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Archive for October, 2010

Doers of the Word

“We don’t really know the Bible unless we obey and practice the Bible.” 

Lukewarmness and deterioration of our Churches today are not because we lack Bible-teachers, conferences, camps, prayer meetings, Bible colleges or spiritual literature, but servant leaders and followers (of Christ) with a true sense of commitment.  God is seeking leaders like Ezra, who “had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.” (Ezra 7:10).  Ezra was effective because he set his priorities right – seek, practice and teach the Law of the Lord. In Act 1:1 Luke recorded these word “I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and teach”. Christ-likeness is to do and teach. He taught through words and his life.

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Revival

“It is not impossibilities that fill us with despair, but possibilities that we have failed to realize” R. Mallet.

REVIVAL is possible only when I realize the necessity of it.  We do not have revival today because we are content to live without it.  We are all the more interested in seeking God for material and physical blessings or comforts, seeking God for miracles, but not for a REVIVAL.   An old town in Ireland where four young men met night after night, prayed for revival.  They wouldn’t let God go, prayed earnestly for a cause – REVIVAL…  Authentic Christian living, effective testimony, passions for souls, unity of believers were evident in this revival.  Hannah in 1st Samuel, she wept, she grieved, she fasted and she prayed.  God did answer her prayer.  If you are thinking of a revival in you and in your church without any inconvenience, forget it!! REVIVAL cost a lot.

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God is in control

When we are in God’s service, there will always be opposition. Many times we are at the receiving end. We face persecution during evangelism, opposition from believers, hardships from relatives and friends. The way we look at them is personal. The way God looks at them is an attack on Him, rather than us. 

This is made evident by a numerous examples in the Bible, where God tells that He is being opposed. The Old Testament tells of Israel wanting to elect a leader, and God tells Samuel, that the people have rejected Him as king (1 Samuel 8:9). In the New Testament, Jesus asks Saul on the Damascus road, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me” (Acts 9:4). Saul’s reply “Who are you Lord”. He was thinking he was murdering people, but God saw it as an attack on Himself. 

When we character assassinate people, oppose them, slander believers, we are attacking God. We must not get personal, but leave the matter to Him. When we take the matter personally, we form groups to take up the issue. Allow God to work. He will do it perfectly.

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“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

An attitude of forgiveness is the sign of a matured, effective and victorious Christian.  When we’ve been hurt or offended, sometimes it’s tempting to hold on to unforgiveness.  But we have to remember, when people wrongly accuse us, our battle is not against flesh and blood.
In other words, the person who hurt us is not the real enemy. The Bible says that our adversary is the devil, and he knows that if we don’t forgive, then our prayers won’t be effective.  Unforgiveness puts up a barrier in our lives to display the power of God.  In fact, if we don’t forgive others, we can’t be forgiven by God.  Bless those who curse you and pray for those who wrong you. Look at what our Lord and Master Jesus did—when He was betrayed, beaten, mocked, and disrespected, He chose forgiveness.  As we follow His example, no matter what it is, we must allow spirit of forgiveness to rule over us and be victorious, effective Christian today.

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Forget not His benefits

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits…” (Psalm 103:2).

God has filled our lives with many benefits! He’s given us so much to be thankful for. When we meditate upon His goodness, faithfulness and blessings in our lives, it will change us from within.  When we focus on the fact that He saved us and set us free, the challenges and obstacles in our lives will begin to fade away.  Psalm 103 goes on to say that, “He crowns us with love and compassion.”  No matter what we may be facing today, forget not His benefits! God wants to satisfy us with good things. If we need courage to face the situations today, courage is a benefit.  If we’ve made mistakes in our lives, forgiveness is a benefit. If we feel tired and overwhelmed, strength is a benefit and so on.  As we turn our thoughts toward the Lord and ponder upon His benefits He will strengthen and empower us to lead a life acceptable and well pleasing to Him.

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