How precious are you?

You, with your unique set of talents and inner beauty, are beautiful and precious in the sight of the Lord.

You are a special creation of God, the one and only endowed with unique talents and gifts. Some of us are good at using our talents while others  wait for an opportune time before taking a step in faith, regardless of what type we are, all of us are blessed with special talents and gifts customized just for each one of us.

What are you good at? You might say a thing or two or many or may be none. The truth is that all of us have special talents that make us unique and different from others. We may have common talents but each one of us bring a unique touch or a personal style to add to that talent. Its like fingerprints. No two fingerprints can be the exact same. If God has taken so much attention to bring an element of individuality to our fingerprints, how much more “uniqueness” he must have added not just to our talents but to our lives as a whole.

Wherever you are in your journey, at the pinnacle of your success or you may have yet to start, you radiate your uniqueness in everything you do. You are no less than the precious child of the perfect God. Your talents and gifts are so special that it couldn’t have been given to anyone else. Godly Characteristics are so intrinsically interwoven into your spiritual DNA that you are fully empowered to choose to live a Godly life. Sometimes, we tend to take heed to the lie that we are good for nothing but the truth is that “we have been equipped to do everything good for doing his will.” (Heb. 13:21).

God has a unique plan and destination for each one of us. We can’t compare our journey with others who might have gone far while some of us have barely started. Sometimes we wonder if life is moving at all since it seems that everyone else is progressing except “me”. In those times, remind yourself what the Lord said, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11).

God is so much in love with you whoever you are and wherever you are. He cries out in his love, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me” (Isaiah 49:16).

Try to see yourself by the eyes of your creator. You are beautiful and no one else in the whole universe is exactly the way you are.

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Do not worry

Matthew 6:25, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

Worrying about things is not a problem in its entirety but a symptom of something deeper. It is an outward expression of what is building up beneath the surface, that is insecurity. Insecurity is complex in nature, since its independent of what we have or where we are. We may be blessed with a big and caring family still feel being attacked by insecurity from time to time. We may be living the most comfortable life that could cause others to envy without a sense of security.

Insecurity is inherent and deeply rooted in human nature for a reason. Any measure to eradicate insecurity can only lessen the degree of insecurity but can never take it out. Insecurity, if not treated on time, grows exponentially and before it begins affecting the lives of others and those around us, it’s better to take help to deal with the problem.

Insecurity originates in our subconscious mind that is aware of the fleeting nature of worldly wealth. We might not acknowledge the transient nature of our possessions and try to get hold of them as hard as we can, but deep down in our hearts we know that nothing in this world is going to last for ever. Since we are created in God’s image who lives for ever and ever, our hearts search for the things that are eternal in nature. When we find nothing of that sort, we compare the worth of what we have in the grand picture of eternity, and find our possessions futile and feeble. It’s this realization that fills us with insecurity.

Insecurity can only be destroyed by shifting our focus from things that are going to destroy to the things that will remain for ever. Insecurity will run away if we find someone whose resources are unlimited. Who is not within the confines of time and space. Someone whose love always surrounds us. Someone who is always with us even until eternity.

Jesus is the only one who qualifies to give us perfect security, even until eternity, for he said, “I am with you till the end of the age”.

Trying to fight with insecurity is a waste of time. Just find the one who can give perfect security.

For God so loved the world

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believe in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

God’s love surrounds us with immeasurable layers, we might think that we have begun to comprehend his love by delving deeper into his great works, but upon peeling one layer off we find that we still remain clueless about the depth of his love as we witness another expression of his divine love unfolds itself in an unimaginable way.

God loves us in ways that go beyond our own way of defining love.  His ways are higher and above our ways and although we try to understand them, we can never comprehend them fully. Sometimes, God’s love brings joy and happiness in our lives when we see him answering our prayers and responding in our time of need;  Other times, It fills us with pain and restlessness when the expression of God’s love doesn’t align with our own expectations. God has a deeper purpose behind choosing the way he expresses his love. We cannot judge the length and breadth of God’s love by meditating on the outward expression of his love. We may or may not grasp the fullness of his love but we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. (Rom. 8:28)

God, who has woven different segments together to give us life, looks at our life as a whole. He pours down his love in such a way that remains obscure until we begin to join the individual pieces together. We tend to judge God’s love by the success ratio of each piece, and conclude that the areas where we have failed or haven’t made progress are devoid of God’s love. But upon looking back we realize that what happened was happened for a reason and what didn’t happen was to protect us from an unknown disaster.

God’s love is immeasurable. It  reaches down from heaven to earth bringing down divine blessings that enable us to know more about him. The more we know about our father, the more we know about ourselves. People tend to sought ways to know themselves better by getting alienated from the knowledge of God, but this endeavour results in failure. How can a part know itself better by running away from the whole. The best way to know ourselves is to see through the light of God, believing that we are in him and he makes us whole.

How can we see ourselves in the light of God who is invisible? Who can tell us about God the father? Isn’t it the one who came down from God as his son – Jesus Christ. He lived among us with the fullness of God and man. Went through all possible trials and temptations but remained sinless, healed and resurrected people by his God-given power but remained humble. Died for the salvation of human kind as authored by God, Resurrected the third day to bring us hope for eternal life and the assurance that those who have accepted him by faith are more than victorious in every situation. God has indeed destroyed the wall of separation between heaven and earth by sending His son Jesus.

Col. 1: 15-20, “He is the image of invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the Church, he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in him and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood, shed from the cross.”

Jesus has fulfilled the purpose behind God’s plan to bring salvation to humankind. Salvation is free and is independent of our good works. Blessed are those who ponder on God’s plan and receive the salvation by believing in Christ.

Longing for thy presence

Psalm 42:1, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”

Longing for the Lord is an expression of our deepest desire to be with the Lord.  It emanates from God’s own heartfelt desire to be in the fellowship of his children. All of us have experienced God at various occasions and sundry times in our lives. Some of us are open and sensitive to his presence while others try to hide this experience by giving false names to it. Irrespective of how we respond to God’s desire to be with us, our father and creator wants to bless us with his presence. His presence brings a deep sense of joy and peace that surpasses all human understanding and knowledge. The peace that follows his presence is independent of what we have and where we are. In ancient days, devoted people would run to spend time with the Lord. Even today, there are people who would leave things behind to be in His fellowship. God’s love calls us  during the early morning hours and his knowledge gives us perfect peace at night.

God’s presence not only satisfies the deepest desire of our hearts but also brings a unique inner beauty that shines through those who make themselves available for Him. We may come to Him broken, disheartened and frustrated, but leave content, joyful and free.  God is indeed our deepest desire that can never be filled by anyone or anything. Some of us deny this truth and try to make cisterns to run away from the well. But all these pursuits leave us empty and broken. We can never attain the peace and joy that the living God offers. We might carve images and idols to replace God in our lives, but our own creation can never take the place of our creator.

Why does everyone not feel a longing for the Lord? Why some of us are insensitive to his presence?

The answer lies in the fact that we have changed the focus and meditation of our heart. We see what we see, leaving no scope for faith to believe the unseen (even though its through the unseen that the seen came into being). We are too much occupied with what we have that we don’t actually need God in our lives. We are so much concerned about where are we going,  that we have completely forgotten where we have come from.

Unless we know our roots, unless we long to know the one who has sent us down to this earth, we will remain empty. Our heavenly father is a jealous God (Joshua 24:19) and rightly so for he loves his children with a perfect love. He gets jealous to see us running away from His presence and trying to find the fulfillment that only He can give, in alternatives and idols.

God speaks through His creation. Listen! Who controls life and death? Who is the one who fashioned us in the womb of our mothers, God knew us completely even before we came into existence. He has seen our unseen parts and there is nothing in us that is beyond the reach of his perfect knowledge.

Who created the stars? Do they come into existence by themselves? Who has put a boundary around the sea? Who provides life and food to the tiniest of living creatures that are not even seen by naked eyes? Who has given wisdom to little birds that they gather food for their young ones? Who has filled the hearts of birds and animals with love for their children?

Doesn’t it all speak about the love of God. Who could give such love to His creation if not the perfect God. Why is it too hard for some of us to accept that we are and will always be deeply loved by our creator who expresses his love in ways that are sometimes  incomprehensible. What went wrong that we have become so insensitive to the presence of the one who makes us whole and from whom we have come from?

God is love. Look around, See with open eyes and with enlightened eyes of faith. You will surely find him standing beside you. We have never known to be away from Him,  “for in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Father longs to be with you. Are you available?