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We often complaint if we do not get appreciation when we do something good and at the same time we get upset if someone points our mistakes. Psalmist says in Psalm 139:24, “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life” (NLT). ‘Point out anything in me’ is the desire of the psalmist to do a self-examination of his life. Psalmist had a deep desire to improve his relationship with God. He also knew that there are areas he needed correction and discipline.  God has given us methods to point out anything that is not pleasing to Him. It may be through a sermon, Bible reading, circumstances or even when we pray. The Holy Spirit is always at work because He ‘guides us’ (John 16:13). He points out where we have gone wrong, but we too must have a desire to ask God to point out that which offends Him. When we do regular self-examination, we will grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Remember He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (John 1:9).

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How silly to live without God; how foolish to run and hide from Him; how ridiculous to disobey Him. But we do. Joel reminds us of it and encourages us the following in Joel 2:21-27 

1. God has done great things (vs. 21). Yes, He has and will continue to do. The great things He has done is what we would not have even imagined. What we are today is only because what the Lord has performed in our lives.  

2. I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten (vs. 25). We would have lost many days, months and years because of our indifference to God, but He is the one who desires to restore and give us something better. We might have done many things that was not pleasing to Him and wasted many years. God is now giving us back the days we lost in different and better forms. Only God can do it. Praise God. 

3. His children will never be shamed (vs.26). God loves His children and in difficult circumstances we will not be shamed. We will be able to stand with our head held high and many will know that He is our God.

 

This is the personal experience of a God fearing child of God who is growing in the Lord. We cannot live a moment without the presence of God and without taking instructions from Him. We have an intimate relationship with God and He is giving us insights about Him.

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What is ‘ego’? The word ego does not appear in the Bible, but concepts and principles regarding ego certainly do. Ego is considering ourselves as the standard for others to follow; believing that I am an important person and others must accept my words of wisdom; it is the pride about oneself; it is an excessive preoccupation with “self”. 

An egoistic believer cannot make spiritual progress in his relationship with Christ. It is a spiritual cancer that affects not only our spiritual life but family and social relationships. Bible has only ONE solution to this problem “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”. Philippians 2:3-4. The top quality of a servant leader is that he values others above himself. It means the absence of ‘ego’.

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A Servant Leader -2

When we have dedicated leaders in the Church there will not be spiritual starvation and lack of spiritual maturity among God’s children. The word of God is very specific on the character of a leader who leads God’s people. There are few more qualities that we will discuss in this article:

Support the weak: A congregation is a mix of strong and weak flocks. There is always a tendency to consider and give responsibilities to the talented and gifted while ignoring the weak. Jesus gave more attention to the weak to make them strong. A leader must consider and encourage the weak. Apostle Paul says “Accept the one who is weak in faith”. Romans 14:1.

Impartial: A leader should not keep favoritism in the Church. It is a human tendency to support those whom you like even though they are wrong. A leader must stand for the truth and be impartial towards any issues. Our Lord is impartial and shows no favoritism. (1Peter 1:17, Romans 2:11). He expects the same from those whom He has appointed as leaders. Will cont…

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A Servant Leader

It is hard to find a leader who has the qualities the word of God describes. Most of the leaders act as executives who has the final call for decision making, control and lead the flock with their impressive words and actions. What are the qualities of a leader according to the Bible? 

Be an example. A leader is examined and looked upon by the followers and flocks; hence the attitude and the behavior of a leader must be up to the standards given in the scripture.Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity”. 1 Timothy 4:12.

Be humble. A leader must be always humble as he takes care of the needs of the flocks. Proud and arrogant words should not proceed from a leader. He must be willing to do anything and everything for the needy. Jesus said For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many”. Mark 10:45…                                                                                                     Will cont…

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If you are too busy to pray don’t worry you have organizations today with paid employees to pray for you.  They are just a call away. These online prayer organizations work 24/7. Are we not deviating from the principles of prayer our Lord has taught us to follow? Prayer has become a business for the prosperity preachers. Jesus is teaching us the principle in prayer and our attitude in prayer in Mathew 6:5-8. 1) Hypocritical prayer is not acceptable before God. 2) A believer’s strength is based on inner room communion alone with the Lord. 3) A genuine prayer is rewarded. 4) Do not pray like gentiles pray. 5) Our Father knows what I need before I ask Him.

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Jehovah-Jireh

Wish you a Happy New Year. These are the greetings we have exchanged to people we know and do not know. Those words ring a fact that even though the days of the new year are unknown, but our desire that all the days be happy.

God says in Joshua 3:4, “ You have not passed this way before”. Each day is new and what it holds is unknown. We tread each day as unknown to us. But each day God’s presence is there. He has repeatedly said, “ I am with you” (Mathew 28:20). His presence is with us. He also provides for us. He is ‘Jehovah Jireh’ the Lord who provides (Genesis 22:14). His name assures us that He is the one who is worth trusting, whose promises never fails and who knows the future.

We have not passed this way before. Each day would have both sorrows and joys, both failures and successes. We cannot predict the future. We cannot see the next step. Yet Jehovah-Jireh calls us to trust Him calmly. He is ever present and sufficient to provide for us.

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