Renew your strength today!

“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Waiting upon the Lord is never a waste of time. In our faith journey we sometimes compare our walk with others, we tend to compare our blessings with others and conclude that those who have more, are better believers than others.

We judge by what we see. Our definition of blessing is limited to what seems good to our eyes. We think that a blessing merely mean worldly wealth, good health, happy family, good spouse, and great job.

Those who are single, they think that since they are not married, that could mean that  the Lord is not happy with them or they must have done something wrong or may be its the result of the sins committed by their parents or forefathers.

Those who are unemployed think that the Lord doesn’t want to bless them financially. Sometimes, this negative thinking goes to the extent that those who lack anything in their lives, begin to compromise with their situations and forget all about the promises of God. They think what has not happen so far, will not happen in future. Such negative feeling and attitude steals the “eager expectation” and hope out of lives.

It is written, “Christ in us, the hope of Glory.”

We are here to pray in faith and start living in “eager expectation” for the things to come. We are not supposed to quench the zeal to receive new blessings, doesn’t matter how long the wait seems to be!

Wait might seem a waste of time to some but the LORD uses this phase of our lives to renew our strength. He prepares us to see and receive the new blessings.

Are you waiting for long and nothing seems to be moving? Have you waited enough and are going to lose your hope? Wait! Just ask the Lord to send his grace to wait. Ask the Lord to renew your hope that is found not in creation but in the Son of God. “Christ in me, the hope of Glory.”

Waiting upon the Lord is not a waste of time. The Lord is renewing your strength so that you could see and receive his mighty works and proclaim  how great your God is!

 

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Take oil while you are waiting!

Matthew 25:1-10, “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out, “Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; out lamps are going out.” No, they replied, there may not be enough for both of us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves, But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.”

The foolish ones didn’t take any oil with them.

The only difference between wise and foolish virgins was that the wise took oil and the foolish ones didn’t take any!

The oil that the wise virgins had was the oil of anointing and joy. It is written in Hebrew 1:9, “You have loved righteousness  hated wickedness, therefore God,  your God,  has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

If you are waiting upon the LORD, don’t let the long wait bring spiritual dryness into your life. Wait for the Lord with joyous expectation that the Lord will come and reward you.

If you see that you are getting spiritually dry and your joy is leaving you, don’t wait for anyone or anything. Start worshiping the Lord, cover yourself with garments of praise and you will regain your strength.

The joy of the Lord is your strength and my strength. The joy of the Lord is precious. Don’t let fleeting thoughts take the eternal joy away from your life. Guard your joy and you will get reward from the Lord!

 

 

The Parable of the two sons

Matthew 21:28-31, “What do you think? There was a man who had sons. He went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard.” “I will not.” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will, sir, but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first”, they answered. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”

Jesus is speaking to all of us today through these verses. If we are born and brought up in christian home, it doesn’t mean anything. What matters in the sight of God is obedience.

There are people coming from other religions since they have tasted the goodness of Jesus in their lives. They know that Jesus didn’t come to establish any religion but a relationship with God, the Father. Those who have experienced the love of father through Jesus Christ, are ready to do whatever the father wants.

These people are full of zeal and devotion for the Lord. These people take the word of God seriously since they have found something they never had before in their lives. These people know the value of the treasure they have found in Christ. These people become a light to the nations to bring  the goodness of God to others.

This is an awakening call for those who are born and brought up in Christian homes.

Let’s take the word of God seriously from this moment on-wards. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us become obedient to God. Let’s become diligent coworkers for the kingdom. Let’ work hard to bring many to the kingdom of heaven.

Remember the reason you first came to the Lord! Don’t let your first love ever fade away.

 

 

 

Don’t leave your Jerusalem!

Don’t leave the place where the LORD has placed you for His glory!

Some people have a hard time discerning their planting place, so they move here and there, doing this and that for the Lord, just to find out that they are at a wrong place.

If you need to know “your Jerusalem”, spend time in the presence of the Lord, pray and let the Spirit of the Lord lead you. If you feel peace despite storms at a place, this is a sure sign that the Lord has placed you there. Don’t move!

If somehow you move out of your Jerusalem, the Lord will bring you back to the same place (if you allow him to) for this is the place where you will be blessed!

In old testament, Ruth chapter 1, we read about a man named Elimelech, who left Jerusalem and went to Moab. He left Jerusalem because there was a famine in that land.

Do you see no prosperity in your Jerusalem? Even though you dont see anything as of yet. Don’t leave this place. You will have to come back to the same place after you have wasted precious years of your life.

This is what happened with Elimelech. There was a famine in Jerusalem so he left with his wife, sons and daughter in laws. But he and his sons died in Moab and His wife Naomi came back to Jerusalem, after she heard that the Lord had come to the aid of his people.

Where are you running? Are you in Jerusalem or Moab? May be there is a famine in your Jerusalem right now and you are eagerly looking forward to leave it to move to another place. Don’t do that. You will have to come back to your Jerusalem for this is where the Lord will come down to bless you!