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Giving a greater blessing than receiving!!!

January 10, 2010

Day after day we constantly seek God to receive endless gifts from Him for our needs. Yes, we are created for praise, fame and honor. God provides all our needs according to the riches in the glory of Christ. By faith we can accumulate every good gift God has given to us to enjoy and do good works to glorify Him. God provides all our need not our greed.

We should worship the Giver not the gift. In our good times never ignore Christ the Greatest Gift we have ever received from Heaven. Along with Christ, all other gifts from Heaven are given to us who believed in Him. If we constantly seek the Greatest Giver’s Kingdom and His righteousness, then we won’t lack any good thing.

When tested, the true worshipers sacrifice all good gifts for the sake of gaining Christ and please God. Paul said, for me to live is Christ and to die is gain. A true worshiper yearns for God, like a Bride yearns for the Bridegroom because she belongs to Him. Her heart comprehends what her Beloved Lord needs. Forever, His greatest need is her constant companionship.

When Lord seeks our companionship, we can grieve His heart if we don’t distribute what we have received to glorify Him by getting separated from all the gifts to bond with God the Great Giver. This is where worship is about imitating Christ who gave Himself for us on the cross to save us. Let nothing separate us from the everlasting love of Christ. True God pleasing worship is about giving Christ, ourselves as a gift without a spot and wrinkle. A true worshiper considers giving a greater blessing than receiving.

If we give ourselves to Him, He will make us into a Vessel of great honor and take us way with Him. The  King of Glory is coming!!! Are you ready to go with Him? Then, do not set your minds on the earthly things, but on things above where Christ is seated on the Throne.

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Today’s rejection and tommorrows glory.

January 9, 2010

When we are rejected we usually think, all we need is an opportunity to display who we are or what we can. But if the predestined expectations of our Father in Heaven is much more than what we can deliver through our words or works now, then we should understand few things.

God’s grace delivered through us is only beneficial to people. The impact and influence of our communication depends on the depth of the revelation of Christ we posses, our intimacy with God and the weight of God’s glory in us. Wisdom and grace is the mark of our oneness with Christ the Hope of Glory. And rejection is the perfect opportunity for today’s meticulous preparation for tomorrow’s ultimate presentation. Let’s contain all the fullness of the abundance of grace in Christ in our earthen vessels and make His praise glorious.

Stay humble and be patient under the yoke of Christ. The lifter of our head is faithful to lift us up in the due time. Always remain crucified with Christ and die daily to become the radiance of the glory of Christ who abides in us to appear in us in His glory.  But are you ready for that God ordained opportunity?

Great men and Christ.

January 8, 2010

The thoughts of great men are great, but the words of Christ has the life giving Power. Great men died and went to the grave, but Christ died and came out of the grave. He is the Alpha and the Omega, His words are eternal. In His name sins are forgiven, blind see, deaf hear, lame walk and the dead rise up. By His stripes we are healed. He is the the Lord of life and resurrection. Let our faith rest in His power, His righteous shall live by faith. He is always faithful and true to fulfill what He has promised! Amen!

Renewal of Mind through Paul’s letter to Philemon!

January 4, 2010

The letter of Apostle Paul to Philemon was specifically written for renewing the mind of the young disciple regarding an issue related to his old slave. Evidently Onesimus had escaped from Philemon in Colosse to Rome. And then he was caught and put in prison. There he became a disciple of Christ through his close acquaintance with Apostle Paul. As a slave, he was the legal property of Philemon and in addition Onesimus had stolen some of Philemon’s goods. Here Paul is urging Philemon to accept a previous slave and thief as a new born-again brother in Christ. This mission letter for the renewal of mind is written very sensitively and meaningfully by Paul. With grace Paul discloses the heart of the matter in the mind of Christ to encourage and move the emotions of Philemon so that he will deny himself to please God.

A slave is liberated from the bondage by Christ the Liberator. And He has become a new creation in Christ, to be a brother of his old master. Here Paul is working on the mindset of Philemon so that he won’t be reluctant to accept Onesimus as a brother. Paul’s wisdom, grace and his deep conviction on this matter make us also renew our minds regarding our relationships to worship God with reverence and awe.

1. The Grace, Peace and prayer for the “Renewal of mind”.

[Philemon 1.1-5] – Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved brother and fellow worker, and to Apphia, and to Archippus, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints.

To liberate a born-again slave from the mindset of his born-again master, Paul discloses the larger dimensions of the truth in the tenderness of a mother for his son to get deeply rooted in Christ. And he begins this letter by identifying himself as a bond slave of Christ in the prison. We need to receive God’s grace and peace through the inspiration of the lives and messages of the leaders. We also need the prayers of the saints to always deny ourselves and follow Christ. Paul is reminding Philemon, who he is in Christ and how beautifully secure and praise worthy he is in Him. And this Good News will illuminate Philemon’s inner man to receive the grace for renewing his mind to please God according to what Paul is saying next. Paul’s life, motives, prayer and teaching will influence Philemon to leave what is childish for growing fully mature in Christ. Vigorous growth and spiritual maturity happens only when we constantly chase the heart of God and gather His deeper thoughts to renew our mind daily. A true Worshipper sustains his spiritual life through inhaling the mind of Christ as the Oxygen and exhaling the mind of the flesh as the carbon dioxide. Before starting a heart surgery with the Sword of the Spirit, Paul uses extra ordinary grace and wisdom as a dose of Anesthesia on Philemon. The first four verses are doing that job meaningfully.

2. The Thanks giving, recognition, appreciation and encouragement for the Renewal of mind.

[Philemon 1.6- 7] – I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you–since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus–

Paul is thanking and praising God for Philemon and his team. Paul is recognizing their praise-worthy testimony in relationship to God and His people. Paul mentions here, you have done what you are supposed to do, but now there is room for improvement. You have refreshed the heart of all the saints, but your old slave turned saint is returning home, can you refresh his heart? Paul truly appreciates the loyalty and Divinity of the local Church. And then he is preparing the reader to expand his mindset. Paul demands Philemon, the denial of his role as a legitimate master by accepting the glorious role of a legitimate brother in Christ who will accept a new creation in Christ. A previous slave who has stolen his owner’s goods and escaped from his master needed to be forgiven first. God has forgiven Him, because he accepted Christ as His master. Now, as a child of God, Onesimus will ask forgiveness to Philemon when he comes there. And there he should be accepted as a new born child of Paul and should be honored as a saint of Christ. Renewal of mind is always sacrificial and it can only be done, by submitting to each other in the fear of Christ. This can happen only when Philemon joyfully says, “I am crucified with Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me to renew my mind according to the perfect will of the Father”.

3. The renewal of mind as a faithful soldier’s duty to serve God
[Philemon 1.7-9] – For I have derived great joy and comfort and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been cheered and refreshed through you, brother. I have abundant boldness in Christ to charge you to do what is fitting and required and your duty to do, Yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you, just for what I am– I, Paul, an ambassador [of Christ] and an old man and now a prisoner for His sake.

The existing Christian character and conduct of Philemon is causing great joy. However harder the renewal of mind seems to be, it should be done as a faithful soldiers duty in the service to the King of Glory. Paul says I am an ambassador of the King of Kings, but I have become an old man in a prison on behalf of the Lord. He says; remember me enduring in these humiliating conditions for Christ sake. And now I am joyfully doing my duty now as an Apostle writing the perfect will of God to you. I am leading you to what pleases the compassionate heart of the King of Love. Renewal of mind is an act of worship. It is done in remembrance of Christ who pleased His Father through His Sacrifice to save us.

4. Renewal of mind through forgetting the past history and focusing on the glorious destiny.

[Philemon 1.10-13] – I appeal to you for my [own spiritual] child, Onesimus], whom I have begotten [in the faith] while a captive in these chains. Once he was unprofitable to you, but now he is indeed profitable to you as well as to me. I am sending him back to you in his own person, [and it is like sending] my very heart. I would have chosen to keep him with me, in order that he might minister to my needs in your stead during my imprisonment for the Gospel’s sake. But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part].

The name Onesimus means profitable, and now he is not profitable to Philemon. But the slave boy is considered precious by the Owner of our souls and Christ has bought Onesimus for God with His own blood. The old slave has entered into the genealogy of Divinity by faith in Christ. So he is profitable for the Kingdom of God by the grace he has received. Now the renewal of mind is mandatory to please God and the ball is the court of Philemon.

Paul is in the ministry of reconciliation. Paul wrote about forgetting the past for receiving greater rewards in the Glory of Christ, in Philippians 3.7-8. “But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ’s sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish, in order that I may win Christ (the Anointed One)”.

5. Renewal of mind is a sacrifice done in the free will for the sake of benevolence

There is no fear in love; perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love -1Jn 4.18. So Paul is not using his apostolic authority to make Philemon accept his old slave as a brother through fear. And if Philemon half heartedly accept or completely rejects Onesimus out of hatred, then God will consider Philemon a murderer. And at all cost, Paul want to avoid that spiritual disaster. So Paul said, “Therefore, though I have abundant boldness in Christ to charge you to do what is fitting and required and your duty to do, Yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you just for what I am– I, Paul, an ambassador [of Christ] and an old man and now a prisoner for His sake also”.

By all means Paul shows respect to Philemon’s God given freedom to renew his mind without any external pressure. God is Love and God is Light. And the Light has the heat of the Consuming Fire and Light has its own Divine pressure. All we need to do is to switch on the light and disclose the eternal truth in love. The Love will put its pressure under the power of the Holy Spirit. It is written, ”Our faith rests in God’s power”. Paul said, [Philemon 1.14] -“But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part].”

God pleasing renewal of mind is not done under circumstantial or relational pressure. It is joyfully done under the Divine pressure of God’s love through the free will of the saint. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus willfully exchanged His free will with the will of the Father. He said, “Let Your will be done not Mine”. Father did not use any force on His beloved Son, but Jesus in His free will died, out of His benevolence for us.

6. Renewal of mind is done in remembrance of the true testimony of Character and Conduct

[Philemon 1:10-13] – I appeal to you for my [own spiritual] child, Onesimus [meaning profitable], whom I have begotten [in the faith] while a captive in these chains. Once he was unprofitable to you, but now he is indeed profitable to you as well as to me. I am sending him back to you in his own person, [and it is like sending] my very heart. I would have chosen to keep him with me, in order that he might minister to my needs in your stead during my imprisonment for the Gospel’s sake.(AMP)

Timothy was Paul’s beloved son in faith; similarly Onesimus also has become Paul’s beloved son in Christ and Paul is declaring his relationship with Onesimus with great pride. Paul from the heart of a father is convincing Philemon his elder spiritual son about Onesimus his new-born son. Deeper renewal of mind can be produced by people only when we have unbreakable relationships with each other. Loveless preaching cannot capture the hearts of the listeners. Ministry of reconciliation done for a meaningful renewal of mind is only fruitful when it is done with the heart of a Father. Stiff people with no Father’s heart leads people to spiritual destruction, they cannot lead people to real transformation. Preachers need a Father’s heart. If we preach the truth without love, we will fail to witness the transformation of the listeners. True Love gives God a chance to touch the hearts.

Onesimus is only a slave to Philemon, Philemon has not done anything to bring Onesimus to Christ. But to Paul, Onesimus has become a spiritual son born in Christ as a brother of Philemon now. Paul has taken labor pains in the prison to see the life of Christ being formed in Onesimus. So Paul also testifies about the character and conduct of Onesimus comparable to Philemon himself. Onesimus served Paul in Philemon’s absence in the prison and became Paul’s heart in Christ.  So in a way Paul is pleading to Philemon, don’t break my heart. Renewal of mind cannot be cannot be done if your heart is hard or cold. There is no other way for Philemon to please God in connection with Onesimus. Denying himself and following Jesus is the only God pleasing way. Renewal of mind cannot be ignored any more now, it is absolutely mandatory

7. Renewal of mind is done as a voluntary act for growing mature in Christ.

[Philemon 1.14-16] But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part]. Perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated [from you] for a while, that you might have him back as yours forever, Not as a slave any longer but as [something] more than a slave, as a brother [Christian], especially dear to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh [as a servant] and in the Lord [as a fellow believer].

Even if you have a Father’s heart, even if you speak higher Heavenly standards with deep conviction and compassion, renewal of mind that pleases God is still the fruit of the free will of the follower. Follower will get a reward for what he has done after hearing the Word of God, Leader will get a reward for living and preaching the uncontaminated Word. And as a leader, Paul is not abusing or not even using his authority to control Philemon’s will externally. Paul wrote God’s thoughts to Philemon and waits for the internal response from the free will of Philemon patiently. Without over influencing, without manipulating or controlling, Paul is humbling and nearly pleading as a servant before Philemon, just to witness a renewal of mind that pleases God. Here Paul is projecting Philemon as a boss with self control.

This is the astonishing wisdom of Paul. Always Truth has its own power, Divinity and authority to influence the hearts of people. Eternal Truth is all worthy to be followed by any man. God wants every man to know the truth, because it can set the captives free. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life, He is the Alpha and the Omega. Truth will not be understood because it is just preached or heard. Truth has to be revealed by the Father and if we accept it then our inner man will get illuminated to follow the truth. That’s why Jesus asked his 12 Disciples “Tell me who I am”. Truth can be followed only if, the Father enlightens our heart.

The spirit of a man is the lamp of God. On the way to Emmaus Jesus spoke the truth to the disciples and their hearts were on Fire and then God opened their eyes for the vision of Christ. Paul is not pretending God here, even though he is the mouth piece of God here. Paul knows he cannot do what God alone can do. Jesus Christ alone is the Lord, and Paul is not ashamed of the Gospel of that Christ. And Paul is not even ashamed to humble himself before Philemon his co-worker. Paul knows, “Those who are led by the Spirit are the Sons of God”. And if you are a son, you cannot sin, because the seed of God is in you and it will enlighten you forever. Philemon is a son, so Paul knows Philemon doesn’t need compulsion or pressure from outside to please God.

Paul is a man of hope because the Love that is poured out in the heart of Paul is a love that hopes, Philemon will surrender to God’s expectations. So Paul is openly disclosing what is pleasing to God and giving time and space for Philemon to respond willfully to God’s word. Paul is patiently waiting for the renewal of mind in the heart of Philemon. This will make Philemon deny the ownership of Onesimus, before the ownership of Christ who bought Onesimus and Philemon with the price of His blood on the cross. Every knee shall bow; every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is the Lord without external pressure. The Lamb of God who was slain for all is worthy to be praised eternally. Amen !!!

8. Renewal of mind happens because of the Compulsion of the everlasting love of Christ.

[Philemon 1.15-25] For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave–a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay–not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides. Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord. Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Paul as an Ambassador of God is convincing Philemon about the purposes of God by disconnecting him from the thoughts on earth and uplifting him to the thoughts of eternity. Paul is letting the love of Christ compel Philemon for a true renewal of mind. Until and unless we shift our focus to Christ, renewal of mind doesn’t happen fruitfully. If we are not in agreement with God’s purposes on earth, our eternal rewards can get lost as a result of our ignorance and self worship. Perhaps Paul has already prepared the mindset of Onesimus to get back to where things went wrong. Things need to get right with his old owner who is now a brother in Christ. Renewal of mind is about bravely taking a step of faith to do God’s will without any friction from the flesh. Here the enemy is the mind of the flesh and influences of the world brings evil imaginations against the perfect will of God. Paul wants Philemon and Onesimus to become more than conquerors in this matter.

Now, Onesimus is a born-again man and he is a new creation, old things have passed away and all things have become new. For freedom Christ has set him free. Still he need to get reconciled with his old master and Paul is sending him back to Philemon with faith.  Paul has faith in the obedience of Philemon, He knows Philemon will refresh his heart. If there is no hope, renewal of mind never happens when the truth is spoken. So without commanding the renewal of mind as an Apostle, in a father’s heart, Paul is demanding Philemon’s love to him which will be pure obedience to Christ. Renewal of mind is impossible when relationship is broken. So Paul ministered the Renewal of mind to beloved Philemon so sensitively and tactfully.

Renewal of mind is essential to both the old slave and the old master. Paul wrote in [1 Tim 6.1-2], “All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so that the name of God and our doctrine will not be spoken against. In [Eph 6.9] Paul said, “Masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

Paul said again, “We are the ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God [2 Cori 5.14-20]. In the love of God, Paul pleaded to Philemon, he said, “Receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave–a beloved brother.”, By all means Paul want to witness the renewal of mind.

Apostle Paul who wrote half of the New Testament remembered what Christ has done on the cross for all. What Paul is today is all because of the grace he has received through the sacrifice of Christ. So from the depth of his heart Paul pleaded again to Philemon not to reject Onesimus as a brother.”If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account”. By saying this Paul was exactly representing Christ the Good Samaritan on earth. Lives may change if we are ready to take few risks to please God who risked His only begotten Son for us. Today God is seeking the true worshipers. So that Holy Spirit who doesn’t have a Body can abide in the one which is willing to sacrifice the mind of the flesh to represent the mind of Christ on earth. Such a person is the Temple of the Living God.

About such people Christ said I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Are we available? Are we buildable? Are we ready to renew our minds….then remember what Christ said, “Destroy this temple? I will build it in three days”. And He fulfilled His promise when He died on the cross and rose again from the dead….But what about us? Can we deny ourselves and willfully renew our mind today to please God with all our heart?!!! God bless! Amen!!!

In 2010, “PREACH THE WORD OF GOD” !!!

December 29, 2009

Apostle Paul said, I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His coming and His kingdom: Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable.
Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong. And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching- [2 Tim4. 1-2]

So, those who are called and equipped and sent out to preach the Gospel in 2010, “ARISE from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life! Shine, be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!” – [Is 60.1]
If we preach Word with deep conviction and power, then people will receive the fullness of grace to get deeply rooted in Christ. The Testimony of Christ is the Spirit of Prophecy. The Word who manifested in the Flesh is faithful to send His Holy Spirit on all the flesh who accepts His Name and Lordship. Christ, the last Adam, is a life-giving Spirit. He will impart His life on those who conceive His Word as it is declared by us. He gave His life on the cross to save us. By His stripes we are healed. So go with boldness and grace to illuminate the nations with the Mind of Christ. Let your lips proclaim the eternal truth in love. Let people submit to God and obey His Word in their own free will and get blessed eternally.

But telling people only what their ears are itching to hear derails the application of God’s purposes in the lives of people. God pleasing leaders don’t entertain ecstasy seekers. And the ecstasy givers create spectators who are not God pleasing followers.  Compromises pollutes the mindset of the believers like  poison from a Snake bite. This causes contagious spiritual diseases. This has made some Church Leaders spiritually sick and terribly corrupt. The unsound doctrines mute the Prophet, deceive people and cause spiritual blindness and deafness. This leads to spiritual insensitivity and slow spiritual death in the local Church!!!
The only medicine to heal this deadly sickness is through getting back to the purpose of preaching. Paul said, “The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere faith – [1Tim 1:5]”. If what you reaped is not pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith, then what you sowed is not the seed of God. Yes in all generations, Preachers are accountable to God. As messengers of God and ambassadors of Christ they have received special messages to deliver people from lack of vision. The Word set the captives free from all evil imaginations and deceptions and give people clear direction. So it’s time again to wake up. Arise and shine, preach the Word and let there be Light!!!
Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven – [Mathew5.16]. Let the people who sit in the darkness see the great Light, let those who sit in the shadow of death get illuminated by the Light of Life.
But consider, what Jesus said about the eyes of the body. Christian Leaders must be visionaries who can see through the thick dark walls of the evil world. They need to patiently wait upon the Lord and truly rejuvenate their spiritual life like an Eagle. They should carry penetrating Scriptural insights as the watchmen over the walls of Jerusalem. Such God conscious servants guard the Kingdom of God with a Soaring Eagle’s eyes. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light. But if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the very light in you [your conscience] is darkened, how dense is that darkness!– [Mathew 6.22-23].
So Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved, a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth- [2Tim 2.15]. We need to do this with the same flame of passion burning in the heart of Christ for the Temple of the Living God. “For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold”.
Paul said, “They will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry” –[2Tim4.3-5]
Jesus the Righteous Judge said, “The basis of the judgment (the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works were evil” – Jn 3.20
The new year messages for today’s Local Churches are already spoken before two thousand years. Check this one out for 2010, “And to the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write: I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne. He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches)”.
May God bless you and enable you to commune with Christ throughout 2010 and forever. Let there be Light and let there be Delight in the heart of God and His worshiper!!! Amen, Amen!!!

The True Story of True Companions.

December 27, 2009

Nearly a decade ago, when a prayer meeting was going on, two medical doctors brought a sinking orphan boy in the midst of the congregation and challenged the Christian faith. By Faith my friends prayed over Him in the name of Jesus and God in His mercy miraculously healed that boy from the last stages of kidney trouble. Through the manifestation of the supremacy of Christ, that boy was healed by the stripes of Jesus and those doctors accepted the Lordship of Christ and got baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost.

Many years passed and this boy grew up and was committed for Christian ministry. But he was inconsistent in remaining in the first love of his relationship with Christ. He struggled to identify and overcome the deception of the devil most of the time and nearly shipwrecked his faith. We should constantly obey what Christ commanded to whom He delivered and healed. Remember what the Lord said, “Sin no more” which simply means to deny your self and live a sacrificial life of Worship and endlessly please God. This young man got married early and everything was going on fine until the day he was admitted in the hospital, where he spoke to me over the phone and said his kidneys are seriously back in trouble. Suddenly after two days, unfortunately his condition worsened, he passed away in the hospital. We felt terrible about his sudden demise and next day we went to attend his funeral in his village named Othara.

But one thing I remember, as he said his life was in trouble, by God’s grace I found him joyful and thankful to Christ for giving him an extension of life which he enjoyed for some years without the help of medicines for Kidney trouble. While attending the funeral, we all were so deeply moved when his wife kissed the face of her dear husband for the very last time. In the outburst of sorrowful emotions, she cried loudly “Take me away too and bury me with my beloved, why am I left alone here on earth with out him”. Tears filled everyone’s eyes and we witnessed the unbearable pain of someone’s heart who lost her true companion on earth. Words fail to describe a person’s agony of love caused by the pain of the death of someone who existed as one body and one mind on earth.

Here my heart saw the reflection of the true story in Calvary, where Jesus lost His companions God the Father and the Holy Ghost for a few hours on earth on behalf of us. Christ became an abandoned Man of sorrows for us in His loneliness of the cross. And” He cried Eli Eli Lamma Shabakthani !!! Which means My God, My God why did You leave Me alone???” The Father of Glory and the Spirit of Glory also horribly suffered the absence of Jesus in the Throne Room of God. The Throne of the Son of Glory was empty for a little while in eternity as He was slain for redeeming our souls in Calvary. As we know, then Christ committed His Spirit into the hands of the Father and died to save us from the punishment of all our sins against God and men. In eternity, the mystery of the Trinity is about unbreakable unity, but in order to unite with us in deep intimacy, God left His only begotten Son alone to cling on to the nails of the cross so that we can cling on to Christ and come in union with God forever. Christ bought us with a price by hanging on the cross to build us as the temple of God so that God can abide in us as our true companion for ever!!!

Now, is there anybody craving to cling on to Christ the Rebonai and eternally remain as His true and intimate companion?!!! Once disciple Peter failed to cling on and unfortunately denied Him three times and Christ looked at Him with one look of compassion during His sufferings to carry our sins. And later the resurrected Lord asked Peter a very passionate question, “Do you love Me more than these?”….Today, if the Lord ask us this same question, how will we answer? Like the young man’s wife who cried with pain, does our soul carry a flame of love that refuses to part with Christ our Companion? Are we His true companions? Are we committed to stand the test of time on our cross and prove our companionship with Christ like He proved it for us on the cross??? Are we ready to get crucified with Christ to fellowship with Him in His resurrection?

May God witness our heart answering that question every single day until Christ comes. Through constant living sacrifices to cling on to the One who gave His life for us, let’s say, yes Lord we love and adore You, with a life of worship we will honor You!!!

With a great sense of urgency, Let’s run after the heart of Christ, Let’s hurry and say, take me away with You Lord. Let’s follow Him and abide in Him in all the days of our lives. Christ is the beginning and the end, He is the Alpha and the Omega!!! He is the very Breath of Life. Kiss the One who sits at the Throne, let nothing separate us from the love of Christ!!! Amen

The Bride of the lamb and her sensitivity to the Holy Spirit!!!

December 25, 2009

The Bride of the Lamb is a living body which constantly walks in submission to Christ the Head. The Bride denies herself to follow the Spirit of God every single day. By His power she deadens the works of the flesh and obeys the Word of God with no compromise. She keeps herself separated from the ways of the world and she overcomes the evil one by always abiding in Christ. This makes her remain spotlessly radiant and flawlessly Christ perfect. For the fulfillment of God’s purposes, God pleasing Church leaders and congregations completely allows the Holy Spirit to flow beyond their experiential Xerox’s of human understanding.

Move of the Holy Spirit can be very radically new, but it is forever driven by the same Holy purposes of God and it never contradict the great Biblical Principles. One day in a Pastors conference, someone introduced me as a mighty man of God to the audience. I felt a little awkward and shy, because the intro was over emphasizing the servant than the grace of the Master. I humbled myself and gave Father God all the praise and honor in advance for everything He is goanna do using me as His servant. I am scared of the introductions that create negative impacts. It can send wrong signals to the audience until you break the ice and delete the non-sense from the minds of people.

As I went up on stage to minister, I told myself, “You are just a weak donkey, but don’t worry, the One who sits on you is a Mighty Lion”. When I entered the pulpit, God’s Presence and His Lordship was very evident, the atmosphere was ready to explode in the fullness of the Holy Ghost. I understood I need to stand still, so I was speechless and there was pin drop silence for few minutes and it supernaturally continued. I saw people crying and listening to God. The manifestation of His awesome presence led people to an intimate conversation with God. And If I speak a word, I may be disturbing their intimate communion with God. And then Holy Spirit the Counselor told me wait for few seconds more and utter these words. “Breathe Christ, the very Breath of life”. I said that and I saw everyone started to breathe heavily!!! What was done as an act of faith in obedience to what Holy Spirit said led us to a time of celebration of great Joy. An extra-ordinary anointing fell on the people as I started ministering. God broke the bondages, healed wounded hearts and transformed lives like never before and we were all blessed by the great move of God in that night.

But this Divine experience cannot be duplicated by human will in some other place. It can form a new doctrine which is not at all scriptural and also not prompted by the Holy Spirit. God can do something new every day, sometimes He may do the old things again in His Sovereign will. Jesus Christ is the Lord, we are not. Don’t pretend as the Master, we are called to be His bond servants. Here we need to seek God with all our heart and remain sensitive to the Holy Spirit to execute His perfect will.

The style and directions of His moves may change every new day, but His motives are clear and pure forever. If the move is from the Head, it illuminates the whole body of Christ. Therefore, follow the Holy Spirit in every breath we breathe and every thought we think and every word we speak and every step we take. We should remember, the first century Saints never had the printed Bible like we have it today. But the Sons of God meticulously followed the Spirit of God the Teacher who imprinted the teaching of the Word of God in the hearts of the Saints. When they obeyed the Word in union with Christ, that history was written in the Breath of God and it formed the pages of the Bible we read now. Today we have Bibles in many versions and hundreds of languages. But unlike the first century saints, today we lack the deep conviction about the written Word and we miss the inseparable communion with the Living Word. If we are not desperate we won’t be able to catch up with the brand marks of the Bride.

And these days, be watchful of people who overdo teachings and distort Biblical Principles regarding the moves of God. Paul said to Timothy (1Tim 1.3-8) ” Instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine, and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the Divine training that is known by faith.

Here Paul exposes the sharp motive of the teaching. He says “The aim of instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience and sincere faith. Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, desiring to be teachers without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.

Paul who wrote half of the New Testament says, I want to know Him more deeply and intimately, through the power of resurrection and for that he was willing to pay the price. He expressed his willingness to share in the sufferings of Christ. Let’s be God conscious than people conscious for the perfecting work of God to be done in us. His touch can accomplish greater things according to His will than hours of human counseling or preaching.

In 2010 a remnant church that is hungry for God’s word and thirsty for His Holy Spirit is goanna rise up. More than self pleasing, people or world pleasing they will be deeply concerned about pleasing God through every move of the Holy Spirit. The Bride is always ready to obey the Word and follow the Holy Spirit every day. Hello…what about you ?!!!

May God be with you to teach you and guide you through in 2010 and for ever. Amen!!!

The glorious make-up materials for the Queen in the gold of Ophir.

December 24, 2009

Sons of Korah sang in Psalm 45, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever”.

At the right hand of the King of Glory stands the queen of flawless beauty in the gold of Ophir.

Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house, and the King will desire your beauty. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes; in many-colored robes she is led to the King; behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.

Song of Solomon described her, You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners. The King said, “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the covert of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me! My dove, my perfect one, is the only one, the darling of her mother, flawless to her that bore her. The maidens saw her and called her happy; the queens and concubines also, and they praised her. “Who is this that looks forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banners?”

The most beautiful make-up materials applied for the Glorious Bride of the Lamb are:- The illuminating Glory of Christ for the face, humility and purity for the heart, deep compassion for the eyes, the Breath of God for the nose, Eternal Truth for the lips, joyful laughter for the mouth, the Word of God for the ears, the praise and thanks giving for the tongue, integrity for the chest, Revelation of Christ for the neck, the most holy faith for the legs, Good News for the feet, prayer for the knees, Sword of the Spirit and charity for the hands !!!

The true worshipers of God avoid the masks of diplomatic hypocrisy, they run after the heart of God and deny the evil passions of the flesh and reject the ungodly pleasures of this world and flee from all sexual immorality. The wedding of the Lamb is coming, His Bride is constantly preparing herself ready by meditating and doing the perfect will of God that makes her perfect in Christ. She is predestined to be seated with Christ forever in the heavenly places. She does the God pleasing act of spiritual make-up daily and remain gloriously radiant in the fullness of the abundance of grace that is in Christ !!!

Our King is coming soon, any time the Bridegroom may appear, the time is near. The Bride’s heart is crying with a sense of urgency, she says “Take me away with you, let’s hurry” -Song 1.4.

Wishing you all a glorious and prosperous New Year in Christ.

The great ecstasy in Heaven!!!

December 22, 2009

Ecstasy seekers and givers forget about the great ecstasy in Heaven when a sinner repents. If the ecstasy don’t lead to our renewal of mind, that ecstasy is Christ less and lifeless. The greatest ecstasy happened on earth was in the lonely Island of Patmos, where Apostle John had a Vision of Christ the King of Glory. There, in ecstasy  John conceived the greatness of the Revelation of Christ. Hello…any body want to see my King, the Lion of Judah? I bet you will be inexplicably ecstatic !!! Don’t get carried away by cheap duplicates !!!

Ecstacy seekers and givers, please watch out !!!

December 22, 2009
Ecstasy seekers and givers may end up rejecting the Cornerstone and become fake worshipers. Father God is seeking the true worshipers who deny themselves, and take the cross to follow the Lamb who was slain. Blessed are the poor in the spirit, the Kingdom of God belongs to them. It’s so easy to feel something ecstatic under a spotlight, but it’s too hard to become nothing to remain as an everlasting light.