Did you ever know this? I was amazed to know that Jesus had spoken about such a mind-boggling storehouse of awareness He has placed for us. Yet, in my ignorance and the ignorance of many like me, I have not remembered to make this claim.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since I was a teenager, I earnestly desired growing in my trust in God. The desire would come in from time to time. I wish it was consistent and continuous. Whenever I read the books of Godly men and women, I became aware that I never trusted God enough, occasionally I even doubted if I trusted God at all.
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.
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.
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.
Spiritual warfare is not physical warfare. The obvious truth is not known to many, hence I had to make this statement. I felt so relieved after making this statement, which should be obvious to many. This warfare is not fought with guns and bombs, nor with missile-carrying smart drones, nor with fighter or bomber aircraft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
God is good all the time. All the time, He is good. This is always true. This truth does not depend on us or our circumstances. God is good. This verse is from Psalm 100:5. For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations. All believers in Jesus Christ have this heritage.
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.
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 )
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.
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)
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.
God’s love towards us is evident in creation and in every stage of life. But if we choose not to see God’s love, we will not see it. If we choose not to hear God’s expressions of Gods love, we will not hear it. If we choose not to understand God’s love, we will not at all be aware of it. So let us use the eyes and ears of our heart.
When we follow a very specific path, we can grow in favour with God and man. It works. It’s true as we can experience the results. The path, the process is true since it is mentioned in the Bible.
A beautiful hymn. A deep one. You can sing along. Else you can meditatively sing this as well. A good YouTube version is linked herewith, do click to sing and watch. I Bless Your Name. The complete lyrics are given below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bible asks us to keep away from anger. To reduce instances of anger we need to know the Lord’s perspective of anger, clearly given in the Bible. We need to strongly desire to walk in obedience to the Lord’s perspective of anger. We have a key strategy for greatly reducing anger tucked in this post.
We like beauty. We want to stay beautiful. 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 grows 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.).
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.
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.
God is sovereign. He can do whatever He wants to. We have this verse from the Book of Psalms 115:13 But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Yet many times He chooses us to use our free will to act, speak, do things so that we consciously take action. In this article, we look at the latter.
These prayers are unique, as they are from the Holy Bible, thus inspired by the Holy Spirit.
These are taken from Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. Apostle Paul, who wrote over 1/3rd of the New Testament. He made a great impact on Christianity in terms of growth of the church as well articulating a richer understanding of elements of Chritian faith and living.
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.
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 Lord wants to change us into His image. He started the process when he created us. It’s a daily walk, an ongoing journey.
The verse for today, 8th August is from the New Testament, Book of Ephesians 1, an Epistle of Paul, Chapter 1, verse 17. We have this verse from 3 versions of the Holy Bible.
The Lord will change us with His Living Word, which is the Bible. This happens when we are willing and obedient, desiring and wanting to change.
The verse for today, 7th August is from the Book of Exodus, Chapter 33, verse 14. We have this from 3 versions of the Holy Bible.
And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (Version KJV)
And the Lord replied, I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest – everything will be fine for you. (Version NLT)
And He said, My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. (Version NKJV)
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)
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)
Today’s verse is from the Gospel of Luke 15: 8 to 10
Find below the verse from two versions of the Bible.
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)
Today’s verse is from the Book of Jeremiah 1:17
Find below the verse from two versions of the Bible.
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)
Today’s verse is from the Proverbs – Proverbs 12:11
Find below the verse from two versions of the Bible.
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)
Today’s verse is from the Psalms – Psalm 121:4
Find below the verse from two versions of the Bible.
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)
Today’s verse is from the Psalms – Psalm 30:11
Find below the verse from two versions of the Bible.
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)
Today’s verse is from the Gospel of Mathew – Mathew 13:23
Find below the verse from two versions of the Bible.
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)
Here is the verse for today. It’s from the Book of Proverbs 28:13 from a few versions of the Bible.
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But whoever confesses and turns away from his sins will find compassion and mercy. (Version AMP)
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)
Here is the verse for today Jeremiah 17: 5 to 8 Bible version NLT
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.
Here are 3 versions of Proverbs 25:28
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.
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.
We use words to praise God, worship Him and to glorify God. We use words in our prayers. Although when praying in tongues, we don’t use words, we go beyond words.
But in all these, God sees our heart. So words, although important, are of lesser importance in our communication with God!
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.)
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.
When we have a very convincing reason, we are most likely to try to have a Pure Heart. I have been in pursuit of this question for a few decades.
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.
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.
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.
These declarations are based on the Book Of Isaiah, Chapter 145
This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to me.
My Lord Jesus takes hold of my right hand
To subdue nations before me and
To strip kings of their armour,
To open doors before me
So that gates will not be shut.
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.
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.
- 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.
Yes most certainly, you are made in HIS image. To get a full understanding of this truth, let us go through the stages of understanding, which will lead us to this conclusion.
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.”
Recently, I was reminded about a surrendered lifestyle. Hearing this worship song would have been the reason for strolling in this pathway.
You will understand me, as I share a few lines from it.
I lift my hands up
Lay my whole life down
My whole life down before You
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.
Here is another treasure trove in your journey for you to be guided & refreshed.
Question: Apostle Paul mentions in the 2nd Corinthians Chapter 12, verse 10, ‘For when I am weak, then I am strong. What is the context of this?