Multidimensional love of God

“..that you being rooted and established in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of God’s love.”  Ephesians 3:17-18

God’s love is multidimensional, it has height, breadth, length and depth. It is beyond our human understanding. We can’t comprehend the fullness of God’s love doesn’t matter how hard we try unless the power of God (Holy Spirit) reveals the hidden layers of God’s love to us.

Our definition of love is restricted to one dimension only, that is, something that makes us feel good is lovable. But God’s love is different. Sometimes the expression of God’s love fill us with great joy, other times it brings us to the depth of the valley of shadows. In the bottom of the valley, we struggle to comprehend God’s love. We question ourselves why our loving God would put us in the depth of the valley? We forget that “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord.”

When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the furnace since they disobeyed King’s verdict to bow down the statue that was erected as per the kingly order. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into fire but God in His love didn’t leave them and came down to rescue them out of the furnace.The most amazing thing happened that the King asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” Daniel 3:24-25

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fire but God not only rescued them out of it but also revealed his glory to the King by showing him the Son of God.

If you are in deep valley, the Lord will not only exalt you to the greatest heights but also give a testimony to those around you!!

God’s love never leaves nor forsakes, in fact it follows us when wherever we are! God’s love didn’t leave Joseph who was thrown into deep pit by his brothers. When Joseph came out, he was made the prime minister of Egypt!

When Paul and Silas were thrown into jail (Acts 16), their imprisonment became a means by which the jailor and his family came to know the salvation of the Lord.

God’s people, even though in jail, bring deliverance and salvation to others for the glory of the Lord!

Where are you today? in deep darkness, depth of shadows or somewhere else. Remember God’s love is pursuing you tight now! He is ready to cover you with his outstretched arms. Worship him like Paul and Silas and the Lord will not only rescue you but also bring salvation to those who have put you in adverse situations!

We serve the living God!

 

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Rejoice in the Lord always!

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Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I say rejoice.”

Paul was writing to the congregation of Philippians urging them to rejoice in the Lord.

The world may rejoice in their material possessions but the believers rejoice in the LORD. The world may rejoice to see the abundance of their possessions but the believers rejoice to see the LORD in all situations.

The believers walk by faith while the world walks by sight. The believers rejoice when there is no reason to rejoice since the Lord fills them with his grace that enables them to see the Lord in all situations.

The grace that has come down to us through Jesus Christ is the greatest blessing that believers receive when they come to the Lord. The grace, like a covering, keep the soul, body and spirit of a believer safe from every worldly and spiritual shock and attack. Those who are covered with grace can endure anything and go through everything that come on their way. Grace enables a believer to focus on the author and finisher of faith Jesus Christ, even in the midst of a storm. Grace not only saves a believer, but also empowers him to walk in the precious salvation every single moment of his lives.

Its the Grace that covered the earlier believers so much that they were ready to die for Christ instead of renouncing their faith in him. Its the Grace that we all need in our Christian walk. Grace provides devil proof atmosphere to a believer so that a believer may enjoy life in all its abundance even though he may be in the midst of a fiery furnace or mighty storm.

Grace Keeps us safe in Christ!

Its the Grace that enables us to rejoice in the LORD.

Let’s approach the throne of Grace and ask the Lord to fill us with the abundance of his grace so that we may rejoice in Him always!

What is my Calling?

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Most of us go through a phase in our lives when we ask this question  – What is my calling?

My calling is different from your calling. Your calling is different from someone else’s calling.

Our calling is unique.

Sometimes,  we determine our calling by looking at the progress that others are making under the same calling. For example, sometime people get so inspired by certain preachers/pastors or healers and they start their own ministry/churches without receiving any instructions or conformation from the Lord.

Sometimes, people jump into ministry work to satisfy their hunger for recognition. I have seen many such ministries that start with great pump and show but come to an end in no time. This happens because the work of the Lord can’t be established on the foundation of our own desires or needs. It has to be established on the cornerstone of the VOICE of Christ. A ministry that is founded on the WORD will endure the hardship of time and stand firm even in the midst of turmoil and storm.

The first step to determine our calling is to hear clearly from the Lord. The ministry that Jesus establishes will not be overcome by anything in this world or the world to come, Just as he told Peter in Matthew 16:18, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Most of us struggle to hear clearly from the Lord. The answer is found in Jeremiah 29:13, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” 

Seeking the Lord early in the morning brings clarity to our mind and prepares it to hear the voice of the Lord. Those who seek the Lord during early hours of the day are blessed with the greatest gift of fellowship with the LORD.

Seek Him and find Him.

Don’t run after some people who prophesy that you will become a great preacher/pastor etc. unless you have heard it clearly from the Lord.

Another step in determining your calling is to evaluate your strength and weakness. We are all unique with different gifts that could be used to multiply the kindgom of God. When Jesus called Peter, he was a fisherman but the Lord made him a fisherman of men. Likewise if you are a diligent businessman or teacher/lawyer etc.,  the Lord will use your special gifts and talents to spread his kingdom, only if you are faithful to your work. 

If you are faithful in whatever the Lord has entrusted you with, HE will promote you by adding his kingdom work to your portfolio and the reward will be too much for you to keep.

What are you thinking? Have you been struggling to find your calling? 

Be faithful in the  job/responsibility the Lord has blessed you with. Do your work diligently as if you are working for the Lord, then seek the Lord early morning and the LORD will be more than happy to bring a new assignment to your portfolio to multiply His kingdom.

 

 

Like Father, Like Son

“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19


God has created mankind in his own image with the intention that his children carry his nature and character.

The Word of the Lord says that we are born in sin and brought up with rebellious nature in our disobedience. But the love of God comes to rescue us while we were still persisting in our rebellious nature. It is by grace that we are saved. (Eph. 2:8). When we believe on the eternal plan of salvation, we are marked with the Holy Spirit who is our divine helper. The Spirit comes to teach us how to pray and live a life that pleases the Lord.

When we spend more time in the presence of the Lord and meditate on His word and not pay attention to the fleshly desires, we become sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

God has given us tools to quiet our rebellious nature and empowered us by his word to pull down any voice that tries to raise itself against the nature of God. Speaking the Word to ourselves is the easiest way to quiet all sort of voices that try to find a place in the members of our body.

The more we practice walking by the Word of God, the more our inner being becomes strengthened and we become able to live a life that pleases God, our father.

Jesus left us a pattern by looking at the father and imitating his actions and words. We should try to live a Christ centered life by imitating Christ pattern of life so that we may continue to walk as children of God on this earth.

Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If you have, the you have been added into God’s household as his child. But the act of salvation doesn’t stop there, Being a member of God’s family, you become an active part of God’s plan of salvation for all. It becomes the responsibility of those who are reconciled to God that they work hard to reconcile others to God. So that more could be added to God’s household.

Look at the father and listen what the Spirit is saying to you, then follow HIS words and actions! Live the life of a child of God by imitating Jesus’ pattern. Get closer to God every day by listening to him closely so that God may empower you to bring many to the closeness of God.

Renew your strength today!

“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Waiting upon the Lord is never a waste of time. In our faith journey we sometimes compare our walk with others, we tend to compare our blessings with others and conclude that those who have more, are better believers than others.

We judge by what we see. Our definition of blessing is limited to what seems good to our eyes. We think that a blessing merely mean worldly wealth, good health, happy family, good spouse, and great job.

Those who are single, they think that since they are not married, that could mean that  the Lord is not happy with them or they must have done something wrong or may be its the result of the sins committed by their parents or forefathers.

Those who are unemployed think that the Lord doesn’t want to bless them financially. Sometimes, this negative thinking goes to the extent that those who lack anything in their lives, begin to compromise with their situations and forget all about the promises of God. They think what has not happen so far, will not happen in future. Such negative feeling and attitude steals the “eager expectation” and hope out of lives.

It is written, “Christ in us, the hope of Glory.”

We are here to pray in faith and start living in “eager expectation” for the things to come. We are not supposed to quench the zeal to receive new blessings, doesn’t matter how long the wait seems to be!

Wait might seem a waste of time to some but the LORD uses this phase of our lives to renew our strength. He prepares us to see and receive the new blessings.

Are you waiting for long and nothing seems to be moving? Have you waited enough and are going to lose your hope? Wait! Just ask the Lord to send his grace to wait. Ask the Lord to renew your hope that is found not in creation but in the Son of God. “Christ in me, the hope of Glory.”

Waiting upon the Lord is not a waste of time. The Lord is renewing your strength so that you could see and receive his mighty works and proclaim  how great your God is!