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Jesus Marveled!!!

Jesus performed many miracles and wonders during his public ministry on the earth.  People marveled and were astonished at His work.  Here is an occasion Jesus marveled hearing the faith of the centurion and said “I have not found such faith with anyone in Israel” Mat 8:10

 

The centurion was a military officer in the Roman army who could have let many obstacles to stand between him and Jesus – pride, time, money, self-sufficiency, power, race etc.  But these barriers did not block him in approaching Jesus for help.

 

The centurion had a great compassion towards his servant who was paralyzed and fearfully tormented.  Luke 7:10 says, “he was a slave and about to die”.  He could have given him up and appointed another slave.  But he decided to save his life and approached Jesus by keeping aside his power and position.

 

The centurion acknowledged the worth of Jesus and accepted his unworthiness.  He said “Lord I am not worthy for you to come under my roof” Mat 8:8.  A man marked with humility as he appreciated the power of Jesus.

 

The centurion’s faith is remarkable. He said “Lord, you just say a word and my servant will be healed” Mat 8:8. Amazing faith!!!

 

The question that we should ask based on these thoughts – How does Jesus evaluate us? Where do we stand in our spiritual life in regard to our approach to Jesus?  Do we love the people around us and are we exercising our faith in Jesus?

 

Dear Lord, increase our faith in You.  Amen

            

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One of the phrases that Jesus taught in his prayer to the disciples is “thy will be done” (Mathew 6:10). Later when he was in the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed “My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”(Mathew 26:42). Our thoughts are taken to two different aspects.

 

Firstly, Jesus did what He taught. He was willing to do the will of God. God’s will had to be done in His life. In Acts 1:1, we find that “Jesus began to do and teach”. Saying and doing and doing and teaching were in the life of Christ. He lived a life that we are to follow. That’s the reason Peter tells that He has left us an example, that we must follow (1 Peter 2:21).

 

Secondly, God’s will be done is important in our life. We are asked to surrender our ‘all’ to Christ. It is not a sign of resigning to our fate or waving a white flag of surrender. It is coming in face to face with the King of Kings and giving our whole lives to Him, asking Him to take control and lead us to the best. God knows what is best for us, when we surrender our will to His.

 

Let us follow His example and always seek to do His will.

 

Dear Lord, we surrender ourselves to do Your will in our lives.  Amen

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Meditation on 2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

The word ‘ALL’ is very important. It means that all the scripture is inspired by God. Many things have been written against the Bible, but it has withstood these writings, showing that it is the inspired Word of God. The Word of God is God-breathed, God inspired and God activated. Just as God breathed into Adam the ‘breath of life’, He has also breathed His life into the scriptures and that is why the Bible is true and living word of God. This is the process.

 

We also have the purpose. The Bible is also a practical Book. Many ways it is useful for us. It helps us in the realities of everyday life. The word ‘doctrine’ indicates that it has the ability to teach.. The word ‘reproof’, means that the Word has power to convict. The word ‘correction’, shows that the scripture has ability to redirect one life.

 

Paul’s epistles have these three characters. For example, Romans tells of the doctrine. In Galatians, he corrects them, and in 1 and 2 Corinthians he rebukes. Someone has said— 1. Doctrine—keeps us from Error 2. Reproof—Keeps us from Sin 3.. Correction—keeps us from Failure 4. Training in Righteousness—keeps us from Foolishness

 

Training has the idea of chastening. Teaching can be done in a classroom, but training takes years of dedication. The Bible has all it takes to develop a person in a sanctified life. The discipline and development of Christian character is by the Holy Spirit, who uses the Bible to instruct or train us. God is just not content if we know the Bible, but wants Christ to live in us and that has to be manifest through our life. The Word of God fits us and also furnishes us for good works.

 

A sinner can be changed, a believer can be corrected. All this happens through one book. God’s Word that is precious is given to us. It is real and living. It also has the power to change us, and lead us to a life of holiness.

 

Dear Lord, we believe that Thy word is real and living that will give us abundant life. Amen

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Do we Judge???

A young couple move into a new neighborhood.  The next morning, while they were eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hang the clothes outside. “That laundry is not very clean”, she said.  They don’t know how to wash properly. Perhaps they need better laundry soap.  Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang their wash to dry, the young women made the same comment.  About one month later, the women was surprised to see nice clean clothes were on the line and said to her husband.  Look! Our neighbor now learned how to wash properly.  I wonder who taught them this.  The husband replied, “I got up this morning and cleaned our windows”.

 

So it is with life: what we see when watching others, depend on the purity of the window through which we look.  Jesus says in Mathew 7:3 “why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eyes, but do not notice log that is in your own eyes”. The word of God do not permit us to judge or criticize another person, rather it teaches us to examine our own motive and conduct.  Before we give any criticism, it might be a good idea to check our state of mind and ask ourselves if we are ready to see the good rather than to be looking for something in the person we are about to judge.  John 15:2 teaches us that the pruning knife is with the Father, not with elders, priests or pastors or with anyone of us.  A spirit filled humble believer will never judge others but he corrects with a heart moved with love and compassion.

 

Dear Lord, help us to judge ourselves not to judge others.  Amen   

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Our Goal in Life

Physical growth of the child is the top most concern of every parent. When a child is born, every parent wants to see tha child grow. If the child does not grow, the parent is worried. The same can be said of Christian growth. When we have been born again, we were ‘spiritual babes’. God wants to see us grow. He wants to see us digest heavy stuff, but many times we are not able to.

 

Paul had a desire to ‘know Christ’ (Phil 3:10). He had met Jesus on the way to Damascus. But now he expresses his goal in life, which is to know more of Christ. There is a difference in meeting and knowing. We meet many people, but those whom we are interested, we will know in detail. Paul had this goal, to know the One who made the stars, the One who created animals and birds, the One who created the starry skies, the sun and moon.

 

To know a person is to have a genuine interest. Only by spending quality time can we get to know the person. A meaningful and progressive relationship is built, and a lifetime association is got.

 

This is what Christian growth is all about. It is not just reading of Christian books and gaining ‘head knowledge’. Christian growth is experiencing Christ in the sorrows and joys of life. To know Christ intimately, in success and failures, in ups and down, in trials and temptation and in pains and happy situations.

 

This must be our goal in life and growing to become more like Him. We must not be ‘spiritual dwarfs’, but mature Christians.

 

Dear Lord, help us to know You more closer in our lives.  Amen

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Jesus our Example

John 13 begins the second section of the Gospel. The first section was about the signs, the second about God’s glory. Chapter 13, Jesus begins with a discourse. The foot washing and the institution of the Lord’s Supper is the main features of this chapter. There are lessons that we can learn from these ‘teachings’ of Jesus.

 

In verse 15, Jesus tells us that He has given us an example. The model for our life is Jesus himself. Foot washing was a task normally reserved for the lowliest of menial servants. Peers did not wash one another’s feet, except very rarely and as a mark of great love. The Jews insisted that Jewish slaves be kept from foot washing; it should be a job for Gentile slaves, women and children. This act of Jesus shows us that He became man, loved us and sacrificed His life for us.

 

We are His children and have to follow His example. To be humble means that no matter our position, status, title or degree, we are willing to lay aside these things to serve other people in a very earthy, lowly way. It doesn’t mean that we can’t have status or positions of honor; it means that serving others is never beneath us.

 

In a world where authority comes from position, title, power and control, this act of humility will turn the world up-side down. Can we imagine Barack Obama making coffee at the White House? Tiger Woods cleaning another person’s car? Manmohan Singh washing the feet of his sub-ordinates.

 

What keeps us from following Christ’ example? Its only pride. Pride often keeps us from taking the lower role. A man of God says “At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend”.

 

Dear Lord, help us to get rid of pride and have humility, having You as our example.   Amen.

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