Category: Appam – English

APRIL 14 – ON A FRUITFUL HILL!

“My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill” (Isaiah 5:1).

A fertile hill will have good fertilizer, rich soil with surplus irrigation. Apart from these factors, the suitable climate will also be there for plants to flourish. What is your prosperity? The prime one which God has given you is the adoption. It is because of adoption you are calling Him “Abba, Father”.

The promises of God are the second prosperity given to you. God has given you more than four thousand powerful promises in the entire Scripture. They are very glorious, prosperous and wonderful. All the promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him Amen.

The third prosperity which God has given you is the covenant you have made with Him. Firstly, He made a covenant with Adam. In it, God promised to send the Messiah, who would crush the head of Satan. He made a covenant with Noah wherein He promised not to destroy the earth by a flood. Saying this, God set a rainbow on the clouds as a sign of the covenant. He also made a covenant with the Israelites through the law. Today, Jesus Christ has entered a new covenant with you with His blood.

Fourthly, the prosperity which God has given you is your worship of God. God who chosen you to be His people on the face of the earth has given you the order of worship, divine servants of God and heavenly sermons. During the time of worship, He fills you with the divine presence. When you worship, you get connected to the saints all over the world as well as the cherubim, seraphim and countless angels of the heaven. More than that, you are also connected to Cherubim and Seraphim in heaven, and with the numerous angels. The worships in the earth resemble the heavenly worships.

Among the numerous prosperities given to you by God, there is forgiveness, Salvation, divine peace, the anointment of the Holy Spirit, eternal life, the gifts of the Spirit and the fruits of the Spirit. The Psalmist says, “…you brought us out to rich fulfilment” (Psalm 66:12). “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance” (Psalm 16:6). You can enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water (Psalm 65:9).

Dear children of God, think of the great blessings which God has given you and praise Him.

To meditate: “ For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills” (Deuteronomy 8:7).

APRIL 13 – THORN BUSH AND A GRAPE PLANT!

“You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?” (Mathew 7:16).

God has spoken these words for the very purpose of cautioning against false prophets. A particular plant can produce its own fruit only. “….by their fruits you will know them” (Mathew 7:20).

When you accept Jesus Christ, the grape plant, you get attached to Him. Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. After being attached to Jesus Christ, what you need to do is to stand firm with Him. When you get connected to Jesus Christ and be in non-stop relationship with Him, you will reflect the characteristics of Jesus Christ to others.  The Fruits of Spirit will be seen in you only when you do so,

Jesus said, “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits, you will know them.” (Mathew 7:17-20). You should always reveal Christ just like the fruits that exhibit the trees of their origin

Jesus Christ was always revealing His Father during His entire life. The Scripture says, “…who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” (Hebrews 1:3). Just because He was able to give fruits as His Father liked, He was able to categorically declare “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Dear children of God, those who see you should see Christ in you.

When a servant of God visited a home, the husband and wife were involved in a quarrel there. On seeing the servant of God, the quarrelling wife told “Sir, he looks like an angel when he is in the church, but at home, he fights with me like a devil.” The husband complained “I remain like an angel at least in the church, but this woman resembles a devil in both the places. It will be better for me to reside in hell.”

The Scripture says, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done, in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13). Dear children of God, let every word and deed of yours be ones to reveal only Jesus Christ. Do not give space to Satan even by mistake.

To meditate: “For the seed shall be prosperous, the vine shall give its fruit, the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew” (Zachariah 8:12).

APRIL 12 – GOD WHO LOVES!

“Yes, He loves the people; all His saints are in your hand; they sit down at your feet; everyone receives your words” (Deuteronomy 33:3).

What is the Good News which every page of the Bible says? It is nothing but “He loves the people.” Moses says, “Yes, He really loves the people.”

Moses spent his first forty years in the palace of Pharaoh. He realised that it was purely the love of God which protected him in a papyrus basket and took him safely to the palace of Pharaoh’. Moses also understood that the purpose for God to make him stay in his father-in-law Jethro’s home for forty years, was for God to train him with love. Further, He experienced the immeasurable love and friendliness of God for the next forty years.

Moses was in ecstasy to see God loving His people and delivering them from the captivity of Pharaoh. He kept on thinking about how God loved His children and fed them with heavenly manna which was the food for the angels. So, at the age of one hundred and twenty years, he decided to assemble those people and tell them the message of love.

That message was “Yes, He loves the people.” He is the beginning of love and fullness of love too. He is the Alpha and Omega of love. He who said “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14) stays unchangeable in love.

Your heart may seek a perfect friend. Your heart may be longing for love. In our life, when we encounter various confusions, burdens and struggles, we yearn for love and protective refuge.  Today, Jesus calls you with love. “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness, I have drawn you” (Jeremiah 31:3).

The Scripture says that God is with love, and He is always with it (I John 4:8). God loves you with immeasurable love. It is that love that was poured as a sacrifice. His body got ripped in Calvary. It is the love which fell on the ground as big drops of blood. Is it not that love which turned into a fountain opened from His ribs? Oh! Praise Him for that peak of love.

To meditate: “ In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (I John 4:9).

APRIL 11 – GOD, THE CREATOR!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

Our God is God of creations. It is for the man that God created the heaven and the earth. In the Tamil version of the Scripture, the word வானம்’ represents heaven. This word is not merely pointing out the sky, but it indicates heaven and all the armies there. Even before creating man, God created all the angels in heaven, for serving the man.

However great a scientist of the world may be, he cannot create an atom by himself. He is just changing the things created by God into new ones. God did not give the power of creation to the angels or men. A large quantity of fuel and electricity may be required to make an atom. All these are the creations of God, and no scientist could create these things. Our God is so great!

How great and glorious is He who created the highest heavens, sun, moon and the numerous stars! Whether it is visible or invisible, everything has been created by our God. The Scripture says, “For your maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth” (Isaiah 54:5).

The very first verse of the Scripture introduces God the creator to you. That verse is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Is it not your pride and joy for that mighty, glorious and powerful God to be your loving Father? Do not forget that, that God of creation is gracious to create wonderful things in your life, even today.

The Scripture says, “O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). Is there anyone as glorious and as mighty as our God? Is there anyone who could love and protect you as He does?

Dear children of God, all His creations praise Him. Will you also praise Him? “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that is in them, I heard saying: Blessing and honour and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever” (Revelation 5:13).

To meditate: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

APRIL 10 – JOY EVEN IN AFFLICTION!

“Make us glad according to the days in which you have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil” (Psalm 90:15).

“We have been afflicted. Make us happy” has been the resentment of many. Those who struggle in sorrows, sadness and darkness will be longing for the light of happiness. Is it not?

“Make us happy” is the prayer, which the Godly man Moses made that day, pouring out his heart. He did not seek “Make us happy” simply, but prayed to ask “Make us glad according to the days of our suffering”.

The years in which they saw evils came before his imagination. They were facing evils in Egypt for around four hundred years. They lived as slaves and were forced to carry out physically heavy tasks. They were toiling in tasks like cutting, burning and carrying of bricks for the whole of their lifetime. They did not provide even the straw, which is essential for sintering the bricks. The taskmasters whipped and ill-treated them. Their life was bitter to them.

Even after they came out of the bondage of Pharaoh, their struggle did not fully come to an end. They walked continuously in the wilderness. It was not for a month or two, but they continued to walk for forty years.  Will anyone like to stay in a desert? Indeed Canaan, where honey and milk flew, was before them, but there were numerous hurdles for them in inheriting the same.

Moses pleaded, “Make us glad according to the days in which you have afflicted us, the years in which we have seen evil.” You may have come across sorrows and sadness. You may have been experiencing strong winds and cyclones for some years. The stormy winds and the turbulent sea might have made you diffident. Will you join with Moses and plead, “God, make us happy”?

Dear children of God, believe and hold firmly that Canaan is nearby. God will make you happy, and your tears will turn into joy. Your sorrow will turn into joy. You will be experiencing happy years in proportion to the years of sadness which you came across.

To meditate: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11).

APRIL 09 – CAPTIVITY WILL CHANGE!

“For I will give you fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth,
when I return your captives before your eyes” (Zephaniah 3:20).

Nobody prefers captivity. The situation under captivity is devoid of freedom and independence. It is a sign of shame.

In the Old Testament, we read on several occasions how Israelites had to cross over the path of captivity. The situation arose in which they were sold as slaves. During the time of captivity, they experienced reproaches, shame and mockery. When they repented and looked up to God, He changed their captivity.

More than the body being in prison, how sorrowful it is for the soul to stay in the prison of sin and the clutches of Satan! Some people are in captivity for their sinful habits. Drugs and alcohol have kept many there. Some are afflicted with the spirit of lusts and are suffering in the prison of harlotry.

Crueler is the captivity of spirit. Spirit of Satan captured the spirit of some people and has made them roam about as mentally retarded. When Satan binds the spirit of a man, he rules over it and guides the same, that particular man experiences unbearable torture. He struggles unable to get delivered. The Spirit of God has delivered you from sin, death and the rule of Satan and has brought you into the Kingdom of the loving Son.

Our God is one to turn the captivity. He is one to make the darkness to shine brightly. He is also one to deliver the bound ones. The Scripture says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.” (Isaiah 61:1, 2).

Dear children of God, God is willing to give you the ministry of turning the captivity. If you are filled with anointment, you shall break the yokes.

To meditate: “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends” (Job 42:10).

April 08 – A LADDER WHICH BECAME A CROSS!

“….hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” (John 1:51).

Jacob saw a ladder in his dream, and in that leader, angels alone kept ascending and descending. Except for the angels, no man climbed the ladder. Sin brought in a significant separation between the man and God.

Man was unable to go to God, move with Him and rejoice. The Scripture says, “No one has ascended to heaven” (John 3:13). Jesus Christ Himself turned into a ladder in order to create a link between heaven and the earth. The Cross of Calvary is that ladder. Yes. He is the one to make the people of the world shine like the stars of the sky.

Dear children of God, look up to the cross, which is the ladder standing high in your life. The wounds which Jesus Christ suffered on the cross, remain as steps to heaven for you. There is no way other than the path of cross for you to go to heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

A multitude of people ascended to heaven after Jesus had experienced the sufferings on the cross. John, the apostle, writes, “After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven” (Revelation 19:1). Yes. Only when Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross, people were able to enter into heaven by receiving the forgiveness of sins and Salvation, making use of the Calvary sacrifice and the bloodshed by Jesus Christ,

Even today, God is standing like a ladder combining heaven and earth. “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off” (Jeremiah 23:23). Yes. Heaven is His throne, and earth is His footstool (Isaiah 66:1). Think over the love He has placed on you, which is so great. How great His compassion is!

Look at that ladder once more. It has two ends. The end which rests on the earth signifies that He is the son of man. The other end which reaches heaven indicates that He is the Son of God. Today, He stands before you as a son of man and a Son of God. Dear children of God, “He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).

To meditate: “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).

April 07 – GREATNESS OF THE CROSS!

“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).

Paul, the apostle, was trained by the famous philosopher, Kamaliyel. He was born in Israel dynasty and belongs to the tribe of Benjamin. He was an expert in the laws. He had been a Pharisee and also a scribe. Further, he was full of reverence. But, He never valued these factors highly but proclaimed that the cross was his greatness.

Firstly, the cross is the place where the divinity gets revealed in full. There you see the perfect love and sacrifice of God. There, you see the humility of Christ, who took the form of a bondservant for your sake. You also find the way to heaven, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Some years ago, a Russian Astronaut named Nicholas researched in the space and came back to earth. After this, he began to criticise Christianity disgustingly. He said, “I went to space and came back. There was no Christ and no god. There is no god at all.” This was published in all the newspapers.

Billy Graham, who read this wanted to reply. So, he wrote a short story in the next day’s newspaper. He wrote, “An earthworm pushed its head above the ground level, looked around, went below again and told its family members that there is no human being in the world.” After writing this, he continued to write, “Dear astronaut, if you want to see Jesus Christ come nearer to the cross. There, you can see the perfection of the divinity.”

Secondly, the cross is an altar where the sins get forgiven. There, the Lord sacrificed His only begotten Son as a sin offering and made redemption, the forgiveness of sins. His heart melts with compassion and he forgives those who come to the cross with remorse and seek forgiveness.

Thirdly, the cross is the place where the curses get broken. Living with the curses will keep bringing sorrows and sufferings day after day. Dear children of God, cry out to Jesus, who became a curse on the cross for your sake, to break your curses. Then, God who drives away the curses will pity you and bless you in proportion to the years of curses and sorrow, you had experienced.

To meditate: “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him” (Revelation 22:3).

April 06 – MESSAGE OF THE CROSS!

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18).

Though there are several teachings in the world, the teaching of Jesus Christ alone remains as the teaching of Salvation. It provides us with divine strength. Let us meditate the preaching of the cross here.

1          It is a teaching of love: Though the whole Bible reveals the love of God, the divine love is flowing like a flood in the portions related to the sufferings on the cross. His sufferings and sorrows point out only one thing, and that is “Son, Daughter, I love you.”

The world is longing for love. One becomes frustrated when one does not receive the love. Jesus Christ loves us wholeheartedly, and He revealed this by giving His life on the cross. He had told in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends,” and accordingly, He gave His life and became the benchmark of love.

2          It is a teaching of forgiveness: Jesus Christ, who hanged on the cross, poured out all His blood for all human beings. The Scripture says, “In Him, we have redemption through His blood” (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14).

3          It is a teaching of divine healing: The stripes which Jesus Christ accepted on the cross, promise you the divine healing and health. The Scripture says, “…by whose stripes you were healed” (I Peter 2:24). “…by His stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

Once, a missionary by name, George was preaching about ‘divine healing’ in Africa. A dreaded disease called ‘Black Plague’ was spreading there at that time. This disease caused blood vomit, and people were dying in thousands. It was a contagious disease, and the vomited blood helped in rapid spreading of the disease.

But even, when George poured the blood vomited by a patient in his hands, he was least affected. When seen through a microscope, people noticed the poisonous germs in the blood dying in his hands. Just because he had attached himself with the cross, he was able to do this. Dear children of God, whatever be the disease or sickness with which you have been affected, when the hands of Christ who accepted the stripes for your sake touch you, all the poisonous germs in you will die. The disease will flee.

To meditate: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).

April 05 – ENEMIES OF THE CROSS!

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often…that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. …whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame” (Philippians 3:18, 19).

Those who are the enemies of the Cross of Christ remain as enemies to His grace and mercy. In this Scripture portion, Paul the apostle mentions five factors about the enemies of Christ. 1. They are the ones to walk differently. 2. They are the ones who have decided to walk on the path of destruction. 3. Stomach is God for them. 4. Lust is their glory. 5. They always think of the worldly things alone.

If you remain with Christ as heir to the love of His Cross, you will surely inherit the blessings of the Cross. Cross is a great thing you have received. Is it not? Jesus submitted Himself on it for your sake. Is it not?

The path of the cross is a narrow one. Only chosen people will walk through the way of cross patiently. But, the enemies of the cross create luxurious paths for themselves. They are with the motive to enjoy the worldly pleasures.

Who is the enemy of the cross? The first enemy is Satan. He got pushed out of heaven because of his pride against God. He decided to take revenge on Jesus by nailing Him on the cross. It is for this purpose, he entered into Judas, who was one of Christ’s disciples. Satan, who planned to destroy Jesus Christ on the Cross, got destroyed by the same instead.

With His nail-pierced feet, Jesus Christ crushed the head of Satan. Jesus Made Satan inactive. All those who remain as enemies to the cross will also get destroyed along with Satan.

The next characteristic of the enemies of the cross is living only for the present, going behind the worldly things; running here and there in search of the perishables. Jesus has said not to worry over what to eat and what to drink which are worldly things (Mathew 6:31).

Dear children of God, join with the cross always. Only that will elevate you to eternity and lead you to eternal life. If there is no cross, there is no forgiveness, no Salvation, no Redemption and no deliverance.

To meditate: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).