Posted by: sushmasingh | August 12, 2017

How to praise the Lord?

Posted by: sushmasingh | August 2, 2017

Revelation Series – Chapter 22:6-21

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

The angel of the Lord gave his own testimony. “There are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” 1Peter5:7-8. The Lord sends his spirit to inspire those whom he has appointed as prophets to glorify His name. It is written, “…the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7. The Lord loves to reveal his plans to his people. His eyes are looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

The Lord is giving a message to all that He is coming soon! But before He comes, He wants His people to be ready since on the day of the Lord .”..The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

The angel of the Lord forbade John to worship him. The angel told John that he is a servant of the Lord just as John and fellow prophet were. He asked John to worship Him. A true prophet of the Lord brings people to the kingdom of God, He proclaims that he is a mere servant and not to be worshipped in any way. The prophet who doesn’t give glory to the Lord is a false prophet since he wants people to worship him. Be careful of people who wants to get all credits for the miracles and wonders that are being done in Jesus name. Be careful of the prophets who are turning people into his worshipper by instilling fear in them. A God sent prophet will bring people to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and will never try to take the glory that is due to the Lord. Beware! The world is full of false prophets!

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” 12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outsiders are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

The angel told John not to seal the words of the prophesy. The Lord wants everyone to know about his coming. We have a responsibility to let others know that the coming of the Lord is at hand. Let us change the course of our actions and get ready for his coming! Let us serve the Lord fearfully and diligently, so that we may not be found outside of God’s Kingdom. Let us be diligent in the service of the Lord so that we may receive our reward from the Lord, who is the origin and final destination of all. Those who guard the word of testimony by not mixing it up with other teachings, will receive a great reward from the Lord.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Jesus gave his own testimony  and He is inviting people to come to him and receive the free gift of the water of life. Those who have received the water of life from the Lord never feel thirsty, their cup is always overflowing with spiritual zeal and joy. Their enthusiasm brings many to the Lord.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

The word of the Lord is absolute. Nothing can be added to it or taken out of it. The Lord is indeed coming soon! Blessed are those who make themselves ready for His coming!

 

Posted by: sushmasingh | August 1, 2017

Revelation Series – Chapter 22: 1-5

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel who was sent to bring the great revelation to John showed him a river of the water of life. The river was flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb, who is the source of all blessings. It is written that we have been blessed with all blessings in heavenly realm in Christ Jesus. Without Jesus in our lives, we can’t experience the abundance of the blessings that may be surrounded us like river. If the origin of those blessings is not Jesus, they will never satisfy us fully. Its the river that flows from the throne that quenches our thirst. Pray that the Lord reveal the origin of the blessings that you may have in your life. Sometimes, our own desire and pursuit bring us blessings that could be disastrous in long term. Refuse to take anything that the father has not planted for your life and you will be blessed.

The tree of life is on each side of the river, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month and its leaves are for the healing of the nations.

When we walk with the Lord and drink from the water that flows from his throne we turn into fruitful trees that bear its fruits for the nourishment of the body of Christ, not just that, even when the fruits are still maturing, the leaves that we bear in our union with the Lord act as medicine for the souls. Leaves are the first sign of growth of a tree. Leaves that are fresh and green attract others to the tree. Leaves are the sign of our passion for the Lord that never runs out, Leaves show our first love for the Lord that others feel while we talk to them. We need healthy leaves to live the life of an ambassador of Christ. Christ makes his appeal through us that shines through the passion with which we speak about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Leaves reflect our youthfulness and child-likeness that run to proclaim to the perishing world, the way Samaritan woman ran to the village to tell others about Christ. Our passionate testimony can bring healing to the nations! Guard your spiritual fervor.

Where the fire of passion is, there is no place for anything else. There can not remain anything that is not God sent. No curse can stay to those who are living a life that is full of passionate love for Christ, since they have made Christ their Lord and Saviour. Where the throne of Jesus is, there can remain no other throne or principality or power! When the servants of the Lord look at the face of the King, His name will be written on their foreheads. If you want to change your destiny, your future, your situation, your life you don’t need to do anything, just look up!  Look up to the place where the throne of God is! Look up to the face of Christ that washes away sin. The moment we change the focus of our heart and start looking at the face of Jesus, He begins to change our mind. We need to take the first step by looking up and revival will follow that will shake the world in Jesus name! Those who have received the name of Jesus will also be given the authority to rule with him.

 

Posted by: sushmasingh | August 1, 2017

Revelation – Chapter 4

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.[a] Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”[b]

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”[c] And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” 

Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts.”[d]

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

The Lord promised rest to his people. And it’s the desire of our heavenly father that we may enter into God given rest. But since God’s rest is based on the promises of God, we can’t enter into the rest of God, unless we have faith in God. But some of you might say that we have faith in God through his Son Jesus Christ, but is our faith based on our experience with the Lord or someone else’ experience or testimony. Testimonies rejuvenates our faith walk but we need to experience God daily in our lives in order to remain in faith. We need to tell the Lord his great works, we need to remind the Lord that he is covenant keeping God and we need to speak to ourselves that God is good and his goodness continues through all generations. We need to give our own testimony to ourselves daily so that the spark of faith remain ignited and become fiery fire that will attract many to the Kingdom of God. Lets remain in faith by daily confession of our faith to ourselves so that we may enter into God’s rest.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Whatever God has spoken will come to life into the life of the listener. Let’s be careful how we listen to the word of God. Whenever the word is preached, it is Either for the encouragement or the admonition of the Church. Let’s be diligent and eager to hear what the Lord is saying. If we receive the word of God with open mind and heart and ask the Lord to do his work through the word in our lives, we will begin to see great revival among us.

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

The Lord is aware of human weaknesses and he has given us strength of the overcomer in Jesus. We have been given a High Priest who has all authority in heaven and on earth! Let’s call the name of Jesus today and start walking in victory!
Posted by: sushmasingh | July 31, 2017

Revelation Series – Chapter 2

To the Church in Ephesus

Chapter 2:1, “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: “These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among seven lamp-stands.

The Lord has a specific purpose and plan for each one of us. We may not be able to discern the plan of the Lord but when we sit in his Holy presence, he begins to reveal the hidden depth of his heart. The Lord gave a specific message to the church in Ephesus and asked John to tell the churches that the message is from the one who has complete authority over churches and over the angels who have been sent out by most high God to maintain the authority of God over those churches. The Church is the body of Christ. And angels are God appointed chief of army to fight with the forces of darkness that try to stop the answers of God’s people belonging to that specific congregation.

Whichever Church you belong to, pray for the protection of your Church, so that your prayers may not be delayed and hindered.

I know your deeds,your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

The Lord acknowledges the good works of His people. It is written in 1Cor. 15:58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” The Lord not only keeps a record of his people’s hard work but also their conversation about the Lord. “Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.” Malakai 3:16.

Since we serve the living God who takes delight in smallest details of the lives of his people, how much encouraged and enthusiastic we should be to move ahead and work for his kingdom. Your hard work may not be bringing you any rewards as of yet. But don’t be disheartened. The harvest is coming if you persist and no one will take your share away from you for the Lord himself will reward your work according to your willingness! Our blessings lie at the core of the work that the Lord has assigned to you and me. All of us know our gifts and talents and if we use them diligently in the service of the Lord, we will be blessed according to God’s glorious riches in this world and the world to come!

The Lord not only records our faithfulness and diligence towards him but also the way we treat each other. God has not called us to follow every preacher or prophet blindly but to test them in the light of the Word. Meditating on the Word of God will fill us with wisdom and knowledge to discern whether someone who makes big claims about himself is from God or not. The Lord has called his people to live in freedom! Don’t let anyone enslave you by their self acclaimed positions in the ministry or the works of their hands. Let everything be tested in the light of the Lord!

The Lord is aware of your hardships. He has seen every single tear that you shed in his presence. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalms 56:8. The Lord is ready to exalt His name by proclaiming His victory over your situation, that will strengthen you to move forward and do greater works for the His Kingdom.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Your hard work, wisdom, discernment and even hardship can’t save you. What is needed for you and me to remain in the Lord is our first love. Remember the days when you first came to the Lord. How zealous you were to work for Him!How excited you were to tell others about your new found faith! You were so much enjoying God and His Son Jesus that there was no place for any worldly worry or evil hand to touch you! What happens to that zeal my friend? Let’s repent today, right at this very moment asking God for forgiveness, and fresh anointing that will once again soak you and me. The anointing that will cover us so much that will start seeing things through the lens of the light of the world -JESUS.

Lets fill ourselves with spiritual fervor once again and don’t forget to condemn the works of those who have no part in God’s Kingdom! Spiritual zeal makes us bold enough to commend what pleases the Lord and condemn what breaks his heart! IF we do that a great reward will follow us – We will become entitled to eat from the tree of life! Our world will be full of life! Dullness, anxiety, depression will run out and what will remain is the fullness of life, every single day, every single moment!

To the Church in Smyrna

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful,even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

The Lord appears to each one of us according to the preparedness and willingness of our heart to accept him and His word. To the Church in Smyrna, He appeared as the one who is the first and the last, who died and came back to life again! The Lord encouraged the Church by saying that even though they think that are afflicted and poor yet the Lord calls them “Rich.” How wonderful it is to ask the Lord to open and enlighten our eyes to see ourselves in His light. We will find ourselves living in a complete different world after the Lord has revealed our true self to us! We will be changed and the world around us will be changed for His Glory and Praise!

The Lord not only acknowledges how his people treat others but also how others treat his people. The Lord will reveal the true nature of the enemy to his people if they wait and listen to the voice of the Lord. The Lord will protect his people from hidden danger and the deception of men, if his people pay close attention to the voice of the Lord. The Lord will reveal things to come to his people and will strengthen his people to walk through every unknown territory, yet remain victorious. Those who have found themselves in Christ have nothing to lose! Whatever is stolen or lost, will be returned in double measure. “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” Zac. 9:12

Those who have lost themselves in Christ will be blessed with eternal life to live with Christ forever more!

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

The Lord is aware of the place where you live and the people you are surrounded with! Sometimes we feel that we are stuck in life, it seems that nothing is moving for a long period of time and life seems empty and void. But don’t be disheartened! The Lord know where you are in your faith journey! The Lord knows who are working hard to make you renounce your faith. The Lord knows your situation! Be brave! He is watching over you!

The Lord is praising you for your diligence but he wants wholehearted devotion that is not mixed with any any false practice. Judge everything in the light of the word, even the work of those who are teaching you the word of God. God is ready to provide true manna to everyone who comes to him in faith. If you are hungry and thirsty for the true Gospel, pray and the Lord will send you teachers and shepherds that are after his own heart.

To the Church in Thyatira

18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds,your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’ 26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[b]—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

The Lord gives great respect to his word. It is written in Psalm 138:2 that God “magnified his Word above all his name,” If God gives such respect to his word, how much we should give reverence to His word!  There are disastrous consequences that follow when his word is mixed with wrong practice. Pray that the Lord open your eyes and my eyes to receive the true gospel and never replace it with what we desire to hear!

If we long for the true Gospel, the Lord will reveal His word that will set us free and strengthen us to follow his precepts to glorify his name.

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