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JUNE 23 – UNKNOWN HIDDEN THINGS!

“I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them” (Isaiah 48:6).

How will one know a thing if it is not declared? You will never know the hidden things unless God reveals them to you. With all love, God looks at you and says, “From this time, I have made you hear new things and even hidden things”.

In the early days, God willed to reveal many hidden things through His prophets. For example, He clearly announced the birth of Jesus Christ through Isaiah, the prophet, who lived several hundred years earlier. The Scripture says that He will not do anything without revealing the secrets to His prophets.

God, who revealed the secrets through His prophets in the beginning is willing to do the same through Jesus Christ now. How joyous it is for God to be always eager to reveal to you what your future is!

Dear children of God, seek the counsel of God so that you could run the family as one who knows what the will of God is. Has He not promised, “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3)?

All you know is the past and the present. But God knows the future too. He can also provide you with guidance over what you have to do. God says, “Ask me of things to come concerning my sons; and concerning the work of my hands, you command me” (Isaiah 45:11).

While going to bed, pray to God to reveal to you what your future is through dreams. God who spoke to Joseph in his dreams, who spoke to Samuel through vision, who revealed what the future is to Nebuchadnezzar, will do the same also to you.

Today, God is prepared to talk to you. He is willing to reveal to you what your future is and guide you on a glorious path. Dear children of God, all you need to do is just call upon Him (Psalm 91:15).

To meditate: “You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you” (Isaiah 30:19).

JUNE 22 – THE BEST IN BEAUTY!

“My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10).

Many people get nearer to Jesus Christ with the wish to meet Him. On meeting Him, they render witness about Him. They describe how His appearance is. They praise Him saying, “My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand.”

Since He is white, the Scripture compares Him to the white lily flower. The white lily flower blossoms in the valleys and spreads the fragrance there and in the same way, Jesus Christ remains as one to take a humble birth and spread His holiness all around.

He is also red. The red colour remains as a sign of the sacrifice of God and the blood of Calvary. He who is altogether lovely, turned into red by shedding blood on the Cross of Calvary, for our sake. He had no beauty and was marred that way. Whenever we look up to that red colour, the sufferings Christ underwent and the sacrifices He made for us, fill our hearts with Ecstasy.

We saw the Scripture comparing God’s white colour to the lily flower and His Red colour to the blood of Calvary. It also compares His red colour to the rose of Sharon. Whenever we see the rose of Sharon, the bloody red colour of the big drops of blood of Calvary, keeps shaking our hearts. He is the Son of God. He is the Son of man. He is the one to advocate for us, sitting at the right of the Lord.

Look at that wonderful Saviour. He is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand. Further, He is yours. Right from the time in which you submitted yourself into His hands, He has become yours too. What a great blessing it is for such a great God who said, “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool” (Isaiah 66:1) to become yours and guide you!

Dear children of God, if you accept this wonderful Saviour as your lover of soul, He will fill your entire heart. He will bring the heavenly glory into you. He will establish the Heavenly holiness and divine love within you. He who is chief among ten thousand will make you also very special.

To meditate: “God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, seen by angels,
preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory” (I Timothy 3:16).

JUNE 21 – MAN OF UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE!

“Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged” (Proverbs 28:2).

The life of those who read the book of Proverbs with interest will be prosperous. This literature of wisdom stays very useful for one to lead a holy and victorious life. It is also very much helpful to one’s ministry.

Every young man and woman, before entering into wedlock and family life in this world, should go deep into this literature of wisdom and derive the precious pearls-like divine counselling with desire.

Alexander Mclean, a famous preacher, said, “The book of Proverbs is great medicine and antidote that you should always have with you”. It clears all the sickness related to youth stage and brings in health.” How true these words are!

Many young men and women have come into the belief in Christ after going through the book of Proverbs. Many have begun to read this book with the intention to gain worldly knowledge but they have been attracted and pulled by the wisdom of God. What is their witness? “We started to read the book to gain knowledge of the world. But, the wisdom in this book guides us towards God who gave this book. By reading the alphabets, we came to know the creator of these alphabets.

The book of Proverbs is a portion of the Scripture that has appropriate words to proclaim the Gospel.  One can gain knowledge of Christ by reading this book. It is these words of wisdom that stand as perfect pillars for your life.

Encourage the children and youth in your family to read this book of Proverbs. Then they will begin to be filled with divine knowledge at an early stage itself. To whatever extent they read and meditate on this book, in proportion, the divine words will stay deeply rooted in their hearts. They will be wise in their words and deeds.

Whosoever disrespect the Godly wisdom will unknowingly stain their lives. The words of God are not only spirit and life but also weapons of wisdom which turns the simple into wise. It remains as the strength of the soul. It guides you wonderfully.

To meditate: “With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13).

JUNE 20 – BEFORE THE RULER!

“When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you” (Proverbs 23:1).

King Solomon was a big king who had ruled with wisdom. He knew the tricks of the other rulers and also how cunningly they will capture the enemies. That is why he writes, “When you sit down to eat with a ruler,….Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food” (Proverbs 23:1, 3).

Today, wealthy people cover the government officials by tempting them with liquor, women and money. Many people may even approach you to cover in that manner. When tasty food varieties are placed before you (Money, name and fame), you have to cautiously analyse for what reason they are given to you. Understand the tricks of satan and refrain from falling into the traps.

To catch a rat, people will tempt is by placing snacks of its liking in the trap. Without knowing the danger lying ahead, the rat will fall into the trap. It is in this way, satan was able to capture Samson, the judge in a cage by showing him the lusts of the world. What a pathetic situation!

Jesus Christ cautioned about another ruler. He is the ruler of the world (John 14:30). When Jesus Christ was hungry after fasting, the ruler of the world brought food and placed it before him. What was that food? They were mere stones. The tempter came to Jesus and said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread (Mathew 4:3). But God chased satan, saying, “Away with you, Satan.” He did not yield to temptations.

The Scripture says, “Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food” (Proverbs 23:3). What the words ‘deceptive food’ mean is the lust of the flesh seen in the world. The men of the world take their food with their eyes. They take the cinema and prostitution as food and live as slaves to satan.

Jesus Christ also gives us a food. It brings eternal life into us. Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever” (John 6:51). It is the words of God that remain as our bread and spiritual manna.

Dear children of God, will you treat the Scripture as food and eat the same enthusiastically?

To meditate: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).

JUNE 19 – YOU HAVE LOOSENED MY BONDS!

“O LORD,…..I am your servant, ….you have loosed my bonds” (Psalm 116:16).

God delivers you from your bonds. The Scripture says, “He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1).

When Jesus Christ delivered a woman who had been inflicted with a spirit of infirmity and remained bent for eighteen years, she glorified God. Yes. It was a binding of satan. Even today, satan has bound many people with sorceries and witchcraft. But, when the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36). There are no binds from which Jesus Christ could not deliver.

For some people, sickness remains as the bond. The sickness keeps on weakening them. Since this is a binding, the afflicted people are unable to rise and shine for God. A woman suffered for eighteen years due to the spirit of infirmity. She had spent a lot to get healed but did not succeed. But when she came to Jesus, the bindings were cut off in the blink of an eye. The power of God flew into her and healed her.

Nicodemus had a binding. It was a traditional one. Since he was a Pharisee, he was unable to follow Jesus openly. He came to Jesus during the night without the knowledge of others (John 3:2). Even today, many people, despite knowing the deep truths of the Scripture, are unable to worship God spiritually and truly due to the church bindings.

Some others have been kept bound by unbelief. They keep speaking words of defeat and unbelief, thereby preventing God from doing miracles. Lazarus had died and Jesus went to resurrect him. But the sisters of Lazarus did not have faith. Mary, one of his sisters said, Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:32).

Even after Jesus had come near the tomb, Martha another sister of Lazarus said, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days” (John 11:39). But, when Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, “Lazarus, come forth”, he who had died came out. But, his hands and legs had been tied with grave clothes. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:43, 44).

Dear children of God, “Cut off the binds” is the command God gives you today.”

To meditate: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

JUNE 18 – SHALL NOT DESPISE!

“He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer” (Psalm 102:17).

Our God is not only hearing our prayers, but He also answers them. The Psalmist has named God beautifully saying, “…who hear prayer” (Psalm 65:2). Even today, God remains as one to hear your prayer. The Scripture says “He shall regard the prayer of the destitute And shall not despise their prayer” (Psalm 102:17).

Who are these destitute? The English dictionary gives several meanings like orphans, poor, lonely people and so on. But, in the Scripture, this word does not mean the poor alone but covers many people. Even the kings and princes will come into this category if they are in a helpless condition needing consolation.

In the Scripture, have a look at King Jehoshaphat. Huge problems and tribulations came to him in his life. A big army incomparable to his simple strength came against him. At that situation, he cried like a destitute, to God saying, “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (II Chronicles 20:12).

In the year 2015, there was a big flood in Chennai city, and manypeople were affected greatly. All of a sudden, they turned destitute. Even the millionaires were unable to withdraw money from the bank or the ATMs. Though they had costly high-end mobile phones in their hands, they were of no use.

Even their famous Benz cars got immersed in water. They could not get food and meet their basic needs and became helpless. Natural calamities come unexpectedly, and the situations change. Whoever it may be, they naturally become helpless in such situations.

Dear children of God, when you have to cross such helpless paths, call upon God. He will surely help you. He will elevate you from that helpless situation and bless you.

To meditate: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18).

JUNE 17 – BE STILL!

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Sitting at the feet of God is a blessed experience. Sitting silently in the presence of God shows your faith in Him. You believe Him, place all your burdens on Him and keep on praising Him, relaxing silently at His feet. This shows how much you love Him.

In human life, the experience of sitting at God’s feet is very essential. Our wonderful God is one to lead you beside the still waters. Is it not?   In this rushing world, man does not like to sit idle. He places all the burdens on his own head and carries all the worries by himself.

A person who had newly come to the ministry listed out his responsibilities he had to carry out. His list went this way. “I have to prepare five sermons for this week. I have to conduct three marriages this week. There I have to deliver the message, and here I have to preach at a birthday function. I have to meet many people who are sick and the higher-ups have arranged many camps and I have to share the Word of God in them.”

A person who was there at that time, asked, “Sir if you have so many engagements, how will you find time to listen to God when He speaks to you?” This is not a question put forward to that young servant of God alone. It is the one posed to every one of us. What will be your answer?

Look up to Jesus Christ. He ministered day and night without any break. But even then, He allotted time to get away from the people and spend time with the Lord alone. His habit of climbing the hill alone to meet the Lord and to pray there for the whole night, enriched Him with power, strength, refreshment and speed. He went to the wilderness and sat in the presence of the Lord. He went to the Gethsemane Garden and fervently prayed there.

That day, Jesus Christ looked at Martha who had no time to sit in His presence and said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41, 42).

Dear children of God, allocate times to sit at the feet of God. Wake up in the morning and go to sit in His presence.

To meditate: “Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14).

JUNE 16 – HORSES OF FIRE!

“…behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (II Kings 6:17).

Either in protecting His people or in fighting for them, the ways of God are amazing and wonderful. Here, He sends His horses and chariots of fire to protect His servant.

Elisha was one to lead a simple and ordinary life. Only one servant was staying with him. The king of Syria envied Elisha, and therefore, he sent horses and chariots and a great army to capture, and they came by night and surrounded the city (II Kings 6:14). Who will fight for Elisha? Who will protect him from the hands of the king of Syria? The servant of Elisha screamed, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

Do you know what the response of Elisha was? He said, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Yes, Elisha had the eyes of spirit. With those eyes, he saw the horses and chariots of fire sent by God in his support. Thus, he had no fear in his heart.

Just think of the numerous things that God does in support of you. God says, “For I,’ says the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst” (Zachariah 2:5). In the books of Joshua, Judges, I Kings and II Kings, we read how God protected His people. These books also show how He struggled, advocated and fought for them.

The Scripture says that when Sisera waged war against the children of Israel, they fought from the heavens and the stars from their courses fought against Sisera (Judges 5:20). Similarly, God sent hornets to chase the Canaanites to protect the Israelites. The hornets came in thousands and stood like warriors. They cast out the Canaanites (Exodus 23:28, Deuteronomy 7:20).

When the children of Israel were chased by the Egyptians, God placed the pillar of fire in between them. It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians and at the same time, it gave light by night to the Israelites (Exodus 14:20). Dear children of God, God is one to protect you. He remains as one to have extreme concern over you.

To meditate: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (II Chronicles 16:9).

JUNE 15 – TO RECEIVE THE MIRACLES!

“Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5).

Why should you lead a holy life? Only if you have holiness in your life, you could expect miracles from God. Whenever man tries to go nearer to God, God eagerly expects him to lead a holy life.

What do many people say? ‘I will accept God if He does this miracle in my family. I will worship Jesus if He gives me good employment. We will accept Jesus as a family if He gives us a male child’ and so on. They also make resolutions that way.

But what does the Scripture say? Firstly, you have to sanctify yourself. Only after doing this, you can expect a miracle from God. Jesus Christ said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Mathew 6:33). God’s righteousness is His holiness.

When a pastor was getting ready to participate in a revival meeting, the brothers who had arranged that meeting told, “People are expecting miracles. Many people are expecting divine healing, power, deliverance and prophecies. So, please come prepared for this.” The pastor also decided to pray for this before departing to the meeting.

When the pastor fell on his knees and prayed to God for the people to receive miracles, God asked, “I am ready to do the miracles. But are the people prepared to leave their sinful ways and lead a holy life?”

Joshua looked at the people and said, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5). God asked Moses to consecrate the people for two days and promised to descend upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people (Exodus 19:10, 11). When you do all the necessary things to God and get improved in your holiness, God will surely do what He had to do for you.

Dear children, are your problems and struggles on the increase day after day? Sit at the feet of God and cleanse yourself. One who performed the miracle of making the River Jordan turn away to enable the children of Israel to cross over, will surely do wonders also in your life.

To meditate: “He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number” (Job 9:10).

JUNE 14 – ONE WHO DOES WONDERS!

“Who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11).

No one is comparable to God in doing miracles. The miracles performed by God are permanent , magnificent and blessed ones. He will surely perform miracles in your life also.

Certain evil spirits also do miracles. We read about this in several instances in the Scripture. The magicians in Egypt did miracles in the presence of Moses. Is it not? The Scripture says that false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the chosen ones. But these things cannot stand before God. That is why Moses asked, “Who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” God is eager to perform all miracles which you require.

He performed a miracle by turning water into wine. He took a silver coin from the mouth of a fish to pay the tax due. He fed five thousand people with two fish and five loaves of bread. He brought the dead people back to life. The Scripture says, “He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number” (Job 9:10).

If you expect miracles from God, it is essential for you to have faith in your life. Miracles will happen only where the faith is. Jesus said that one could see the glory of God if he had faith in him.

Faith comes through the question. The question comes through the Scripture of God. In proportion to the extent you meditate the miracles of God, you will be filled with the faith that He will do the same miracles for you too. Go through all the miracles which find place between the book of Genesis and the book of Revelation, in the Bible. “Talk of all His wondrous works” (Psalm 105:2).

Apart from having faith in God for miracles, you should also open your mouth and seek from God. Plead saying, “God who perform miracles, do a miracle also in my life.’ King Hezekiah looked up to God and prayed. God commanded him a miracle (II Chronicles 32:24). On the shore of the Red Sea, people called up to Him. God did a miracle by splitting the sea into two. Dear children of God, God will surely hear your prayers and do miracles for you. He is the Lord and He will not change (Malachi 3:6).

To meditate: “You are the God who does wonders; you have declared your strength among the people” (Psalm 77:14).