Idolatry in the temple

Ezekiel 8, “In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came upon me there…Then he said to me, “Son of man, look toward the north.” So I looked and in the entrance north of the gate of the alter I saw this idol of jealousy. And he said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing-the utterly detestable things the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive me far away from my sanctuary? But you will see things that are even more detestable.”

In Ezekiel chapter 8, the spirit of the LORD took Ezekiel to Jerusalem to the entrance to the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood, and there before him was the glory of the God.

Ezekiel saw the idol of jealousy at the entrance north gate of the alter. Idol of jealousy still stands at the entrance gate of the alter. Its still tries to get hold of the people who try to go near the alter. The idol of jealousy makes every effort to reign in the area that should be filled with Godly reverence and submission. Those who approach the alter should have reverend submission for the LORD God Almighty, but the idol of jealousy works hard to catch those who come to the alter without having Godly submission and reverence. There are people who work for the Lord to glorify His name and there are those who work for the Lord to glorify themselves. When people approach the alter with wrong agenda, the idol of jealousy catches them and fills them up with jealousy.

The only way to conquer the idol of jealousy is to follow the teaching of our Lord ans Saviour Jesus Christ who says in Matthew 23:12, “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles will be exalted.”

If we approach the alter with clean heart and pure mind with an agenda to glorify the Lord, the idol of jealousy will never be able to conquer us.

The LORD has not called us to work for him with an hidden agenda to glorify ourselves. The LORD has not called us to work for him in public while worshiping the idol of jealousy in private.

Let’s approach the alter with pure heart and clean mind so that our worship may be accepted at the alter of most High God. WE SERVE THE LIVING GOD!


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!


Teach us to number our days


Psalm 90:12, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Wisdom begins when we come to the realisation that the Lord has put us on this earth for a short period of time. Wisdom begins when we acknowledge that our lives on earth are numbered and we have been created to live with God in eternity. Wisdom begins when we begin to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord while living in our earthly abode.

This wisdom doesn’t come easily. People don’t think about eternity until they go through some painful experiences or situations that shatter their confidence and bring them to realize that they might think of themselves as  wise and mighty in their own sight but its the LORD who is Sovereign in all situations.

Blessed are those who prepare themselves for eternity by walking in the fear of the Lord.

If you are living a life that is not focused on eternity, this is the time.

Think that the things of the world will come and go but whatever is done for the service of the LORD will be remembered forever. Its our fellowship and the work done under the guidance of the Holy Spirit that will be recognised by the Lord just as the Lord recognised the work of Cornelius when an angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, ” Your prayers and work of charity has come as a memorial offering to the LORD.”

Let us work hard so that our work bring commendation from the LORD Himself!

Lets manage our time well and not forget that we have a mission to accomplish on this earth as copartners with God.

Lets remind ourselves every day that we have been created to accomplish two fold work  by fulfilling our responsibility in this world and the world to come, as per the Lord’s command, “Give to God what belongs to God and to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.”

Let’s work hard to be called wise in the sight of the LORD by managing our time well!




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.

Take oil while you are waiting!

Matthew 25:1-10, “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 bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out, “Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; out lamps are going out.” No, they replied, there may not be enough for both of us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves, But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.”

The foolish ones didn’t take any oil with them.

The only difference between wise and foolish virgins was that the wise took oil and the foolish ones didn’t take any!

The oil that the wise virgins had was the oil of anointing and joy. It is written in Hebrew 1:9, “You have loved righteousness  hated wickedness, therefore God,  your God,  has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

If you are waiting upon the LORD, don’t let the long wait bring spiritual dryness into your life. Wait for the Lord with joyous expectation that the Lord will come and reward you.

If you see that you are getting spiritually dry and your joy is leaving you, don’t wait for anyone or anything. Start worshiping the Lord, cover yourself with garments of praise and you will regain your strength.

The joy of the Lord is your strength and my strength. The joy of the Lord is precious. Don’t let fleeting thoughts take the eternal joy away from your life. Guard your joy and you will get reward from the Lord!