christ wept aloud and embraced Paul and

kissed Him again and again, grieving especially over the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again” .

Before the three days of the demise of my beloved dad in Kochi, I was called for an urgent assignment of Recording in Mumbai. As I left, our eyes met for the very last time and I embraced Dad passionately and kissed him good bye. Deep down in our hearts we both knew that was our last kiss in this life time. Dad was in the last sinking stages of lung cancer. After a week I finished my work in Mumbai and I was coming back home, while I was in the train Dad passed away in the hospital. But he left something beautiful for me to remember all my life, a sweet kiss of separation.

 

But I will meet up with him in eternity.I have a hope that never disappoints,because my hope is in Jesus.

Our Lord Jesus is the Hope of Glory. Amen

 

5. The Kiss of Deception

 

Deception convinces people to believe the wrong or incomplete information, deception keeps the wholesome truth invisible and it reveals the half-truths. Adding or deleting anything from the Word of God is deception. In the Garden of Eden, Eve was deceived by the half truths interpreted by the deceiver. Devil twisted the instruction of God and contaminated the purity of God’s commandments. The lack of the complete obedience of faith in the absolute truth of God resulted in the fall of the mankind.

 

Pro 27:6 says “The kisses of the enemy are deceitful”. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus was in pain, His body was sweating blood, His Spirit was in agony. His disciple Iscariot Judas is coming to betray Him. Deception breaks the trust between relationships. And it produces moral and deep psychological conflicts. Betrayal is the act of supporting the rival group. It bites like a cobra and paralyzes like a python.

 

In [Luk 22:47-48] Judas approached Jesus with an evil intention by giving Him a kiss of deception. May be devil the deceiver who stole the greedy heart of Judas made him believe, Jesus is able to save Himself from death and Judas can earn some good money in the bargain. Jesus said “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”. The thirty silver coins conquered and hardened the heart of Judas. Judas kissed the King of compassion with a kiss of deception.

So [Heb 3:13] warns us, not to get hardened by the deceitfulness of the passing sinful pleasures of this world. Apostle James wrote “Do not merely listen to the Word and deceive yourselves. Do what it says (Jam1:22)”. In [Rev 2:10] Jesus says, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life”.We read “Blessed is the man who stands the test,

he will receive the crown of life ” (Jam 1:12). “Bad company corrupts good character” (1Cor 15:3). God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, he will reap (Gal 6:7). For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift from it (Heb 2:1).

 

6. The Kiss of worship

 

In these days of fake acts of worship [Psalms 2:12] says you better passionately “Kiss the Son”. Without an encounter with God you cannot do it. So you need to earnestly seek Him like the deer pants for water to see Him face to face.

An earnest seeker becomes a true lover and a true lover becomes a passionate worshiper. Like Ruth who came near Boaz and secretly expressed her desire for marriage, let your heart demonstrate your love to Jesus (Ruth 3:7).

 

In 2Cor 11:2-3 Paul wrote “I have betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ”. Fix your eyes on the author and finisher of faith (Heb 2:2). Our Lord is so adorable, more glorious and handsome than ten thousand lovers. Your Kiss of worship bonds you with Christ and unites you in one Spirit with Him (1Cori 6:17). How deep is your love??? True love will make you deny yourself and follow Him.

 

You will die daily and escape the corruption of this world and partake in His Divine nature (2Pe 1:4). You will joyfully say “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me”(Gal 2:20). The God pleasing act of worship sanctifies the worshiper to meet up with God face to face. “Without sanctification no one can see God”(Heb 12:14). Even if you sing the finest worship songs, even if you do the greatest worship dances or even if you worship in the biggest Churches, worship without transformation is totally unacceptable to God. Renewal of mind according to the perfect will of God is the heart of God pleasing worship. We are called to live the mind of Christ and resist ‘the mind of the flesh’ (Rom 8:5). For that Paul said,”Walk by the Spirit, so you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh” (Ga 5:16).

 

A vessel of honor keeps itself holy and pure like this (1Tim 4:5). Remain thankful and rejoice in the Lord, remember what has Lord done for you. “You have been bought with a price, therefore you should glorify God in your Body”(1Cor 6:20).

Before the texts of Theology of Worship was written, a passionate lady earned her degree in true worship and was honored by the Lord Himself. We see this true story in [Luke 7:36-50].

 

“Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with Him and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner. She learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. So she brought an alabaster jar of perfume. She started to weep and began to wet His feet with tears. She wiped Lord’s feet with her hair and anointed them with perfume”. Here this praise worthy lady broke an alabaster jar full of expensive perfume as an expression of her love and devotion to Jesus. Simon the leper who invited Jesus was a Pharisee; He never even did the basic Jewish customs to welcome Jesus the Guest of Honor. And when Simon saw what the devoted lady was doing, he grumbled at Jesus regarding the reputation of that woman. But the Lord accepted her true adoration of worship and He said to Simon, “I came into your house and you gave me no water and you gave me no kiss unlike this woman, so her sins have been forgiven”.

 

When you repent truly before God, your sins are forgiven and your illnesses are healed.  But Simon refused to express his reverence and awe for the Lord and thank God for His holy presence in his house. Simon forgot how Abraham honored the presence of God in his house as three men visited Him. Abraham humbly put his face down on the ground and welcomed the presence of God and was mightily blessed by God. Simon denied to give Christ the Lord a kiss of worship. What a pity, Simon was not blessed, even though the Great Lord came to dine with him and bless him. No great gift was released by the Great Giver as Simon’s heart was thankless and loveless.

 

The Lamb of God was slain for all on the cross, He is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. So Psalms 2:12 says, “Kiss the Son!” or He be angry and you perish on the way. Let your heart kiss the Son with a kiss of worship.

 

7. Kiss of the Bride Groom

 

The Song of Solomon begins with a desperate cry for love. The spotless, lovable and kissable Bride cries, “Kiss me with the kisses of your mouth”. Church, the Bride of Christ is deeply craving now for a passionate kiss from the Lord.Nothing else will satisfy the Church more than the glorious encounter with Christ the King in the sky. Jesus said, I will build my Church and the gates of hades cannot overpower it [Mat16:18]. For more than 2000 years the Lord was building His Church and the glorious Church always defeated the gates of Hades. The Bride of the Lamb has keeps herself ready for the wedding of the Lamb.

 

Psalms 45:13 says the Royal daughter is all glorious within the palace. Song 6:11 says, She looks like the dawn,

She is fair as the moon and she remains pure as the sun.And Love burns like a blazing fire, it burns like a mighty flame, many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it, love is stronger than death. Jesus proved this on the cross by demonstrating the love of God to us. Shadrak, Meshak and Abednego proved their commitment and passion for God was stronger than the fire of human judgment. The zeal for the Church consumed the heart of Jesus (Jn 2:17).

Our Lord God is a Consuming Fire. His blazing flashes of Fire destroyed the works of all evil. He conquered the power of sin and death for ever.

 

All authority has been given to Him in Heaven and earth. He is the Alpha and the Omega. Jesus said “I am the first and the last and the living one. I was dead and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and Hades” (Rev 1:17-18). The bride said to herself “I am my beloved’s and His desire is for me” (Song 7:10) . In (Rom 8:35-39) Paul the bond servant of Christ says, “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth,nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus our Lord. Day after day she is growing from strength to strength and glory to glory. She constantly gets deep rooted in Christ Her King. She fans into flame the gifts of the Holy Spirit and produces the fruit of the Spirit in all the seasons of life. She is awake like a violent warrior to fight a good fight of faith in her battles.

 

The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent one take it by force (Mt11:12). By His love this violent lady remains a triumphant conqueror (Rom 8:37) And she is awesome as an army with banners (Song 6:4) She says “let no one cause trouble for me, or I bear the brand-marks of Jesus in my body (Gal 6:17). God the Father has kept her blameless and Holy.

 

She tells the King of love “Kiss me; kiss me with the kisses of your mouth”. She says “draw me, let’s hurry”. The time is near for the second coming of Jesus the King of Glory. Are you ready? Devote your heart to a life of adoration and worship? Stay blameless, lovable and kissable till the Lord comes. With all your strength guard your heart and keep His word. Pray and fellowship with His Saints. Greet them with a holy kiss; give them all a kiss of love. Jesus says in Rev22:12 “I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me to give every one according to his work”. In Song 2:14 the King says “Oh my dove who sits in the cleft of a rock, let me see your face, and let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely.

 

Here I pray, Lord Jesus, come soon and kiss me with a sweet kiss of love. Amen

True worship exposes the life of Christ in the worshipper!

August 24, 2010

In natural life, the act of intimate love making between a man and woman ends up in the creation of new life. In spiritual life, the true worshipper’s intimate adoration ends up in conceiving the fullness of the life of Christ. When the betrothed virgin listen to the word of God, it sanctifies her. She falls in love with Christ and she surrenders her life to Him through her faith in His word. Here she get filled with the fullness of joy in the Holy Ghost. And she gets overwhelmed by the everlasting love of God and she thankfully delights in the eternal pleasures in her Lord’s presence.

True adoration and Worship is all about mud (the worshipper) from the earth denying itself and surrendering to God and resisting the devil and becoming soft mould-able clay by getting mixed with the Living Waters (the Holy Spirit) to be remoulded in the image of Christ (the One from above) on the potter’s wheel (the living sacrifice in the act of worship) at the Potter’s house (the Body of Christ) under the Holy hands of the Great Potter Heavenly Father. God moulds us as Christlike vessels filled with Divine power and Divine nature through our obedience of faith in completely doing His perfect will till the end. In the act of worship the Bride presents her body holy as a living sacrifice before God and she unites with Christ to become one with Him in the Spirit.

The act of worship make us dive into the deep love of Christ and see where the Deep is calling us deeper. True love casts out all fear. It make us fearlessly drown in God’s love and freely flow through the mighty Rivers of life by faith in God. True worship simply take us to the Holy of holies and help us to celebrate the inseparable love affair with Christ the Author and Finisher of faith. God pleasing worship begins when the eyes of the Bride engages in a constant eye contact with Christ the Lover of her soul. True worship originates from the obsession of the Bride who constantly embrace and kiss the Son who is a life giving Spirit. Her heart cries, ” Kiss me with the Kisses of His mouth, your love is better than wine”.

She knows her Lord is mindful of her. His words of true love from His mouth can intoxicate her in the spirit deep within. She knows His kiss is the kiss of life which imparted the Breath of life in the lifeless body of the first Adam. Bad company corrupts good character. But the union with the Person of Christ in the spirit, mind and body keeps the purity and divinity of the one who is betrothed to Him. Holy Spirit dwells in the body of the lovely Bride who uninterruptedly lives a life of sacrifice to please God with her act of worship. She pleads her Lord, “Take me away with you, let’s hurry”. She lives for just one thing, she lives to enter the chamber of the King of glory and dwell with Him eternally.

When the Bride adore Christ in the Spirit of God, the newness of the life appear in her through the inherent power of the imperishable Seed the word God sends to mould her in the image Christ. The Bride endlessly denies her own mind by faithfully living the mind of Christ her Lord and King. Pure brand marks of Christ in her body reveals her astonishing inner beauty in God’s presence. Her worship is the preparation for the wedding of the Lamb by seeking, knowing and doing the perfect will of God in real life!!! In the act of worship, if our heart is not completely subjective to the sanctifying work of the Spirit, we definitely end up worshiping God in vain.

Let our hearts crave to know Christ our King more and let our inner man grow deeply rooted in Him to remain spotless and glorious till He comes in the sky with His Angels. In all seasons of life the true worshipper’s heart worship God in the Spirit and Truth and reflects the glorious life of Christ indwelling in her. Amen!!!

Devil the preacher and interpreter!!!

June 19, 2010

In the wilderness devil quoted the word of God with evil intentions to Christ the Living Word who manifested to destroy the works of the devil. Discern every word and always discover the ultimate motive of the doctrine. Our God has doctrines, but He is not a doctrine, He is a Person who has the most Holy and Mighty intentions behind every word He sends to build us and sustain us. His will is our sanctification.

A doctrine originates from God is eternally Holy in motive. So Paul said: For our preaching of the glad tidings (the Gospel) came to you not only in word, but also in [its own inherent] power and in the Holy Spirit and with great conviction and absolute certainty [on our part]. You know what kind of men we proved [ourselves] to be among you for your good.-[1Thess 1.5] Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith.- [1Tim 1.5] Don’t be deceived, don’t believe half truths, for freedom Christ has set us free. – http://www.vjtraven.com

Selfish Ambition and enmity to God!!!

June 19, 2010

Our selfish Ambition is enmity to God. It causes constant friction and rebellion against God’s awesome predestined plans for us which no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no heart has thought . Thoughts of the flesh continuously contradicts the thoughts of the Spirit of God. Resisting the spiritual process that makes us grow mature in tough circumstances may end up in senselessly aborting the Divine purpose of God that make us glorious and Christlike eternally.

So Apostle Jude said in Jude1:16-21, “These are inveterate murmurers (grumblers) who complain [of their lot in life], going after their own desires [controlled by their passions]; their talk is boastful and arrogant, [and they claim to] admire men’s persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage. But you must remember, beloved, the predictions which were made by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They told you beforehand, In the last days there will be scoffers [who seek to gratify their own unholy desires], following after their own ungodly passions. It is these who are [agitators] setting up distinctions and causing divisions–merely sensual [creatures, carnal, worldly-minded people], devoid of the Holy Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith [make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], praying in the Holy Spirit; Guard and keep yourselves in the love of God; expect and patiently wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto life eternal”. – http://www.vjtraven.com

The Towers of Babel and the Kingdom of God.

June 19, 2010

These days Churches forget to consider God’s great expectations about them. They degrade their core spiritual values to increase mass appeal and relevance in the current culture. In the rat race for success and significance if we ignore God’s purpose for us, it may contaminate the purity of our motives. The unclean motives are the evil bricks that build Godless towers of Babel. We are called to love and serve all people. But to touch the hearts of people with what we preach, our life should be Christ centered. Our perfect union with Christ the Light of life illuminate the dark world. As Royal priests appointed to minister to God, our first and foremost priority in the ministry should be about pleasing the heart of God for building His Kingdom than ours.

Ecstasies in the earthly space and the ecstasies in the Heavenly place!!!

The ecstasies of worldly excellence today draw new people to the congregation. But if we make Heaven ecstatic by our worship in Spirit and truth, more people will be drawn to the Throne of Grace and will fall deeply in love with Christ. Be on alert to always resist evil. Guard your heart with all your strength. We are called to joyfully remain as bond slaves under the yoke of Christ. Let nothing separate us from the love of Christ. His love song to us sings the same old tune. “Do you love ME more than these?!!!” Let your heart embrace and kiss the Holy Son, not the world with evil sons.

Church of God is the ultimate initiator of life change.

We should be driven by the Spirit of excellence in all dimensions of life and ministry for winning souls. Every single soul matters to God, because Christ died on the cross for all. But our compromises on the core scriptural values makes masses identify a comfort zone inside. And if they enter a Church thinking they don’t need a change of heart, they get filled with wrong perceptions on Christian life. If people are drawn by the glory of the world instead of the love of the Father, Church may take the role of an entertainer instead of a life transforming soul winner. The Church of God is the ultimate initiator of life change. Christ redeemed and separated us from the evil cultures of this dark world and we got transformed by conceiving His life and culture. If masses walk in through the entertainment corridor and take a seat, leaders may say, we have won all the souls for Christ after counting filled decision cards.

Message of the cross has inherent power to touch hearts and transform lives.

Filled decision cards reflect positive responses and it bring praises to God. It gives a good beginning for many. But from the new beginning on a decision card towards the crown of life, we have a long journey to eternity with Christ. A visitation from God inspires people to become a permanent habitation of God. Message of the cross has inherent power to touch hearts and transform lives. If we believe and act on His word we will never be the same again. If we deny ourselves and love God, we will constantly grow more mature in Christ. Christ is the Alpha and the Omega. The abundance of the grace in Christ helps us to continuously work out our Salvation to remain worthy for Him. Those who run their race to finish well in Christ should stay submitted to the Sanctifying works of the Spirit of Grace.

If there is no real life change, the great commission stays unaccomplished.

Instead of disciplining new comers, sometimes leaders take a short cut without emphasizing on the formation of the life and nature of Christ. Without engaging the hearts with Christ, they keep the crowd attracted to the Church through infotainment or Spiritainment. Gathering, keeping and managing the crowd is the part of executing the great commission. Very good, but ultimately if people don’t become true disciples of Christ, the great commission still stays unaccomplished.

Without constant renewal of minds many revivals died and became histories.

When God’s word is practiced and preached in the Church, sometimes people vanish as if travellers getting into a fast train for a secure place which demands no life change. Here Churches become Railway Stations, where people don’t to stay for long. Sound and Light shows en-thrill us, but if it fails to produce glorious new creations in Christ we miss the U-Turn of life change. Signs and wonders plus extra ordinary miracles heal the sick and deliver the Captives. But afterwards, if those blessed people never thankfully returns to become fully mature in Christ, their bodies get healed but their souls get lost. Theological studies are excellent, but if it creates puffed up heads with loveless hearts poisoned with human philosophy, the restoration of Christ likeness never happen. If Churches are not filled with a Divine atmosphere for transformation of character and conduct, people will never submit to God and get separated from evil. John 3.19 says, “This is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil”. Remember, without constant renewal of minds many great revivals died and became histories of the past.

Satisfied in printed notes on Christ than Christ Himself?

The Living Word wrote, the written word to lead people back to the Living Word Himself. The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. But now people are satisfied with printed notes and certificates than Christ Himself. It is like buying a car for its owner’s manual instead of the vehicle. Here we ignore the person of Christ and refuse to give our companionship to HIM who sacrificed Himself to become our eternal Companion. We grieve the Holy Spirit if we don’t commit to live a life of true adoration and worship. If all of us stay focused on Christ and do the God ordained ministries given to us by contributing and complementing without compromising spiritual values, then we can witness Christ building His glorious Church in this generation.

Some Christian celebrities may become the architects of the Towers of Babel.

Some Christian celebrities think they have everything they need and they celebrate their success even before God celebrates His. They manufacture revivals without transformation that leads to transfiguration. They think they are rich and strong, can handle any problem with money power and influence. They speak or do anything and no one dares to speak to them even if they are terribly wrong. They will curse those people who ask questions. They refuse to slow down or stop even if God Himself may ask. They will say they will discuss with their mentors who are well paid to keep quiet. There seems no need for accountability and credibility. Now if we posses this mindset, doubtlessly we are the architects of the Towers of Babel. Today’s Churches terribly miss the inseparable union with Christ. We see Churches worship their leaders or traditions or programs, or even buildings more than Christ Himself. As a matter of convenience, maybe that’s what pleases many leaders! Today’s local Churches are messed up badly. Nevertheless if we are willing to clean up this mess, God can help us. But can we deny our selfish ambitions and humbly wait for God’s perfect plans? Are we ready to be led by the Spirit? There is hope, if the sons of God are willing to Change!!!

A Christ centered Church will be a heart cleansing, life transforming, world changing Church.

The Kingdom of God is not built by man made Theology and management expertise. And it is built on Christ the Solid Rock, if we ignore the foundational principles of Christ we will be building an entertainment Theater instead of a Church. A Christ centered Church will be a heart cleansing, life transforming, world changing Church. And its principles and action logic never contradict with the voice of the Spirit in the word of God. Its formulas are universally applicable for a victorious Christian life. The vulgarity of leadership gimmicks practiced in the name of effectiveness degrade the Christian values. To prevent this decay, all leaders should remain submitted to each other in the fear of Christ and stay accountable to God and the Church which they serve as servants not as owners or masters. If leaders don’t flee from these compromises, they may fail to witness Christ being fully formed inside and delivered outside from every single soul they have gathered for Salvation.

How praise worthy will you be in Heaven, what does your ministry ultimately promise people?

Great soul winning Churches may become greatest soul loosing places if the leaders are not led by the Spirit of God. When people disappear without returning, leaders driven by the Spirit of this world get back to their Entertainments again and the show goes on with false promises. The same mediocre spiritual story repeated over and over again. Take a break!!! How strong is your credibility? How praise worthy will you be in Heaven? What does your ministry ultimately promise people? The promise of God is not a cheap cultural or spiritual gimmick. The promise of God is Eternal life where we get seated on the right hand side of Christ. The name of the Lord is a strong Tower, the righteous will run into it and be safe. But the Towers of Babel built with the demonic doctrines of the wicked men is cooking recipes of Spiritual disaster. Enter and abide in the everlasting Kingdom of God and celebrate your life with Christ. The Door to the Kingdom of God is Christ the Son of Man, let no other man dare to stand in His place.

He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him !!!!

Leaders of today, if you have read this much, it’s time to self examine to renew your minds to upgrade your commitment to the new covenant of Christ. You are wonderfully and fearfully created for the glorious purposes of God. Reflect astonishing excellence in everything you think or speak or do. Nevertheless whole heartedly seek the face of the Father for fulfilling the desires of His heart. Don’t fall for cheap alternatives in order to please people more than God. Stop self worshiping, get back to your first love and fix your eyes on Christ. The Lamb of God alone is worthy to receive all the praise and glory for every good work His grace has done through us. Without putting the mask of self righteousness let us seriously scan our deepest motives and desires before our God who is holy and surrender to HIM completely. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth shall gaze upon Him and beat their breasts and mourn and lament over Him. Even so [must it be]. Amen (so be it). -Rev 1:7

Without a trace of selfish ambition re-define your passion for Christ all over again. When His Majesty the Lion of Judah appears, let HIM find you faithful and fruitful in His Kingdom. Hold on to what is everlasting, in the spirit of excellence accomplish everything God wants you to accomplish in this generation for the praise of His glory. When your heart is deeply rooted in Christ, from you God creates a glorious masterpiece molded in the mind of Christ.

Blessed are the pure in heart, they will see the face of the KING of GLORY shining on them everlastingly. May God be with you always to guide you till the end. Amen!!! – http://www.vjtraven.com

May 8, 2010

In the name of Jesus people pray, teach, preach, praise, sing, clap and dance in corporate worship. But even after participating in all these acts of faith, a true worshiper’s inner man endlessly craves for a fresh encounter with God face to face. He discovers immeasurable favor of God through constantly hungering more of Christ. We can do all things for Christ without intimately uniting with HIM in the Spirit and truth. In the act of worship, if we present our minds and bodies without a sacrifice to please God by doing the perfect will of God, then we worship God in vain.

In person get united with Christ intimately and get filled with the fullness of the knowledge of Christ. A trillion Thesis’s of Christology means nothing without a saint eternally becoming a true companion of Christ in real life. Check out what A W Tozer said,“The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.”  – http://www.vjtraven.com