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Oct 10 – PRAISING ANGELS!

“Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts!” (Psalms 148:2).

The angels are always praising God. They not only fulfil all His commands but also come and help you the children of God.

Once, a young nineteen-year-old girl named Julia had to go to Zambia, a country in the continent of Africa, to minister for God. There she struggled as she was not able to perform in the new country amid the terrible habits of the Negros. The unbearable sun tormented her and no comfort was available in her residence towards her ministry. She was affected by the solitude and homesickness.

One day, she was broken-hearted and before going to bed, wept and placed all her burdens on God and unknowingly went to sleep. In the mid-night, suddenly the whole of her room filled with brightness. When she opened her eyes, she saw a wonderful angel protecting her by standing by her side with the wings spread.

The face of the angel was so bright and beautiful. He looked as though he was wearing the brightness as a dress. His hair was curly and white. His eyes wore an innocent look. As she saw the angel, a divine peace filled her heart.

What a blessed thing it is for you to get the inner eyes opened and see the angels sent for you by God! God who said that He will not forget you even if your mother forgets you, has commanded the angels to help you. While going through the Scripture, you can find that so many angels of God have descended to earth to help several saints.           

Indeed, Hagar was a slave. After a quarrel with Sarah, she came running alone and at that moment, a glorious angel met her. The angel advised her to go back to Sarah and submit herself under Sarah’s hand. The angel also said that God would multiply her descendants exceedingly so that they shall not be counted for multitude (Genesis 16:7-10).

Dear children of God, God is sending His angels for you during your hours of distress and need. They will quickly bring the news from God speedily to you. The news carried by the angels will comfort your soul similar to how the good news from the faraway place refreshes the soul.  

To meditate: “And the Lord answered the angel who talked to me, with good and comforting words” (Zacharia 1:13).

Oct 9 – ADORNING SPIRIT!

“By His Spirit He adorned the heavens” (Job 26:13).

God adorned the heavens. He adorned the day with the sun and the night with the moon. He not only makes the evening time beautiful with a blue colour but also makes the clouds to float like awesome cotton. Look up and see how God has adorned.

“Lift your eyes on high and see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing” (Isaiah 40:26). “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:4, 5).

Did the Holy Spirit adorn heaven alone? No. He has also adorned you. The Scripture says, “He will beautify the humble with salvation” (Psalm 149:4). He adorns you by crowning you with good things and grace. He adorns you with holiness. He wants you to worship Him in the beauty of holiness.

Dear children of God, think about your adornment. The cine actresses put on a magnificent look with outward beautifications. But what a man requires is inner adornment. What you need is spiritual adornment.

Paul the Apostle writes, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands” (I Peter 3:3-5).

Will you love God with the spiritual adornment which alone He expects? Let Jesus Christ who is the bridegroom, rejoice at your adornment. Isaiah who had been filled with spiritual adornment happily says, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).

Dear children of God, rejoice over the adornment which the Holy Spirit has made in you.

To meditate: “You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord and a royal diadem in the hand of your God” (Isaiah 62:3).

Oct 7 – TRIBE OF JUDAH!

“…and set himself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (II Chronicles 20:3).

The fasting and praise brought a great revival and redemption all over Judah. The tribe of Judah is a special one. All the great kings who ruled over Israel had emerged from this tribe. Our loving Lord Jesus Christ also belongs to it. He is called “The King lion of Judah.”

The meaning for the word ‘Judah’ is “I will praise God.” Leah, the elder wife of Jacob knew the secret that the praise made to God will bring Him to the earth. The Scripture says, “And she conceived again and bore a son and said, ‘Now I will praise the Lord.’ Therefore, she called his name Judah” (Genesis 29:35).

Levi was elder to his brother Judah. “Joined in Harmony” is the meaning of the name Levi. Judah was the one to take birth after Levi. If Judah comes after Levi, what does it mean? When we unite our spirit, soul and body with God, in continuation Judah which is the praise will come into presence. Think a bit deeper. When your spirit, soul and body get united and praise God with full power it will pave the way for the King lion of Judah to arrive. Unless Levi takes birth, Judah cannot come into being.

Many people are deprived of successes as they do not have the praise in their mouths. Levi is not born there and the spirit, soul and body have not united with God. Of all the tribes, the tribe of Judah has taken away the huge blessing. What is that blessing? Yes. Jesus Christ took birth in the tribe of Judah. He is our Saviour. The Saviour for the entire world.

The meaning for the word ‘Saviour’ is ‘one who delivers’. One who delivers from the sins and curses; from the struggles of the enemy. It is from Judah who is the praise you make to God, you receive the deliverance. It comes from your praises to God. Do you want the future of your children to be prosperous? Make them Judah so that they praise God. Do you want your husband to get exalted by being saved? Dedicate him as a praising Judah.

Jacob blessed his son by saying, “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up” (Genesis 49:8, 9). If the whole family becomes Judah, Jesus Christ belonging to the tribe of Judah will descend with power. Dear children of God, increase praise in your life.

To meditate: “But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved” (Psalm 78:68).

Oct 6 – BRING BACK THE KING!

“…. why do you say nothing about bringing back the king?” (II Samuel 19:10).

The children of Israel sent people to bring King David quickly. Those Israelites spoke with the elders of Judah. “Why are you the last to bring the king back to his house, since the words of all Israel have come to the king, to his very house? You are my brethren; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then are you the last to bring back the king?” (II Samuel 19:11, 12).

“So, he swayed the hearts of all the men of Judah, just as the heart of one man, so that they sent this word to the king: ‘Return, you and all your servants!’ Then the king returned and came upto the Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to escort the king across the Jordan” (II Samuel 19:14, 15). King David returned to Jerusalem with new power and new grace. The joy of the people knew no bounds. 

Even now, you are eagerly waiting for Jesus Christ who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is going to come to the earth again. He will rule the earth with justice and peace for one thousand years. Will you welcome the King? The last part of the Scripture invites God saying “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). Yes. The Scripture says, “To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). Yes. The Second Coming of Christ has been your prime belief.

“Then the sign of the son of man will appear in heaven and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and they will see the son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mathew 24:30).

Generally, when a father goes abroad and comes back after a year, how eagerly the children will be waiting for him! They would have been counting the days and will jump and express their joy as the time of arrival gets nearer. They will wash their face, wear new clothes and wait for him with a smiling face. Is it not? 

Dear children of God, it is very much necessary that you should prepare yourself and wait for His Coming. 

To meditate: “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels and then He will reward each according to his works” (Mathew 16:27).

Oct – 5 – SON OF DAVID!

“And Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, but did not see the king’s face” (II Samuel 14:28).

Absalom was the son of David and he resided in Jerusalem which is known as the ‘City of God.’ The Scripture says, ‘Absalom dwelt in Jerusalem for two full years, but  hedid not see the king’s face.’ Think over this.

Maybe, you might be residing in Jerusalem that is your church. You may call yourself the son of God or a Christian. But I would like to put a question before you. How many days have gone by, after you saw the face of the King of kings last? Have you forgotten that the greatness of the children of God is to see His face?

Even, all the animals look at the face of God. The wild animals look up to Him for their food. The Psalmist says, “These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season. What you give them they gather in; you open your hand, they are filled with good” (Psalm 104:27, 28).

What was the reason behind David’s son Absalom to remain hidden away from the face of the King? It is nothing but the sin and the bitter root only. He killed Amnon for the sake of his sister Tamar. In continuation of this, it became impossible for him to face the king. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).

Absalom is called the son of David at the same time Christ is also known as the son of David. What a big difference prevails between them? The face of Christ was always looking up at His Father. At the age of twelve itself, He saw His Father’s face and affirmed to be in His Father’s business.

Only once was the face of the Father was hidden to Him. When He bore our sins and iniquities on the Cross, the burden of the sin of mankind descended on Him and the Father, whose eyes had not witnessed cruelty, hid His face to Him for a mere moment. Christ was unable to bear even that and He cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Dear children of God, when the face of God becomes hidden to you even for a second, cry and return to the love you had in the beginning. Return to the fellowship of love which you had with Him in the beginning.

To meditate: “When you said, “Seek my face,” my heart said to you, “your face, Lord, I will seek” (Psalms 27:8).

Oct -4 – WILL SET YOU HIGH!

“And that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name and in honour” (Deut. 26:19).

He will set you high. One who raises the poor from the dust and anoints him as the king comes nearer to you today and promises to say that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in fame, in name and honour.

Fame is one of the blessings given by God to man. He is happy to offer this to His children. When God called on Abraham, He gave him many blessings. The most important among them is “I will…. make your name great” (Genesis 12:2). 

Even today, the Israelites call Abraham their father. You also call him ‘Father of faith.’ God has exalted him in such a big way.

Further, God did not hesitate to call Himself as ‘Father of Abraham.’ He connects His Name with that of Abraham and his children. Also, He says, “The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” What a great respect, this is to Abraham!

It is written as “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” in the first chapter of the Gospel written by Mathew. Yes. He felt proud in calling Himself as ‘The son of Abraham.’ Today, Abraham has acquired a never diminishing mightiness in the Scripture, history and the entire world. That God says today that He will set you high in praise, name and honour.

Look at Joseph. His brothers tried their level best to suppress him. They removed his dress and pushed him into a pit. They sold him to a merchant who was proceeding to Egypt. Satan attempted to tarnish his name by inducing the wife of Potiphar to make false allegations against him and he had to carry accusations on him. As he was cast in the prison, he had to stay as a prisoner with tears.

But his life did not stop with that. The time arrived for God to exalt him. God elevated him above all in Egypt in praise, name and honour. He rose high up next to Pharaoh in Egypt. Yes. It is our God who makes kings.

Dear children of God that God will also surely exalt and bless you.   

To meditate: “…and where I am, there my servant will be also. If anyone serves me, him my Father will honour” (John 12:26).

Oct 03 – WILL MEET YOU!

“And there I will meet with you” (Exodus 25:22).

A boy was of the thought that the sky and earth join at a distance and he wanted to visit that particular point. He imagined how that spot would be. His thinking was that the sky and earth join at a distant place and began to walk towards that far away point. His effort walking towards that venue became endless. He will make an attempt, walk a long distance but will come back to home on exhaustion. He kept on making this effort in several directions.

One day, he contacted his pastor and sought his explanation on this. Initially, the pastor was unable to respond quickly to the boy’s query but after a thought, he drew a cross. He explained that the vertical line denoted the sky and the horizontal line denoted the earth. The point in which both the lines meet is the place where Jesus gave His life. The boy was unable to understand this.

As years rolled, the boy became more knowledgeable as God opened his inner eyes. He realised how Jesus Christ, who had created everything came to the earth to redeem the mankind.  In the process, He sacrificed His life on the Cross. Yes. The sky and the earth join together only in Jesus Christ.

In the Old Testament, the holy place in the tabernacle happened to be the venue for God to meet people. When God spoke to Moses, He said, “And there I will meet with you and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel” (Exodus 25:22).

Today, the Cross of Calvary stands as the mercy seat. That is the one which opens the way for heaven. Without meeting Jesus Christ on the Cross, no one could reach heaven. You can never attain forgiveness and get nearer to the holy God unless you get washed from your sins in the blood of Jesus Christ.

Similar to the boy who made efforts to walk to the point where the sky and earth meet, Sadhu Sunder Singh walked in search of peace and the true God. He met the saints living in caves but he continued his search after not being satisfied with the findings. But in the end, when he had the vision of Jesus Christ who had given His life on the Cross, he rejoiced to find the sky and the earth meet in Him.

Dear children of God, if you want to meet the true God, come nearer to the Cross. Praise God whom you met on the Cross for the whole of your lifetime and rejoice. Let these days of yours be days living for God. Let these be the days in which you reveal the power and might of Jesus Christ.      

To meditate: “Remember me, O Lord, with the favour you have toward your people. Oh, visit me with your salvation” (Psalms 106:5).

Oct – 02 – THEY ARE MINE!

Oct – 02 – THEY ARE MINE!

“And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine” (Genesis 48 :5).

When Jacob attained old age, he brought his grandchildren born through his son Joseph by his side and blessed them. Those grandchildren were born in Egypt, a nation of slavery. But the land of Israel was the one given by God as an inheritance to Abraham and his descendants.     

Before blessing them, Jacob adopted them to be on par with his grandchildren born in Israel. Whatever his sons were to inherit, Jacob wanted to bequeath his grandchildren too with equal inheritance. This made them be called as his own children.

God saw you as grandchildren living in the slavery of Egypt. Paul the Apostle writes, “You once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:2-5).

This plan of God can be known as “The plan of adoption.” Take a look again over what Jacob says. ‘Though those grandchildren were born in Egypt, from now on, they are mine. They need not necessarily be my grandchildren but they will remain as my own children. For their position of being my grandchildren, I have made them be my own children through adoption.’

What is the meaning of this? Hereafter, when Ephraim and Manasseh meet Jacob, they have to call him as ‘Father’. Yes. It is this same thing which Jesus Christ has kept for you. He requires Children who could call Him as ‘Abba, Father’ with the Spirit of adoption and not those belonging to the category of people living in slavery of Egypt. What is needed is the name of the joint-heirs with Christ.

Dear children of God, is it not a great blessing for having been exalted to stay as a member of His family and call Him with right ‘Abba, Father’?

To meditate: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’” (Romans 8:15).

Oct-1 – BREATH!

“And the Lord God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

The breath which God breathed into the man’s nostrils created breath into him. It also brought life into him. He became one with spirit and life. Have you ever given a thought about your breath? Have you ever meditated about this wonderful act of God? 

I read in a book that normally a man breathes one thousand and fifty times in an hour. He breathes more than 25000 times in a day. Before attaining the age of 42, he inhales and exhales around four thousand lakhs of times. Thus, the mechanism keeps running throughout the day and night.

 Whether you think of it or not, whether you stand or sleep, the breathing process keeps happening continuously. It runs on its own. God has created it in such a way that it runs day and night without any of your efforts. What a wonderful God, our God is! Yes. It is He who gives life, breath and all things to all (Acts 17:25).

Look at the lungs which run the breathing process in a non-stopping manner. It removes carbon-di-oxide from the blood and brings in oxygen. How important is oxygen for our life! If a man is deprived of oxygen continuously for ten minutes, will he not die? Yes. That breath is in His hands. You are bound to thank God for every breath you make in a day.

Once, an aged woman was in her death bed. The pastor who realised that she is nearing the end stood by her side and asked her what portion of the Scripture she would like to listen. Her choice was Psalm 150:6 and it says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Yes. God has protected her right from birth to the last breath and how could she enter eternity without thanking God for that?

The eternity is nothing but the beginning of the breath coming to an end. When the inhaled breath fails to come out, the man enters eternity. However big the man may be, he is nothing when breath takes leave from his nostrils. That is why the Scripture says, “Sever yourselves from such a man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22).

Dear children of God, praise God realising that every breath you have in your nostrils is His gift. May you place your faith on Him alone!  

To meditate: “As long as my breath is in me and the breath of God in my nostrils my lips will not speak wickedness nor my tongue utter deceit” (Job 27:3,4).

Sep – 30 – IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?

“What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” (I Samuel 17:29). “Is there not a cause?” was the question raised by David to his brothers. Yes. There was a cause for David coming to the battle field. His brothers did not know this. That is why they asked him “Why did you come to the battle field? Why have you left the job of tending the sheep and stand with the warriors on the battlefield?” David replied “I did not come on my own. It is God who has made me stand here. Since I have been brought by Him, there must be a cause for it.” Dear children of God, there is a cause for God to choose you. There is also a cause for God to reveal His glory in your midst. It is not a coincidence for God to intervene in your life. Do not forget that He has met you with a purpose. Though David was just a youth without any battling skills, God made a cause to defeat Goliath with him that day and He is also powerful to do great things through you. Meeting with God can never happen as a coincidence to any believer or any child of God. No suffering happens unnecessarily and definitely there must be a cause. There is a cause for Jesus Christ to go to the wedding house at Cana. He made good the shortfall and turned the water into wine. Despite the hot afternoon, he was waiting near the well at Samaria and there was a cause behind it. The cause is nothing but to bring that Samaritan woman into Salvation. There is a cause for Him to walk along the pool at Bethesda. The cause is that He had given new life to the man who stayed there with sickness for thirty-eight years. There is a cause for Jesus Christ to look at the sycamore tree. The cause is that it brought Salvation to both Zacchaeus and his family. Are you sighing for the reason that you are unable to know the cause for the grief and sorrow to trouble your life? Do you lament saying why these losses to me and why these debt problems for me and so on? Are you distressed over why these shortfalls happen in your private life? There is a cause for everything. Dear children of God, believe that God meets you with a cause and thank Him wholeheartedly. If you do so, God will make everything good for you. He will turn all your sorrows into the blessed spring. To meditate: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17).