Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Mohan was manuring the flowerpots at home and realized that one of the rose plants was dried up…. He carefully plucked all the dead leaves and watered it continuously for two days – Saturday and Sunday. Monday morning, today ,while he was coming to office he just checked the rose plant once. It was obvious that the plant regained its strength from the week-end watering and new leaves have blossomed. And the person was pretty sure that roses will come up soon.
During meditation also found that at times in our own lives, we lose the manure of spirituality in our lives. But God in all his grace and love nurtures us with his manure – God’s word and HIS voice and the more strength we receive from him, the more our life blossoms and in return gives yield to beautiful / colorful flowers .
Lord, we are dying spiritually in our busy daily lives. Please help us understand that YOU are the strength giver and the way you love us is always UNCONDITIONAL.
How to Know that You Are Dying Spiritually
-> THE STORY OF THE CROSS NO LONGER MOVES YOU
-> YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR FIRST LOVE
-> YOU ARE FOOLING YOURSELF
-> THE CHURCH SERVICES BORE YOU
-> BY FAILING TO DO WHAT YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD DO
-> YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN SAVING SOULS
-> FREQUENT ABSENCES AT THE WORSHIP SERVICES
->WORLDLY THINGS ATTRACT YOU MORE THAN SPIRITUAL THINGS
-> NO PARTICIPATION IN THE WORK OF THE CHURCH
Eventually He's going to force the whole world to obey, whether they like it or not!
coming is literally going to be an invasion from Outer Space!--And when
He finally takes over, He's going to take over by
force, "with power and great glory!" (Mat.24:30)
Out of Heaven will come the great hosts of Heaven with Jesus in the lead
on a white horse to destroy the Antichrist and his kingdom in the great
Battle of Armageddon! (Rev.19)--And we will
take over the World, by God's power, and make this World live the way it
should have lived! (Rev.20:4)
His Word says, "We shall then rule and reign with Him over the nations with a rod of
iron!" (Rev.2:26,27) It will be a mandatory rule of loving force
to compel the nations to submit to the laws of God and to recognise His
authority. It's going to be an enforced rule, a strong, iron
dictatorship over the unsaved, otherwise they would
Everyone will be compelled and forced to obey whether they like it or
not!--A completely total totalitarian dictatorship of the righteous
Jesus Christ as dictator! Only then shall all wicked and
vengeful men of war be stopped at last.--And only then shall the men of
peace and the God of peace and the Prince of Peace rule and reign and
bring "peace on Earth"! (Lk.2:14)
What's the duty of every Christian?--To witness, to be a testimony, to preach the Gospel of Jesus' love!
the whole purpose of our existence is just to get saved, then why
doesn't the Lord just take us home to Heaven the minute we get
saved?--because once we're saved, we have a
job to do! We have a responsibility! There are a lot of other
people who need to know Jesus, and He has given us a commission: "And
He said unto them, Go ye into all the World, and preach the Gospel to
every creature!" (Mk.16:15)
Jesus alone saves, but He doesn't want to save
you alone. He wants to save the whole World, but in order to do that He
needs us to tell others about His Love, to give His Love and message of
Salvation, the Gospel, the Good News, to
the whole World. (See Rom.10:13-15.)
Jesus said, "Even as My Father hath sent Me, so
send I you." (Jn.20:21) He says this still to His followers of today,
calling them to give their lives daily in loving concern and care for
others, to share His heart and Love with those
who are seeking for "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." (Jn.14:6)
Will you answer His call? Will you love and do
what you can to win souls? Will you spread the Word, spread the Message,
spread His Love?--God will bless you as you obey His Call!
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Three Trees
Once there were three trees on a hill in a woods.
They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said
"Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.
I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.
I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said,
"Someday I will be a mighty ship.
I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.
Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."
Finally the third tree said.
"I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest.
People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching.
I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.."
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.
When one came to the first tree he said,
"This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter." and he began cutting it down.
The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree a woodsman said,
"This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard."
The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.
One of the woodsman said,
"I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll take this one" and he cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals.
He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.
The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.
The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and women came to the barn.
She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree.
The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do.
The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.
Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep.
While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe.
The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "peace" and the storm stopped.
At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the king of kings in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree.
It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.
When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill.
When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.
The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you.
If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts.
Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Scripture does not command Christians to fast. God does not require or demand it of Christians.
At the same time, the Bible presents fasting as something that is good, profitable, and beneficial.
The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23).
Fasting and prayer are often linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33).
Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food.
Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God.
Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him.
Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon God.
Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast.
Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast (1 Corinthians 7:1-5).
Fasting should be limited to a set time, especially when fasting from food.
Extended periods of time without eating can be harmful to the body.
Fasting is not intended to punish the flesh, but to redirect attention to God.
Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either.
The purpose of a biblical fast is not to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God.
Anyone can fast, but some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example). Everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God.
By taking our eyes off the things of this world, we can more successfully turn our attention to Christ.
Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want. Fasting changes us, not God.
Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others.
Fasting is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude.
Matthew 6:16-18 declares,
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting.
I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”