Top verses from the Book of Joel

Top verses from the Book of Joel

The book of the prophet Joel is known as the front-runner to the book of revelation. This is a very significant book which mentions the day of the Lord as a prominent theme. The Day of the Lord implies the second coming of the Lord Jesus. We are encouraged to study it thoroughly and read this book until you get it fully into your mind.

Shhh….Secret. How to remain beautiful …at all ages?

Shhh… Top Secret. How can you remain beautiful …all ages?

Introduction

We like beauty. We desire to stay beautiful. We like hearing others say we look beautiful. Tell any little girl, that she looks like a pretty princess, you can see her become happy. We also get much happiness watching beautiful people.

The value of the beauty industry points to the great desire to remain beautiful. In 2019, the beauty industry was @ US$532 billion business across the world. The industry will grow by 5%-to-7% compound annual rate of growth to approx $800 billion by 2025. ( The OTC (over-the-counter) drugs industry was at US$ 161 billion in 2021, expected to reach US$ 294 billion by 2030, growing at a registered CAGR of 6.9% (2021 to 2030). Whereas in 2019 the global pharma industry was @ US$ 1,300 billion.).

Declarations: Deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit

Declarations to walk with Holy Spirit

Declarations for a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit

Here are a few declarations based on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 8 and others from other parts of the Bible. These declarations will help you build a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, it’s good that He was going to the Heavenly Father so that the Holy Spirit can be sent. The Holy Spirit reminds us about the teachings of Jesus Christ. This enables us to speak and do things that bring Heaven down. Sin and sinful circumstances flee. The Holy Spirit helps us to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. 

Declarations for stronger relationship with Holy Spirit 

Faith & Life Quiz-Bible based Answers

The Bible is the user’s manual for all of us who believe in Christ Jesus. As we know Jesus is the way the truth and the life, we need to only check what the Bible says. Every situation and life circumstance, we can ever face is covered in the Bible. 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ( John 14:6 NKJV)

Jesus as well as His Heavenly Father asks questions. These questions make us ponder and learn deep truths as well as insights that we would have missed out on.  Some have humor as an element to help the learning process. 

Note:
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In each link you can enjoy more than 4 or 5 interesting perspectives about faith or life!

Prayer before reading the Bible

Prayer before reading the Bible

We desire to hear all that God has for us from the Bible portion we are about to read. So it’s good to pray and seek His Wisdom, Grace, and Guidance. Go ahead. Pray, pause, and then read the Bible.

Prayer before reading the Holy Bible

Dear Lord,
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
As I prepare to read the Living Word,
I desire to hear all You want to tell me.
( based on Psalm 119:105)

Why hide in the secret place?

Many of us like secrets. Yet many do not know the secrets, as they do not take the effort to find them. Here in this blog post, you will find great pointers that can help you reach the “secret place”. But you need to make the effort, right to desire this. The points to “the secret place” are given in the question-answer format, so that you only need to read the response only if the question interests you. 

Question) What is the secret place? Where is it?

The secret place is a spiritual place. Your physical location is not defined nor can anyone travel to that location with GPS.

The state of your heart takes you to the secret place. It’s a place of love and intimacy with God. No enemy can either see you or reach you. No one can trouble you. No accusation affects you. You are shielded and protected. No plague, nor sword can ever come near you.

Declarations for family

Declarations for family

A Parents’ Declaration for the family : Parents, children, grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings, cousins, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren, in-laws – all of them and more, make up for a family. When love of Jesus Christ abounds between family members, it’s like heaven on earth. The scripture references are given within the bracket.

Read these daily at least for sixty days and experience the change. When you declare these along with your spouse, go ahead and declare the plural version given in the bracket.

Why Obey Parents?

Why Obey Parents

Many know obeying parents is important. However knowing the Biblical perspective will help you have a far superior understanding. This will then change the way you obey and bless you richly.

Topics covered in this blog post are:

Psalms 119 – Popular Verses

Psalms 119 - Popular Verses

Why Psalm 119?
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. It has a similar length to the shorter books of the Bible like Ruth, James and Philippians.

The chapter has 22 stanzas, each beginning with a letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
The chapter has great beauty describing the facets of God’s word which includes laws, percepts, statutes, commands and testimonies. Thus all but two verses (122 & 132) in this chapter have some aspect of God’s word explained. 

Have grouped the verses from Psalm 119 into content themes which will be of interest to you.

Why do you think you are beautiful? Bible based responses to life questions

Why do you think you are beautiful? Why talk non-stop? Bible quiz.

Brief instructions: before starting 
Read the questions. Pause and try responding to them. Once you have responded to all questions, only then go through the responses shared here.
This way you can assess your understanding/ perspective and remembrance of the Living Word of God.

Kindly note that your answers could be partly right or fully right, even when your response may be different. What matters most is that responses are to be based on the Holy Bible. They are to be aligned to the context in which it was written in the Holy Bible.

Declaration Prayers for success at work place.

Make declarations daily, have a successful career

We are God’s creation. The works of our hand, glorifies God. As a farmer, scientist, servant, waiter, chef, pilot, teacher, whatever be our work. We are meant to Glorify God.

Declarations for success at place of work

I commit my works to the Lord. And my thoughts will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

Whatever work I do, I do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. (Colossians 3:23)

7 Life-Transforming Benefits of a Pure Heart

7 reasons why you should desire to have a Pure Heart

The Bible gives great importance to the heart. We know the verse which urges us to guard our heart with all diligence. Some other versions of the Bible mention it as, watch over our hearts with all care, utmost care.

All this points to the great importance of keeping a check on what we think and consider and allow our minds to have thoughts about and continue thinking about. Not the word all diligence, all care, utmost care. Essentially pointing that absolutely nothing should be allowed to cross this gate/checkpoint without your intentional approval. Nothing approved should be allowed in. Not to be casual about matters brought for thinking for a moment or longer. The moment you sense it as an unhealthy thought, just change that thought, better still go into a thought acceptable by God. You just do not want to even have a trace of poison thought. Every thought is either healthy or poisonous. Poisons are of various grades – those that induce sudden death or slow death – both are to be hated and not considered. 

Declarations for a Solution

Declarations for a Solution

When the wine was over during the wedding in Cana, Jesus transformed water into wine. When over five thousand men and others had come to hear Jesus speak and there were only five loaves and two fish, Jesus multiplied the food. When the disciples were overwhelmed by the storm, Jesus calmed the storm and in a moment the sea became still. Jesus spoke and situations and circumstances were transformed. Lame could walk, the tax collector and his household were saved, the Samaritan lady at the well was transformed and she became the reason for all people in her city to know the Lord Jesus Christ.

Declarations for victory

Declarations for victory

30+ powerful declarations for victory, based on the Living Word – Holy Spirit-filled Bible verses. We have two versions viz. the regular version and the extended version. The extended version is provided at the bottom. You may wish to use it during your holidays or when you have more time. Continue declaring these for a season. Up to 6 weeks or more is recommended to start seeing changes.

I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength. (based on Philippians 4:13)

I am blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Based on Ephesians 1:3)

Declarations against Fear and Anxiety

Are you going through fear or anxiety? Is oppression or fear chasing you? Know any friends and family troubled. These declarations will remind us how God’s word will reveal the truth of the situation from Heaven’s perspective and make you bold and courageous. Repeat these a couple of times with understanding. Pray to the Holy Spirit for faith and understanding as you declare this. A moment’s prayer in faith will make a shift. The declarations based on portions of Isaiah 43 (NLT version) have been used to craft these declarations. This will bless you.

Five effective ways to inherit

Five effective ways to inherit

God’s word is inspired by the Spirit of God. It is pure like silver refined seven times. It defies common knowledge and understanding and natural laws. Nothing hinders God’s word. Jesus Christ is the Word who became flesh. Miracles, supernatural things take place when we have faith in Jesus Christ, the Word of God. Here are five powerful ways you can put into practice to inherit land.

Prophetic Prayer, Declarations (26+ categories, 500+ declarations)

Prophetic Declarations,Bible Based Powerful Prayers

From this page, you will be navigating through 500+ powerful prophetic prayer declarations – all of them are based on the verses from the Bible – as these are true, these are the living Word of God. Be blessed in your life’s transformational journey.

What do you find here?
Here you have a treasure trove in these pages. Select and specific Word of God used to attack and defend, to cut and prune – so that the limitations of the past are a matter of the past. Follow these prophetic declarations as a daily morning prayer and evening prayer before you go to rest. Do so consistently for sixty days. Have a new notebook writing down what the Holy Spirit shows you during the next sixty days. Have a transformational journey of the Lord over you and your life circumstances.

The 500+ prophetic prayer declarations are classified into 30+ categories. Choose the category you are in greatest need of at this time and season of your life.

Declarations for an Abundance of Joy

Why be joyful? Why rejoice always?

The Bible tells us to rejoice in all circumstances. Make these declarations aloud. Believe them as you declare them daily. A person filled with joy of the Lord knows: For with God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37). Hence filled with hope and sees possibilities.

Jesus redeemed us from all our sins – past, present and future.  Jesus paid the price i.e. penalty for our sins by dying on the cross. So we are free. We are no longer slaves to our old sinful nature. This is a great reason for us to rejoice. We have freedom.

Why choose Jesus Christ?

Why choose Jesus Christ

Introduction

Uncertainty and unpredictability often accompany our lives. Sickness, accidents, anxiety, sleeplessness, poor grades, rejections, loss, shattered expectations, sudden deaths, storms, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, drug abuse, identity crisis, thefts, murders, the list goes on and on.

One thing that matters most can change everything, it will place us on a strong foundation. Troubled situations or storms may continue. But perspectives change totally. Remember Christ Jesus with anyone is wiser than the enemy. The one thing important is choosing Jesus Christ.

The decision totally transforms life from the moment one decides. Some changes are immediate. But the journey, the process starts the moment you choose Jesus. The decision to follow Jesus is not one to be taken lightly or put off until a later time.

Morning Prayer – based on Bible Verses

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Morning Prayer - based on Bible Verses

O God, Thank you for giving me rest through the night.
Thank you for giving me rest because I am your beloved
.

I thank you for protecting my household, place of work (or field/ land/ business).
I thank you for giving abundant life to my family and friends.

As I start my day, I am excited for your plans and purposes for my life today.
Cause my ear to hear your loving kindness through the day.

What Jesus Liked? Disliked?

What did Jesus like and dislike

What did Jesus like? dislike?

The Bible shows from specific situations what Jesus likes and what He dislikes. When one knows these, as lovers of Jesus we can go on the path to please and delight Jesus. 

For one, He loves us so much that He endured the cross for us, washing away our sins, making us righteous. And with His resurrection, we were made in right standing with God. The only response to His love is to love Him and to please Him. On the flip side, it’s important to know what displeases Jesus and avoid going that path.

Bible Quiz: Difference Between New Vs Old Testament

difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament

The Holy Bible is divided into two. One set of books is called the Old Testament, the other set is the New Testament. Many do not know the essential difference. When we know better, we can apply that understanding to get greater fruitfulness from our lives. 

Why? 

So that, (1) We bring glory and honour to the Lord to a better extent.
              (2) We have a fulfilling life as per the plans and purposes of God. 

Why trust in God?

Why trust in God?

Whom do you trust? What do you trust?
For your happiness.
For your joy.
For your peace.
For your life?
There are so many options. But are they all worth it?
Do they deliver what they propose they would? 

Why should you rejoice?

Why should you rejoice

Do we have many great reasons to rejoice? Yes.
It’s important to remember them.
Not only should we rejoice, we should literally shout with joy.
All because there are great reasons to rejoice and be joyful.

Resurrection power is for you

Resurrection power is for you

Jesus Christ was resurrected 3 days and 3 nights after he was crucified on the cross. He knew his life mission on the earth. He lived with great joy and expectation although he knew he would suffer death. His understanding about defeating the enemy and bringing victory for mankind gave him joy. We have immense joy because Jesus has brought us freedom, righteousness and eternal life. We also have the very same resurrection power of Jesus Christ available to us. With the Holy Spirit’s help we can have it.

Brief on Jesus Christ

Father God, His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit together make the triune God. Jesus Christ is also known as Emauelle, meaning God is with us. Before the foundation of the world, God’s plan included sending Jesus Christ to earth on a mission for salvation of mankind.

Many of you remember that God created Adam and Eve and they were placed in the garden of Eden. There was only one stipulation. Only from one specific tree God had asked them not to eat from. Mankind was blessed with free will. And God had desired obedience in this one matter.

Ignore the enemy’s noise

We get to hear voices and noises. Noises in this blog post are sound waves that disturb and distract us from hearing the voice. The voice is what you hear from God.

What you hear can push you out from the Garden.
In the very beginning of the Bible we have the book of Genesis. In the book, we see after God created Adam and later he created Eve. God spoke to Adam. Then Adam told Eve God’s instruction. But Satan in the form of a serpent spoke to Eve. The serpent twisted the truth spoken by God to Adam and Adam to Eve and tempted her to eat the fruit from the tree of good and evil. Is not often temptation often glorifying the short term and the quick and easy option. Eve used logic and reasoning and decided to follow the crafty voice of the serpent. Eve considered it wise in her own eyes to follow the enticement of the serpent rather than following the instruction and truth told by God to Adam and what Adam had told Eve.

Provision through the Holy Communion

Provision through the Holy Communion

It’s a great privilege that we can eat and drink along with Jesus at the communion table. So let us with a thankful heart enter into this. Let us partake in the body and blood of Jesus Christ as He wants us to do as often as possible. First let us look at the Bible verse which is the basis of this.

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” ( Luke 22:19 NKJV)

Healing through the Holy Communion

About the Holy Communion
The Holy Communion was instituted by Lord Jesus Christ for us – that means for you, as well for me. Jesus Christ knew very well that he was to be crucified and why he was to be crucified. Yet he who was fully man, chose to go ahead into this with full awareness.

Jesus as fully God
While he suffered all these, He was fully man. He was Fully God when he was birthed by the Holy Spirit without man’s intervention. So unlike us, Jesus did not inherit sin as He was born of God (the Holy Spirit).

Which woman Jesus wants you to remember?+ other Bible Quiz

Which woman Jesus wants you to remember?+ other Bible Quiz

Quiz questions are interesting ways to sharpen learning and awareness. From time to time Jesus asked his disciples and others – Sadducees, Pharisees and others. 

Read the questions. Try answering yourself. Only after trying to answer them go to the answers. This way you will benefit most. Exercising and flexing the muscles of your mind.   

When would Jesus draw all peoples?

When would Jesus draw all peoples

When we are pushed to the corner, when we are in a difficult situation, we have choices to make. A superior choice which may be painful in the short term, but beneficial long term or an relatively inferior choice which may be pleasurable short term, but not beneficial in the long term. 

We have gone through situations like these. In the past we would have made inferior choices. But relying on Jesus and the Holy Spirit we see ourselves making better choices.

What is superior to preparation & strategy?

What is superior to preparation and strategy

Often we give great value to preparation, strategy. We spend time on scheduling and planning, resource allocation, capital allotment and resource allocation. We evaluate logical sequence, possibilities, human resource planning and mapping. We critically evaluate  location, appropriate technology, cost benefit analysis and various other aspects etc. While all these are important,  it’s good to remember in spite of many/all these being good, victory can be elusive. 

Why should we not look back?

Why should we not look back?

Everyone – Lot and his family members were warned by the angels of God. Yet Lot’s wife looked back and she was transformed. She became a “pillar of salt”.

But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26 NKJV)

Abraham’s nephew was called Lot. Abraham was asked to leave the Ur of Chaldees by God ( in present day Iraq) to the promised land of Canaan (modern day Israel). Abraham was accompanied by his wife and his nephew Lot.

Why turn your hearts?

Why turn your hearts

Relationships between fathers with their children are important for God. Even between children and their fathers. (Also referred to fathers and sons in the Bible)

The last verse of the old testament states that God will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to the fathers. God warns if the relationship does not improve, a punishment of utter destruction would follow. 

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. ( Malachi 4: 5-6 NKJV)

Declaration prayers for pregnancy, delivery

Prayerful declarations for pregnant women, expecting mothers

God gives us a beautiful role in creation. Birthing a child is a privilege where a man and his wife partner with God.

A husband and wife go through various stages which can include hope, expectation, pleasure, sacrifice, pain, joy, love and more. Seeking the Lord’s presence, strength, grace, protection, guidance in all the stages, months and years before conception, sets everything in order, with abundant Peace. Don’t we plan for months and years for many major decisions and milestones in our lives. Isn’t the birth of a life an extremely significant milestone and a decision? Seeking the Lord’s blessings through prayers and declarations is important.

Why should we not be anxious? As per Jesus ..+ more Bible Quiz

Why should we not be anxious As per Jesus ..+ more Bible Quiz

This is a different kind of Bible Quiz. Even if you know the questions, you will be the victor as you learn precious truths. 

So go through the questions without trying to peep into the answers. Only after having tried the questions consider going through the answers.

You will love the process and most likely you will increase/start the way you read the Bible. 

Fall in love with the Bible once again. 

Whom should we fear? As per Jesus ..+ more Bible Quiz

Whom should we fear? As per Jesus ..+ more Bible Quiz

The purpose of this Bible Quiz is not to shame you, but draw you near to the Bible. In the Bible, we have the Living Word of God.

If we truly love God, we will know his commands, we will know His will, we will know what is dear to His heart, we will live life pleasing Him, obeying Him in every way. We will not be doing anything that displeases our Lord Jesus. All this is mentioned and given in detail in the Bible.  

Read the gospels first. Then the rest of the New Testament. Then the old testament. Being very familiar with the Gospels is the most important first step. Everything else should be from the perspective, from the light gleaned after knowing Jesus, our Lord and saviour. 

Fall in love with the Bible once again. 

What should you not seek? As per Jesus… + more Bible Quiz

What you should not seek As per Jesus ..+ more Bible Quiz

Here is a unique Bible Quiz to deepen your faith walk. Go ahead and try to answer them. 

You will do well by not scrolling to the bottom of the page. Be patient to read the answers. After you give it a good try, you can be certain that your joy will be great.

Remember this Quiz will increase your desire for a greater relationship with Lord Jesus Christ. You will discover that your thoughts will be directed by Jesus. You will read all that Jesus has told you already from the Bible, for the New Testament, from the Gospels. 

What does Jesus want you to pray for? + Bible Quiz

What does Jesus want you to pray for ..+ more Bible Quiz

Here is a unique Bible Quiz that will strengthen your faith. Try answering them after going through the questions. 

Do not scroll to the bottom of the page. Wait for a few moments. Exercise your brain. When you give a good try, your joy will be great when you finally compare the answers. 

These questions are only meant to increase your desire for a deeper relationship with your Lord Jesus Christ. Your eyes will start observing more details. 

Q1. What does Jesus want us to pray for? What is that specific matter?

Your eyes have seen

Your eyes have seen

In our lives, we face situations and circumstances that are beyond our understanding.
These can make us stressed, worried, and even anxious.

Some of us may walk up and down more, lose sleep, and become angry. We may speak what we normally don’t. We may blame ourselves, others, and even God.

We may forget the promises that were held when life was normal, forgetting that the promises of God for us are always true.

Prayers for the dying unbeliever

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Brief background: We can have a family member, a relative, or a friend on the deathbed. If this person is a believer of Jesus Christ, we can be certain to meet them beyond our life on earth. As, heaven is the eternal destination, of anyone who is in Christ.

But if this loving family member, relative, or friend does not believe in Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Saviour, the matter is totally different. The passing away of this person can mean totally losing this person.

Hence we should pray for his/her salvation. This is the most precious matter that can happen to this person. The gift of eternal life is the only thing that this person can receive.

Your prayer is heard, it’s not forgotten

Your prayer is heard, it’s not forgotten

Imagine you were to hear this from the Lord, from an angel or a man of God.
Would it not be a reason for abundant joy?

Speak the line below aloud with love and grace to yourself.
Your prayer is heard, (speak your name).

Speak this line below once again aloud with loving kindness to yourself.
Your prayer is heard, (speak your name). Your prayer is not forgotten. Although it’s been a long time since you prayed, it is going to be answered.

Why read the Gospels?

why read gospel

Jesus Christ is our Lord and Saviour. Only through Jesus we have salvation and eternal life. By believing in Jesus, as the begotten son of God, His death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection, we have forgiveness of sins and receive righteousness.

The four books of the New Testaments, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John cover the life and teachings of Jesus. Hence it’s most important to read and know the Gospels. Read these most frequently and know Jesus. These books are foundational in Christian faith. Having a good knowledge of these books is important before gaining understanding of the other books. The Bible has 66 books in total. 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. The Gospels are the 4 books in the New Testament.

Fountain of Life

Fountain of life

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life. says the Book of Proverbs in chapter 14
The whole verse gives more insight. It says this. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14: 27 NKJV)

We know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The specific verse is Proverbs 9:10 . It goes like this. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9: 10 NKJV)

Dramatic Changes

Since we are in Christ, everything changes, everything, I mean things within, things which are not seen, our thoughts, our hope, the peace we carry, the words we speak, and our actions. These are just a few of the things that change. Others could be the TV programs we watch, the people whom we hang out with, our time on social media, and the websites we read … Thus every aspect of our lives has the potential for a dramatic change. And the fruits of this dramatic change are exciting, resplendent, and beautiful.

Remember what you have seen

The Lord is always faithful. But the spiritually blind can not see it.
The Lord never leaves us or forsakes us. He is always with us.

When we go through a difficult situation or circumstance, we should seek His face, and ask for His grace. He certainly provides us with the provisions required to overcome the situation and be victorious.

Tennis Elbow Healing Testimonies

Tennis Elbow Healing Testimonies

Jesus Christ is our healer. By the stripes of Jesus we are healed. Here we have collected four instances of healing testimonies of tennis elbow ailment. A few weeks ago my brother told me he was suffering from Tennis Elbow. I came to know about the painful suffering he goes through. He came on holiday to stay with us. Every night he would carry an ice pack to his room to alleviate the pain during the night. As part of the prayer for healing, I was on a quest to find instances of healing testimonies for this healing. I have experienced first hand when we share, hear about Lord Jesus healing a person, how many others hearing and knowing about the healing become recipients of those healings. So many times this has happened. Hence I started searching for tennis elbow healings.

Power of Daily Routines!

Power of Daily Routines!

Our lives generally have many 1,000’s of days along with a few major milestones. Many of us focus on these milestones. Some of these may be related to career, education, financial freedom, health, spiritual growth etc.

A 20 year old may have over 7,000 days and perhaps 10 major events. While a 40 year old may have 15,000 days and perhaps 20 key events at that point of time.

Fear God and be blessed

Fear God and be blessed

Fear of man is one thing we should not have. This is a snare as per the Bible. The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25 NKJV)

But fear of God has many virtues, benefits, and many blessings associated with it.

Fear of God is associated with Wisdom. The Bible states that fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom. Here is the specific verse. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10 NKJV)

Do you want the Spirit of God?

Do you want the spirit of God

Many of you would agree that you want the Spirit of God. Few others may not understand the significance of having the Spirit of God.

While we will explain what’s required to receive the Spirit of God, for the sake of the minority who do not understand the importance of having the “Spirit of God”, we will briefly cover that topic first.

Do we practice to please God?

Do we practice to please God

Tell ten of your friends or family to take 25 squats within five minutes. A few will try to do so. Especially as it’s a sincere request from you. But many would refuse saying that they cannot do beyond 5 squats.

I tried the above with different groups. I tried this at the office with colleagues, I tried with friends, I also tried with extended family.

Why fellowship?

Why fellowship?

When we fellowship, an innate longing for God is partially met. Since man was made in the image and likeness of God, from time to time we experience the goodness of God from people around us. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 NKJV)

In Colossians 1:27b, we read which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27b NKJV). Often we may recall, getting a generous shower of hope from God when we fellowship with certain people.

Zealous for God?

Zealous for God?

We know that when a matter is mentioned as “one thing” it is the most important thing. No one would be careless to mention anything as “the one thing”.

The Bible says about one thing. One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. ( Psalm 27:4 NKJV) Here we read that the one thing, the most important matter is to desire to dwell in the Lord’s temple all days of our life. And while we are there, in God’s temple, to be able to contemplate and see the beauty of the Lord as well as enquire and find out matters, search and know God’s will in our live situations.

Prayer for speaking gracefully

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prayers for speaking gracefully

Brief about the prayer for good conversations: Brief about the prayer for good conversations: The Bible gives great importance to speaking with grace, speaking words carefully. Here are powerful life-giving words, verses from the Bible. Use these prayers to transform how you speak.

Our words, our conversations are great opportunities for us to express our love for God and love for the people around us.

Revealing that creation is waiting & other Quiz

Revealing that creation is waiting & other Quiz

The quiz is based on the 8th, 9th, and 10th chapters of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. The Bible version used for compiling this Quiz is the NKJV. Click here to read ROMANS 8 NKJV , ROMANS 9 NKJV, and ROMANS 10 NKJV. After reading the chapters in a physical Bible or in the above online links, do try to answer them yourself. Only later consider referring to the answers given below. This way you will benefit the most.

Bible Quiz on being alive to God

Bible Quiz on being alive to God

The quiz is based on the 6th chapter of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. The Bible version used for compiling this Quiz is the NKJV. Click here to read ROMANS 6 NKJV. After you go through the questions, answer them yourself, only then consider referring to the answers given below. This way you will benefit the most.

Question 1) Do we as Christians continue in sin, so that grace may abound?

Question 2) What is the relationship of baptism and walking in the newness of life?

Bible Quiz on Hope and Tribulations

Bible Quiz on Hope and Tribulations

The quiz is based on Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 5. The Bible version used for compiling this Quiz is the NKJV. Click here to read ROMANS 5 NKJV. After you go through the questions, answer them yourself, probably writing your answers, only then consider referring to the answers given below. This way you will benefit the most.

Question 1) Why should we glory in tribulations?

Bible Quiz on Abraham’s faith

Bible Abraham's Questions

The quiz is based on Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 4. The Bible version used for compiling this Quiz is the NKJV. Click here to read ROMANS 4 NKJV – Abraham Justified by Faith – What then – Bible Gateway. After you go through the questions, answer them yourself, probably writing your answers, only then consider referring to the answers given below. This way you will benefit the most.

Question 1) What made Abraham righteous?

Fundamental Christianity Bible Quiz

Fundamental Christianity Bible Quiz

All questions are based on the Epistle to the Romans,  Chapter 3.  The Bible version used for compiling this Quiz is the NKJV. Click here to read ROMANS 3 NKJV – God’s Judgment Defended – What – Bible Gateway. After you go through the questions, answer them yourself, probably writing your answers, only then consider referring to the answers given below. This way you will benefit the most. 

Deep Bible Quiz from Romans 2

Deep Bible Quiz from Romans 2

All questions are based on the Epistle to the Romans, Chapter 2. The Bible version used for compiling this Quiz is the NKJV. Click here to read ROMANS 2 NKJV – God’s Righteous Judgment – Therefore – Bible Gateway After you go through the questions, do answer them. This way, you exercise your mind. Only after you have completed writing your answers, only then consider referring to the answers. This way you will benefit the most.

Interesting Bible Quiz from Romans 1

Interesting Bible Quiz from Romans 1

All questions are based on Romans chapter 1. 

The primary version used for preparing the questions and answers is the NKJV version of the Bible. Click here to read online  ROMANS 1 NKJV – Greeting – Paul, a bondservant of Jesus – Bible Gateway After you go through the questions, do answer them. This way, you exercise your mind. Only after you have completed writing your answers, only then consider referring to the answers. This way you will benefit the most.

Be ready in season and out of season

Be ready in season and out of season

Our life and actions have an impact. If we walk on the narrow path and please God, the influence and blessings will be beyond imagination. These blessings is bound to overflow to our family, our neighborhood and our city depending on how fervent we are, how consistent we are, and how determined we are to have an ongoing relationship with him and walk with him.

Having a daily Bible Reading habit, weekly attending church service, praying daily, living a life obedient to the laws and commands. Nurturing an ongoing relationship with Jesus and daily conversation with the Holy Spirit is important.

Do you grieve or quench the Holy Spirit of God?

Do you grieve or quench the Holy Spirit of God

The Holy Spirit is the third person in our triune God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is our comforter and our counselor (advisor). Jesus told that it is good that He is going, so that Holy Spirit will be sent to be with us and for us. The person of the Holy Spirit has such a very unique and special place of honor. We should therefore neither be quenching the Holy Spirit, nor should we be grieving the Holy Spirit. But unless we understand what these mean, we may not know if we slip into this wrong doing.

Can you resist the forbidden?

We know about the forbidden tree in the garden of eden. 

Do you know Joseph, the son of Jacob? His brothers envied him as Jacob loved him most and had given him a coat of many colors. Joseph was bon in Jacob’s old age, thus Jacob had a soft corner for him and loved him more.

Joseph was also Rachel’s first born. After barrenness for a long time, God blessed Rachel with her first child in Joseph.

Hope & expectation for the old

Hope & expectation for the old

The Bible is very clear. Our God is Lord over all. This includes young and the old. Abraham was asked to leave his fathers land and go to the promised land. He did so when he was seventy five.

Read this portion from Genesis Chapter 12

1 Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.

Prayer against anxiety and fear

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Prayer against anxiety and fear

Brief
Some of us become anxious not realizing our Heavenly Father protects us and surrounds us with a shield. We get overwhelmed by what is known and what we see and perhaps even by thoughts. This prayer will help you silence all noises. All the storms around you will be made still as you pray this powerful scripture based prayer. The prayer is inspired from Isaiah 41:8-16 and other scripture portions from the Holy Bible.

Prayer against anxiety and fear
Thank you, Father God, for being with me.
Thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me.
Thank you for your great love.
Thank you for your protection.

One thing I desire Prayer

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One thing I desire Prayer

This prayer is inspired by Psalm 27. Certain verses from the NKJV version of the Bible are selected. A few verses are fine-tuned and given below for this prayer.

One thing I desire Prayer
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
I shall fear none.
The Lord is the strength of my life;
I shall not be afraid of anyone.

You will light my lamp Prayer

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You will light my lamp Prayer

This beautiful prayer is inspired from the Psalm 18. Certain verses from the NKJV version of the Bible are selected and given below

Two versions are provided viz.
Brief version is on the top
Longer version below it (the brief version is included in this)

Brief version : You will light my lamp Prayer

Red light for Lexus, green for Pajero

Red light for Lexus, green for Pajero

In 2018, we went to the Lexus showroom, narrowed down on the ES300. We required a new car badly. Our existing one had become old and had many huge repairs coming by. So we went ahead. Applied to buy through car loan. It did not come through. We tried two more times, yet it did not get processed. We were quite happy with the Lexus Rx350 we had. It had served us for over 10 years. Naturally we loved the brand. But seems God had other plans.

But as we were denied what we desired, we were sad. Crestfallen, we went to the mitsubishi showroom. We opted now for our second choice, a Mitsubishi Pajero. We got used to the car. We had no regrets.

Favorite verse and a secret prayer

Favorite verse and a secret prayer

Often I ask the favorite verse to the people I come across. This time it was a young lady who had a bright smile and joy was all around her. We came across her as we went to play shuttle badminton. Every weekend on Sunday morning as a family we have an hour to glorify God in a game we like as a family. We get to do so in an airconditioned indoor court.

Back to the lady, we later found out she was from God’s favorite country Uganda. Don’t bother in case you are not from Uganda. Note every country which has God fearing people is the Lord’s favorite. God also blessed Uganda with the greatest find of Gold in the history of the world. But all news is hush hush. A country which outwardly seems to have invested heavily into Africa including this country of Uganda could be exploiting the nation of this great blessing.

Who can abide in God’s presence?

Who can abide in God's presence

Many desire to be in God’s presence. We know that in God’s presence, there is Peace. Even Love and Joy are present in God’s presence.

Not just Joy, but rather the fullness of Joy. Yes, this means abundant and overflowing Joy. Let us go through the specific verse which says this to confirm that this is true.
Psalm 16:11 NKJV says
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

What is hidden in your heart?

What is hidden in your heart

This message is based on what I heard in church. The message was Simple, profound and powerful. Hence I am compelled to write and publish this post.

Why take care of your heart?
We know that we should take great care of our hearts..
Why?
Because out of it flows the issues of life.
This is the verse from Proverbs 4:23. Let us examine the variation of this verse from other versions of the Bible.

Reinhard Bonnke – Quotes

Reinhard Bonnke - Quotes

Reinhard Bonnke was used by God in a powerful way in Africa and many other parts of the world. I was fortunate to have attended meetings addressed by him. The power and passion was always extremely high. He would not tolerate anything but the very best of himself for the service of the Lord and the Lord’s people. Thinking about the meetings he spoke, energizes me for Christ Jesus. No wonder he was used to bring back to life many who were dead. Many of these are so well documented. To Christ Jesus be the glory. Here are a few of his quotes

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Bible Quiz from Revelation

Bible Quiz from Revelation

The questions are based on the Book of Revelation. The primary version used is the KJV. When you go through the questions, try to answer them. This way you exercise your mind. Only after you have tried, go on to refer to the answers.

Question 1) In the midst of the seven candlesticks, one like the son of man was present. His head and hair were white as wool, as white as snow, his eyes were like flames of fire. What were his feet like? What was his sound like?

Lady at the Well

Lady at the well

The Lady at the Well is a well-known passage in the Bible. This happened in Samaria. Jacob had dug the well and it became Joseph’s inheritance.

It was noon time. It was blistering hot. Hardly anyone came to the well at this time. Yet, for the very same reason, this lady came to the well at that time. She did not want to meet anyone. She thought she could come to the well, draw water and leave without having to meet and interact with anyone.

Sharp, Healthy Mind

Sharp, Healthy Mind

Who does not want a healthy mind?
Almost everyone likes to have:
a mind that is peaceful,
a mind that is not anxious,
a mind that is joyful,
a mind thinking good,
a mind not thinking of evil,
a mind that is focussed,
a mind that does not wander away!

Bob Goff, author of Love Does

Bob Goff, author of Love Does

I met Bob Goff in mid 2023. He’s a lawyer by profession. But he caught my attention because he was doing sweet things in his surroundings and laughing out loud. He did the best things possible around him, rather than traveling to the corners of the world.

I found him to think, speak and live Jesus Christ. Yes, truly believe that he’s indeed becoming the image of Christ Jesus, every day, any place he is. Truth and sincerity was in every moment I engaged with him.

Why read the Bible?

Why read the Bible

These reasons to read the Bible are mentioned here, so that you benefit from this fresh resorvoir of blessings. Once you make reading the Bible a habit, everyday, every season of your life will be blessed with love, wisdom, favour, peace, joy, victory, patience, kindness, discernment, faithfulness, fulfilment, healing, wholesomeness…

You should read the Bible:
a) For ‘knowing God’ and developing a relationship with God
b) Finding what God has already given you
c) For unveiling what’s hidden for you to discover
d) To start hearing from God
e) For getting dreams and visions from Heaven
f) Receiving keys to taking care of gift of life
g) For a peaceful, abundant life
h) For a ‘good love life with your spouse’ + other reasons
i) For staying away from sin
j) To be strong and defeat enemies of any size!
k) Knowing your identity in God
l) Standing in faith without fear to see the salvation of the Lord

Do you fight the good fight?

Do you fight the good fight

Yes, we are to fight. Not any kind of fight. But the good fight. If you don’t do it, you either lose or you take 40 years while it should have taken 11 days.

What is a good fight?
The good fight is not to harm, injure or kill.
But the good fight is powerful in its impact.
It’s a fight with great determination.
Determination to bring down mountains of hindrance.
It’s a fight to make a dry ground path to cross across the deep river.
Simply said it is ignoring every contrary situation and circumstances which can hinder your victory.

Called to Freedom

Called to Freedom

Whatever we slip into, we are slaves to. We do not want to go there, yet we visit! We should stop this.

It can be binge watching. It can be heavy social media usage. It can be envy. It can be laziness. Being disorganized. It can be pornography. It can be black sliding. Poor time management.

Whatever displeases Jesus we need to stop. A daily Bible reading is a starting place.

Start from victory

Start from victory

Yes, as a Christian with active faith in Jesus Christ our Lord who was crucified to death and was resurected by the power of God victory is already ours.

Right from every battle to the greatest wars, our victory is a done deal. Our victory means we have guaranteed eternal life. Our seating is a huge upgrade – an upgrade beyond imagination – we are seated in heavenly places. We are seated in the throne room of God along with Jesus Christ, God’s begotten son and our Lord and Saviour.

Declarations to Get a Life Partner

Declarations for a spouse

Our God wants us to have an abundant life with much Love, Joy And Peace. The declarations here will make your pathway straight in getting you a bride or a bridegroom a perfect life partner according to God’s perfect will.

All the declarations are based on the powerful living Word in the Bible. The reference to the verse is mentioned in a lighter font. It’s for your reference, not a declaration.

Why be like a child?

Why be like a child

In this interesting passage in the Gospel of Mark we see the disciples rebuking those who were trying to bring children to get Jesus to touch them. Jesus corrected his disciples.

13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16 NKJV)

Why hope?

Why hope?

As children of God, we are to be like our Heavenly Father. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.” (Genesis 1:26 KJV)

Isaiah 62 Hub – Isaiah 62 Fast (May 7-28, 2023)

Isaiah 62 Hub - Isaiah 62 Fast

We are an Isaiah 62 Fast Hub here in UAE (May 7-28, 2023).

For more information about Isaiah 62 Fast Click here to download the PDF 

  • We host a daily prayer meeting for at least one hour with at least 2-3 people either virtually or in-person at homes. 
  • Remember Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20).
  • Be committed to the spirit of the Fast as set forth in Isa. 58 to care for the poor and oppressed.

Bible quiz from the Gospels

Bible quiz from the Gospels

Read the questions. Pause and try answering them.
Then go to the next question.
Once you have paused and answered all questions, only then go to the answers provided.
This way you can assess your knowing of the living word – which guides us in the path to eternal life.
Your answers could still be right, even when your answers are different.
Your answers could be partly right, read the four gospels or the specific portions and ascertain that your understanding/ learning could improve.

All of us are work in progress – daily trying to improve ourselves as we read and know and pray and practice the Word of God daily.

Want to get back lost time?

Want to get back lost time?

Our Lord is awesome. He is omnipresent and omnipotent, and His power reigns supreme over all circumstances and everything. Jesus is Lord over our lives. He has redeemed us from sin and death, through his death on the cross and resurrection. Life and abundant life are ours through Jesus Christ.

Wish to become like a fruitful tree?

Wish to become like a fruitful tree

I have had this desire for a few decades. It started when I started reading the Bible more often. The first key I received was from the 1st Chapter of Psalms.

Therein clearly the requirements for being a fruitful tree are mentioned.

It reminds us that a blessed and fruitful person does these things, viz.
a) Delights in the law of the Lord and
b) Meditates on it day and night.
Such a person is like a fruitful tree whose leaves shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.

Do you know God’s love for us?

Do you know God's love for us?

God loves us. He truly loves us very much. Knowing this love matters. He created us. He loves us more dearly than a loving Father, whose eyes are filled with glistening joy as He sees you with full attention each time you look up to Him with your love in your eyes. He loves you more dearly than a loving Mother, who knows what breaks your heart and what delights you.

One can choose to walk in awareness of God’s love and experience it. Not knowing this means missing out on all the goodness that is available. It’s like a person with good eyesight walking with blindness because the person has chosen to walk with their eyes closed. It’s like eating gourmet cuisine without enjoying the taste because one’s taste buds are sick and dysfunctional.

Repentance & Purity Prayer

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Prayer of confession and purity

God is merciful. His love is steadfast. It is unwavering, resolute, and not dependent on our sin or our circumstances. God’s love towards us does not depend on us, our situation, or our circumstances. His mercy and kindness towards us are innumerable and beyond our understanding, as they are without limit. In God’s loving-kindness, he cleanses us from every sin, inequity, failure, and shortcoming of ours.

Glimpses of the beauty of God

Glimpses of the beauty of the Lord

God our Lord is beautiful. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. (Psalm 50:2)

The bright and beautiful sun is one of God’s creations. We see the very same sun from the freezing cold in Roveniemi in Finland or the jungles of Kenya or brilliant city of Dubai. When some of the sun’s light comes through the leaves of the trees, it’s so beautiful. We can hardly watch the full sun, when it’s bright and dazzling. We are cautioned not to watch it directly as the intense brightness can blind one’s eyes. Let us remember that the Sun is just one of God’s innumerable creations. Pause. Think. Even the intricacies of the human mind are beyond comprehension. Like this, the more we think and imagine about God’s creation, we will be filled with awe of God. All of which points to the beauty beyond comprehension, beauty beyond words of the almighty God, the omnipotent, the omnipresent One.

Why learn the Word of God?

Why learn the Word of God?

Christianity is a relationship with God. Thus, a Christian has a daily ongoing relationship with God. It’s a mutual relationship between God and his children.

The Word of God helps a Christian to build and develop this relationship. The Word of God is the Holy Bible. Jesus Christ is also the Word of God become flesh.

Why walk with God?

Why walk with God

We are not to disconnect with God after our brief morning interactions. After our quiet time, time of worship, time of Bible reading, time of prayers, we need to stay connected with our Lord Jesus.

From sun rise to sunset, i.e. all through the day – the Lord desires we walk with Him. We are not to forget his precepts and walk as though we are cut off from Him.

Why are miracles important?

Why are miracles important

Miracles, signs and wonders are important in building up our belief and faith in God, the almighty creator of Heaven and Earth. Things which can be explained can often be attributed to be natural. The awe and wonder at what God can do has a great impact in strengthening our belief in Jesus Christ and Father God.

Sheep and the good shepherd

Sheep and the good shepherd

Jesus is the good shepherd.
Jesus told, “I am the good shepherd.”

The good shepherd knows his sheep by name.
For a bystander, all sheep may look similar, but the good shepherd knows each one distinctly. He has a strong one-to-one relationship with every sheep.
He knows the name of each sheep, he knows the specific address and details of each and every sheep.

Christmas within, matters most

Christmas within,matters most

Christmas is a great celebration. Many understand the reason for the joy of Christmas, but a few understand less about the reason and significance of this season. For them, it’s essentially about Christmas gifts, Santa Claus, Christmas cake, eating, drinking, and making merry.

Hope and Light of Christmas

Hope and Light of Christmas

God is good. He is good all the time. Here is a letter for you from God this Christmas season. Read this aloud, so you can hear the voice of a loving father. Do not be in a rush. Read it slowly. Your heavenly father has all the time in the world for you. It’s because He loves you. Read this letter aloud.

Don’t be led by feelings

Don’t be led by feelings

God is your heavenly father. He speaks to you. He loves you very much and longs for a relationship with his children. He gives them the choice to speak to him and have a nurturing relationship with him. He takes the first step in the relationship. He has chosen you; he knows you. Now it is up to you to respond and take the next step. Read the letter that God has written to you. When you read it multiple times, you get more from it. Read it aloud and hear the love of a father for you, his precious child.

“You are the apple of my eye,” says God.

You are the apple of my eye

God speaks to you every day, even today. He says you are very special and dear to Him. The only reason you don’t hear Him is that you are extremely busy and involved in many things. Take time off daily. Be in a still place with Him. Seek to hear Him. He is drawing near to you. But if you surround yourself with much noise, a busy life, you may not hear your heavenly father. So sit quietly and read this letter from God to you. Remember how much he loves you. Use your name instead of the blank. He writes personally to you. Read it a few times; understanding simple things takes time.

God’s short and sweet message for you

God’s short and sweet message for you

God’s message specifically to you. When you read it a couple of times, you will get a better understanding of what he has hidden for you to discover. Read without hurry. Read it like an eager lover of God. This message for you is short but is soaked in love like the morning dew. Read this using your name. Even when you repeatedly read, use your name. Your God knows you by your name. (But I do not, hence I left it blank. )

God’s love letter to you

God’s love letter to you

God’s letter specifically to you. Read this a couple of times, just like you read a loved one’s letter again and again. There are interesting nuances you discover after you read them multiple times. Reading aloud shuts out the outside world. Use your name, and go ahead and read it. The sweet incense of God’s love envelops you as you read this love letter.

For a Christian, work need not be stressful and anxiety-inducing

For a Christian, work need not be stressful and anxiety-inducing

Many of us view work as a necessary evil, a source of stress and worry that we have to endure in order to make a living. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. As Christians, we can choose to live according to the principles of the kingdom, making our work a source of joy and satisfaction. In this blog post, I will discuss how a Christian can make work less of a burden, and more of a blessing.

Holy Spirit will reveal it to you!

Holy Spirit will reveal it to you

Many like me have not claimed this treasure, even though Jesus spoke of this mind-blowing storehouse of truth, knowledge, awareness, and wisdom that was placed within our reach. I feel that we have been like a poor person, unaware of the large amount credited to his bank account.

Are you a true friend of Jesus?

Are you a true friend of Jesus

Jesus Christ calls us his friends. A person does not tell a servant everything. Only on a need-to-know basis are matters disclosed.

But Jesus has told us everything. Jesus goes on to say that everything His Father has told him, he has also told us. I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father. (John 15:15 version AMP)

Iran in the World Cup

Iran in the World Cup

The last World Cup match we watched as a family. We are not a football-passionate family. But the World Cup excitement indeed rubbed off on us. We don’t have a TV connection because we opted out of it as a family. So the only way we could watch the last World Cup finals was by going to the theater. The live broadcast was being broadcast in a large screen. We did not want to lose the opportunity. So we went as a family. Before we stepped into the car for the drive to the theater, a thought came to me, and I shared that France was going to win the World Cup. That seems to be the impression the Lord gave me. I was surprised. All this time, I was known to support Croatia. 

Checklist for Christian love

Checklist for Christian love

Many think they know the word “love’, yet the vast majority know very little about it. As a Christian, we should know it well. A checklist on love from a faith perspective is necessary as Love is the greater among Faith, Hope and Love. 1 Corinthians 1:13 says And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. So here is a checklist to assess our understanding of love as a Christian. 

Checklist for Christian Faith

Checklist for Christian Faith

As a Christian, we need check list. Else as days goes by, we slip and often do not realise what we have slipped from. Having a check list of whats important is good. Here is a check list which is work in progress. I have been working on it for nearly a week. Certainly hope and pray that this helps in making an introspection on where you are. I would be most glad when this inspires you to make your own version of checklist.

Good ground that yields 100 fold

Good ground that yields 100 fold

Many of us hear great preechings. These messages transform some. Others are not effected. A vast majority among us have minor changes but are not able to sustain it. Do the people who are transformed receive a different seed? A different message? No. It’s all the same. Then why is there different results for different people from the same message?

Confronting with boldness & wisdom

Confronting with boldness & wisdom

Few people we come across in life, can stand and speak against the goodness we stand for. Especially goodness from the Kingdom perspective. In handling these situations, we have a powerful role model in Jesus. Jesus was the meekest individual. Jesus manifested meekness from the power and strength he possessed – so that he fulfilled every plan and purpose of Father God.

Quiz that helps you be a better Christian

Quiz that helps you be a better Christian

As always, try answering each question, taking a few minutes. The questions are also made tricky to mislead you. Complete going through all the questions in this blog post. Challenging yourself the answer, sharpens your mind. And the next time you read the Bible, you will read it with greater attention. Your eyes and your mind will be sharper.

Do you want great rewards?

Do you want great rewards?

Who does not like rewards? But the rewards which give us joy and delights keep changing. They keep changing with what we have. They keep changing with our age. They keep changing based on our riches or poverty. They change based on what we desire and want. They keep changing based on what we value. They change based on our perception. They change based on what we know. They change based on whom we have given Lordship of our lives to. And many other factors.

Personality test for the Christian pilgrim in you

Personality test for the Christian pilgrim in you

Jesus used parables a lot. And they always were deeply insightful. They conveyed the message very powerfully. The parables are like a litmus paper test – clearly showing what kind of person is more acceptable with the Kingdom Of God. Similar to the parables, Jesus observed and remarked about various life lessons which have equally valuable insights for us to glean and learn from.

Can the Eyes of your Heart See?

Can the Eyes of your Heart See?

Jesus was on the cross. The two criminals were crucified on either side. One of them challenged Jesus and said, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” The other criminal was shocked and rebuked him about the manner in which he addressed Jesus, who was crucified for no offense. For the judicial authorities had not found any wrong doing on Jesus to be crucified. It was only the evil intent of the religious authorities that was able to force their way to crucify Jesus. ( Note all scripture verses shown in this blog post are in blue font are from Luke chapter 11 & 12 NKJV)

Why take feedback from family?

Why take feedback from family

All of us have our shortcomings. The people who see these best are our family. We spend most time with them. While people outside our family may see only the outside of the cups, our family knows us inside out. They get to see the inner side of the cups. Certainly the Lord sees the insides. Often the families also sees the inside. Read the next verse which is insightful. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. (Matthew 23:26, NKJV) I certainly did feel like a pharasee when I read the verse. Dont we feel like a Pharisees?

The light of the body is the eye

The light of the body is the eye

The title of this post is from the Gospel of Luke. Its part of the 34th verse from the 11th chapter. Since you want to know the complete verse which is a statement made by our Lord Jesus Christ, here it is – a precious instruction for you and for me.

Can you find God?

Can you find God?

Yes.

In life it is possible to go through life circumstances when we realise an emptiness. We do not find God. We don’t find purpose in life.

But when we seek to find God. When we are sincerely want to find God, we can find God.
Time and again, this is repeated in many lives. I have walked this path. I know very very many who have travelled far and wide and yet finally they found God. Fortunate for me, I did not have to travel far and wide.

Cricketer-missionary, C T Studd – the Michael Jordan of cricket

Cricketer-missionary

Charles Thomas Studd, also known as “C.T. Studd,” was born in England in 1860. His father, Edward Studd, had made a lot of money in India and was very wealthy. Charles Studd liked sports just like most young men. Cricket was the most popular sport in England at the time, so he loved it. His older brother Kynaston Studd was a well-known cricket player for Cambridge. C.T., on the other hand, was not a great athlete, but he was determined to get good at the sport. He would work on his swing for hours, using a mirror to help him improve. He didn’t do anything that would hurt him or hurt his cricket skills.

Do you seriously desire to grow in biblical wisdom? An experiment with weekly updates

Do you seriously desire to grow in biblical wisdom?

It’s been two weeks since I started this experiment. The experiment is about growing in wisdom. I read this portion in the Epistle of James about wisdom. We know that the Bible is true. So I wanted to sincerely and earnestly try this out. You may also desire to grow in wisdom. You are welcome to try this if you want to. I will share my journey in this post. I am expecting that, over a period of time, the results will be overwhelming. Success will be an outcome as long as I consistently do the right things. I will be sharing the learning, the slips and mistakes I probably make, so that the probability of success can be increased for all who are sincerely wanting to increase in wisdom.

Wisdom from the perspective of the Bible

Wisdom from the perspective of the Bible

Many of us desire wisdom, to be a wise person who makes wise decisions. Quite often there are two distinct types of wisdom. Wisdom of the world and wisdom of God. The wisdom of the world is short-sighted. But the wisdom of the world appears logical and everything is structured and seems right. Wisdom of the world appears tangible as it is logical and thus appealing to the mind.

Can you get angels to serve you? How?

Can you get angels to serve you? How?

Angels are heavenly beings. Angels have assignments from heaven to be carried out here on earth. We also know that angels worship in heaven around the throne room of God. Angels, do the bidding of the Lord. As you read this post, may you get excited about the possibility of angels coming to assist you. More importantly, may your words and actions work towards achieving this desire for you. 

Declaration prayers to grow in Gods Love.

Declaration prayers to grow in Gods Love.

The Bible-knowing Christians know that the greatest is love. The verse 1 Corinthians 13:13 is cited as a reference. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. As love is so great, let us aspire to grow in love. And making declarations aloud regularly is one way to grow in any attribute. 

How does discretion relate to anger? Glory to transgression?

How does discretion relate to anger?

A drunkard is often associated with being a person without any control over his words and actions. A foolish person is also thought about as a person who lacks understanding on what he’s doing. Occasionally we may associate a man who is furious and angry as a person who cannot control his words and his actions and emotions. That said, we need to remember that there is a righteous anger expressed by parents and elders, which is very much for our benefit and for the purging away of our foolishness and our wrong attitude.

I have got a river of life – more than 25 music videos.

I have got a river of life

I like this song. I started to like it more and more. I sing and dance to it. 

We have more than 25 music videos below, with a brief description. I hope you will find the version you like best. This will probably be the largest collection of music videos for this song until now. But more importantly, through the videos, you get the river of life to flow out of you. The purpose of this blog post is to make your passion increase for the river of God.

Repentance – processing a repentant heart – 2nd Chronicles

Repentance – processing a repentant heart – 2nd Chronicles

I have many shortcomings. I have sinned as an individual. I have sinned corporately, as a family, as a church, as a company, as a city, as a nation, as mankind. In spite of this sinful nature and multitude of sins, it’s not easy to be weighed down due to sin because of the blindness of my soul. I wonder why I do not find it easy to repent, although I want to.

Do you want to stand before kings? Keys from the Book of Proverbs.

Do you want to stand before kings?

After reading the 22nd chapter of the Book of Proverbs, I was struck by the beauty and power of a few verses. When I discovered these precious thoughts, I decided to wait until I owned them fully. Anyone who desires them can do so. How do I own precious pearls of truth and wisdom in the Bible? I ask the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to give me the grace to lead a life possessed by the truth. Hence, I would ponder on these precious truths until they became part of my nature, character, and mindset.

Wage a war with Psalm 27. Increase your confidence in God.

Wage a war with Psalm 27. Increase your confidence in God.

If you have fear, you have come to the right place. King David spoke about his fear to God. He acknowledged it. He speaks about it to God. The conversations with God are a good model for us to follow in our prayer time. When you read the psalm from this perspective, we can glean conversational prayer snap shots from this psalm. 

From Psalm 27, we see that King David experienced fear at various levels. Wicked people were troubling him. He had enemies and foes. Entire armies came to wage war with King David. King David even feared that God would be angry with him and forsake him. But he was certain about God’s love for him. As he says, even when his parents forsake him, God will lovingly accept him. Growing up as a child, he had experienced descrimation from his father. When the prophet Samuel visited Jesse, David’s dad, he presented all his sons but hid David. ( Jesse was the grandson of Boaz and Ruth). All these fears clouded King David’s mind. So the psalm is a wonderful guide on how to navigate fear from a person who experienced a wide range of diverse fears.

Prayers vs. Gratefulness – a casual observation

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Prayers vs. Gratefulness – a casual observation

We may like to, but we don’t give the same importance to prayer and gratitude or thankfulness for answered prayers. Although many would agree that they are like the two sides of a coin. Yet when we examine our lives we may be surprised that for the same matter while we would have prayed over for 100 or 1,000 times we would have thanked our Lord God for once or perhaps twice 

You can accomplish much by not caring who gets the credit

You can accomplish much by not caring who gets the credit

My sister was greatly praised and recognized for her accomplishments earlier today. She had completed nearly two decades of service in the service of the US government across many nations of the world as that was the nature of her job. Of all the praise and anecdotes, one that shone brightest was the US President’s quote, which was used to describe one of the secrets to her success. And the beautiful thing is, it was cited twice by two different people. The various speeches and testimonials from friends, colleagues, and relatives stood out as a beautiful testimony of her goodness. 

Good Wife, Good Life. Biblical Ponderings

Good Wife, Good Life

Many of you may have great spouses. If you are yet to have a spouse or yet to have a spouse, keep reading. Knowing that God gives us exceedingly above and more than we ask or desire, you can be certain that you will be in the pathway to that coming to pass. If, like me, you already have a good spouse, you can keep thanking the Lord for that and desire that it stays that way. 

Declarations for a good personality

Declarations for a strong personality based on the Bible

God made mankind in HIS image. As we believe that Jesus Christ is our only Lord and Saviour, we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). All inferior thoughts are lies from the devil. We should not allow these thoughts any influence in our lives. God is good. He is good all the time. While we are not there yet, we make progress towards that daily.

SEE beyond your eyes’ vision

SEE beyond your eyes' vision

We see with our eyes. Seeing begins and ends with what our eyes can perceive. Many think so. We will first crack this notion before exploring the notion of seeing beyond the vision of our eyes.

Generally we see what is in front of our eyes. That is the default. Yet we may find ourselves agreeing that it is the mind that determines our sight in a bit. Do we see what we want to see? Let us examine this.

Prayers by Jesus and Paul

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Prayers taught by Jesus,Paul - Bible

When you ask God, when you pray according to His will, our prayers become acceptable. When you ask your parents for things according to their will, they become delighted and are more likely to oblige. If you ask your boss according to his will, you are more likely to get your request granted. So a great key to making effective prayers is asking according to God’s will. This verse is from 1 John 5:14. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. We can use this key and have a confident and fulfilling prayer life. 

Is Mary, Jesus’ mother, superior to you? + more fun Bible quiz!

Is Mary, Jesus’ mother, superior to you?

Many learn History, Geography, Carpentry, Law, Economics and many other subjects to earn a living. But when it comes to learning the Bible, many do not put in any effort. The reason is often simple ignorance of the benefits of learning the Bible. Some think that they know the Bible from the sermons they hear at church. Many are aware that the Bible not only teaches one about one’s purpose in life, about how to delight God and shows the pathway to eternal life. Some postpone learning the Bible until after retirement. Many are ignorant that spiritual principles in the Bible are superior to the worldly principles of life and lead to wholesome, successful lives with an abundance of Peace, Joy and Love.

Why read and study the Bible?

Why read and study the Bible?

The Holy Bible is the living Word of God. Although many individuals have written various portions of the Bible, the whole scripture is authored by the Holy Spirit. Thus there is much power to change situations and circumstances, to guide and restore, to heal and make wholesome, to change and transform lives in the Holy Bible. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. ( ref. 2 Timothy 3:16 )

Why should we number our days?

Why should we number our days?

Many of us can probably relate to the students who have a very tight schedule of portions to be revised when the examination dates are approaching. As a student suddenly discovers that he/she has portions to revise, only sufficient time to focus on main objectives – that is the upcoming examination.

Powerful perspective about repentance

Powerful perspective about repentance

Jesus and John the Baptist have asked for repentance. In the Gospel of Mathew, we have this verse which refers to the statement by John the Baptist. In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” ( ref Matthew 3:1-3). In the very next chapter, towards the end we have From that time on, Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near. ( ref Matthew 4:17)

What is the greatest commandment? Do you understand Jesus Christ’s response?

What is the greatest commandment?

Many tried putting Jesus in a trap by asking him ‘wise questions’. The Sadducees tried, but Jesus responded with superior wisdom and they were silenced. But the Pharisees wanted to ask and try. They discussed among themselves and the one who was an expert in the law asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment. Before going to the answer, let us understand the important precepts about love.

Bible Quiz. How to persuade a prince? What does God hate? & other questions

How to persuade a prince? What does God hate?

The Bible has answers for all situations and challenges in life. Instead of fast reading, if you are the type who soaks your mind with the verses you read, you will grow in wisdom and discretion. Do not read through the questions and scroll down for the answers. After reading each question, try answering them to the best of your ability. Better still is to scribble your answer, move on through all the eight questions, trying to answer them, before going for the answers. All answers have the verse reference mentioned as well.

The Lord will remind the King. The King will remember.

The Lord will remind the King.

Introduction
It’s not easy to take up a matter with the King. Even if it’s a democratically elected ruler, to get his attention is not easy. Things change when a matter is in God’s plan, in God’s agenda. But when God champions a cause, things change. Neither time, neither geographic region, nor religion is a limitation when God decides to remind the King to accomplish God’s prophecy.

Offence? Choose not to fall into this trap?

Offence? Choose not to fall into this trap?

Introduction
It’s easy to be offended. In our daily life, things don’t go as expected. We can be offended by God as well as Man. We can be offended by our friends, relatives, office/school/college/business management teams, the people in authority, without authority. Any living being can potentially offend us.

Declarations for receiving God’s wisdom

Declarations for wisdom based on the Bible

These declarations are Bible based, hence powerful. Declare these with faith, remembering that the Word of God is always true. Some of you may need to start a daily habit of reading the Bible in the morning and evening and through the day develop a habit of meditating on a specific verse. Many of the declarations below are from Psalms 119.

Are you rich in Love? Do you fear or hate instead of love?

Are you rich in Love? Do you fear or hate instead of love?

Intro

To better know love, we need to understand love, fear and hate. This improves our understanding of love and helps us in discerning love in a superior way. In the process, we can receive love better, we can be loved better, we can start enjoying the richness and resplendent facets of love. Once you experience it you will discover how precious this love is. Many who understand love, come to the conclusion that love is precious, that it is more valuable than any diamond, even those auctioned by Sotheby’s.

To better understand praise better, we need to understand praise and complaints. This makes us praise better.

Declarations to Speak with Grace and Power

Declarations to speak with grace and power

We either build relationships with words or let them fail when we do not speak correctly. This happens in our homes, at work, in business, in church and elsewhere. Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour knew when to speak, had great will power to remain silent when it was the best option. When Satan tried to entice him with sin quoting scripture, Jesus spoke with wisdom with power citing the appropriate context of the scripture.

Declaration’s : Purity, Holiness

Make these declarations earnestly for 60 days. Stay committed, for your transformation. Two versions are provided. The shorter version is at the bottom of this page. 

There are 600 references in the Bible to God’s holiness. Matthew 5:8 says, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Click here to read “Why should you desire to be holy?

Powerful declarations for a pure and holy life.

I strive to be holy, so I may see the Lord.(Hebrews 12:14)

I seek to be holy in all of my thoughts and actions, as my God is holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16)

I choose to be cleansed from all sin, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.(2 Corinthians 7:1)

Live and Walk by the Spirit

Today’s verse is from the Epistle to Galatians 5: 24,25

Find below the verse from three versions of the Bible.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.(version NIV)
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.(version KJV)
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites. If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].(version AMP)

The presence of God will give us rest

Exodus 33:14 is an assurance from God to Moses. Here is the verse from 3 versions of the Bible. What God offers to Moses is available to each one of us. In Acts 10:34, apostle Peter says that “God is no respecter of persons”. Thus what God gives to Moses is also avaialble for us.

Bible verse for prayer and meditation

Good change happens when we make a great effort in a smaller number of things. For today, we are going to prayerfully consider meditating on this verse throughout the day.

The verse we choose today, 6th August is from the Book of Psalms, Chapter 141, verse 3. We have this from 3 versions of the Holy Bible.
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. (KJV)
Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. (NLT)
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth. (NKJV)

Daily Bible Reading and Meditation

Today’s verse is from the Galatians 3:28

Find below the verse from three versions of the Bible.

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (version NIV)
There is [now no distinction in regard to salvation] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus [no one can claim a spiritual superiority]. (version AMP)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (version KJV)

Do you know the joy of repentance?

Repentance is powerful. We are changed and transformed by true repentance. Luke 15:8-10 speaks about this. The verse from two versions of the Bible is given below.

8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”(version NIV)
8 “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins [each one equal to a day’s wages] and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her [women] friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I found the lost coin!’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents [that is, changes his inner self—his old way of thinking, regrets past sins, lives his life in a way that proves repentance; and seeks God’s purpose for his life].”(version AMP)

Get up. Speak boldly. Do not fear.

Prophet Jeremiah was hesitating. He was like many of us. But when God urged him again, he became bold.

Here we have three interesting versions of the Bible giving Gods command to Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:17. Read the three verses repeatedly. Examine if we have been hesitant in some matters. If its so, its time we stand up and start doing what we need to do.

Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them. (version KJV)
“Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.(version NLT)
But you [Jeremiah], gird up your loins [in preparation]! Get up and tell them all which I command you. Do not be distraught and break down at the sight of their [hostile] faces, or I will bewilder you before them and allow you to be overcome.(version AMP)

Are you determined not to be defiled?

Daniel was determined. He did not want to be defiled. 

If you do not want to be defiled by junk food, fast food, hasish, marijuana, caocain, liquor, pronography or anything you can also decide to be determined as Daniel. The Proverbs 12:11 portion is given from 3 versions of the Bible below.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (version KJV)
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. (version NIV)
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile (taint, dishonor) himself with the king’s finest food or with the wine which the king drank; so he asked the commander of the officials that he might [be excused so that he would] not defile himself.(version AMP)

Your God watches over you – All the time!

It’s just amazing to think about Gods faithfulness towards us. So many times when we are not at all aware, God protects us. Its not only when we are awake or asleep or when we are least aeware of it. 

Here we have Psalm 121:4 which assures us that God watches over us all the time. The verse from 3 versions of the Bible are given below.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (version KJV)
He will never slumber nor sleep; he is the Guardian-God for his people, Israel.(version TPT)
Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. (version NLT)

God has turned my mourning into dancing

God loves us. He loves us dearly. That’s the reason God allowed His son to die on the cross for redeeming us from our sins and for our salvation.

Yet often we forget these great truths and are bogged down by issues, sorrows and anxieties, because of lack of faith, not knowing the promises of God. Its important even when situations are not clear to trust in God with all your heart. Psalm 30:11 gives a very encouraging verse where God flips us from mourning to rejoicing. The verse is given below from 3 versions – so that the richness of the verse is relished by your heart as you build expectation from God. Read the verse twice from all the three versions.

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; (version KJV)
Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise! He has torn the veil and lifted from me the sad heaviness of mourning. He wrapped me in the glory-garments of gladness.(version TPT)
You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, (version AMP)

Do you want a hundred times increase?

I am a farmer, father, solidier, a worker, an investor, a disciple and many other roles I have. Everywhere I put in my time and resources, I seek a ancrease. I would be delighted if I get a hundred times increase.

Mathew 13:23 speaks about our lives after we hear the word of God. If we are good ground, we benifit much. Here is the verse from 3 versions of the Bible. Read them carefully, twice, asking the Holy Spirit to teach you.

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hearteth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (version KJV)
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (version NIV)

Receive Mercy : Confess and Forsake sin

The burden of sin is enormous. But when we choose to seek repentance, we receive mercy. 

Galatians 5:24-25 stats this beautiful way to get rid of the heavy weight of sin and sinful lifestyle. The verse is given below in 3 versions of the Bible. Read these verses twice prayerfully.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. (Version KJV)
If you cover up your sin you’ll never do well. But if you confess your sins and forsake them, you will be kissed by mercy. (version TPT)

Why read the Bible daily? Why meditate on it?

We should trust in God. We are neither to trust in man nor riches nor our selves.
Jeremiah 17:5-8 conveys this powerfully and effectively below.

5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans,
who rely on human strength
and turn their hearts away from the Lord.
6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
with no hope for the future.
They will live in the barren wilderness,
in an uninhabited salty land.

Secure city and self-control

It’s important to have self-control. Control ones emotions and actions. This speaks about a verse person.

Proverbs 25:28 speak about this. The verses are given in 3 versions from the Bible.KJV He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

AMP He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty [soldier], And he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city.
ESV A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Perseverance, a significant character for a Christian

In a day and age in which quick solutions are popular, we recall how our parents persevered in bringing us up. Often they were so certain about the goodness in us, they made it plain that we could do it much better. When we had self-doubt about our ability, they were so certain that when we tried longer, when we tried more often, the results would be so different. Often it seemed that they knew for certain what could become of us, they did not have any doubt. They preserved in all certainty. We did not realise it then, but we realise it now.

Banish Anxiety, Embrace Peace – Bible verses for transition

Change your perspective about anxiety. Knock down every baseless argument in your mind.

We can easily find many reasons to worry about a thousand issues in life. Our constant attention to these issues can succeed in enlarging them and make us weary. Alternatively we can choose to ignore these issues and focus on God, as per the powerful principle of IF. (Indebted to a dear friend for this principle. Myself as well as many others were greatly blessed.)

Powerful prayers straight from the Bible

Use them for a season, make your own version as well

Christians know the significance and importance of the Bible. It has the living Word. Jesus Christ is the word that became flesh. The power of the Bible to give answers to any life situation is too good, this needs to be experienced. Many have got transformed lives since they just held on to one verse from the Bible. For some it’s a chapter. Reading aloud, praying of the Psalm 91 has been cited by many across the world for the amazing life protection many have received in spite of extremely testing situations. Less than 5 years ago, during an air crash in which many were killed, a passenger, a football star, who had escaped death, testified of the grace from God towards his simple faith on shield of protection from the psalm 91.

Declare right, change your life circumstances

We know that when we speak well, be it for an interview, speech, even conversations the outcomes can be good. When your heart is aligned with what you speak well, the speech brings a great feeling of goodness.

As we are not considering cases where people speak without meaning what they say, in this post, we ignore all such situations.

In the Epistle to Romans, verse 8 from chapter 10, the Bible points to heart mouth sync when we speak. “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim.
This points to having the word in your mouth and also in your heart.

What do we speak well with this hearth mouth sync?
Continuing from the above to verse 9 & 10.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

The great benefits of making the above declaration.
> All who believe in Jesus will never be put to shame.
> The same Lord is Lord of all who confesses. This makes Jew & Gentile alike!
> The Lord richly blesses all who calls on his name.
> Everyone who calls on Jesus Christ will be saved.
All these are mentioned in verses 11 to 13 (Romans 10: 11 to 13)

Read the portion above once again. Let the benefits of making the simple declaration meaningfully sink into your being, life, thoughts.

The words we speak can encourage, bring life, or discourage or push a person in the pathway towards sorrow, despair or death. The words we speak have much power.

We have another precious verse in Psalm 34:1 NKJV
I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

When we start declaring this verse at all times, we magnify the Lord above all circumstances and surroundings. We are also declaring Heaven’s reality over our earthly circumstances and surroundings.

We who know that our Lord is Lord over all the universe. We know HE can do whatever he pleases under all circumstances.

When the wine got over in the wedding of Cana, HE transformed water into wine.
When there was insufficient bread and fish to feed the multitude, HE multiplied what was available into abundance.
When the victory march was blocked by a wall, HE made the walls crumble flat and gave us the victory.
When we were sick, HE healed us with His word.
When our business did not catch enough fish, HE gave direction & the catch was so huge that help from many others were required to handle the abundance of business.

We want the Heavens’ reality to be ours.
But there is transition and a process to reach there.
The journey, the process starts by declaring the reality of Heaven on earth.
This starts by confessing the verses from the Bible.
The verses cited above are a good place to begin with.

As children of God, we must give lesser attention to the surrounding distractions. Not letting the enemy break our communion with God.

We can choose to magnify your problem or magnify the Lord. When we lift up our praise to the Lord, we are making a conscious choice to magnify the Lord over everything else.

We are placing Jesus in the first place through our praise.

So today, choose to praise the Lord.
No matter what you see with your eyes or hear with your ears, God is able to help you, keep you, empower you, and save you.

Therefore…
PRAISE THE LORD WITH YOUR WORDS TODAY.

Praise invites the Holy Spirit and the presence of God to flood and fill your life.

Declare This With Me:
”Lord, I choose to bless you today. With my mouth, I will honour you and praise you. I declare that you are GREATER than any problem I face. I declare that Your PRAISE will continually be in my mouth.”
Declare as mentioned above for 6 weeks throughout your wakefulness, when possible with a voice. You will experience a certain upgrade in your life.

Praying from the Psalms

Gleanings from Psalms 1 to 5

We know that prayer is conversing with God. People communicate in diverse manners with God. As Christians, Christ Jesus taught us how we should pray. When you meaningfully recite, ‘Our Father prayer…’ we in a good mind set for praying to our father God. Yet when we seek to explore the prayer life of Jesus, we see a wide range of types of prayers.

Are you meant to do miracles?

Most certainly, you are expected to do miracles. As a follower of Jesus, the lifestyle of Jesus is what you aspire for.

Jesus gave sight to the blind, healed the leper, the deaf began to hear and very many more. Needless to say about the miracles of the multiplication of provisions like the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes feeding five thousand men and others. The tax being paid from the gold coins from the fish. The storms are calming. The dead brought back to life.

Read the Book of Revelation, be blessed!

The last book of the New Testament – The Book of Revelation is special. Written by John based on the visions he had when on the island of Patmos. The book speaks about things which are to take place – mainly the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the tribulations to come. It ends with a description of New Jerusalem which comes down from heaven.

What is born again? Why should you understand it? Is it for all Christians & Catholics?

  1. Years ago when I stepped into a church I was asked if I was born again. That was a wrong question. I was ticked off. I am saying this as some of you could be feeling the same way about this topic. Many of us have a diverse range of beliefs, diverse range of understandings within our mind, yet all these beliefs & understandings do not limit us.

Why Pray? Do Prayers Make A Difference?

We pray, to get answers to our prayers. That’s what God wants. Answers to prayer increase our joy.

Read the whole Gospel portion cited below, then read once again the portions highlighted in blue.

Quoting from the NIV version of Gospel… according to John, chapter 15. 1: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2: He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3: You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4: Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Is FAITH important? Where does your FAITH stand?

As a Christian, you already know that FAITH is important. You have heard about it in many sermons. You have read about FAITH in the Holy Bible many times. Yet like me, you might not have internalized it as much as you desired to. For me, all this has changed. I am excited about the upgrade in faith I received in the last few months. I am so delighted to share this with you.