Category: Appam

Sep – 14 – கர்த்தருடன்!

Sep – 14 – கர்த்தருடன்!

“கர்த்தர் யோசபாத்தோடிருந்தார்; அவனுக்கு ஐசுவரியமும் கனமும் மிகுதியாயிருந்தது” (2 நாளா. 17:3,5).

இன்றைக்கு அநேகர் ஐசுவரியத்தையும், கனத்தையும் நோக்கி ஓடுகிறார்கள். இவர்கள் எவ்வளவு வேகமாக ஓடி ஓடி விரட்டினாலும் இவர்களுக்கு எட்டாத தூரத்தில் அது ஓடிவிடுகிறது. யோசபாத் ஆசீர்வாதத்தைத் தேடி ஓடவில்லை. ஆனாலும் ஐசுவரியமும் கனமும் அவரைத் தேடிவந்தன. இதனுடைய இரகசியம் என்ன? வேதம் ஒரே வரியில் அதை விளக்குகிறது. ‘கர்த்தர் யோசபாத்தோடு இருந்தார்’ என்பதே அந்த வரி.
நீங்கள் ஆசீர்வதிக்கப்பட வேண்டுமென்றால் கர்த்தர் உங்களோடு இருக்க வேண்டும். கர்த்தர் உங்களோடுகூட இருக்கும்போது கனமும் மகிமையும் ஐசுவரியமும் உங்களைத் தேடி வரும். தீர்க்கதரிசியாகிய அசரியா சொன்னார், “…சகல மனுஷரே, கேளுங்கள்; நீங்கள் கர்த்தரோடிருந்தால், அவர் உங்களோடிருப்பார்; நீங்கள் அவரைத் தேடினால், உங்களுக்கு வெளிப்படுவார்; அவரை விட்டீர்களேயாகில், அவர் உங்களை விட்டுவிடுவார்” (2 நாளா. 15:2).
தேவபிள்ளைகளே, நீங்கள் ஒவ்வொரு நாளும் கர்த்தர் உங்களோடு இருக்கிறாரா என்பதை உறுதிப்படுத்திக்கொள்ளுங்கள். அதிகாலமே எழுந்து, முழங்கால்படியிட்டு, கர்த்தர் உங்களோடு இருக்கிறாரா என்பதை தியானித்து அவரை சொந்தமாக்கிக்கொள்ளுங்கள். வாழ்நாளெல்லாம் அவரை துக்கப்படுத்தாதபடிக்கு, அவர் உங்களைவிட்டு விலகிவிடாதபடி சிறந்த பொக்கிஷத்தைப் பாதுகாப்பதுபோல அவரை நிலைநிறுத்திக்கொள்ளுங்கள்.
ஒரு மனுஷனுடைய மேன்மை அவனுடைய செல்வத்தினாலோ, செல்வாக்கினாலோ, படிப்பினாலோ அல்லது ஞானத்தினாலோ ஏற்படுவதில்லை. அவனுடைய மேன்மை கர்த்தர் அவனோடு கூட இருப்பதில்தான் இருக்கிறது. கர்த்தர் தாவீதோடு கூட இருந்தார். அவன் மேலும் மேலும் விருத்தியடைந்தான். கர்த்தர் நோவாவோடு கூட இருந்தார். ஜலப்பிரளயத்திலிருந்து நோவா பாதுகாக்கப்பட்டார். கர்த்தர் ஏனோக்கோடு கூட இருந்தார். ஏனோக்கு மரணத்தைக் காணாதபடி எடுத்துக் கொள்ளப்பட்டார்.
அப். பவுல் சொல்லுகிறார், “தேவன் நம்முடைய பட்சத்திலிருந்தால் நமக்கு விரோதமாயிருப்பவன் யார்?” (ரோமர் 8:31). ஆம், கர்த்தர் உங்களோடுகூட இருக்கும்போது எந்த விரோதியும் உங்களை எதிர்த்து நிற்க முடியாது. எந்த பொல்லாத மனுஷனும் உங்களுக்கு விரோதமாய் சீற முடியாது. ‘உங்களைத் தொடுகிறவன் என் கண்மணியைத் தொடுகிறவன்’ என்றல்லவா அவர் வாக்குப் பண்ணியிருக்கிறார்!
கர்த்தர் யோசபாத்தோடு இருந்தார். எத்தனை பெரிய சாட்சி இது! உலகம் உங்களைப் பார்க்கும்போது உங்களோடுகூட கர்த்தர் இருக்கிறதை காணட்டும். கர்த்தருடைய பிரசன்னமும் சமுகமும் உங்களோடிருக்கிறதை காணட்டும். ஆவியின் வரங்களும், வல்லமைகளும் உங்களோடிருக்கிறதை காணட்டும். அன்று உயிர்த்தெழுந்த இயேசு சீஷர்களோடு இருந்ததை உலகம் கண்டது. சீஷர்கள் புறப்பட்டு போய், எங்கும் பிரசங்கம் பண்ணினார்கள். கர்த்தர் அவர்களுடனே கூடக் கிரியையை நடப்பித்து, அவர்களால் நடந்த அடையாளங்களினாலே வசனத்தை உறுதிப்படுத்தினார்கள் (மாற்கு 16:20). தேவபிள்ளைகளே, கர்த்தர் உங்களோடு கூட இருக்கிறாரென்பதை விசுவாசியுங்கள்.

நினைவிற்கு :- “கர்த்தர் என் பட்சத்தில் இருக்கிறார், நான் பயப்படேன், மனுஷன் எனக்கு என்ன செய்வான்?” (சங். 118:6).

14 – Sep – WITH THE LORD!

14 – Sep – WITH THE LORD!

“Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat…he had riches and honour in abundance” (II Chronicles 17:3, 5).

Today, many people are running behind wealth and honour. They may run at any great speed but their goalpost moves far ahead. Jehoshaphat did not run in search of blessings but they came in search of him. What is the secret behind this? The Scripture explains this in one sentence. “God was with Jehoshaphat” is that sentence.
If you want to be blessed, God should be with you. When God is with you, honour, glory and wealth will come in search of you. Prophet Azariah said, “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you” (II Chronicles 15:2).
Dear children of God, you should ensure every day whether God is with you. Wake up early in the morning, kneel down and meditate about His presence in you to inherit Him. Do not ever sadden Him all through your lifetime, ensure that He does not get away from you and protect his presence as you preserve your valuable treasure.
The greatness of a man does not exist based on his wealth, influence, education or wisdom. It fully depends on God’s presence in a person. God was with David and he grew higher and higher. God was with Noah and he was protected from the great flood. God was with Enoch and he was taken up without experiencing the death.
Paul the Apostle says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Yes. When God is with you, no enemy could stand against you. No evil man can roar against you. Has He not promised, “for whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye?”
God was with Jehoshaphat. What a great testimony this is! Let the world see God in you when they look at you. Let them see that God is present in you. Let them see the gifts and the powers of the Holy Spirit are present in you. That day, the world saw the resurrected Christ with the disciples. The disciples set out and preached the Gospel everywhere. The Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through the accompanying signs (Mark 16:20). Dear children of God, believe that God is with you.

To meditate: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6).

Sep – 13 – கட்டளையிடுங்கள்!

Sep – 13 – கட்டளையிடுங்கள்!

வருங்காரியங்களை என்னிடத்தில் கேளுங்கள்; என் பிள்ளைகளைக் குறித்தும், என் கரங்களின் கிரியைகளைக்குறித்தும் எனக்குக் கட்டளையிடுங்கள்(ஏசா.45:11)

நீங்கள் என்னிடத்தில் கேளுங்கள்; எனக்குக் கட்டளையிடுங்கள்! என்னும் வார்த்தைகள் எவ்வளவாய் நம்மை சந்தோஷப்படுத்துகின்றன? எனவே, வரும் காலம் எப்படியிருக்குமோ, என் குடும்பம் எப்படிச் செல்லுமோ, என் பிள்ளைகள் எப்படியிருப்பார்களோ என்றெல்லாம் நீங்கள் கவலைப்படவேண்டியதில்லை.
வரும்காலம் கர்த்தருடைய கரத்திலிருக்கிறது. வேதம் சொல்லுகிறது, அவரே ஆழமும் மறைபொருளுமானதை வெளிப்படுத்துகிறவர்; இருளில் இருக்கிறதை அவர் அறிவார்; வெளிச்சம் அவரிடத்தில் தங்கும் (தானி.2:22).
கர்த்தர் உங்கள் பிதாவாயிருக்கிறபடியால் நீங்கள் அவரிடத்தில் உரிமையோடு கேட்கிறீர்கள். கைரேகைப்படியோ, அல்லது கிரகங்களின் நிலைமைப்படியோ அல்லது தலைவிதியின்படியோ எதுவும் நேரிடுவதாகச் சொல்லுவது பொய்யானதாகும். பாபிலோன் ராஜாவுக்கு முன்பு தானியேல் சொன்னார்: அவர் காலங்களையும் சமயங்களையும் மாற்றுகிறவர்; ராஜாக்களைத் தள்ளி ராஜாக்களை ஏற்படுத்துகிறவர்; ஞானிகளுக்கு ஞானத்தையும், அறிவாளிகளுக்கு அறிவையும் கொடுக்கிறவர்” (தானி. 2:21).
அந்த கர்த்தர் உங்களைப் பார்த்து, “நீங்கள் எனக்குக் கட்டளையிடுங்கள்” என்று சொல்லுகிறார். சற்று இதை சிந்தித்துப் பாருங்கள். அண்டசராசரங்களையும், ஜீவராசிகளையும் படைத்து சூரியன், சந்திரன், நட்சத்திரங்களையெல்லாம் இயங்க வைத்திருக்கும் ஆண்டவருக்கு நீங்கள் எப்படிக் கட்டளையிட முடியும்? அதுதான் நீங்கள் அவருடைய பிள்ளைகள் என்ற உரிமை. அவர் உங்களுக்குப் பிதா என்கிற பாசம். உங்களுக்கும், அவருக்கும் இடையிலுள்ள ஐக்கியமே அந்த சிலாக்கியத்தை ஏற்படுத்துகிறது அல்லவா?
கிறிஸ்துவை நோக்கிப் பாருங்கள். அவரை நீங்கள் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளும்போது, அவருடைய குடும்பத்தில் நீங்கள் வந்து சேரும்போது, கர்த்தர் உங்களுக்காக யாவையும் செய்து முடிக்கிறவராக இருக்கிறார். அவர் உங்களுடைய சொந்த பிதா! தகப்பனிடத்தில் பிள்ளை உரிமையோடு கேட்டுப் பெற்றுக்கொள்கிறதைப் போலவே நீங்கள் அவரிடத்தில் கேட்டுப் பெற்றுக்கொள்ளுகிறவர்களாயிருக்கிறீர்கள்.
யோசுவாவை நோக்கிப் பாருங்கள். கர்த்தரின் படைப்புகளை நோக்கி அவர் கட்டளையிட்டார். “சூரியனே, நீ கிபியோன் மேலும், சந்திரனே நீ ஆயலோன் மேலும் தரித்து நிற்பாயாக” என்று சொன்னபோது உடனே அவைகள் தரித்து நின்றன. அவ்வாறு நீங்கள் கட்டளையிடும்படி, கர்த்தர் உங்களுக்கு அதிகாரங்களையும், ஆளுகையையும், வல்லமையையும் கொடுத்திருக்கிறார். நோய்களுக்கு நீங்கள் கட்டளையிடும்போது அவைகள் நீங்குகின்றன. அசுத்த ஆவிகளுக்குக் கட்டளையிடும்போது அவைகள் ஓடி மறைகின்றன.
தேவபிள்ளைகளே, கர்த்தர் உங்களுக்குப் பாராட்டின அவருடைய கிருபைகளையெல்லாம் எண்ணிப்பாருங்கள். அவருடைய குடும்பத்தில் என்றென்றும் நிலைத்திருப்பீர்களா? நீங்கள் அவரிடத்தில் ஜெபிப்பதும் அவர் உங்களுக்குப் பதிலளிப்பதும், உங்கள் இருதயத்தின் வேண்டுதலையெல்லாம் அவர் உங்களுக்கு நிறைவேற்றித் தருவதும் எத்தனை பாக்கியமான காரியம்!

நினைவிற்கு :- நீங்கள் எப்படியும் கர்த்தருக்குப் பயந்து, உங்கள் முழு இருதயத்தோடும் உண்மையாய் அவரைச் சேவிக்கக்கடவீர்கள்; அவர் உங்களிடத்தில் எவ்வளவு மகிமையான காரியங்களைச் செய்தார் என்பதைச் சிந்தித்துப்பாருங்கள் (1 சாமு. 12:24).

Sep – 13 – COMMAND ME!

Sep – 13 – COMMAND ME!

“Ask me of things to come concerning my sons; and concerning the work of my hands, you command me” (Isaiah 45:11).

How greatly these words “Ask me, command me” make us happy! So, you need not worry about how the future would be, how the family will progress and what the future of your children would be. The future is in the hands of God. The Scripture says, “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness and light dwells with Him” (Daniel 2:22). You seek from God rightfully as He is your Father. It is a blatant lie to say that things happen according to the fingerprints, or based on the position of the planets or based on one’s fate. Daniel told the king of Babylon, “And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:21). It is that God who asks you ‘to command Him.’ Think a little over this. How can you command God who created the universe, all the creatures and activated the sun, the moon and the stars? Your right as His children is the reason for this; the affection in Him as your Father. Is it not that fellowship which prevails between you and God which creates this opportunity? Look up to Christ. When you accept Him, when you come and join in His family, He remains as one to do all things for you. He is your own Father! You seek and receive from Him similar to how a child seeks and receives from its father. Look up to Joshua. He looked at the creations of God and commanded them, “Sun, stand still over Gibeon and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon” and they obeyed. God has provided you with the authority, governance and power to command in this way. When you command, the sickness gets cured.When you command the evil spirits, they run away and disappear. Dear children of God, think of all the gracious things which God has provided you with. Will you stand steadfast in His family? How blessed it is for you to seek things in prayer and God answering them and fulfilling all the desires of your heart!

To meditate: “Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you” (I Samuel 12:24).

Sep – 12 – THE HEART WHICH GOD LOOKS!!

Sep – 12 – THE HEART WHICH GOD LOOKS!!

“…..man looks at the outward apparance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

A famous musician was rendering music in a stage programme enthusiastically. The people around greatly enjoyed it. At that time a question arose in the musician’s heart. He wanted to know how the people would respond if the same music is played by him as an unknown artist. So, he disguised himself as a beggar, stood in a street corner and began to render the same music with his violin. The music was wonderful but the people mocked at him. The same music which was greatly appreciated by all on the previous day was rejected on the next day. ‘What the man sees is the face alone’ was the reason for this. Samuel went in search of a new king for Israel and he saw Eliab, the eldest son of Jesse. He considered Eliab to be the ideal candidate for the purpose. But God did not accept this proposal. He said, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Devotion is a beauty liked by God. Further humility and gentleness are beauties to the liking of God. These are the beauties of the heart and the soul. At the time of marriage proposals, people show importance only to the outward appearance. But the Scripture says, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.….let her own works praise her in the gates” (Proverbs 31:30, 31). During those days, the Pharisees and Sadducees outwardly acted like saints. But they were filled inside with the spirits of fault-finding and disgusting nature. God said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Mathew 23:27, 28). Dear children of God, learn to view with God’s insight.The children of God whom you see may be poor but if you find them to be truthful and honest, exalt them. Do not reject them based on their outward appearance.

To meditate: “Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s” (II Corinthians 10:7).

Sep – 11 – HAND NOT SHORTENED!

Sep – 11 – HAND NOT SHORTENED!

“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save” (Isaiah 59:1).

You are in the arms of God. The arm of God is a strong one, a powerful one and also one to carry you to the end. Is not God saying, “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands?” Yes, His strong hand in which you have been engraved is powerful to guide you to the end. 

Once a pious military Officer was proceeding on a sea journey along with his wife. All of a sudden, the sea became turbulent and a dangerous situation prevailed. The wife said with tears, “Oh, I am going to die. Why should my death happen in the sea?” She was struggling and stumbling. In a rush, the military officer drew out his sword and thought of killing his wife and kill himself too. 

Immediately the wife stopped him saying, “Your hand can never kill me. It is the one which loves me and gave me the married life and it is the one which protected me thus far.” Saying this, she also kissed his hand. That love of the woman touched the military officer. He dropped the sword, held his wife firmly with his right hand, began to swim bravely and reached the shore safely. Yes. That hand of love saved the wife.

Will you look up to the hand of God? That hand will never harm you. It is that hand which redeemed the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt. Since the mighty hand and the outstretched arm were in support of the Israelites, the Red Sea split into two. The strong arm of God protected the children of Israel and thus no harm reached them. The Psalmist says, “You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand and high is your right hand” (Psalm 89:13).

The hand of God is one which will never harm you. Was it not stretched on the cross for the reason that He placed His love on you? He happily allowed his hand to be pierced with nails. He stretches that hand towards you and says, “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me” (Isaiah 49:16). That hand never forgets you.

David says, “For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice” (Psalm 95:7). Jesus said, “And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).

Dear children of God, resolve to humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand as you are the sheep of His pasture. Rather than roaming around here and there, submit yourself under His mighty hand so that He exalts you at the most appropriate time.   

To meditate: “…Lord God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth to my father David and with His hand has fulfilled it, saying” (I Kings 8:15).

Sep – 03 – NEED NOT DISMAY!

Sep – 03 – NEED NOT DISMAY!

“Let no man’s heart fail because of him” (I Samuel 17:32).

“Let no man’s heart fail because of him” are the words of hope spoken by David. The appearance of Goliath, the Philistine warrior dismayed all the Israelites. But David did not dismay. Further, he stayed as the one to strengthen others through his fearless words.

Tribulation is there for everyone who is born in the world. But at the same time, you, the children of God should not forget that you have been called to be victorious and not to stay discouraged with fears. Whichever man’s eyes do not look up to his problems but look up to God instead, he will emerge victorious always. 

That day, Saul and other warriors viewed Goliath as a huge giant. But David saw that one who is greater than Goliath was with him. He not only believed that the Name of God will bring him victory but also was always thinking only about the power of God. Maybe, the thought of the consequences which would arise if he gets defeated would have come to his mind. If he had lost the fight, the first thing would have been loss of his life. King Saul would have lost his kingship. The Israelites too would have been enslaved by the Philistines.

David did not get depressed with such thoughts but spoke the words of victory in the Name of God. Do you know what the tiny looking David said to a giant like Goliath? He said “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel” (I Samuel 17:46).

Never get dismayed when you face problems or when the man of the world rises against you. The Scripture says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1). 

Read the following verses and proclaim your hope. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31),“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?”(Romans 8:33) and “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4). Dear children of God, when you do so, be assured that all your problems will get broken and run away.             

To meditate: “…this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them…. The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear….will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (I Samuel 17:36, 37).

Sep 02 – ACCOUNT!

Sep 02 – ACCOUNT!

“…put my tears into your bottle; are they not in your book?” (Psalm 56:8).

God has an account over every man. Man has to submit accounts over many things to God. He has to account for every unwanted word he speaks and also about his body. He has to give an account over all the talents, skills and gifts which God had given him. Not only that. Man has to also settle accounts to God over every second he spends.

We find David saying, “Lord, you are demanding accounts over many things from me. But what I want from you is to keep my tears in your accounts and answer my tearful requests. Let my tears be in your accounts.” Just think deeply over the prayer of David. He points out “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll; are they not in your record?”

God is not one to forget all your tiresome efforts taken towards His ministry. He is not one to forget the offertory you give for His ministry. Also, He is not one to forget the prayers you made in His presence shedding tears with burden, for gaining souls. They are in His accounts. David prays saying “put my tears in your account.”

A very important factor which you lift up in the presence of God is tears. The prayers with tears bring the blessings of the worldly life and also the blessings of eternity. Those who shed tears for the blessings of the present receive the same. Those who sigh and shed tears seeking eternal things will receive eternal benefits.

Hannah shed tears. Being unable to bear the ill-treatment meted out by her rival, we do not know for how many days she shed tears in loneliness. But those drops of tears kept collected in the bottle of God. One day came and she decided to go to the presence of God and fill His bottle with her tears. Her womb being closed, she was filled with sorrow.                                                        She went to the temple and wept bitterly in the presence of God. God saw her tears and her womb was blessed with the life of the noble Prophet. She became the mother of not only the blessed Samuel but also became a mother for five more children.   

Dear children of God, are you walking in the path of tears? Every drop of tearsyou shed, the sound of every sigh you make, every lamentation you make and every effort you take, find a place in His accounts. He will surely bless and exalt you.       

To meditate: “The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron” (Psalm 115:12).

Sep 01 – HAVE FOUND!

Sep 01 – HAVE FOUND!

“I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him” (Psalm 89:20).

Some people go nostalgic about their happy school days. Some others feel happy at the thought of their marriage. A few others think of their acts of bravery in the past and feel happy. But for God, He feels happy in the thought of how He chose, redeemed and anointed you.

 God says the following about David. “I have found my servant David; with my holy oil I have anointed him, with whom my hand shall be established; also, my arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not outwit him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him. I will beat down his foes before his face and plague those who hate him. “But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him and in my name, his horn shall be exalted. Also, I will set his hand to ruleover the sea and his right hand to rule over the rivers.”

He shall cry to me, ‘you are my Father, my God and the rock of my salvation’. Also, I will make him my firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth. My mercy I will keep for him forever and my covenant shall stand firm with him. His seed also I will make to endure forever and his throne as the days of heaven” (Psalm 89:20-29).

God begins with the words, “I have found my servant David.” The same God has chosen every one of you in different ways. Nothing is invisible in the eyes of God. The eyes of God which look around the whole world saw you during the days of your distress, hardship and sorrows. God who saw you, desired to fill you with the Holy Spirit and power. 

That day Samuel took his horn of oil and anointed David amid his brothers. God has anointed you in the same way. “And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:6).

Throughout David’s lifetime, God crowned him with victory. That God wants to make a covenant with you today. God who saw you will empower you to stamp the serpents and the scorpions and to overcome all the powers of the enemy.

To meditate: “His seed shall endure forever and his throne as the sun before me” (Psalm 89:36).