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Where is God?

An earthquake shakes the foundation of our security; a tsunami swallows up a life time of treasure; personal tragedies; our world seems a fearful place. The world is overflowing with evil seemingly out of control.  These disasters could cause some to think, “Where is God”?, a cry engulfed by sorrow and despair.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were going through a great crisis in their lives, persuaded to deny God but they were determined to be faithful regardless of consequences. The result was that they were cast in the midst of the furnace of blazing fire, BUT THE LORD STOOD WITH THEM. (Daniel 3:19-26). The Lord stood with Daniel when he was cast into the Lion’s den. (Daniel 6:16-22). The Lord stood with Apostle Paul when he faced a situation where no one supported him and all deserted him; an extreme loneliness. (2 Timothy 4:17).

No matter whether we go through loneliness, crisis, stress or pain, let’s determine to be true and faithful to God. He will not leave us nor forsake us.

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We get yearly appraisals from our employer based on our past performance. The employer considers how good has been the employee? Was he able to meet the expecta­tion of the company? Was the Key Resource Area (KRA) achieved? Many questions are put forward and a suitable rating is given to the employee. Based on this rating the employ­ees get the annual increment in wages. Many will be sad, many happy.

It is important to take the stock of our Christian Life and ensure that we keep the standard of God. Ask these questions;

1. How far we grow in likeness of our Master Jesus Christ?

2. Has our lives reflected the reason why we are saved?

3. What have we done for our Lord in the recent past?

4. Have we shown the Fruit of the Spirit in our daily walk with the Lord?

5. Have we read the Bible daily with a desire to listen from the Lord?

6. Did we have a quiet time daily?

7. Did we pray daily with a burden?

How will He rate us? As it is said in Daniel “You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting” (Daniel 5:27). Let us ‘redeem the time’ and live for Christ as the days of His coming is near.

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Keep Silent!!!

What would be our reaction to the situation when others falsely accuse us and corner us for some reason?  Will you get provoked, irritated, offended and angry? We often try to form a group who will support us to prove our case. We try hard to find and expose the failures of the opposition group. ‘Tit for tat’ is the worldly means of handling the situation.

Let’s now look how Jesus handled a similar situation. In Mathew 26:57-64 Jesus was brought before Caiaphas and the whole council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, so that they might put Him to death. Two people came forward and said “this man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to rebuild it in three days’”. We see how they misinterpreted Jesus’ statement. Jesus would have easily defended His case, but He KEPT SILENT. His silence provoked the accuser. Jesus kept silent for our sake.

Let’s learn to be silent like Jesus when we go through similar situations.

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We always expect Jesus to handle situations and issues in an extraordinary way through miracles and wonders that excites us. What is the biblical approach when we go through difficult situations and issues? We must first of all believe that what we go through in our life is for a special purpose. God may not act upon those situations the way we want Him to act. He allows us to go through it until we finish the course of learning. His yoke is easy and burden is light and it is allowed by the Lord who is gentle and meek.

Let’s see how Jesus handled the situation when His soul was deeply grieved to the point of death. When a mob came to attack Him, Jesus would have made a spectacular escape from the situation by asking the Father to send twelve legions of angels at His disposal. He did not do so because He remembered you and me and submitted Himself to the Father’s will. (Mathew 26:53).

Moreover, Jesus said, “How then will the scripture be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” (Mathew 26:54). Sometimes when we go through difficult situations we may ask ‘why me Lord’! But it must happen to fulfill God’s plan in our lives. The crucifixion of Jesus turned out to be a great blessing to the whole world. When we admit, accept and respond to any situation with a positive approach and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, it will turn out to be a blessing to us as well as those who are in touch with us.

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In order to experience the life of Christ in practical way, a day must come, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all rights to ourselves and submit to the absolute lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of our lives. A revelation of this requirement is the first step to holiness; consecration (the offering of our whole lives) is the second step. Until the lordship of Christ is settled thing in our hearts, the Spirit cannot effective in us. If we do not give Christ absolute authority in our lives, though He may be present, He cannot be powerful. The power of Spirit is held back.

A forgiven sinner is quite different from an ordinary sinner, and a consecrated Christian is quite different from ordinary Christian.

Are you an ordinary Christian?        Watchman Nee

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