What if…

What if …
You never turned 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread into food for a crowd
You never appeared on the way to Emmaus nor hid yourself later in a shroud
You never healed the long-suffering woman nor resurrected Lazarus by your might
You never rescued the one blamed by religious leaders nor gave a born-blind man sight

I will still call you my Lord and saviour, for you brought me light and life.

What if…
You never walked on water nor tamed the wind
You never  blessed the fishermen nor rescued the woman caught in sin
You never got hold of Simon nor gave him a new name
You never offered forgiveness from cross nor took away our shame

I will still call you my Lord and saviour for you brought me light and life.

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Hands of the Lord – My Eternal Hope

The hands of the Lord became my identity when I saw my image in them

The hands of the Lord became my solid ground when I stood on HIS word

The hands of the Lord became my provision when I made the Lord my need

The hands of the Lord became my shelter when I made the Lord’s shadow my dwelling place

The hands of the Lord became my healing when I reached out to touch them

The hands of the Lord became my salvation when I saw the Lord standing with me in fire of affliction

The hands of the Lord became the author and finisher of my faith when I submitted my days to Him

The hands of the Lord became my reward when I held them in my hands

Witnessing Christ

Christ has called us to be his witness. Witnessing is powerful only when it either encourages or gently convicts the listener otherwise, it is empty and just a collection of interpretations from famous authors and videos pulled from youtube.  This kind of witnessing neither benefits the listener nor brings any contentment on the part of the speaker.

A true witness is the one who has heard and seen the truth that lies at the core of the word of God. A witness is not the one who reads a passage from scripture and runs out to share it with others but the one who meditates on the word by spending time with the Lord, experiences the deep joy that the word brings and tests the firmness of the word when everything else seems to fall apart, but the word still retains its authority as the chief source of peace and security.

Christ has called us to see, hear and learn from his word. When we come to spend time in his presence, we experience unique joy, love and a deeper revelation that brings us closer to the Lord. We come out renewed, convicted and free. In freedom when we testify Christ, our testimony will not only be powerful but will melt the hardest of hearts. The listener will experience a special feeling of being wounded and healed at the same time, for the word of God is alive and active,  sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates to our deepest core. The one who has experienced the penetrating power of the word becomes instrumental in spreading the word effectively.

Jesus asked his disciples to wait until the power has been poured down on them from above. Since Jesus is same yesterday, today and forever, he is still asking us to wait in silence, learn from his word in quietness and then go out and witness.

Has the one witnessing Christ been made perfect? By no means, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. All of us are bound to fall, but doesn’t our falling reveal the saving grace of God to our deepest core. Doesn’t it prove that there is just one who is perfect and the rest of us are the same.

All we could do is to try to live a Godly life and become sensitive enough to realize our own shortfalls and come to the cross for renewal. Christ has not called us to witness because we are perfect, He has called us to witness so that by seeing the amazing power of the word of God in the lives of others we may fall down at HIS greatness and raise our hands in prayer every time we feel tempted.

Taste and see that the Lord is good

Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good”. The Lord is calling us to test his goodness. Has anyone ever heard of such an invitation that the creator of heaven and earth is ready to prove his true nature and existence to his children.

If your faith is built on the experiences of others, it will not withstand the harsh trials of time and will eventually fall. A strong faith rests on experiencing God in daily life. The faith that is developed by spending time with the Lord, learning from his word and exercising at the time of need evolves into a deeper and stronger relationship of trust and love.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. God doesn’t want us to be a passive listener to his word, but  wants us to actively scrutinize the word and check its accuracy. God, who has endowed us with logical reasoning and intellect doesn’t want us to accept  HIS word with closed eyes and ears but encourages us to apply our mental and emotional faculties to check the validity of the word, if it were not so Jesus would have never commanded us “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.” How can we love the Lord with all our mind if we have never challenged the word and found it perfect.  We have not been called to be blind worshippers but mature followers of Christ.

Are you in doubt about the accuracy of the Bible and existence of Jesus? You are on the right path since every true seeker of truth begins his journey with a mind full of doubts. Thomas had doubts about the resurrection of Jesus and Jesus himself gently removed those doubts.  Thomas then,  became a powerful instrument to spread the word of God all over the world. Paul began by persecuting the Church violently but an encounter with Jesus turned him into a devoted follower of Christ. It was Paul who said, “I want to know Christ, yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his suffering, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Who could say such words full of strong devotion and love for Christ if not the one who has tested and tried Jesus’ love and found it perfect.

Not just in Biblical days but in all generations, people are coming to know Christ. Sadhu Sundar Singh was born in an affluent family in India. He was against Christianity from his school days, so much so that once he burnt the Bible. But when he came to know Christ, he renounced his wealth and started preaching Christ. His writings are full of spiritual insight and clearly portray his strong love and deep devotion for Jesus.

There are many who called Jesus and were answered by HIM. I am the least among them.

“Let us reason together.” says the Lord. Take up the challenge. Jesus is willing to be tested and tried . Call him, talk to him, question him and you will never be the same again.

Prayer for peace

Father, you sent your son Jesus Christ who was called the prince of peace. Holy father, Jesus said,  In this world you will have trouble,  but be brave I have defeated the world. My father, Jesus promised us his own peace when he said I give you my own peace, not the kind that this world gives, but my own. I ask for the peace of Christ in our lives today. I ask for the peace that surpasses all knowledge, understanding and is inexplicable. The peace that surrounds us and follow us wherever we go. May others see this peace in our lives and may our lives become a channel through which Godly peace flows. Thank you father that you have heard this prayer. In Jesus name…Amen