Bring a colt that has never been ridden

In Mark 11:2-3 Jesus told his disciples Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If someone asks you, “Why are you doing this? tell him, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”

Lord, the creator of heaven and earth knows each one of us intimately. He has designed us in the womb of our mother and has the blueprint of our lives – he knows exactly what will happen to us and when.  In Mark 11:2-3 before sending out  his disciples, The Lord knew where the colt had been and what kind would it be (never been ridden). The Lord knew that his disciples would be questioned upon untying the colt and gave them a specific answer.

The Lord prepared his disciples before sending them out.

How important it is to cultivate the habit of listening to the Lord and his divine voice before going out to work for HIM. The Lord is aware of all  – where, what and how of our lives:

1. The Lord has destined a place for us to go – The Lord has given us great commission to preach the gospel but he has thought of a specific place for our ministry. Unless we know where to go, we will not be successful in our work despite our best efforts. To listen to the voice of the Lord by spending time with him brings us into an intimate relationship with Jesus which is needed before preaching Christ to others.

2. The Lord has a specific purpose for us – Not all of us can be preachers, some  of us are called to be miracle workers, some intercessors, evangelists, teachers, and some worshippers. Sometimes, the Lord wants us to remain where we are and bring glory to his name by being faithful – be it our workplace or our family. Some of us have been called to raise Christian families and Godly children. That is a part of our work for the Lord and the Lord will bless us if we carry it out faithfully.

3. The Lord sends his people with HIS word – Jesus gave an answer to his disciples when he had sent them to untie the colt. A very specific answer to the question – why the disciples were sent to the city? Jesus is still doing the same, preparing the people with his word before sending them out.

Where should I go, O’ Lord? What should I do to bring glory to your name? Shall I join a worship team or preach the word? If you have all these questions in your mind…The answer is WAIT and LISTEN TO THE LORD. Its time to spend more time his presence . Talk to him, question him and he himself will lead you and prepare you to work for his glory.

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Am I “wise” in the sight of the Lord?

Jesus said in Matthew 25:1-4, “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 Lord called the virgins who had extra oil “wise”, and the ones who had the lamps without any oil as “foolish.” Please note that both of them were waiting for the Lord with their lamps lit. The Lord makes it clear that mere waiting for the Lord doesn’t make us “Wise” in HIS sight. A wise child of God waits for the Lord with full preparation.

Psalm 119:05 says, “The word of the Lord is a lamp for my feet.” The word enlightens our path and brings us in closeness with the Lord but equally important is the anointing of the spirit and the spiritual fervour that cries out the word of the Lord to go and accomplish the purpose of God’s heart.

The one who has been born of the spirit runs after the anointing of the spirit. Anointing of the spirit brings a special joy that fills the believer with a unique strength. None of us can stand on the ground of the invisible word of God without being immersed in the anointing of the spirit. Being a fruit of the Spirit, our faith works in alignment with the anointing of God’s spirit. If our faith is not properly positioned, we feel weak and lose focus.

Faith works as long as the child of God remains in God’s anointing, that further shows itself by the fullness of spiritual joy and fervour. The moment we step out of the anointing by changing the attitude of our mind and focus, our faith stops seeing the things God has prepared for us to receive. We need to go back to the Lord to ask for the fresh anointing so that we may be filled joy in the presence of the Lord.

This is the anointing oil of the Spirit  that distinguishes us in the sight of the Lord as Wise and Foolish. God wants his children to be filled not only with His word but also with the fullness of his anointing all the time.

Do you feel that your cup is drying out and there is no joy in your life? Is believing on the word seem hard even though you know that the Word of God sustains the whole universe by its power…Take heart, You are not alone. All of us go though a phase of dryness in our lives. Child of God ….Run for the Lord, Go to his presence, Spend time in praise and worship, Pray together with believers… And before you know, you will be filled with a special joy and spiritual fervour. The joy of the Lord is the surest sign of the presence of the Lord. And where the Lord is, there is the anointing.

Forgiveness – A Godly attribute

Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”. Jesus spoke these words when he was on cross, offering himself as an eternal sacrifice to redeem mankind from sin and the effects of sin.

Christ has left a model for us to follow to forgive those who have wronged us. Forgiveness is not inherent in human nature, in fact the moment we realize that we are being wronged, we are filled with revenge and anger to do the same to the offender. Christ has not called us to do the same but to forgive and pray.

Forgiveness doesn’t come easy but with great efforts. Being “Unforgivers” by nature, Anger and hurt are the first few emotions we experience when someone offends us. When hurt, we have a choice to make – either exercise patience or react abruptly. Patience, though hard, allows us to analyse the situation with a different mindset. We can never exercise Godly attributes without God’s peace that is actually available to us at any time. By getting away from the situation and letting the peace work through our mind, we prepare groundwork for Godly forgiveness to work in us and through us.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:44, “Pray for those who persecute you.” By choosing to pray for those who have done wrong to us, we allow God to control the situation. We feel free from the negative effects of unforgiveness the moment we have prayed for the offender. The matter is transferred from our own hands to the hands of the Lord, who is the true judge. And only He is able to change the mind of the offender through his own power that is above and beyond any human power.

A question might arise – What if the other person hasn’t forgiven you? The truth is that Christ has called us to follow Him without looking here and there. We are responsible for our own relation with the Lord without being carried away by who is doing what. Christ – the one who fills the forgiver with his won peace is able to bring a change in the life and attitudes of the offender at His own appointed time.

Forgiveness is not an option but a command from the Lord as written in Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your father in heaven may forgive you your sins”.

Do you feel hurt and are filled with mixed emotions without a trace of peace in your life? Has someone wronged you and you feel burdened? This is the time to pray and ask God to allow his peace to flow through you, then pray for the person and forgive. Hard to do indeed but with God’s power all things are possible.

Do you want to receive revelation from Christ

Rev. 1:10,On the Lord’s Day, I was in the Spirit and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet.”

John was at the island of Patmos suffering and waiting for the Lord. Bible says in Rev. 1:10 that On the Lord’s Day, He heard the voice of the Lord which said “Write on a scroll what you see.” John received the revelation from the Lord Himself.

The Lord’s Day brings great revelations only to those who are waiting for the Lord. John was patiently enduring the suffering on the island of Patmos when Jesus revealed his glory and his Word to him. The Day of the Lord waits for the fulfillment of the time and the waiting for the Lord’s day fills God’s people with great endurance and patience, a unique endurance that gets renewed with every passing day.

Waiting for the Lord is not easy and it often fills with discouragement and frustration but nothing ever done for the Lord is useless. The Lord not only empowers the one who is waiting for the Lord with a unique strength and hope, but also fulfills HIS desire and purpose to turn his child into a special instrument for God’s Kingdom and glory.

Waiting for the Lord brings about the fulfilment of the word of Christ My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” The one who is waiting for the Lord may not be receiving any worldly blessings for a certain period of time, but the joy of the Lord abounds at this time and the Spirit directly controls our will and emotions to align them with the greatest purpose of God’s own heart that He has desired for us even before we were born.

Waiting for the Lord allows God to purge the darkness out of us, renew the Godly power and spiritual gifts in us and make us ready to hear and receive the word from the Lord “GO.”

Waiting for the Lord may seem a furnace of affliction at times but out of it comes out a powerful witness that could cause many to come to God’s Kingdom. The author of the book of revelation (John) could have never had the great revelation if he had not been patiently enduring the suffering for Christ.

Are you waiting for the Lord to come and rescue you from negative circumstances in your life. Have you been waiting for long and nothing seem to be moving. Don’t focus on what you are seeing today. The Lord is preparing a powerful witness in you and through you… HE IS GOING TO MOVE THE WORLD AROUND YOU AND YOUR TESTIMONY WILL BRING MANY TO HIS CROSS….The great revelation is awaiting to be revealed to you by Christ himself…Are you ready?