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There is a beautiful song we used to sing, “O be careful little eyes what you see, there’s a Father up above, watching over you and me, O be careful little eyes what you see”. God is watching over us. Our every action is being seen by God. We need to be conscious of the fact that God sees us and observers everything we do. 

When Hagar was forced to run away, she said of the Lord as the “One who sees” (Genesis 16:13). David, the man after God’s heart, said that we cannot go and hide from God because He is everywhere (Psalms 139:7-9). At the temple where the widow who gave her two mites we see that the Lord was watching (Mark 12:41-44), how people were giving. 

It is comforting to know we have a God who sees our troubles, He sees our giving and also a caution, He sees our heart, so that we must give an account to Him (Hebrews 4:13). ‘So be careful what you do’. 

He is the God who SEES!!

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Royal Law

James, in his epistle mentions of the royal law. The law states “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors”( James 2:8,9).

We have the royal law, given by the king. Why this is called a royal law? This law is the ultimate law for a better relationship with others. Loving others as we love ourselves, builds a peaceful relationship.  There is no room for partiality and treat everyone alike. Partiality is evident among believers, in the church, at home, in society and everywhere and James calls it as sin. Are we considering others better than us and treating all alike? This law is the basis for which other law depends.

When we follow this law, we are living like a king. We have much peace at heart, when we treat others without partiality. We can walk with our head held high, talk to everyone. This makes us a king.

John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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Prayer is very important in the life of a believer. Many things are achieved by prayer, and we are witnesses to it. Jesus when He was in the world, He spent most of His time “withdrawing Himself to pray” (Luke 5:15-16). Jesus Christ prayed at critical areas in his life, and Luke who portrays Him as Son of Man, tells of eleven occasions when He prayed. We see Him praying before His baptism (Luke 3:21), praying before He selected His twelve (Luke 6: 12), and even praying for His tormentors (Luke 23:34). Jesus drew His strength from communion with His Father.

We need to look at our prayer life. Are we able to get strength for our activities, by having a constant communion with God? We may be involved in many activities, but they are not Spirit guided. Many times ministries become a routine that we tend to ignore the source of strength. The more time we spend with God, the more blessed will be our ministry to others. 

Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray;
This is my heart-cry, day unto day.
I long to know Thy will and Thy way;
Teach me to pray, Lord, teach me to pray.

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A New Resolution

Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Psalm 39:4

According to the USA.gov  (“Government Made Easy”) website, the dozen most popular New Year’s Resolutions are: lose weight, manage debt, save more, change jobs, get in shape, go back to school, drink less, stop smoking, reduce stress in general, reduce stress at work, travel, and volunteer. Any of those look familiar? Since they’re the “most popular,” they probably do.

Here’s a different approach for 2010: Instead of focusing on what’s wrong with yourself or your circumstances, resolve this year to focus on God. Instead of making resolutions, resolve to do one main thing: Make your life the subject of gentle conversation between you and God on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean in the sense of, “God, I want . . . I need . . . I wish.” Rather, “God, I want to reflect Your glory in my life more in 2010 than in 2009. I want to live today in light of the end of my life. Speak to me and empower me to be conformed, gently but surely, more into the image of Christ this year.”

That’s a prayer God will answer by replacing the weakness of our resolve with the strength of His; a resolution that will not fail.

If our lives and ministry are to count for anything today we must solemnly resolve to make time for God. Vance Havner

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Thou art all my life

The eternal nature of God is seen from the beginning. When this world did not exist, God was present. It was God who made the ‘heavens and earth’ (Genesis 1:1), shows us that He existed.  John’s gospel also begins with the ‘beginning’ (John 1:1). God existed from the beginning. There was life at first, the life of God.

When man sinned, God promised a Savior (Genesis 3:15). The work of the Savior was to restore man to the loving fellowship with God. That work was fulfilled at Calvary. Satan’s plan of preventing Jesus from dying for mankind was thwarted. Satan was defeated.

God has given us who believe on Him, eternal life. This is God’s life. We have it in our hearts. In other words, We Have God’s Life.

 Thou art all my life, Lord,

In me Thou dost live;

With Thee all God’s fullness

Thou to me dost give.

By Thy holy nature

I am sanctified,

By Thy resurrection,

Vict’ry is supplied.

 

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See what cause the saints have to be frequent in the work of thanksgiving. In this, Christians are defective; though they are much in supplication, yet little gratitude. 

The apostle says. “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5.18). Why so? Because God makes everything work for our good. We thank the physician, though he gives us a bitter medicine which makes us sick, because it is to make us well; we thank any man who does us a good turn; and shall we not be thankful to God, who makes everything work for good to us? 

God loves a thankful Christian. Job thanked God when he took all away: “The Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1.21). Many will thank God when He gives; Job thanks Him when He takes away, because he knew that God would work good out of it. We read of saints with harps in their hands (Rev. 14.2), an emblem of praise. We meet many Christians who have tears in their eyes, and complaints in their mouths; but there are few with their harps in their hands, who praise God in affliction. To be thankful in affliction is a work peculiar to a saint. Every bird can sing in spring, but some birds will sing in the dead of winter. Everyone, almost, can be thankful in prosperity, but a true saint can be thankful in adversity. A good Christian will bless God, not only at sun-rise, but at sun-set. Well may we, in the worst that befalls us, have a psalm of thankfulness, because all things work for good. 

Oh, be much in blessing of God: we will thank Him that doth befriend us.   Thomas Watson 

Every joy or trial falleth from above,

Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;

We may trust Him fully all for us to do.

They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

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Commitment 2010

We might have made resolution for the Year 2010. Many times they are broken. What the Lord wants is commitments that we treasure daily in 2010. There will be hindrances to it, but God gives us grace to keep them. Here are some of the commitments that we may keep for this year. 

1.       Have a regular Quiet Time.  It is good to have a daily time of learning with God. Allow the God’s word to go through us instead of reading the pages of the Word. Mark 1:35 tells of Jesus going to a quiet place to pray. If the Son of God depended on His Father for strength, how much more must we mortals look to Him for our spiritual food.  If living things or our body needs food for nourishment, we need God to give us Spiritual Food.

This can be received daily spending time with Him. Make this a regular habit. 

2.       Whatever be the difficulties in life we face, overcome it and give our lives for spiritual enrichment. We read of many making financial sacrifices to help others e.g. the church at Thessalonica. We can reduce our spending on fanciful things and offer more for the extension of Hid Kingdom. Also we can give our time, talents, gifts and everything for God’s work. He will keep an account of them and reward us at the right time. So begin a Spiritual Account (Philippians 4:17). 

3.       This year let us make a resolve to ‘walk as He walked’ (1 John 2:6). May Christ be our role-model. He is worth imitating. In all our ways, whether at work or at home, in college or play, let our lives show Christ in us.  

All that thrills my soul is Jesus,

He is more than life to me;

And the fairest of ten thousand

In my blessed Lord I see

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