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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

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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

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?

Prioritize meticulously for fruitfulness.

January 8, 2010

To be effective in the ministry of Grace, prioritize meticulously for meaningful time management; look closely at where you’re spending your time and redirect your energy for God’s highest priorities. Always take time to rest in the presence of God. Constantly renew your mind and recharge your life under the Lordship of Christ. By all means, eliminate time wasters before it eliminates you. Stop unproductive projects in the eyes of God who said, “Be fruitful & multiply”.

The Risk of Exposure?

January 8, 2010

Exposure, exposes your faith, hope, passion, talent, anointing, everything you think, value, speak and do. Exposure is like an explosion of information about you. Exposure displays your character and conduct in front of people. Exposure reflects your inner self  in a big way and reveals who you are, more than what you do for God or people?!! First impression is the best impression.

Exposure is risky, it reveals how small you are or how big you are? Remember what Christ said, “You can do nothing without Me”. Deny your self at all cost and by all means chase the heart of God for His grace and be Christ like ! Let your exposure make His praise glorious!!!

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!!!