Monthly Archives: March 2010

GOD REMEMBERS US

Psalms 115:12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us

In the human brain, memory consists of two parts. One is the ‘Long-term Memory’ and the other is the ‘Short-term Memory’. It is similar to what we have in computers, ‘RAM (Random Access Memory) & ROM (Read Only Memory)’. If we interact with certain persons for a long time, their talking style, body structure, facial expressions etc., get embedded into our permanent memory. That is why we recognise them by their voice even when we do not see them .We come across thousands of people in our daily life, but we do not remember everyone. That is because this information is stored in our short term memory. But it is also not possible to remember all things which get stored into long term memory, because we are not computers. We have forgotten our school friends, poetries of school days, our home town etc.
We know very little about our past. We know some things about the present but nothing from the future. Can anyone out there guarantee someone about tomorrow? I found it so interesting when one of my church brother got his teeth fixed and said that his fixed teeth had a guarantee of 7 years. I asked him about his own guarantee. He was speechless! Did anyone notice that when they buy a home appliance or any other product, they get a guarantee card? A fridge for example, has a 2-years compressor guarantee, but the person who signs on it has no guarantee…
We are like vapours which disappear and grass which withers away. No matter how powerful the human brain is, it is still weak in memory and tends to forget many things. But remember that God is not a man, He does not forget!
That is why the Holy Spirit inspired me to write, “GOD REMEMBERS US.”
I want to encourage those people who think there is no one who cares for them. You may say that your close friend or relative is not remembering you, but let this word penetrate your heart and take away the thought which is not from God, but from the devil. Anything which is leading you to depression or disappointment, to the feeling of being hurt or generating hatred in your heart, is not from the Spirit of God. It is the work of darkness which strongly desires to control your mind, body and soul. But I thank God for His word which is powerful, alive and victorious.
It is written Five sparrows are sold for 4 dinars. The one who sells may even give one sparrow free. Even the sparrow that is given free is remembered by God. If God remembers that tiny sparrow, then how much more will He be mindful of us? The Bible tells us that even our hairs are numbered …it means that even the smallest thing in your life is in God’s mind. Dear brother and sister, you are a ‘Very’ Important Person (VIP) for Him. Can you give praise to Jesus? (Praise the Lord!) Amen.

God commanded Noah to construct an ark, for it would rain for 40 days and 40 nights. Until that time, no rain had fallen on the earth, because the ground was watered by the dew. Noah had never seen rain. Yet, he never asked for a proof. But he kept his faith on the word of God. “Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for…”. People might have mocked him while he was preparing the ark but that did not stop his work. Because he knew he was having a deal with God, not with people. People may mock at you when you step forward to do something with faith. They may stop you when you utter ‘faith’ words. But you better ignore those discouraging words, because the deal is between you and God. The people who mock at you do not know the experience you went through. People will throw arrows of discouragement when you start putting your faith on God, saying different things. But you have to cling on to the things that God told you to do. Do not let the words of men draw you afar from the love of God. It is God who promised you, not a man. It was not a man who gave Noah a plan to build an ark but it was God himself ….
And He who began a good work in you will be faithful to fulfil it. This reminds me about a hymn

He who began a good work in you … (2)
Will be faithful to complete it
He’ll be faithful to complete it
He who started the work
Will be faithful to complete it in you

(dont miss this song)

Now Noah had both God’s word and God’s plan in his hand. If you are willing to do what God tells you to do, you will have an assurance in your hand, which the devil cannot snatch from your hand. Satan does not want you to start those things which God commanded you to do, but if we start doing it, then it is impossible for that liar to stop you. Mary Magdalene went to the tomb worried about who would roll the stone for her. She did not stop thinking about that but continued walking and you know the result, the stone was found rolled away. Satan wants to stop you in the midway by putting hurdles of doubts and discouragements but when you decide to move on, he cannot stop you.
At God’s appointed time, the rain started falling on the face of the earth. But Noah, who obeyed the word of God, was in the ark. Where were the people who mocked him??? Where were those who said the work of ark will not finish??? Where were those people who said “Noah was crazy”??? They are all under the wrath of God, destroyed by water. But Noah and his family were safe in the ark of grace…protected and secure.

Dear people of God, there may be times when we let go of our faith upon hearing to the discouragements of men; we also put ourselves in the position of those who were destroyed by the water. But if we continue to be firm in our faith ….the same water, which destroyed those who did not heed to the word of God, will not destroy us, because we are safe in the ark of God. Not a single drop will touch you and your family, when you are in the ark.
You need to know something today, about why we are still alive and well despite of those problems which came over us? It is neither our ability nor our good deeds, but only because God remembers us. Hence we can say we are in His ark. Hallelujah to the Lord God Almighty!

Now Noah was glad that he was saved from the great flood. But something was worrying him even though he was in the ark. I do not know whom God is speaking to…but please take heed! “You are in the ark but you are worried of something. You know that you are saved but something is still worrying you”. Let go of your fears. God has control over everything.
Let us go through the text to see what was the thing that was worrying Noah.
Now it was told to him by God initially that the rain would last for 40 days and 40 nights. So he might have gathered food and all other essential provisions for at least 50 days or say 60 days for the survival. But then the situation became totally different. Even after 150 days from the start of flood, the ark was still floating over the water. That made Noah worried about many things. Just like Noah, many amongst us who have the experience of the miracles of God, have the assurance of God and obey the word of God, worry about certain things. They are inside the protective covering of God but still dread the uncertainness of tomorrow. The fear of death is covering them and the fear of darkness is hovering over them. Most surprisingly, some people start doubting whether they had taken a right step in following Jesus. Some even think that they were fine enough when they were in the worldly things.
Noah was pleased for the first 40 days, singing and praising God but I think that when he came to know that the water is still covering the earth even after 40 days, he started losing his faith. Noah may have thought that God promised him 40 days but as the time passed by it was almost 150 days, and the ark was in the same position. Just relate this incident with us…like Noah we also are inside the ark of God but start doubting the promise of God. “We think that ‘God has forgotten us.’ ‘He does not remember us. He is not seeing my problem and perhaps he does not know what problem I am in’.”
Does it not seem as if Noah forgot that this ark saved him from the waters? We forget the ways Where and How God led you…now we are crying because we start doubting the promise of God.
In Genesis Ch 8:1 to 4, we see that God remembered Noah and all those who were in the ark and the ark was on the top of Mount Ararat …Where was the ark before? It was in the middle of flood waters but now it is on the top of a mountain. The ark which was tossed by the wind is now stable.

If god remembers you , your situation will change

Put your trust on the Lord. God is not a man who can forget. If He has chosen you and puts you in His ark, you are safe – no matter what the problem and hardships might be…
Do not waver your faith but put your trust in the Lord. Remember that the one who called you is worthy enough to accomplish His good works in you and me.
God never forgets! God always remembers us and will bless us.

Stay Blessed


FAITH CAN FIND THE WAY

Heb 11: 1 Faith is a substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.

Now the Bible says, without faith it is impossible to please God .There is absolutely no way in the world that you can please God without faith.No matter how much you may have cleaned your act, you may have stopped smoking, chewing, drinking etc. You may have stopped thinking like the rest of the world, who is trying to live a good life, but is still far away from pleasing God…now youmay think that by living a clean life you can impress God! No, you cannot impress him in that way because there are people who live better lives by accident then we do on purpose.

There are people who do not believe Jesus is Lord, but have more integrity, more commitment to their philosophy of life than many so called Christians. But our distinction as Christians should be spotless. We should live a sinless life, but that is not our distinction, it is more of a duty.Our distinction is that we believe in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
For the Bible says,“…for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made under salvation”. So believing God brings to you a state of righteousness. Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness. So you cannot be a born-again-blood-washed Christian without faith!It is just not possible. Some of us walk like Christians, sing like Christians, talk like Christians, give like Christians but being disciplined does not make you a Christian. What, then, makes you a believing Christian?
If you believe in Jesus Christ and accept him as your personal Saviour, you become a true Christian.
Let us go deeper into the phenomenon of belief, because Biblesays,“Even demons believe…”, but they are not saved and they cannot be brought into righteousness. You need an action that validates your faith. Faith is not just a noun,it is also a verb.Many proclaim their faith on Jesus but when it comes from theory to practical,they do not apply it…this is where we fail to please God. We have faith when everything is going well but when the equilibrium of the life is disturbed we LOSE faith. Faith is not for proclamation only; we have to apply it in our actions, work on it!
Here we see Jesus in Capernaum, which means village of Nahum (kha pher Nahum). Capernaum was the headquarters of Jesus’ ministry; He began his public ministry in Capernaum (Mat 4:12 onwards) it is the place where Jesus was received when he was thrown out of his own city, Nazareth.
Capernaum is the village which was in the hands of Satan, a place where darkness prevailed.The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me about Capernaum specifically, because when I read Mathew Chapter 4, it stated that Capernaum was Jesus’ own city…now my question to God was why Nazareth and Bethlehem were not called His own cities? Please note that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and brought up in Nazareth but he dwelt in Capernaum (Mat4:13) Out of the 39 miracles done by Jesus 11 were in Capernaum, out of twelve disciples four of them were from Capernaum…why it was not done in Nazareth and Bethlehem which was more familiar to our Lord?

The answer is simple …Jesus dwelt in Capernaum…The people there accepted him and were even ready to bearloss of their lives, to accept Jesus in their homes.They were ready to leave their profession for Christ; they were very radical in faith.

Some interesting incidents had occurred in Capernaum which we cannot find elsewhere in the region of Galilee:

Faith of centurion(Mat 8:5) he admitted that he was not worthy to accept Jesus in his house but he had faith in the Lord and in his word…he knew the power in the words of Jesus…so he pleaded to Jesus ‘only to speak the WORD…’.

I want to deliver a message to Nazareth and Bethlehem, Christ may have born in you Bethlehem, Christ may have been brought up in you Nazareth, but if He is not dwelling in you…it is of no use.

Now let me turn the same revelation to you, “Christ may have born in you in the past years and even brought up in your life but if he is not dwelling in you NOW, this life is in vain?
Let me ask you a question, was Christ not brought up to dwell in Nazareth? But the people over there did not give their hearts to believe in his word and then they threw him out of their territory…
If we are born in Christ,it is not we who live but it is Christ who lives in us. But sometimes due to unbelief and various reasons God does not find a suitable place in us to dwell. For instance, he did not find place to dwell in Nazareth, where he was brought up.Most of the people of Capernaum never knew Jesus before although some believed and accepted him…so Jesus found a place to dwell in Capernaum.
We are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in us. Does the spirit of God dwell in you?
Now let us come to Mark Chapter 2,when it was heard that he was in the house many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them…the presence of the Lord was so mighty in that place so that there was no room for darkness, for depression, for hatred and envy. If you have Jesus in your house there is no room for fear (John 20:19). The disciples shut the door from inside because of fear of Jews but when Jesus came and stood in the midst there was peace.

Dear reader, are you in the midst of fear and doubt and have tightly shut the doors of your heart? Open those doors to receive the Prince of Peace Jesus in the midst of darkness and fear and He will render his peace unto you.
While Jesus was preaching the word in a crowded house, there came four people carrying a paralytic man. The text does not say who these four men were; his friends or relatives, but we do understand that these men were ready to carry the burden of that man. They might have had their own set of problems in their lives but ignoring that, they were ready to carry burden of that paralytic man. See how they took this paralyzed man, believing that they will not be required to carry his bed again the second time after presenting him before Jesus.They even knew that if the paralyzed man did not receive healing, they may be humiliated by the people present in the house…taking all these things into consideration they still took him into Jesus. Verses 3 it is written that the paralytic man was carried by four men… so each man was deeply involved. They had a ministry of carrying burdens of others…we are more worried of our burdens, but how many among us really carry the burden of others. We pray for ourselves, our family, our children, our church, our pastor and our friends;do we pray for others? Let us learn a lesson from these four men who were in the ministry of carrying…
I have noted four very important points and learned how the faith of four men found a way to Jesus:
1) These four men had Faith; 2) They carried the burden; 3) They had unity among themselves 4) They were ready.There may be times when you are unable to find the way ahead, but your faith in God will find the way for you. Do not believe what you see, but see what you believe! We judge and believe things seen by our worldly eyes, but concentration things that our eyes cannot see.
Our eyes will tell us – it is all over, it is finished, it is the end, no way forward! But through faith you will find a way – an open door!
What was that machine called which divided the Red Sea in two? Was it the staff of Moses that did the miracle,or was it the East wind?
Israelites were crying with fear when they saw the vast Red Sea; but God spoke to Moses and told him to stretch out his hand on the sea. This is what we do not do…we do not stretch out our faith towards the problem. Godwas trying to tell Moses,“Unless you stretch your hand, I will not divide the water. I will not command the East wind to blow the waters”. Work out on your faith and extend it further, keep it strong when everything is all right, but use it when it is really needed.Use it when all doors are closed;use it when you are suffering for being right; use it when people start saying all kinds of false accusations against you.
What was it that helped those four men to find the way to Jesus? It was their faith on Jesus and their commitment to their ministry – carrying the burdens of others.
If we were the friends of that paralytic man, seeing the crowd we might have concluded the story saying God has closed the door. After all the normal approach to the Lord was blocked, we might have said it wasnotGod’s time. My dear brother or sister, if you have faith you cannot imagine how many closed doors will open in your life, among your family and friends.

Yes, normal approach was closed for them; there was no way to get the person on the mat inside the room.
Yes, people were swarming inside but seeing all the circumstances, they were not discouraged and found a way among the closed doors.
It is not your strength that will open the door, but the Faith in you will find the way – IN or OUT depending upon the situation.

Without any conditions, PUT YOUR FAITH ON GOD!
God bless