Saturday, 10 December 2011

Attaining the State of Unattained….



Paul in Philippians 3:12 says “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal..”

In this chapter he explains about his qualification of a Jew and the things he could boast. He had his worldly qualifications. Then he renounced everything for Knowing Christ. He had his spiritual qualifications. He has set his goal very clearly as he says “I want to know Christ”. After saying all these things he says I have not attained it yet. This was a very profound statement. This state of dissatisfaction always kept him learning and doing more things for God. 

Many today feel that they know it all. They claim to have attained all that God has for them. And in the process they are saturated. I have heard many say that they have become perfect and they have completely matured. But Paul’s attitude was that he always had some distance to cover in meeting God’s standards. This kind of attitude made Paul to always look forward for God.
So to achieve his goal what did he do?

Verse 13 says “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”

He forgets his past achievements and his credentials. He does not allow it to bring him to a complacent state. He forgets it. What do you have to forget to know Christ? Is it your family background, or past achievements? Or is it the thought of being superior spiritually than most others? What do you have to forget?

Then he says Straining towards what is ahead. It is not just moving ahead. Its straining. It is working hard to achieving his goal of knowing Christ. Many just go around doing nothing and they want to know Christ. They want Christ to reveal himself in some extraordinary way. It will not happen. Knowing Christ involves intentional work. One has to sit long hours and take pains to study and understand the Word of God. What efforts are you taking to know Christ?
Let us like Paul attain this state unattained so that we would Achieve more for God and we would know God more intimately.



Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Has the Lord Finished His Conversation?


We live in a Fast Food age. When we finish our work or do our work faster we are considered smarter. People rush everything now a day. Even their quite time with the Lord.

As I read Genesis 18:33, Abraham sets us an example of how your time with God should be.
Genesis 18;33 says “When the Lord has finished his conversation with Abraham, he went on his way and then Abraham returned to his tent”.

I find it interesting that the Lord finished his conversation with Abraham and left first and then Abraham went about doing his duty. Many times we rush out of our prayer time once we have finished talking not waiting for the Lord to finish his conversation. Can we learn from Abraham to stay long enough for God to finish speaking? Let us not rush out. Let us slow down. Has the Lord finished speaking to you Today?

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Messy yet Perfect Christmas


I Just came back from a Christmas program. Children beautifully enacted the nativity scene. Mary was happy with all her makeups and her baby doll. Joseph was standing tall as he knew what his script was. Manager scene was brilliant and as Jesus was born, the choir was singing with joy.


But the scene when it actually happened was far from what we see in the nativity scenes now a days. Mary was wailing in birth pains. Joseph was walking up and down anxiously. May be the cattle in the manger were irritated since their place was occupied by some one else. As Jesus was born, he was crying. Mary and Joseph haven’t practiced their scripts earlier. They didn’t know what was coming next. They were anxious. They were disturbed. They were drawn out of their comfort zone. Mary could have been irritated. Joseph could have cried saying “Where is God in this mess” If baby Jesus could have answered he would have said “I am here in the centre of it all” The first Christmas was a perfect one not because all the circumstance was perfect but because Jesus was in the Centre of it all. This Christmas season your circumstances may seems messy and far from perfect. You may be disturbed and brought out of your comfort zone. But just look at the centre of it all and if you could see Jesus, then you are experiencing the perfect Christmas. Let us follow HIS script this Christmas. Let Jesus be in the centre of it all. Have a Messy but a Perfect Christmas.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Sandwitch Christian

My past two weeks has been hectic than usual. And over this period, I have developed a new pattern of living. I start of my day with God. And then I get busy with my work and all the tasks I have to complete. Then finally as I lay tired in my bed I finish my day with God. Though I started my day and ended my day with God, I knew this pattern of God sandwich would not work well.
During the busy day I forget to be attentive to the gentle voice of God. I don’t want to continue with this pattern.
My first step in breaking this pattern is to acknowledge that I am living this sandwich Christianity through this blog post.  
The second thing is I have decided to take five minutes off every one hour and thank the Lord for way things are going and listen to him as he speaks.
Hopefully I would allow God to penetrate my stuff and have His way through my Day.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Is Worry Your Greatest Worry?


As people who follow Christ, we are expected to produce fruits as the seeds of his words are sown into our life. But many lives are fruitless.
One of the reasons that Christ states in the parable of a Soil, is worry. In Mark 4: 19 he states that Very soon the message is crowded by worries of this life …and so no fruit is produced. Worry chokes us and keeps us from producing that great harvest that God has in mind for us.

In Mathew 6, Jesus talks about worry and how to solve it. He says that worrying about this life here on earth is the thought that dominates the life of an unbeliever. (Mt 6:32)

Is worry your greatest worry? Jesus tells a few remedies for worry, which if we remember would end our fruitless life.

1.    Look at the birds (Pl go look at it) (Mt 6:26)
2.    Look at the flower(should I say it again)(Mt 6:28)
3.    You are more valuable to Him. (Mt 6:26)
4.    He will certainly care for you. (Mt 6:30)
5.    You have a Father in heaven who knows all your need. (Mt 6:32)
6.    Seek his kingdom (Mt 6:33)
7.    Live righteously (Mt 6:33)



Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A Message from a Distance……….

It has been 9 years since my father passed away in an accident. A few days after my dad passed away, my mom received this poem. It was as if my dad had written this to my mom and us. Still we do not know who had given this to my mom. But it brought us great comfort and reminded us of the task at hand. Today I happened to see it again. I would like to share it with you.

A message from a distance……….

Dear Deepa and Children,

I am home to heaven dear ones,
Oh! So happy and so bright,
There is perfect joy and beauty,
In this everlasting light.

All the pains and grief is over,
Even restless tossing passed,
I am now at peace for ever,
Safely home in heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly,
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! But Jesus love illuminated,
Every dark and fearful glade.

And he came himself to meet me,
In that way so hard to tread,
And with Jesus arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or tread?

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand,
Do it now while life remains,
You shall rest in Jesus hands.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you home,
Oh! The rapture of the meeting,
Oh! The joy to see you come.

With Love,
Soundrapandian


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Look for Someone!!



Everyone needs a little kindness. Whether it’s the boy at the grocery store, the server at the fast-food restaurant or the person sitting near you in the bus.



A kind word or a thoughtful deed can brighten their day. Many people labor under heavy loads. Our kindness can mean so much to them. Don’t withhold a kind deed when it’s in your means to do it.

David was looking someone whom he could be kind to. Are you really looking for some one whom you can be kind to? As David found a lame person, he made him come and stay with him and eat at his table. What kindness!! David’s kind act changed the person forever.

May we also like David should learn to look for some one whom we can be kind to today. Look, Look, Look, for someone.

Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul,
that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”- 2 Samuel 9:1

Friday, 14 October 2011

Praying for a Sensitive Heart!!


As I stood on the pulpit that morning, my heart was heavy. Heavy because of unforgiveness. The previous night as I was preparing for leading worship the next morning, in the middle of it, I caught a fight with my grand mom. I was very much irritated and I shouted at her. Then I continued to prepare ignoring the constant urge in my heart to set things right. The next morning as I was ready to start the service, the urge still continued. As I was thinking about this, my grand mom crossed our church building as she was going somewhere else. I handed over the service to my friend (who was shocked ;)) and ran out of the church. I met my grand mom on the road and asked her to forgive me, which she gratefully did. I then ran back to the service and then started worshiping the Lord in freedom. Real service happened out of the church that day. Though I delayed the process, which is shameful, I am happy that I did it. I just remembered this incident which happened some years back. Tears of repentance are sweet. Knowing that you are forgiven is sweeter. Praying that God will give me such sensitive heart even today.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Praying and Sleeping


In the passage about the storm in the sea, Jesus was sleeping. All others were crying and praying. Jesus did not ask them to pray. He didn’t say you could have prayed better. He just said you must have more faith. After some time, in Gethsemane, Jesus was the one who was crying. But here the disciples were sleeping. In fact Jesus had asked them to watch and pray. May be they learnt from Jesus, from the storm in the sea session. This happens to all. We pray restlessly like the disciples, when we need to sleep trusting God. But, we sleep in rest like the disciples when we need to bleed sweat. Many times we just need to sleep in the storm having the faith that Jesus will see us through. But we fret and worry about life and things of this world. At other times, we must be pleading with the father about the spiritual battles with the spiritual forces. But we are not even aware that such a battle is going on and we sleep through the battle. May God give us the discernment on when to rest and when to fight in prayer.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

When God Lets You Die...

Recently, I happen to hear a lot of testimonies about how God has delivered them from disease, death and so on. Almost at the end of each testimony I hear them saying, our God lives. I am glad that our God is a deliverer and am Glad that we realize that he is alive when he works miracles in our life.

But there are equal numbers of people who are struggling with unanswered prayers, who are still waiting for their deliverance. Some die with their disease. Does that mean that God is not alive? When our cry for deliverance from the dungeon are not heard, we tend to question him by asking are you really God?

I remember John the Baptist. He was the very first person to identify Jesus and show him to the world. As Jesus came for baptism, John cried, behold the lamb of God. He saw the heavens open, the Holy Spirit descend on Jesus and heard the Father’s voice. If one person who should not have any doubts about Jesus, he was John.


But when he was in the prison cell waiting for his deliverance, he began to doubt. He sent his disciples to Jesus, asking him if He was really the Messiah. God’s silence troubled John. God let him die in prison. Does that mean God is dead?

Have you been praying for something and you have not got the answer? Are you dying in your disease and asking is Jesus alive. When pain pricks and patience end, do you question His existence? When God is silent it’s hard. But does that mean he is dead? NO. So when God lets you die, is he still alive? Yes. One thing I know, that when God doesnot remove our thorns in our flesh, be assured that his grace is sufficient.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Jesus Shouts - Drink

My mother knew the value of drinking water. She always told us to drink more water. She explained us how water is important for our body. So we drank water. She gave all the statistics about water and how it keeps our body on the right track. But recently she was sick. And the doctors told her that it was because she did not drink enough water. I was surprised. She knew the value of water. She had all the statistics right. She could take you through a lesson on water and you would not be bored. But what she failed to do was to actually drink it. She didn’t drink enough though she knew and taught all things to us.


Well, this may be the condition of many who say they follow Christ. They know the value of the Christ. They may have the statistics of the bible at their finger tips. They also explain about how Christ keeps us at the right track. But someday they fall sick. And the reason, they have not actually drunk enough. As in the case of water, taking a drink is what matters. All the knowledge is good but it’s actually taking a drink from the cup of Christ that matters.
This is what Jesus shouts at you today. “Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”-John 7:37.

Are you thirty in life? Is it time to actually have a drink? It is free and it’s refreshing.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Trust and Fix

After 100 posts, I needed some rest :). So after a long break, here we go…

Anxiety and worry are greatest enemies of peace. Having the inner peace can be destroyed by these two twin sisters. When I talk to different people, I come across many people who have lost their peace. Losing our peace starts in our mind. Always thinking what others may think about us is one way to stay anxious. Another way would be to fear about the future and worry about the past. So how do you come out of this anxious and worrying thought?


You cannot come out of aniouxs thoughts by thinking more on the problem. The more you focus on the problem which is imaginary most of the time, the more anxious you get.

One thing that I have found helpful to do when I am anxious is to focus on the One who is in Control. Many times we are anxious because we feel out of control or someone else takes control our lives. Isaiah 26:3 is a pill to regain peace. It says, You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

So when you are anxious you need to remember two things:
• Trust God
• Fix your thoughts on Him. (Meditate His word, Pray…)

Anxiety attacked is a very good book if you need to read more on this topic.



Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Religious Zeal Destroys

Mathew 16; 21

From then on Jesus[j] began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed…

Acts 8:3
3 But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.


I was reading these to passages from the bible. Jesus had to suffer at the hands of elders, leading priests, and teachers of the law. He suffered at the hands of these people who were religious.

The second passage says, Saul was destroying the church. Saul was a religious man and he followed all the laws. In his Religious zeal, he was destroying the church.

So Jesus and His Church suffered at the hands of religious people. Even today it is the same. People who are driven by religious zeal and head knowledge about the word of God persecute and destroy the church. Whereas people who are driven by the love of God built the body of God.

Paul who later in his life says the love of Christ constrained him to do his ministry. And then he really built the body of Christ. Base your actions on religious zeal, you will be destroyer. Base your actions because of the love for Christ, you will be a builder.

What drives your service for God?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Good Questions

It was about noon time as Saul was traveling towards Damascus. It was also the same time when the Light of Life shone brightly as noon day to turn his dark days to light. His encounter with God blinded him and brought him to ground. At times as we encounter God in our lives we too are brought to this state.


As he was in this state, he asked two good questions. He asked the right questions. (Acts 22)

•Who are you, Lord?
•What should I do, Lord?

The first question led him to know Jesus personally as God answered him. As soon as he had this personal knowledge of Christ Jesus, the very first thing he asked is “What should I do, Lord?” From thereon if you see Paul’s life at each point in his life he gets his direction from the Lord. If you have not asked the first question, ask it now with all sincerity. God will reveal himself to you. The second question is very important if you say you are a disciple of Jesus. As you ask Him, may he reveal His plans for you? The answer for these two questions can change the way you live on this planet Earth.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Paul's Prayer Points

Have you ever prayed for someone? What is your prayer for others? What do you pray for yourself? St Paul is one person who prayed much for others and lived in such a way that he could say, “Follow me as I follow the Lord”.
So it’s always good learn from Paul on how to pray for others and also we can pray those prayers for our own selves.

I will just take you to one of Paul’s prayers for people of God.

Read Colossians 1 and verse 9 to 11.

These are his prayer points:

•To be filled with the knowledge of His Will.
•To have a deeper spiritual wisdom and understanding.
•To live a life that pleases Him in every way.
•To grow in the knowledge of God.
•To be strengthened to endure and be patient.
•To be joyfully thankful.

Most of us have a different prayer point list. But it’s good to learn from this great man of God. May this prayer points be our prayer and also prayer for others. Well, you may say, “I don’t desire or feel like praying these things for my life”. Don’t worry. Just start praying these words till it becomes your real desire. That’s because these Words are living and powerful.

Do you know some other prayer points of Paul?

Friday, 10 June 2011

Focused and Fruitful

I have not written for some time not because of lack of ideas but because of there were too many ideas. This is what I would do for the past one week. I would write a couple of sentence on a topic and then stop it and write another 2 lines on some other topic and then stop it and then ..(Well you know the cycle went on for some time.) Though there were so many ideas, I could not get anything meaningful because I was not focused.


Life can be like that. Though you may do so many things, unless you focus on ONE important thing, it would be meaningless.
Here are a few questions for us to ponder.

What is One thing that we need according to Jesus? (Luke 10:38-42)

What is One thing that we lack in? (Luke 18:22)

What is One thing you desire? (Psalms 27: 4)

May our lives be focused and fruitful.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Prayer

If you are looking for a book on prayer, then you must read Philip Yancey’s book Prayer. This is such an excellent book. So what did you learn about prayer may be your question. Well, rather than explaining what I learnt about prayer, I can tell you one thing, this book really made me pray. Page after page and chapter after chapter, I stopped and went to pray. Don’t you think this is the success of the book?


Here is a beautiful paragraph from this book.
“Ben Peterson, currently chaplain at Westmont College, California, tells of a time when he ruptured a disc and the doctor prescribed six weeks of total bed rest. Heavily medicated and lying flat on his back, he found that reading was virtually impossible. In that incapacitated state, he learned an important lesson about prayer.
(He explains it in the following way)
“I was helpless.
I was also terrified. What was this all going to mean? How was I to take care of my family? What about the church? I was the only pastor it had, and I could do nothing for it. Out of sheer desperation I decided to pray for the church. I opened the church directory and prayed for each member of the congregation, daily. It took nearly two hours, but since there was nothing else I could do for the church, I figured I might as well pray for it. It was not piety that made me to do it, it was boredom and frustration. But over the weeks the prayer time grew sweet. One day near the end of my convalescence, I was praying and I told the Lord, “You know, its been wonderful, these prolonged times we’ve spent together. Its too bad I don’t have time to do this when I am well.”
God’s answer came swift and blunt. He said to me, “Ben, you have just as much time when you’re well as when you’re sick. It’s the same 24 hours in either case. The trouble with you is that when you’re well, you think you’re in charge. When you’re sick, you know you’re not.”
I pray that not only during tough times when we realize we need God’s strength but also during times when we are well we would pray and seek the Lord.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

Here is a small paragraph from the book “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus”. This is one of the best books that I read last year. It is written by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg. There are many such beautiful paragraphs in this book. It is a good read for learning about the Jewishness of our Jesus, which would enhance our understanding of Jesus and his words.


Here is the Passage.

“Imagine for a moment that you possess the sheet music of the most beautiful piano concerto ever written, but you never heard the whole piece perfectly performed. Then one day you meet the composer’s son, who himself is a great pianist. This man knows his father’s music by heart. As he sits down to play with the orchestra, the music is so achingly beautiful that you began to weep. At last you have heard the most magnificent concerto in the world being played exactly as the composer intended. This is a rough analogy of what Jesus has done for us, not merely telling us but showing us what human beings, created in God’s image, were meant to become.”

This paragraph presents us a beautiful illustration of Jesus. Jesus not only showed us how a human life is exactly to be lived. He showed human beings how exactly God would look like. If you want to know God, Study the life of Jesus. That’s how God will look like.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Likes

Now a days I have started to realize how much of what I say or think is driven by what others “like”. But I have also realized that the results are not so good. It not only takes my life off track but also becomes a hindrance for other too.


This also can be related easily using a face book “likes”. I would like to know your thoughts about the following couple of questions.

1. When someone “likes” what you write in your FB how do you feel?

2. In life, whose “Likes” is important to you? Is it the “likes” from people whom you live with or is it the “Likes” from God?

Friday, 27 May 2011

Book Review: Max On Life

If you know me, then you know i love Max Lucado's writings. Max Lucado has written another fine book. Max on Life is a great resource book, especially if you are like me, a great fan of Max Lucado. It is a book in sections based on subject matter, then filled with questions folks have asked about the subjects, and then Max's response. Answers were taken from his already existing books.


Questions fall under these categories:

Hope - God, Grace, and Why am I Here?
Hurt - Conflicts, Calamities, and Why me?
Help - Prayer, Scripture, and Why church?
Him/Her - Sex, Romance, and Any chance of a second chance?
Home - Diapers, Disagreements, and Any hope for prodigals?
Haves/Have-Nots - Work, Money, and Where's the lifeline?
Hereafter - Cemeteries, Heaven, Hell, and Who goes there?

If you have a question or a struggle or difficulty, this would be a good book to go to and easy to look up and find what the bible says on the subject. Also, the answers are not too long and easy to read and completely bible based. It is a great addition to any Christian library. It will also make a great gift. This would be an ideal book to give to someone who has a lot of questions. I would highly recommend this book.

***I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. Above review is completely based on my own opinions.***

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Review: Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends : A Bug Collection Vol 3

Finally the long awaited DVD i requested from BookSneeze arrived.
In this Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends : A Bug Collection Vol 3, there are three discs with three different topics.



1. Milo, the Mantis Who Wouldn't Pray—it's about prayer.
2. Buzby and the Grumblebees—it’s about bee-having.
3. Haily & Bailey's Silly Fight—it’s about getting along.


These stories are truly engaging for both adults and children alike.

In Milo the Mantis who wouldn't pray, Milo does everything he can think of to hear from God. The storyline is comical but sad because we do relate to his struggle with not being willing to wait on God to answer our prayers. The characters used in all these three DVDs are beautiful.

Buzby and the Grumble Bees, shows us what life would be like if everyone only did what they wanted to.

Hailey & Bailey's Silly Fight: Sometimes we lose sight of what's really important and then fight over the small things.

I also loved the teachings by Max Lucado and Hermie in all the three DVDs.

Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends: A Bug Collection Volume 3 is one you will definitely want to get for the kids.

***I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. Above review is completely based on my own opinions.***

Time to Remember!!


Yesterday, I was searching my mobile phone for 2 minutes until I realized I was actually talking on phone. ( I know you would want to stop reading the blog of such a dumb person. Well if you are still there let’s continue) I laughed at my forgetfulness. But sometimes we are not able to laugh at our forgetfulness since it may cost us so much. That too to forget the God will definitely cost you more. The first step in moving away from the Lord is forgetting is love, grace and care and the first step to come back to the Lord is by Remembering him and his goodness. Let me give a few characters from the bible.

In revelation chapter 2, as God was giving remedy to the Ephesus church that has lost its First Love, the first thing that he tells them is to Remember the height from which they have fallen. God wanted to correct their forgetfulness first which would in turn lead to their repentance.

In Luke 15, the prodigal son who lived a wayward life and ended up in pig pen, Remembers his father’s house and how even servants in his father’s house had enough food and then he starts to walk towards his father’s house. The first thing he did was to Remember his father.

In Judges 16, Samson forgot the Lord, his commandments, and in the end lost his anointing. At the final state of his life, he remembered his Good God and called unto Him. His desire for the world and women made him to forget His God.

In the book of Jonah we see Jonah was trying to flee from God (How could he ever think of that. Didn’t he know psalms 139 ) He wanted to forget God and the task that God gave him. But God had other plans. So as he was in the Fish’s belly, in chapter 2 he says “As my life was ebbing away, I Remebered the Lord.” After he remembered he started to pray. As he remembered the Lord, the Lord started to act on his behalf.

So the first step in restoring back you First love for the Lord, restoring your relationship with your heavenly Father, restoring back your strength, and restoring back your Life’s purpose is to REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR.

Remember HIM while your doing Good. Or Atleast remember HIM in pig pen or fish’s belly. But please Remember Him while you are alive. As you Start to Remember Him let the Lord Start to Remember you and Restore you.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Till I entered the sanctuary of God...


Recently psalms 73 became a reality for me. I started to look around and see people who don’t care about God let alone pleasing Him, become prosperous. I began to envy them. My foot began to slip and I began to lose my foothold. I envied them because they had no struggles, no health problems, no common human burdens, and no negative things in their life. They don’t even think of God in their life and yet they are carefree and accumulate a lot of wealth. I felt that like I was trying live for the Lord in vain. Every morning seems to bring on new punishment on me. When I thought about all these things my heart was troubled. I began to think that all these things, wealth and things of the world is what I needed. It was then I began to read this wonderful psalm, which resonated with my heart so much. These struggles that I mentioned was not only mine but also of the person who wrote this psalm. After penning down all his struggles, the prosperity of the wicked and also calling his walk with the Lord vain, he was troubled till he entered the Sanctuary of the Lord. He thought he needed wealth and prosperity and that’s why he envied the wicked. But as he entered the Presence of the Lord, the most beautiful place in the whole world, look at the change in his words.
“When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant;
Then he goes on to say this wonderful verse.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
Did you see that? Is this not the same person who wanted the wealth of the wicked? Actually he was troubled because he didn’t get the things that others had. But after spending time in the presence of the Lord, after experiencing God himself, his desire changes and he says Earth has nothing I desire besides YOU. Then I realized, many times in life we think we need this and we need that. But in reality it’s the presence of God we need. It is Him we need. I, like this psalmist, am senseless and ignorant many times. But as I enter his presence, as I experience God, my heart’s desire changes. Today I am beginning to say Earth has nothing I desire besides YOU Lord. May be you are struggling thinking that your needs are not met and may be you are troubled. Why don’t you enter His sanctuary today?

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Let Your Tears Fall


My father died in a bike accident some years back. During the funeral there were so many people, friends, relatives’ and neighbors. Many were trying to comfort me. They said a lot of things which I don’t remember now. But I remember one person, one of my friend, not because what he said, but because what he did. He wept. He wept with me. He never said a word, but he was by my side weeping. And somehow his tears comforted me. His tears showed me how much he loved me. Even today when I think of his tears, I am comforted. Tears somehow have this unique ability to show how much we love a person.
In John chapter 11, we see a beautiful incident. (Please do read the chapter) Lazarus is sick. Jesus delays. Sisters Panic. Lazarus dies. Jesus arrives. Mary weeps at Jesus feet. And you know what I love this verse. JESUS WEPT. He didn’t hide his tears. He didn’t hold back his tears so that he would appear strong. No He Wept. What a God we Have. As we weep at his feet, He is moved, he is troubled, and he weeps. The world tells us that if we weep, we are weak. But not Jesus. He not only gives the permission to weep but weeps with us. And what did his tears symbolize to people who were around him. Listen. This is what they said, “Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” His tears showed people how much he loved him. Many times we hold back our tears and we are not ready to weep with those who weep. And hence we don’t show them how much we love them. Don’t hold back. Its OK to weep. Let your tears freely fall and allow people, friends and family to see how much you love them. Don’t hide your tears. As Jesus raised Lazarus from dead, people didn’t say, see how much he loves him. It was when Jesus wept, people realized his love. You may think you need to do great things for others to show your love, but in reality a few drop of tears can show others your great love for them. There is no great comfort than to see someone weep for and with us. Don’t hold back, let your tears fall….

Friday, 8 April 2011

Wounds of Jesus...


We all want to be known by our achievements. We showcase our certificates and medals for others to known how great we are. But we hide our wounds from others. As I read John, the penultimate chapter, I see this pattern revised. As Jesus entered the room filled with disciples after the resurrection, there was Thomas. Thomas doubted whether it was really Jesus.

So When Jesus appeared the second time and in John 20 verse 26 he says to Thomas “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” He was saying, Thomas do you want to know that it’s really me, then touch my wounds. It’s interesting to know that Jesus identifies himself with the wounds. As we are used to see in the Jesus movie, after the resurrection Jesus has a glow around his body. I think it’s was not like that. Jesus had to show his wounds for them to believe.

Do you remember the other time when two disciples where walking down the road to Emmaus and Jesus joins them? Well, those two disciples where not able to recognize Jesus the whole time as Jesus was explaining the scriptures to them. (You see they don’t say, hey I see a glow around him, He is Jesus)

In Luke 24:30 we read, “When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.” Its then they recognized him. What’s interesting to me is that (And you don’t have to believe me, and it’s what I image would have happened) as he broke the bread and gave them they recognized Jesus. As he gave them the bread, they might have seen the nail print in the hands. May be that’s what made them realize that it was Jesus. That’s what I would like to believe.

Anyway my point here is that even after resurrections, Jesus identified with his wounds. There were no great power display shows standing on top of the temple. He met his disciples and showed his wounds and healed their wounds of guilt, fear, and doubt. His wounds were the sign that he was faithful to God.

Many times I hear people show their blessing and say since I was faithful God has blessed me. But Jesus shows his wounds and says I was faithful to God and to you. Do you have wounds for being faithful for God? Okay I may not have been clear. I was just thinking all these and am putting all these so that you would think about this Jesus and his wounds. I can assure you it can transform you. Share what you learn about Jesus and his wounds these days…I would be grateful..

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Thank for Thornbushes


I have been reading the book of Hosea for the past one week. This book explains Israel’s unfaithfulness towards God and God’s faithful love towards Israel. Israel like an unfaithful wife strays away from God and rejects him. God longs to bring back Israel towards Him inspite of her wayward life. And in this process, God says in Hosea 2:5, 6, “I will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.” God says he would BLOCK her way with thorn bushes not to destroy her but so that Israel would come back to him. Out of His love God blocks. When someone puts thorn bushes on your path, you would certainly think that that person never loves you. But in this case, God, because he loves his people, blocks their way with thorn bushes. May be your life is like facing a thorn bush or a wall and you cannot find your way. May be God is the one who is orchestrating these blocks out of his love. Many times these thorn bushes keep us in the right perspective and bring us back to him. We are all alive because, God has loved enough to put thorn bushes in our way and stopped our march towards destruction. Thank God for the Thorn bushes. It is not a sign of his anger but a sign of his LOVE. It’s His Love that Blocks us and Brings us Back.

Friday, 18 March 2011

The New Middle Road

This was a interesting Clip that i saw this week from Gerry True's blog. Thanks to him. I agree with what Francis says. Have a look at it ...its just 4 minutes. Let me know what you think....






Thursday, 17 March 2011

Don't be Afraid!!!


Whenever God was going to do something great or reveal himself in a different way, the disciples were afraid. When the angel of God came to Zachariah the priest in the holy of holy place, he was afraid. Then the angel said, Don’t be afraid. When the same angel came to Mary, the mother of Jesus, to announce about Jesus’ birth, she was afraid. Then the angel said Don’t be afraid. When Jesus did a miracle of catching fishes that almost made the boat sink, Peter was afraid. Then Jesus said, Don’t be afraid. Then Jesus walked on water, the disciples thought he was a ghost and they were afraid. Then Jesus said, Don’t be afraid. When on the mount of transfiguration, the disciples were fearful when they saw Jesus change but Jesus said Don’t be afraid. When the disciples were in the closed room, Jesus walked through the door and the disciples were afraid again. Jesus said, don’t be afraid. Every time when God was revealing himself in a different way and outgrew the image of what they had about him, they were afraid. And each time Jesus had to tell them not to be afraid. Many times we have our own ways in which we want God to work in. But when he does not work in the way we thought he would, we become fearful. If you are the one who is fearful about your life because God has not worked in the way you have thought or God had not answered your prayer as you have thought, then take courage today. May be he is revealing himself to you in a much different way than what you have imagined. You Jesus says to you, “Don’t be afraid.”

Monday, 14 March 2011

Show Case of His Grace


After I wrote the last post I have been thinking on the other side of Jesus too. So though this may look like contradicting, it’s actually how Jesus is. Both Lion and the Lamb.
As I am just new to this Fatherhood, I am starting to notice things differently. My perspective has been changing. All these days I learnt and experienced from a son’s perspective. Now am beginning to look at the other side “the father’s perspective”. As my sons are beginning to sit and walk, they stumble and fall more often. As a father, I my first response when they fall is to run and pick them in my arms and put them over my shoulder and tell them its OK and its going to alright. I am not at all angry with them when they fall. When they fall, that’s the time that I show my love more to them than all other times. I carry them, hug them, wipe away the tears and shower my love upon them. I don’t whip them. Such imperfect father as me, show greater love when my son falls. Will the perfect heavenly Father whip us when we fall? He definitely shows greater love when we fall. Where sin abound grace abounds much more. I have no doubt on that. At our lowest dark times, our FATHER’s love shines brightest. Our worst times are the Best showcase for His Love and Grace.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Enraged Jesus


I have never seen a painting of Jesus with a whip in a church building. I have seen the painting of a soft gentle Jesus, Christ on cross, resurrected Jesus but not once have I seen a painting of Jesus with a whip. ( If you have seen please do let me know. I would like to visit that church).

As I read John 2, from verse 13, the 15th verse really got my attention.
So he made a whip out of cords - John 2:15. Did you see that? This is was not a sudden outrage of Jesus but He “Made” a whip tells us that this was well planned attack. He took his time to make a whip. So if Jesus who is seen calm and composed most of the time is angry at something, I think we should seriously consider what he was angry about. Jesus himself gives us the reason. “Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!”-John 2:16. Even today there are so many who market Jesus. If you have Jesus, all your problems will be gone. Want more money, Jesus will fix it for you. But it’s not true.

Only when we see Jesus face to face when he comes back, he will wipe away all our tears. He used harsh words like hypocrites, whitewashed tombstone, Satan, and so on to rebuke and correct people. And we don’t like this Jesus. There was a time in my life when I was drifting away Big time. During that time when someone used harsh words to correct me it hurt me and I thought it was not from God. But now I know it was from God. In our daily walk with the Lord, we need to See Jesus in a New light. Seeing an enraged Jesus is as important as seeing Jesus as a loving one. When God is treated as a product with a consumer mentality, we must be aware he comes with a whip.

Can you imagine an angry Jesus with a whip in his hands? What are your thoughts when you think of this picture of Jesus?

Monday, 7 March 2011

Echoes!!

This is one of my earliest article which i wrote 5 years back. Came across it today and thought i would share this with you all.


Echoes …what are they? They teach us an important lesson in life. Echo, to define it in simple words, is nothing but a reply that repeats what has just been said. Once I had been to a foot of a mountain. It was not my routine to go to a solitary place like that. It was the pressures of life, the heart breaking words, the rejections, the dejections that took me to the bottom of the mountain. As I sat down beneath a tree, tears rolled down my cheek.

As I sat there thinking I was alone and free from all whom I hated, it was not so. All those painful words that were spoken came rushing back to my mind and filled them. Broken totally I just cried out in real pain in a loud voice saying "I hate you" and without missing a beat I got the reply from the mountain "I hate you". Yes it was an echo, an echo of life!!It was then it dawned to my soul that was darkened with hatred and anger that "Whatever you sow you reap" Suddenly a peace filled my heart.

I stood up and started walking back home. Yes I ll face the same persons again, but I was not the same. I was determined to sow the seeds of love, forgiveness, and encouragements.

Best Read!!!

The first book that i read this year was "A Million Miles In A Thousand Years." This is an amazing book and i enjoyed every bit of it. This book is not a knowledge transfer but a tool through which Your Life Can Change. I Recommend it. Enjoy your Read.

What story are you telling? from Rhetorik Creative on Vimeo.


Thursday, 3 March 2011

Prodigal's Song


I love this song “When God Ran”, written by Phillips Craig & Dean and I love the way it is represented visually in this video. I love this because am one of the prodigals whom God ran towards. And these words of the song tell my journey with God.
“The day I left home I knew I’d broken His heart
And I wondered then if things could ever be the same
Then one night I remembered His love for me
And down that dusty road ahead I could see
It was the only time – it was the only time I ever saw Him run
With forgiveness in His voice I felt His love for me again
He ran to me, He took me in His arms
Held my head to His chest, said “My son’s come home again”
Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice He said, “Son”, He called me Son
He said, “Son do you know I still love you?”
I was so ashamed, all alone and so far away
But now I know He’s been waiting for this day
He ran to me, He took me in His arms
Held my head to His chest, said “My son’s come home again”
Lifted my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice He said, “Son”, He called me Son
He said, “Son do you know I still love you?”

And for anyone who is far away from our heavenly Father, my humble request is that I came home one day and He ran towards me and accepted me. Don’t be afraid, COME HOME. Father is waiting.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Ready to Answer Some one's Prayer??


I have previously written that the reason for some unanswered prayers may be because God is Solving Bigger Problems. Another major reason for unanswered prayers is Man. Throughout history God has been answering people’s prayer through people. We see this pattern throughout the Scriptures.

Joseph was the answer to the hunger problem that was about to destroy people. Israelites cried out from the slavery of Egypt and God answered them by giving them Moses. Throughout the book of Judges when people cried to God, God raised a Man or Women to solve their problem. When Ruth was helpless in a new country it was Boaz whom God used to give a hope. When Goliath was roaring and Israelites were hiding, it was David who became the answer of God. Jesus himself became a Man and thus became the answer to the humanity’s greatest question, the question of Sin. And the list continues.

I am just saying that every human being can be the answer to someone’s prayer. For the person living in the roadside and praying for his hunger to end, you can answer him by providing food. May be a next door neighbor needs some money and he has been praying to God. You can be the answer by sharing some of your. A fatherless needs some love, why don’t you be the answer by sharing your love. The reason why people have many unanswered prayers is that we as human beings are not ready to be God’s answers. We shut our eyes, hearts and home and hence people live with unanswered prayers. Instead of being the answer, our life only creates more questions about God’s love. Many times we blame God for the hunger problem, the slavery problem, and the other Goliaths of our times. But I should be blamed for the unanswered prayers because I don’t do what I can and should do.

Be the answer for somebody today. Encourage them, provide food, pay their fees, love them, and do whatever is possible for others. When we realize that we are the answers, people will realize God answers prayers. How are you going to be God’s Answers this week?

Sunday, 20 February 2011

What Gandhiji Missed..

We have all heard about the Gandhiji’s 3 monkey’s principle. The explanations of the three monkeys are speak no evil, hear no evil and see no evil. This is a very famous principle today. Some say it originated from Japan and some say it originated from china. Wherever it might have originated from in India it is commonly known as “Gandhiji’s three monkey’s principle”. With all due respect to Gandhiji I must confess that He missed the root of the problem. The three monkeys tell us to stop our actions which are just the result of something that is happening in us. Most people try to change their actions without changing the sources of action. The source is your thought. So we will change the principle. Let us have one monkey (I am not sure why they use monkeys??) with its hand on its head symbolizing Think No Evil. It is wise to control our thoughts which are the source rather than controlling the actions which are just the results of your thoughts. Controlling the actions without controlling your thoughts won’t work.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Story - Empty Chair


This is a story that i heard in youtube told by Brennan Manning, the author of the famous book Ragamuffin Gospel. The minister in the Story was he himself.

A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed.
The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. "I guess you were expecting me, he said.
'No, who are you?" said the father.
The minister told him his name and then remarked, "I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up,"
"Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man.
"Would you mind closing the door?"
Puzzled, the minister shut the door.
"I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head." I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, "Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest." "Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, 'I will be with you always'.
"Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now."
"So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."
The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey.
Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church.
Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon.
Did he die in peace?" he asked.
Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?"
The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we could all go like that."

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Love Test!!


Yesterday I heard Mr.Clement Vedhanayagam speak. He is such an awesome speaker. I am using his sermon as a base for today’s post. Since its valentine’s day you could also test your love. 
 God loves us completely and passionately because he is Love. Love is not just a part of his feeling. He is Love. We can see that as we see Jesus hung on the cross as he took our place. This was demonstrating the fullness of God’s Love. So we know God loves us. But today we are going to check if we love God. We might have said that we love you Lord. Three simple checks will reveal your love for God
1.     Do you hate evil?
Psalms 97: 10 says, let those who love the LORD hate evil. If you say I love the Lord, then check do you really hate evil. You may say, I don’t do evil. But you may cherish evil in your heart. If you really loved the Lord, there will arise anger and hatred toward what is evil.
2.   Do you obey his commandments?
John 14:21 says Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.  If you love a person, you will obey him. It’s very simple as that. When you don’t obey that person, you mean he is not much important to you. When you say you love God, check if your obeying God.
3.   Do you love people?
1 john 4:21 says anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. In the previous words it says whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. Can it get any clearer than that?
Did you pass the test? Well if you have congrats!! If not, my friend it’s time to realign your life with God Word. Happy Valentine’s Day!! It’s time to celebrate God’s love and to check your love for HIM.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Story -Sand Castles

I Love Stories. I Read a lot of Stories. I also collect a lot of Stories. Now, Am going to post stories regularly here in my blog. Here is the FIRST Story. It is written by my favorite author MAX LUCADO. Enjoy it.

Hot sun. Salty air. Rhythmic waves. A little boy is on the beach. On his knees he scoops and packs the sand with plastic shovels into a bright red bucket. Then he upends the bucket on the surface and lifts it. And, to the delight of the little architect, a castle tower is created.

All afternoon he will work. Spooning out the moat. Packing the walls. Bottle tops will be sentries. Popsicle sticks will be bridges. A sandcastle will be built.



Big city. Busy streets. Rumbling traffic.

A man is in office. At his desk he shuffles papers into stacks and delegates assignments. He cradles the phone on his shoulder and punches the keyboard with his fingers. Numbers are juggled and contracts are signed and much to the delight of the man, a profit is made.

All his life he will work. Formulating the plans. Forecasting the future. Annuities will be sentries. Capital gains will be bridges. An empire will be built.

Two builders of two castles. They have much in common. They shape granules into grandeurs. They see nothing and make something. They are diligent and determined. And for both the tide will rise and the end will come.

Yet that is where the similarities cease. For the boy sees the end while the man ignores it. Watch the boy as the dusk approaches.

As the waves near, the wise child jumps to his feet and begins to clap. There is no sorrow. No fear. No regret. He knew this would happen. He is not surprised. And when the great breaker crashes into his castle and his masterpiece is sucked into the sea, he smiles. He smiles, picks up his tools, takes his father's hand and goes home.

The grownup, however, is not so wise. As the wave of years collapses on his castle, he is terrified. He hovers over the sandy monument to protect it. He blocks the waves from the walls he has made. Saltwater soaked and shivering he snarls at the incoming tide.

"It's my castle," he defies.

The ocean need not respond. Both know to whom the sand belongs...

And I don't know much about sandcastles. But children do. Watch them and learn. Go ahead and build, but build with a child's heart. When the sun sets and the tides take -- applaud. Salute the process of life, take your Father's hand, and go home.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Looking from Above!!

God's View

Man's View

These two images reminds me of mans perspective and God’s perspective. We never fully understand what God intends in our life. We see our life with all its obstacles. We never know what’s going happen tomorrow. But God see from above and he sees the whole path clearly. So if you are wise, you will obey him and follow his instructions. The One who sees the path clearly can lead you in the right path. I want to be wise. How about you?