Abraham – Man of God

Abraham was a man of great faith. It was his faith that brought down the promised blessings that were impossible to receive in the natural realm. Abraham, because of his faithfulness, not only received the promised blessings, but also called “righteous” before the Lord.

We know Abraham as the man of faith but he had other qualities that were acceptable to the Lord:

1. Man of Instant Obedience – Abraham never delayed obedience to the word of God. When the Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your people and your father’s household and go to the land.” He left as the Lord had told him. He didn’t delay to walk under the guidance of the word of God.  Again, When the Lord asked him to circumcise the children born in his household, he obeyed without any delay and circumcised the male children born in his household the same day.

Instant obedience is the key to promised blessings.

We delay our blessings by resisting and delaying God’s command. We know what to do but procrastinate and wait for a better time to move forward. What we don’t realize is that by delaying our obedience, we are actually resisting our own blessings that are eagerly awaiting to step into our homes to fill them up with praise and Glory.

Is the Lord saying something to you? Do you sense that the Spirit is leading you in a way that is hard for you to comprehend? Listen!  Don’t rely on you own understanding. Even though you don’t have enough resources to follow the way, just Go!  Your first step will open the windows of divine resources that will be enough to carry on the word of God. Be diligent and quick to obey God and blessings will start knocking at your door without any delay.

2. Man of Great love and Godly wisdom – Abraham was full of love and compassion. In Gen. 14:15, “When Abraham heard that his relatives has been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abraham divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and other people.” Abraham loved his people so much that he couldn’t see them taken away as captives. He used Godly wisdom and made a strategy to pursue the enemy and brought his people back to the household. He was bold enough to run after those who were strong enough to make his people captive. He not only pursued them but recovered all the goods to bring back his relative.

Do you have the same love and compassion for the people God has brought into your family. You are in your family for a reason. Your family may not seem the most perfect but its what the Lord found perfect for you at this time. Child of God! Take up you position. Be the owner of what God has given you, guard it well, be ready to fight to take your lost belongings back. Show genuine concern and love for your people (even though they don’t reciprocate in the same manner).  Follow Abraham’s pattern of faithfulness and love for your people and receive the way Abraham did!

3. Great negotiator – Abraham was a great negotiator. He pleaded with the Lord for Sodom even though Bible says “The Lord said the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down.” It is written in Gen. 18:22, “The men turned away and went toward Sodom but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.

Abraham, moved by compassion for the people stood firm before the Lord and negotiated for their lives! He approached the Lord and asked him , “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?’ He began to plead by saying “what if there are fifty righteous in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of fifty righteous people in it.” Abraham kept talking util he brought the number down to 10 righteous people that will be enough to save the city.

Abraham pleaded with God!

What about you? Do you accept the hardship that you see people are suffering as God’s judgement or stand firm in front of the Lord, asking him to spare and deliver them. Child of God. Stand before the Lord and plead for the people. Argue with the Lord and be determined to win your case. In Mark 7:24-30, “A woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at his feet. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. She was neither discouraged by disciples rebuke nor by the Lord’s answer, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Her persistence and love for her child turned her misery into blessing and she answered “Its dogs who eat what falls from their master’s table.” Jesus commended her answer and said ” For such  reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

The woman was fully persuaded to receive healing for her child and she did!

Fathers and mothers – Plead for your children, Cry before the Lord and ask him to bring them home! Sons and daughters – Run to the Lord and ask for his guidance in whatever decisions you make in your lives. People of God – Pray for your country so that it may be blessed and you may have a portion in the peace and blessing of the nation.

Plead with the Lord, argue and fight with him. Tell him the account of your suffering. Pour yourself down before his throne. He is full of mercy and compassion. He will answer you and will surely bless you!

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Hope, Inheritance and Power

Ephesians 1:18-20, “Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.

In above verses Paul is praying for the congregation of Ephesians that the eyes of their hearts be enlightened to know the hope, glorious inheritance and immeasurable greatness of HIS power.

Hope in Christ is the power to know and walk in the direction of the promised blessings. No one is capable to walk in obedience unless God sends his grace to sustain the soul of the believer in his time of need. We walk by sight not by faith but to live a Godly life in Christ demands sacrificial obedience that doesn’t appear in the members of our body unless we submit our ways to the Lord and believe that his ways are higher than ours and his thoughts are always in our favor. What we need to do is to wait in his presence and receive the mighty grace to walk and run and soar in his glory while we are waiting the fulfillment of his promises in our lives. Waiting could last for a few days, months or years but the Lord is faithful and the one who has to come will not delay but will come to bless his people .

The moment our King appears, he changes the focus of our hearts. We begin to see things from HIS perspective and in HIS way. We begin to value things the way we have never done before. The spirit of thanksgiving begins to take reign of our lives and all of a sudden we realize that blessings are a means to come closer to him by using them for his glory and not for any other purpose. We change the focus of our heart and know that we have much more than we could ever keep.  We see ourselves as heirs of his great inheritance.

Inheritance in Christ is our portion that God has assigned us in this life and the life to come. The riches of his glorious inheritance empower us to walk, run and soar in his glory. The mighty power of God takes over and we, weak as we are, become able to stand and proclaim his word to bring people from darkness to the kingdom of light. In faith, we become co-partners with Christ. The faith generated power begins to transform our mind and heart. This is the same power that God used when he raised Christ from dead. That power begins to bring the dead things back to life in our lives. We begin to realize that we have fullness of life in this life and the life to come in Jesus name for his praise and glory!

Arise and Shine!

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60-1, 2

The word of the Lord is alive and active filled with his divine grace. The truth that is found at the core of the word reveals the hidden depth of human heart, declaring that all of us are sinful and none of us is worthy to carry on his will and purpose, but the wonderful gift of divine grace comes to our rescue, enabling us to live a life that brings glory to his mighty name.

The word of God works in many-fold ways to bless us. The word kills and heals at the same time, killing the desires and dark rebellious nature that is inherent in us and healing us by filling us with oil of joy and gladness to remain victorious in all situations and circumstances. Word of God, as the bread of life not only satisfies our spiritual hunger but ignites a deep hunger for more in our soul that draws us near to the shepherd of our soul.

Once again, the word of God with the fullness of his grace calls out, “Arise, and shine, for your light has come.”

There may be reasons not to obey the word as of yet. Years of unanswered prayers may have brought dullness in spiritual life, or long wait may have dried up the spiritual fervour, but this is the time to rise up! The light of the gospel is shining brilliantly on you, ready to take the darkness of unbelief away from God’s people. This is the time! muster your strength and stand up in the grace of the Lord!

When you rise up, you may witness the things that are discouraging to the soul, but the Lord has called his people to shine, not in bright places but wherever there is darkness. There may be darkness of lack of faith, disobedience and stubbornness of heart, but believe on the light of the gospel that is deposited in you and ready to break forth and shine like never before!

Your faith can see what your intellect, logic and knowledge can’t. Your faith coupled with the power of the living word of God can move every mountain and turn every darkness into light for the praise of God’s glory!

Rise up and Shine for the Lord says, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Rejoicing in heaven!

“There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7

The repentance of one sinner brings great rejoicing in heaven. But who is the sinner? Don’t we all count ourselves better than our neighbour? Aren’t we all eager to find fault in others and commends our own actions?

And what is righteousness? Don’t we think that we are righteous because of our acts of righteousness that we do in front of others?

The truth is that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

We can’t walk blamelessly nor have we been called to walk blamelessly before the father; it’s the power of his presence that makes us worthy not to walk but to fall down in his awesome presence and stand in his strength.  So do we have anything to boast about except the finished work on cross that has brought salvation and the message of reconciliation to mankind?

Reconciliation with God originates as a desire in the heart of a humble child of God who has found himself unworthy to stand before the Sovereign God. The intensity of the desire makes him seek the saviour who alone can take not just the burden of sin but the guilt associated with it. When the saviour comes into a life, he shakes everything with his powerful presence. The hidden rebellious nature finds no place to hide in the light of gospel. When a child of God becomes aware of his own flawed nature and in the humility of his heart, cries out before God to save him, something happens in his life.

Life may seem all the same on the surface but deep within the heart of believer an ocean of love, hope and peace flows that quenches his thirst. Having been satisfied with this life giving water, the child of God runs after for more the way a deer panteth for the streams of water. The more he fills himself, the more he desires to be filled and during the course of this life changing experience, God’s child finds himself being drawn closer to the source of life.

Heaven rejoices over such sinner who was and is not because of the saving grace that has reconciled him with God, the father.

It’s the acceptance of the saving grace that makes one worthy of heaven’s rejoicing. The one who considers himself righteous has no place to share in the happiness of heaven!

Your joy shall be complete!

“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed Father’s command and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:10-11

Jesus promises a perfect joy to those who are obedient to the word of God. He claims that the presence of his joy makes our joy complete!

But is it easy to be obedient despite our inherent rebellious nature? Doesn’t it happen that every time the Lord plants a seed of his word in our hearts, the enemy tries hard to take it out so that it may not turn into a big tree for the glory of the Lord?

Obedience is not easy but with God everything is possible.

To live a life that moves around the word of God is a daily struggle but those who exercise to build up spiritual muscles reap the benefits of a life where the fullness of joy is abound.

Jesus’ joy turns our “situation dependent joy” into prefect joy that is free since it comes from above.

The joy that this world gives is based on “cause and effect”, but the joy of Jesus produces the effect without the presence of the necessary condition. This is the principle of God’s kingdom where things exist and come to life by the power of his infallible word.

This is the power of the word that brought joy to Paul and Silas when they were in Jail with their feet fastened in heavy wooden blocks with chains. They were worshipping the living God in freedom and in return the Lord honoured them by giving them a reason to make their joy complete. They were freed from the jail, not only that the jailor and his family accepted the Lord as their saviour!

What a joy! The Lord made his servants remain in the effect of his joy even though the adverse situations dictated just the opposite, but since they were obedient, he brought them a reason to share in the perfect joy of Jesus.

Abraham found the joy in seeing the impossible and started walking in faith at the command of Holy God. Since he was faithful without any reason to believe, he was blessed with every reason to rejoice in the Lord and became the father of those who come to the Lord in faith.

Joseph stood on the word of God despite much persecution and suffering in his life. He didn’t give himself over to the sin induced temporary pleasure but honoured his God by being faithful and obedient. And the Lord made his joy complete by uniting him with his family.

Cause and effect might work in the seen world but in the world where unseen God rules, it has no meaning. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.” Psalm 4:7

Is the Lord asking you to rejoice without any apparent reason? Trust him. He knows what he is doing and before long he will make your joy complete by adding every reason to it.