Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy

Joy and tears go together as we want to live a Godly life, as Paul says in 2Timothy 3:12, “Everyone who wants to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

Godly life in Christ Jesus comes with a cost that involves disciplined life and sacrificial obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifices but sacrificial obedience is what the Lord has called us for.  Sacrificial obedience may range from getting up early in the morning to spend time with the Lord, to using spiritual weapons to bind every imagination and thought that rise against the knowledge of God. Obedience is not easy but with persistent efforts it brings renewed strength that enables us to lead Godly life.

An undisciplined life begins with just one episode of careless disobedience that stretches itself into intentional resistance to the work of the Lord. How important it is to keep a watch on where we are going as Paul says in Eph. 5:21, “Watch your step.”

A soldier doesn’t get mixed up with the civilian affairs but keep himself focused on his mission likewise those who want to live a Godly life with Jesus need to keep their minds and eyes focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. One slip here and there might invite the raging waves of storms of disobedience into our lives.

An obedient life doesn’t bring an assurance of a life free from persecution or troubles. In fact the verse above says just the opposite that “those who want to live a Godly life will be persecuted.”

Why should one be motivated to live an obedient life if all it brings is persecution? What benefits are there for us? tremendous!

The persecution that follows obedience doesn’t necessarily come from outside. Our carnal mind perpetually fights against the authority of God and tries to elevate itself by not submitting to most high God. Mind that is filled with conflicting thoughts lives in constant persecution by deliberately ignoring God-given talents and spiritual fervour. Persecution begins when one knows what to do but chooses to go just the opposite.  Paul depicts it beautifully in Romans 7 when he says that “I delight in God’s law but I see another law at work in the embers of my body.” An obedient child of God deals with persecution every day. But those who have been trained by the word of God reap the harvest in the form of  righteousness, a renewed mind and a strengthened reliance on the word of God.

Persecution does make us weak but at the end we come out much stronger with a powerful faith that doesn’t just rest on the written word but on the life changing power that lies beneath the word.

God’s promises are easy to believe when things go right but hard when nothing seems moving despite heartfelt prayers. How difficult it is to trust when no sign of fulfillment of prayers appears for a long time. Those who focus on the word during hard times know that the word acts as the bread of life, sustaining the believer’s soul by fulfilling the spiritual need at the moment of desperation. The word becomes alive in the life of the believer by burning the conflicting desires of mind thus making peace in the members of the body so that the believer may offer perfect praise to the living God.

No persecution is dark enough to hide the rays of the glory of the living God that shines at the end. Day and night follow an order and so does persecution and deliverance.  Although night seems to be longer for some of us, lasting not just for days or months but for years. Be encouraged my friend, the deliverance is as sure as the coming of the dawn, those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy (psalm126:5).

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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.

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?

Suffering for God’s Glory

Suffering is the result of  disconnection from our own true self and from the one in whose image we have been created, God – our father. God loves fellowship and so do we being HIS children. We need to be connected to our fullness that is found in Christ who is our head and King. Once we are away from Christ’ fellowship we suffer and long for his presence since we are not meant to be alone.

Jesus said to his disciples This world will make you suffer but take heart, I have defeated the world”.  As long as we are in this world, sufferings are inevitable but God, according to his promise that all things work together for those who love the Lord”, uses sufferings to turn us into the image of his beloved son Jesus Christ.

If we remain connected to Christ during the period of suffering, we will not be affected by the negative power that follows suffering. Christ and HIS powerful presence will cover us as an armour and HIS grace will become our standing ground.  The one who said “I will never leave you nor forsake you” is indeed our suffering partner.  Jesus appeared to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when they were thrown into blazing furnace to protect them, and since our Jesus never changes and remain the same always, He is standing at the door of your furnace of affliction, ready to jump into the fire for you at your invitation. Being with Christ in fire of affliction is better than being on your own elsewhere.

Leaning on Christ when it’s hard to do so, produces fruits of perseverance and deep trust on his power. Our knowledge about our King  gets stronger with every passing day and this knowledge is the same as the glory of God’s likeness that shines through the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Once suffering has finished its course, the result will come in the form of an immeasurable peace and an incomprehensible and  unheard revelation about Christ’ glory. That is – In Christ alone lies our strength.

The future glory is ready to be revealed in us by our Lord. Let’s open our eyes and be filled with more of Christ and less of ourselves.