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Jan 16 – HOLY INSTITUTION WHICH HE LOVES!

“For Judah has profaned the Lord’s holy institution which He loves: he has married the daughter of a foreign god” (Malachi 2:11).

A portion of this verse says “Lord’s holy institution which He loves” and you may meditate the same. At times, you love your children the most. You love particular friends the most. Some of your relatives move closely with you, and you stay affectionate with them. When something wrong happens to them, you become worried. When someone kidnaps a child whom you like a lot, it is something unbearable for you.

God says, “For Judah has profaned the Lord’s holy institution which He loves.” How sad His heart would have been! If at all God loves a characteristic, it is nothing but holiness. When the children of Israel were in Egypt, God feared that they should not get afflicted with the sinful characteristics of Egypt. So, He willed to bring them out of Egypt. God did this as He wanted His children to be a model for holiness. Yes. He did not require an impure group but require a pure group.

He is a holy God. He also turns you holy. God said, “And you shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the people, that you should be mine” (Leviticus 20:26). It is the will and wish of God that you should live in holiness which He likes. Lord God alone stays as an example of holiness for you to follow.

One day the eyes of Isaiah met God. The beauty of holiness in God touched him. Unknowingly he began to cry and said, “I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips.” When the light and revelation of such a need comes into you, holiness and the desire over the same will enter you unknowingly. The live coal which made Isaiah holy should touch your tongue also and make your words holy.

Jesus Christ said, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Mathew 5:48). Dear children, it is possible for you to live holy. God has noted the ways and means to achieve it, in the Scripture. He has shown you the example. Let your eyes keep on looking at the holy God.

To meditate: “he who is holy, let him be holy still …….and behold, I am coming quickly” (Revelation 22:11, 12).

Jan 15 – PERFECT SANCTIFICATION!

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23).

Our God sanctifies our spirit, soul and body and makes us stand firm to the end. God alone is one to give us His holiness to us.

God aims to sanctify you completely. He wants to make you stand blemishless during the Coming of Christ. It is for this purpose that God has given you the Holy Spirit. The Scripture says, “…the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:16).

The first thing He does is that He delivers the man from the power of the sin. That day, when Peter preached, the Holy Spirit worked within every heart of the people there. Thereby, the people repented for their sins. They asked, “Brothers, what must we do to be saved?” The reason for this is that the Holy Spirit makes one to understand the world of its sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:18).

Secondly, the Holy Spirit enables the children of God to win over sins. He promises that you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you (Acts 1:8). So, with the power of the Holy Spirit, you turn the defeats into victories.

Thirdly, the Holy Spirit brings power. It gives you the strength to do the ministry, power to deliver the souls from the hands of satan, the power to establish churches breaking the gates of the hade and power and grace to do good things for the people. The Scripture says, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).

Fourthly, the Holy Spirit perfects you in holiness and brings the divine characteristic in you by dwelling within you. The Scripture says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (I Corinthians 3:16). Dear children of God, the Holy Spirit will dwell within you and guide you through the experience of transfiguration.

To meditate: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18).

Jan 14 – ENDURES ALL THINGS!

“Love….endures all things” (I Corinthians 13:4, 7).

Love alone has the power to endure everything. With his earnings, an affectionate father runs a family.  The loving mother tolerates all the problems, struggles and the sufferings because of her affection over the children. The pious parents uphold every member of the family in their prayers.

A widowed mother came to know that her son was involved in gambling and she chided him with tears. But the son did not pay heed to her words and continued to gamble. One day, he and his accomplices were arrested by the police for gambling. The other persons were able to pay the penalty and thus were released. As the son of the widow had no means to pay the penalty he was put behind the bars. The mother was sad, and the son’s disobedience did not affect her level of love towards him.

One day, when the son was looking out of the window from the prison cell, he saw his mother toiling hard in a quarry. She was breaking stones, and her hands were bleeding. After months of hard work in the quarry, the mother was able to settle the penalty levied to her son, and brought her son out of the prison. From that moment both of them loved each other immeasurably. Above everything, the son turned to be a responsible person, and he also became pious.

St. Polycarp presented himself as a blood witness at the age of 86 because of his love on Christ. Since he stood firm, declining to deny the Name of Jesus, the king Marcus Aurelius commanded his soldiers to bring Polycarp to him for killing. When the soldiers met Polycarp, he requested the soldiers to spare a little time for him to pray to God. He prayed for two hours.

While placed before the king, Polycarp firmly told the king “Sir, I accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 6 when He came towards me like a divine river. He has fed me, guided me, blessed me and exalted me for the past 86 years. He never did an evil thing to me. He did not leave or forsake me. I will never deny such a loving Jesus Christ.”

In his ripe old age, he happily sacrificed his life and accepted death for the sake of Christ. His blood speaks even today. Dear children of God praise God for His power of love.         

To meditate: “….bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2, 3).

Jan 13 – THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH!

“He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16, 17).

Many people think that the Spirit of truth is merely one which gives spiritual experiences and gifts. But the Holy Spirit brings the Gifts of the Spirit and powers into you. Above everything, He stays and dwells within you.

Imagine that a person loved by your family is visiting your home. During his visit, he gives you a present, wrapped with colour papers. The children standing around, are more attracted by the colour papers and the ribbon tied around the pack. The youth in the family will be more particular to grab the gift placed inside the packet. But the focus of the elders is always focussed on welcoming them with love and in showing them hospitality.

Similarly, some people keep on talking about the experience they underwent while receiving the Holy Spirit. They keep speaking for years together about how their body shook while receiving the anointment and the vision they had at that time. These people are spiritual children. The experience of these people is like the colour papers used for wrapping the gift. Some others, value the Gifts and powers brought by the Holy Spirit more than the Holy Spirit himself. May you exalt the Holy Spirit more than anything else!

Holy Spirit is the one who preaches you. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13). You will receive the perfection only if you go into all truths. Similar to how a child advances in its education stepwise from I standard to higher studies, in the same way, the Holy Spirit teaches you the truths one by one and leads you ahead.

All those who are guided by the Holy Spirit remain as children of God. When you accept Jesus as your Saviour, you become His children (John 1:12). Taking birth by the Spirit is the experience of a child. At the same time, getting guided by the Holy Spirit is the experience of the matured children.

Dear children of God, you have to advance in your Spiritual life. Dedicate yourself for the Holy Spirit to stay, dwell in you and guide you every minute. 

To meditate: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26).

Jan 12 – IN THE PRESENCE OF ENEMIES!

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over” (Psalm 23:5).

Whenever you see the enemy, keep it in your remembrance that God has prepared a table before you in the presence of your enemies.

David had numerous enemies. In the beginning, David might have worried a lot because of them. But in the end, in proportion to the same extent of reproach he suffered, he got blessed. When David’s brothers turned as enemies to him, God exalted David as king before them.

My father became a fulltime servant of God after serving the Government for sixteen years. He thought that many people in the evangelical arena would come and embrace, counsel and encourage him. But, instead, many people were jealous of his spiritual growth and envied him. One writer wrote scurrilously, and some others made use of all their writing skills in accusing and defaming him.

But, while these people went on tarnishing the image of my father, God kept on exalting him in the ministry. Every time God prepared a table for him in front of his enemies. God anointed his head with oil, and liberally gave him the gifts and powers of the Spirit. Whenever such people wrote defaming him, my father eagerly expected with his eyes of faith, the glorious table which God had arranged for him. He also received it every time.

The children of Israel were chased up to the Red Sea by the Egyptians who were their enemies. God had permitted them to that extent. The enemies were so happy in chasing, reproaching and mocking the children of Israel. In the end, one day, God toppled them in the Red Sea. From that day onwards, God began to pour manna from heaven and prepared a special table for the Israelites.

Dear children of God, you may be walking in a path filled with reproach and shame. There may be numerous enemies for you. Do not worry. God will surely arrange a table for you in the presence of your enemies.           

To meditate: “The shield of your help and the sword of your majesty!Your enemies shall submit to you and you shall tread down their high places” (Deuteronomy 33:29).

Jan 11 – ALL TYPES OF GOOD THINGS!

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy” (I Timothy 6:17).

Our God is one who gives all good things perfectly. Some people always see God to be one who subjects us to troubles. They keep saying that they are being troubled just as Job suffered. It is because of this, they are not able to receive the perfect blessings completely. 

Sufferings are there for you in the world; tribulations also are there. At the same time, God also has promised you many good things. He waits to exalt His children and give them more blessings when compared to others. 

When God blesses you, you have to gleefully accept the same and prosper in both spiritual and worldly lives. You should also receive all the blessings of the Most High. That is why Paul the Apostle says, “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound” (Philippians 4:11, 12). 

Dear children of God, how greatly God loved you and created the world for you! Along with the sun and the moon, He has also provided you with suitable climatic conditions, varieties of fruits, trees and plants for you. He stays with you as a Heavenly Father and is merciful towards you, similar to how a father cares for his children. Not only that. He remains as a God with life and gives you all good things perfectly for you to enjoy. 

You can look at Him and call Him “Abba, Father.” You can pray and receive precious things from Him. The Scripture says that ‘everyone who asks receives’. It is never the will and wish of God for you to struggle due to shortfalls. “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” is the will of God.  

Dear children of God, do you want your debt problem to get solved? Do you want your children to get exalted in their lives? Do you want them to get employed in high positions? Do you want to be blessed with gifts of the spirit and grace? Do you want to gain more souls for God? Seek from God who gives perfectly. If you seek with faith, you will surely receive.   

To meditate: “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8).

Jan 10 – HE WILL GIVE PEACE!

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

The world promises a kind of peace to the people. Presidents of different countries conduct peace talks and try to bring in peace in their respective countries. But all these peace are just temporary.

The world could never bring real peace into a man’s mind. Jesus Christ said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27). Jesus Christ alone is the origin of peace. His name is “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). When He took His birth on earth, a multitude of the heavenly hosts sang praising Him, “Let there be peace on earth.”

Dear children of God, have you received that real peace which Jesus Christ gives, in your heart? The Scripture says, “Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14). “Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it” (I Peter 3:11).

The Scripture alone is showing you the way to receive the great peace of God. The Psalmist David says, “Great peace have those who love your law and nothing causes them to stumble” (Psalm 119:165). God graciously gives much peace to those who love His Word. Only the people who love the Scripture would get filled with peace.

God has promised you not only great peace but also an eternal one. The Scripture says, “Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:18). How blessed it is for God to give you peace which runs like a perennial river!

God not only promises a great and eternal peace but also a perfect one to His children. Isaiah writes, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).

Dear children of God, if you hold on to God firmly and place your faith on His Word, you will receive peace which cannot get shaken away under any circumstances. Nobody could spoil your peace. 

To meditate: “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way” (II Thessalonians 3:16).

Jan 9 – PRINCE OF PEACE!

“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7).

Once a child is born, there is deep thinking among people in choosing an ideal name to it. The father of the child will be suggesting some of the names of his ancestors.  The mother will try something from her side.   Further, a name from the Bible will also be added to the list making the total to three or more.   In the end, people will not use any of the three but will call the baby with a new pet name.

Isaiah, the prophet, comes out with many names to Christ and these names are based on His characteristics. We can find six such names in chapter 9, verse 6 of his book. We find around 272 names for God in the Scripture.

Isaiah longed that Jesus Christ will come as a Prince of peace and the period of Messiah will be peaceful to the Israelites, and it will give hope to the people who had been toiling in the life of slavery under the rule of the opponents. The angels also came out with the Good News of the birth of Jesus and told that the earth would come under peaceful governance. But, since the Jews failed to find the Messiah in Jesus, they also failed to know peace.

The name ‘Prince of Peace’ indicates His governance of peace. The rule of the Guptas is known as the ‘Golden Age.’ The peaceful, fearless and prosperous life is the reason for that. Once peace gets established, all these things will arrive automatically. Today, the world is not under the rule of the Prince of Peace but a worldly ruler (John 14:30, 16:11). The people who commit sin join together with satan and make the world devoid of peace. Those who accept Jesus Christ in their hearts will always have peace.

While listening to the sermon of D. L. Moody, the conscience of a person pricked him. But even then, he was not prepared to accept Jesus Christ. He came to D. L. Moody with anger and said, “I never worried about my sins until you arrived here. When you talk about law and judgment, my mind burns like hell. You talk about Salvation, but it saddens me. I am unable to refrain from coming to your meetings. If you move away from my place, I will regain the peace I had earlier.” Since he was in the clutches of satan, he was unable to know the greatness of real peace.

Dear children of God, is your heart possessing the real peace which the Prince of Peace gives? Or, you misjudge the insensitive and blunt heart to be the peace? Come nearer to Jesus. He will graciously give your heart a peace which no one could take away.           

To meditate: “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).

Jan 8 – GOD OF PEACE!

“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of separation…” (Ephesians 2:14).

Jesus Christ is one to break the wall of separation. He is the one to bring peace. That day there was a wall of separation in between the Israelites and the gentiles. The promises and the covenants of God belonged to the Israelites alone. The Israelites and the gentiles were hostile to each other. But Jesus Christ, who brings peace, broke the middle wall of separation and made both sides to unite. There was no fight or confusion, after the wall of separation was broken.

Jesus Christ held the hands of the Israelites with one of His nails pierced hands and the gentiles with the other. He has united both sides. In Christianity, the Israelites and the gentiles remain as brothers. Since Jesus Christ is the bridge of unification, you have received peace from both God and His children.

For many years, people ruled the nation of Germany by splitting it into two as West Germany and East Germany and constructed a wall of separation in between. Even though the wish of the people was to live together, their governments differed and remained as the walls of separation. After many years, the wall got broken, and both sides got united. The families, which were divided got united. The people were immensely happy and took the small stones of the broken wall to preserve as memorials.

What is the cause of these separations? Hostility encourages separations. In the Old Testament, the laws and the circumcision remained as the walls of separation between the gentiles and the Israelites. But Jesus Christ destroyed those laws and circumcision with His death, nailed them on the cross and triumphed. He brought peace in between both the Israelites and the gentiles.

Today, several types of walls of separation arise in the churches and also in the families. The process of sharing the ancestor’s properties end in hostility and becomes a wall of separation between the families which had been living in harmony thus far. Many factors like caste and religious differences, wealth, status, educational level and colour remain as walls of separation. Dear children of God, when you bring these issues to Jesus Christ, He will solve your problems, break the walls of separation and graciously command you peace.            

To meditate: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13).

Jan 7 – COVENANT OF PEACE!

“But my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed,”says the Lord, who has mercy on you” (Isaiah 54:10).

The mountains depart, and the hills get uprooted. All those persons on whom you placed strong hope that they will come for your rescue, have moved away from you. All those whom you trust that they will stand firm like hills beside you have washed their hands off and have left you alone.

But God says, “For the mountains shall depart and the hills get removed, but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace be removed” (Isaiah 54:10). The peace God gives you is an unchanging one. Let that peace fill your heart. The feeling that God is with you alone will bring that peace to you.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Protect the peace always so that the covenant of peace made with God is intact. You may ask how to protect peace. Yes. Firstly, your heart should be in peace with God. In your lifetime, you should not admit anything which may spoil the peace.

Never admit the sins in your life. Whenever sins enter you, submit yourself to the presence of God, get washed in the blood of God and get yourselfcleansed. Jesus Christ looked at the inhabitants of Jerusalem and said, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace” (Luke 19:42).

When you are in peace with God, divine peace fills your heart. The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will rule your hearts. The Scripture says, “For He, Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,…thus making peace….reconcile them both to God” (Ephesians 2:14, 15, 16).

Dear children of God, hold the promises of God firmly. Pray for peace and say, “Prince of peace, give peace to the family.” May divine peace fill your heart right now!

To meditate: “and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20).