Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Separation of Hannah from the others.

(The title and some of the parts are taken from the book “The Ministry of supplication” by Zacharias Tanee Fomum)

Bible strongly tells us about the separation. After the fall of man God looked for someone who was seeking Him and so He found Abram. Abram was told to separate from 3 things (Genesis 12:1-3) and when he left those things his name was changed, he was blessed and dwelt in the promise land. This shows that God’s promised is fulfilled only when we are separated as per His will. Further if we read the word we could see the children of Israel was told to separate from the gentiles. God is Holy and dwells in unapproachable light so He wants his children should be separated from this sinful world. Separation is one of the doctrines out of the seven foundational doctrines given to New Testament Church. God does not want His people to be clubbed with the world and its things. His will is that those who serve Him must live a life of separation. It doesn’t mean that you must run away from the world…..we are living in the world but not of the world. A dead fish will flow with the current but the live fish flows against the current so is the man who is born by the Spirit he will never walk with the flow of the world but he will go against the flow. Jesus entered Peter’s boat and told him to thrust his boat little away from the land. If we receive Jesus our relation must not be with the Land (World) we must thrust our boat (Life) away from this world and thrust into deep waters with Jesus. No one can stand between land and water…one has to be totally in the world or totally in the hands of God. No one can please God and world together. From the beginning we could see God separated Individual, a Nation and then the Church (Body of Christ) and calling these separated ones as His people, His Nation and His Body.

Life of Hannah has taught me good lessons and I was inspired by this book “The Ministry of supplication” by Z. T. Fomum and thought to share the same with you.

The bible says, “Once when they had finished eating drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple” (1 Samuel 1:9)

Elkanah, Peninnah and their children had no need. They had not seen God’s need. If Hannah had continued in their company, what she had seen of God’s need would become dim. Separation from them for the task of doing God’s business was inevitable. She stood up and separated herself from them, thus separating herself unto God. There are many thing of the inner life that can only happen when those who have seen what God wants to do and are determined to co-operate with Him, separate themselves from those who have either not seen or who have decided not to see. There are many things that cannot happen unless there is separation. For Jacob to become Israel, he first separated himself from all the members of his family. He was blessed there when he separated himself and confessed who he was! The Lord Jesus often separated Himself from the others in order to have communion in prayer with His Father. (Luke 22:39-42).

Hannah saw the need of God. She bore God’s burden. The rest of her family was carrying no burden. If she had stayed with them, she would have lost her burden. There are times when the Holy Spirit lays a burden that should be discharged in prayer upon a heart. The one who received the burden should immediately separate himself from the others who do not have the burden and seek God through prayer. If that is done, the burden will grow, intensify and lead to more and more prayer, until the Lord’s purpose for that burden is accomplished. If the person, on the other hand, continues in the company of those who have not received the burden, other things will come in his heart and the burden will be lost. We insist that a burden should be discharged as soon as possible. We insist that the one who has received a burden from the Lord should work at it as soon as possible, and this will often mean separation from some for some time.

It may appear impolite for you to withdraw from the company of loves ones so as to spend time in the presence of God. However, the alternative is to displease God and please man. Each one must take that choice. Yes, it is ultimately a question whether or not we are prepared to please God. If we have decided that God is our unnegotiable priority, then everyone and everything will readily be put aside to please Him. Hannah stood up. She separated herself from the others. She separated herself unto God. She trod the pathway that leads to God’s best and she received God’s best.

Always remember, A potter cannot make a vessel unless the stones and hard particles are separated from the clay, unless and until we do not separate from the forms of this world, God cannot shape anybody. We are taken from this world to shape the world…each one of us are salt and light of this world. Let us give flavors to the tasteless world and light to the dark world by living a separated life.

May God bless you

Woman, Where are your accusers?

John 8:10, ‘When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?”’

(Jesus asked this question to the woman who was caught in adultery. He did not ask this to condemn the accusers. Had they not run away from Him, they too would have been forgiven, just as this woman)

Some Scribes and Pharisees brought one woman to Jesus, who was caught in adultery, hoping to get something to accuse Jesus. Jesus, who perceived this, (John 1:47-48) did not say anything. When they set the woman in front of Him, he stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. Now different revelations have been given about this. Some say that Jesus wrote their names on the ground, while some say that He wrote their sin. But what does Bible say ? He wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear them. In other words, He ignored the accusers. Here we can learn two things. First, He ignores us when we falsely accuse or judge our brethren (Math 7:2-5) Second, if anyone tempts you to get juice out of you, be still and ignore!. These accusers continued asking Him. Finally, Jesus raised Himself and said to them “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” and after saying this, again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. These words of Jesus convicted each of them. But one thing that caught my attention was that though their conscience convicted them, they did not wait to receive forgiveness from the Lord. Instead, they ran away from His presence…Are we like these scribes and Pharisees who run away from His presence, even when our conscience convicts us of our sins?…Remember, running away from the Lord will not help anyone, but those who approach Him for the forgiveness and mercy will by no means be cast out ( John 6:37).

These accusers had came to the one who could take away their burden by forgiving their sins and granting them peace. But even after being convicted, they did not have a heart to stay and receive mercy and forgiveness from the Lord, who had left the heavenly glory to save sinners. Their conscience said that they were sinners. They were guilty and were cut to their hearts. But instead of waiting on the Lord, they chose to run away from Him. Is there anyone who is reading this article who is running away from Him in this manner? If so, let this message bring you back to the source of mercy! When people heard the sermon of Peter, they were cut to heart and asked “What shall we do”? (Acts 2:37). If this article is convicting you, then ask the Lord “What shall I do” ? God will never cast out those who humbly accepts his or her transgressions.

While going through this text, I found that there were some reasons as to why these accusers ran from the Lord.

They did not know Jesus
They did not know themselves
They covered their sins and did not accept their transgressions.

They did not know Jesus- The first thing that makes people run away from his presence is, little knowledge about the source of mercy. Our iniquities had separated us from God (Isa 59:2). For this reason, Christ Jesus came to the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), so that through Him, we can have fellowship with God. He is the Lamb of God, who descended from heaven to take away the sins of the world.1 John 2: 1 and 2 says, ‘My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for sins of the whole world. Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man. No one comes to Father except through Christ Jesus, because there is no other name under the heaven, given among men by which we must be saved. So the one who receives the knowledge of Christ must come to Him for the forgiveness of sins, because He never casts out those who approach Him…He can never cast the woman who has committed adultery, nor a man who has committed murder. There is no sin that Jesus cannot forgive, and no fall has occurred to any man from which He cannot raise…The devil will try to deceive you by saying “ you have done a great sin and God cannot forgive you”. Devil is a liar! If you know Jesus and confess your sins today, He is just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

They did not know themselves
: The second reason why people ran away from the presence of God is that they did not know themselves. Bible says in Romans 3:23, ‘ for all have sinned and fall short glory of God.’ There is no one born holy in this world except Christ Jesus (Luke1:35). We must accept this truth that we were brought forth in iniquity, and in sin, our mother conceived us. Do not deceive yourselves by saying that you have no sin. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. The one who approach the Mercy Seat must know that he is a sinner. Paul often confessed that he was a wretched sinner and that he was the chief among sinners.

They covered their sins and did not accept their transgression: Bible strongly rebukes ‘covering up of sins.’ Proverbs 28:13, ‘He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.’ One thing we forget is that we try to cover our sins from Him from whose eyes, no creature is hidden . All are naked and exposed to His eyes. Psalms 32:5 says, ‘then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD. And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” David did not cover up his sin, when Prophet Nathan pointed out his sins, but we know that many who covered their sins were cursed and rejected. David also committed sins but he acknowledged them before the Lord. The practice of ‘covering of sins’ started right from the beginning, since the times of Adam and God hates it. Adam and Eve tried to cover their sins and so did their son, Cain . Many others like, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira, Gehazi were cursed and rejected because they tried to cover their sins. But the one who acknowledged his or her sins were blessed. 1 John 1:9 says, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ We receive four blessings when we confess our sins :

He is Faithful- we receive His faithfulness
He is Just- we receive His justice
He will forgive our sins – we receive His forgiveness
He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness- we receive His righteousness

Bible says, ‘ blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.’ One of the main reasons why we cannot receive the word is the hidden stone (Mathew 13:5 & 6). Let us acknowledge our every sin to Him who is faithful and just to forgive.

These Scribes and Pharisees were very God fearing and knew the Law of Moses. They did not deny the Law of Moses nor God. They seemed to have fellowship with God, but when their conscience convicted them, they ran from the Lord…If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth (1 John 1:6). This applies to the Scribes and Pharisees who were Hypocrites!When the accusers chose to run away from the Lord, the one accused decided to remain in the Lord. This decision changed her life completely. God does not want those who run from His presence, but He forgives those who stay and confess their sinfulness. The text says that Jesus and the woman were alone. All the rest went their ways. We can glean two things about why the woman stood when the rest chose to run.

She understood Christ
She acknowledge her sin by accepting the fact that she was a sinner

The accusers failed to do this. A confessing prostitute is better than a self-justifying hypocrite. Jesus said to the woman, “Go and sin no more.” The word ‘GO’ has a deep meaning. People brought her to be stoned to death, but Jesus sent her away in Peace. People accused her, but Jesus vindicated her! Let us not confess our sins before a priest, but let us confess them before the throne of Mercy of our High Priest Christ Jesus.

May God bless you!

After a Great Victory, Comes Great Temptation.

John 6:15 ‘Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.’

All Glory to God alone!

After feeding more than five thousand people in the deserted area, people were aroused, not because of the word which He taught for three days, but because they saw the signs that Jesus did, and they confessed that “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world”. But one thing which I really appreciate about my Lord is that He never accepted honor from men, because He knows men! Amen!! …After this meeting of miraculous feeding of the crowd, the people planned to take Jesus by force and make Him a king to destroy Roman Empire. They thought that if this man could multiply five loaves and two fishes and feed a crowd of minimum five thousand, then He would be able to overthrow Roman Empire and feed them. The crowd had mistook Jesus. He had not come to be the king of this world. His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). After a great victory in the deserted area, there came a great temptation. This time, Satan did not come face to face with Jesus and offer Him the kingdom of this world and its authority (Luke 4:5-7), but he came through some people who had witnessed the signs of the Lord. We need to understand something here. Satan will come face to face with you for a war, but sometimes he will use people with whom you associate, to influence you. This is a strong statement!! Peter was with Jesus for a couple of years and he even confessed that Jesus is the Son of Living God. But Jesus recognized Peter and rebuked the devil in him when he asked Jesus to resist the death. All who gives you good advices are not necessarily from God. We need to discern every spirit…After a great victory, always be on guard, for you might face a great temptation…After a great victory, we often tend to relax and to be lazy in spirit. Elijah was an anointed man of God.

His prayer was so powerful that God sent fire from heaven which not only consumed the sacrifice, but also the wood, stones and dust besides licking the water in the trench. Elijah seized the prophets of Baal and executed them. He ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot. After all these powerful demonstrations, when he came down and received a threatening letter from Jezebel, he went to the wilderness and sat down under a broom tree. And there he prayed that he might die. Let us not repeat this in our life…Always remember that after a great demonstration of God’s power in the spiritual realm, there will be a threatening mail to disturb your spiritual equilibrium…Did this threaten from Jezebel influence the life of Elijah? Yes, he went into the cave of fear and depression.

Though he was asked to anoint Jehu as king over Israel and Elisha as a prophet, he could anoint only Elisha. It means that he could do only half of what he was asked to do.
Let us see how Jesus overcame temptation. We must understand that Jesus was fully man and fully God! “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). So God knows our nature.
John 6:15 says that Jesus perceived that the crowd who had seen Jesus doing signs, were about to come and take Him by force to make Him the king.

Jesus perceived the things before it came to Him. This is a very important statement. The meaning of perceive in the worldly sense is to become ‘aware of’ directly through any of the senses…To be aware of anything in the world, we need our five senses. But to be ‘aware of’ in the spiritual world, we need to tune ourselves in the Spirit. So the key is ‘never to quench’ the Spirit, especially after a great victory. But it is possible that we relax and lazy around after a great victory. Many of us fail in perceiving things after a great victory…Remember; the battle is not yet over, even if we win in some areas! The battle is still on until the DAY of our Lord … Are we able to sense or perceive such tactics of the devil before being a victim? If not, let us walk in Spirit and live in Spirit (Galatians 5:25).
Walking in Spirit is not for some specific time…that’s danger! ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, and seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)’…By this statement, we understand that he is not a real lion…but he is only ‘like’ a lion…who walketh about seeking whom he may devour. ‘Devour’ is ‘to consume’…A lion can never consume, but it tears. The Devil who walketh like a lion will tear only those who are asleep, but it is impossible for him to touch those who are awake! By this, we must understand the importance of ‘walking’ in Spirit and ‘living’ in Spirit. This verse is written by Apostle Peter who had a good experience during his past. He had slept when he was asked to watch and pray, and the outcome was that the devil devoured him for a while. But the Lion of Judah approached him and took him out of that state! Glory be to God…to perceive great temptation after a great victory, we need to live in Spirit.

Joseph was a man, in whom, was the Spirit of God ( Genesis 41:38) but one day, this Spirit filled man was caught by one woman…When the wife of Potipher caught the garment of Joseph, he perceived that this woman who had caught his garment, would catch hold of Joseph sooner or later. So he ran away from her! I am not saying that a Spirit filled man will not be tempted. Yes, he will be tempted, but he will perceive things in his spirit and will take necessary steps. Our five senses cannot perceive the devil’s tricks…We need to nullify our flesh senses and get into the Spirit realm, to perceive the craftiness of Satan.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4, ‘for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.’ John 3:8, ‘the wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” We can study two things from these verses: First, Those who are born of the Spirit will be led by the Spirit, and the Spirit will lead him where He pleases. Second, those who are born of the Spirit will hear the Spirit. To perceive the tricks of the devil, we need to be hear from the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit. For this, we need to born of the Spirit. A Spirit filled man will perceive everything that comes against him, because he is not hearing any man but heeding the Spirit of God!

Second -After perceiving, Jesus departed from them.

John 6:15, ‘Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.’

Most of us perceive but do not depart…This shows disobedience. This is walking by our own will. We feel in our Spirit or inner conscience that something is going to happen. We perceive with our spiritual eyes, but are we obeying Him by departing from that? Jesus not only perceived, but also departed. Jesus knew that if he would stay there, people would make him the king by force, but He had not come for this. Knowing for what we are ‘called for’, helps us to depart from what we are ‘not called for’. Joseph could have stayed and enjoyed the pleasures of the sin, but he departed because he had a vision about his future. Let us heed the Spirit, and obey lest we become a victim! If we stay on, it’s hard to depart. We need grace to perceive and more grace to depart! After departing, Jesus again went to the mountain and prayed…Prayer is like a fuel in the car. If you want to run the car, you need re-fuel it again and again. Our Master has set an example for all of us….the more God is using us, the more prayers we need. Elisha did not receive a welcome note after receiving the mantle, but he faced the need to cross the Jordan…Every anointed person has a Jordan to cross and a temptation to face…Let us be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove not only in spiritual life, but also in this world. When we think that we have gained a victory in some areas of life, better watch out the enemy. He will come with another plan to pull you down…perceive and depart before being a victim, because after a great victory, comes great temptation.

Let us be an abiding and fruitful branch!

God bless you

The voice in the wilderness.

Today, we see many ministers and ministries springing up every now and then, with lots of promises and hopes. But soon, we stop hearing from them. If God has started a ministry, surely He will complete it, if we are faithful. Surely, today’s preaching lack something which the preaching of John, the Baptist had. Let’s take a look at a few points of difference between the modern day preachers and the Voice of the wilderness- John the Baptist.

John was like a Sign Board
John 1:36-37 ‘When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. John the Baptist is known for pointing out Christ to people. He spoke of Jesus and not about his own ministry. Today, we find self-centered ministries who show themselves and speak more about themselves and their ministry. Christ centered ministers will stand for truth and speak the truth. Self centered ministers will stumble and disqualify many. John showed Jesus to his disciples just like the captive young girl of Israel pointed out Elisha to Naaman. These disciples were later on used mightily for His glory. Let our sermons and our ministry point out Jesus. Besides pointing out Jesus, John also taught them about Him. Jn.1:29, ‘The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” He taught them the true purpose of Christ’s coming into the world.

He had Knowledge about Son of God

Being zealous is good but being zealous without knowledge is danger! John, the Baptist had knowledge about Son of God. Jn.1:34, “I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” Some of us are following Him without knowing Him. Only a close walk with God can give us a vision about His purposes for our lives. Many ministries follow other ministries. They try to imitate other servants of God who are of fame. They fail to see Jesus and hence, they do not have a vision from God about their ministry.

I remember imitating my dad and his sermons in the earlier days of my ministry. People liked it but God was not pleased! Because those sermons were what I heard about Him and not about knowing HIM! John said, “And I saw Him….” All who have a vision shall never break-up. Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:12, ‘I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.’ We know about people but do we know him about whom we preach? If we read 1 John 1:1-3 there it says…’we have heard, we have seen and we have handled the word of Life and then we declare unto you’…No one can declare the word of LIFE without hearing, seeing and handling Him! Let us taste Him before declaring Him.

He was poor in Spirit
Jn.1:31 and 33, ‘I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

John often confessed that he did not know Christ. Today, a little knowledge about the Word puffs up the servants of God and their ministries. They feel and claim to have a complete knowledge of God. This is the first step of failure of many ministries and ministers.

Math.5:3, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ Effective witnessing can be done by someone who has really experienced the touch of God in his or her personal life.

He was Humble

John was a humble preacher. Jn.1:27- ‘He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” Jn.3;30,’ He must become greater; I must become less.” Potter will always choose the clay from beneath the mountain and not from the top. God will always choose those who humble themselves. Today, many preachers rejoice in their own exaltation, but John rejoiced in exalting Jesus. Jn.3:31 ‘The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) A humble preacher will deny Himself and project Christ. Let our pride cells burn!

He preached the Gospel

Gospel is God’s pill to the mankind. Gospel is good news…God has prepared a Hell for everyone who disobeys is not good news. We think and preach the same. What is the good news then? The wrath of God towards mankind is over with the incarnation of the Word. Luke 2:14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ Paul says, ‘we preach Christ crucified’…These two words are very important…We preach Christ…. Christ should be the centre of our sermons instead of our experiences.Secondly, we must preach about His crucifixion.

What did John the Baptist preach?

Lk.3:3- ‘He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.’ John did not preach the stepping stones to prosperity, health and healing. Now a days, we have short cut sermons, like 7 points to receive blessings from God and 3 points to resist the devil…John preached about repentance and about the forgiveness of sins. This is the actual need of mankind i.e. to be free from the bondage of sin, which in turn delivers them from sickness and curse.

Repentance – A direct attack on sin is a must. People ought to be made aware about the difference between resisting sin and hating sin.

Christ Centered – Just as the four gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John have Jesus as their centre, every preaching from the Word should be Christ centered, which includes His sacrificial death, resurrection from the dead, His love, His words etc.Preaching should prepare the people to be lead to Christ’s way.

Lk.3:5, ‘Every valley shall be filled…..’ Valleys represent a sinking state of hopelessness. People have lost the sensitivity to God and sin. In Josh.7, we see Achan being stoned to death in the valley of Achor for sinning. People in this world are sinking deep into the miry clay of sin, from where there is absolutely no hope of escape. But the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ Jesus opened a door of hope to escape from this state of hopelessness. Hosea 2:15, “I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope, she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth,” The valley of Achor was hopelessness for us but the incarnation of the Word made the fellowship with God and man.Rom.7:24-25, ‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! …’

‘Every mountain and hill shall be brought low.’ There is the need for preaching about humbling oneself, for self righteousness and pride blocks one’s heart from receiving the message of repentance.

Crooked shall be made straight’. The preaching of the Word should convict all who walk through the crooked ways of life. John boldly called those hypocrites as “Brood of Vipers” and exhorted them to throw every claim of self righteousness and bear the fruit of repentance.

‘Rough shall be made smooth’. ‘Hard hearts shall be made hearts of flesh.’ The lives embedded with sins should be set free to become hearts of flesh, which is sensitive to sin. And the word can be received and can dwell only in a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:25)

‘All flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ Word is to be preached to all flesh so that they will see the salvation of God for this is the commandment of the Lord Himself. Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” A sermon on salvation is missing now a days!

John, the Baptist touched the self righteous people and warned them. In Luke, chapter 3, we see John openly rebuking those who took pride in proclaiming themselves as Abraham’s children. V 8 “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance and do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.” We have such crowd thronging the church halls these days, who take pride in their traditions and ancestors who might have taken a stand for Christ. God is not interested in your ancestral history. He is interested in you and in your present state.

Gospel is not taking but its giving

Lk.3:11.’John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” John preached about giving, not taking. Today, we hear more sermons on taking rather than giving. Math.10-7-8, ‘As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. “

He preached about that DAY!

Our sermon must edify and prepare ourselves and others for the second coming of Christ.Lk.3:17, ‘John said, “His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” He preached about the last days and judgment. We hardly preach about these days.

He lived a simple Life

Math.3:4, ‘John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.’ I am not saying to wear camel’s hair and eat locusts, but he could have enjoyed living in the city and eat and wear latest trends of clothings, but John’s food and clothing were very simple and he lived in wilderness, which shows a separated life. He was in the world but not of the world.

As we travel through this wilderness of life lets have our eyes fixed on the promise land. Let’s also submit ourselves to undertake the great commission of being the voice in the wilderness, preparing and leading many to Christ.

May God bless you!

In Him
Blessen Daniel

What you choose becomes your destiny!

Hebrews 11:24, 25, „ By faith, Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh‟s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.‟

There was a great commission in the life of Moses. He was called to be the leader of Israelites, to bring them out of bondage and lead them to the Promised Land. But when the Spirit of God tapped me, I saw that Moses had to come out of the palace of Pharaoh after this great promise was given to him. Even though he had a great promise, there was a choice that was set before him, to choose or to refuse. God has a purpose in each and everyone‟s life, but God has given us the right to choose His plan. He will never force His will on us, but He waits for us to realize His plans and choose accordingly. Moses could have enjoyed the luxury of the palace and could walk like a prince before the children of God. But Apostle Paul beautifully expressed that when Moses grew and was mature, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh‟s daughter. I would put the words of Paul in this way, that when Moses realized the truth, when he tasted the real joy…he rejected the sonsship and kingship of the earth to gain the same of heaven. Moses knew that he could be called as the son of Pharaoh for a maximum of 80 years, but that the reward of the Lord is eternal. Treasures of Egypt would end one day, but the greater riches in Christ would endure forever. If you want to take up something, you need to give up something. We cannot take God’s will and our will together. If you want the will of God to be done in your life, then you need to give up your will. Remember the prayer of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, „Take this cup away from me, but not my will. Let your will be done‟… Jesus chose to take the cup because He saw you and me in eternity. Hebrews 12:2 says ….‟for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame.‟ He chose the cross and shame, because He saw the joy of salvation! Amen! So all these things tell us that before choosing, we need to have a right vision of the right thing.A boy was just checking his father‟s knowledge. So he took one butterfly in his hand and asked “Father, the butterfly which is in my hand- is it dead or alive?” The Father kept silent for a second and replied him “Son, it is in your hand”. Choosing the right and wrong is in our hands. When God made man and woman, He told them not to eat from the tree which was in the midst of the garden. He didn‟t take away the tree from the garden. He advised them not to eat from that tree, and gave them the freedom to decide. God will always advice us about the truth but will give us the choice. Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life”….God has set life and death, blessing and cursing before us and He has advised us to choose life…but, the final choice is in our hands. We all know the end of Moses. Everyone might have thought that Moses took a wrong decision, by despising the treasures of Egypt, but he had seen greater riches of Canaan, while he was still in the palace…What we choose here, will be revealed on that DAY! Even though Moses had many promises, he had to choose greater riches over the temporary riches. As I mentioned earlier, if you want to choose the right thing, you need to have a right vision. What enabled Moses to choose the right choice and greater riches? The answer is in verses 27. „By faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.‟ He feared not the visible king, because he saw the „Invisible one‟ in the burning bush! So I need to have a vision of my future, in spite of my past, to choose the right thing. Remember the prayers of the thieves on the either side of the cross of Jesus ….One wanted to get down from the cross, because he was hanging on the situation. He chose the world, and refused the Word. But the other thief did not desire to be let down from the cross, because he was hanging on revelation….The repentant thief endured the cross, because his vision was changed, when he saw Messiah. …So he refused to get down from the cross, and chose to hang on the cross, and cried to Jesus to remember him in the eternity….Here is the message ; your vision will change when you will see the Messiah and that will enable you to choose what He wants you to choose. So, here is the key – before choosing anything, you need to see the Invisible One! Why was it easy for Peter to forsake his profession of catching fishes and choose the profession of catching men ? Because he saw Jesus!

Look unto the life of Abraham and Lot. The main difference between the two was that one heard the voice of God, while the other one followed the one who heard the Voice. Abraham had a clear vision of his calling, but Lot just followed Abraham. Genesis 13:10 and 11 speaks about the vision and choice of Lot…‟And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere .Then Lot chose for himself, all the plain of Jordan‟…but on the other hand verse 12 says, „ Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan…‟ . He was still in the same place where he was called to be, because he knew him who had called him. Abram had an opportunity to choose the green Jordan, but he refused, because he had heard the Voice…and we all know his end; God blessed Abraham…but what about Lot? Where is he? Indeed the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abides forever.

Let‟s see Ruth and Orpah. Orpah refused to go to Bethlehem but Ruth held on to go to Bethlehem…Why did Ruth choose to stay with Naomi, even though she could not see any blessing outwardly? Because I believe, that Ruth knew the God of Naomi. So she decided to hang on with Naomi…and we all know her end. She was in the field of Boaz. She not only entered the field, but she also entered the genealogy of our Christ. Mathew 1:5 says, „Boaz begat Obed of Ruth‟…Who was Obed? He was the grandfather of the King David. Did Ruth, who was a Moabite, have anything to do with the genealogy of Jesus? Her choice to go to Bethlehem and to give up the cursed Moab changed her life.
Let me share a truth. Before choosing anything in your life, have a vision of the Invisible One…Before choosing a right partner, seek the face of the Invisible One. A married life is very important. I know families who start with great expectations, but end up in shattered dreams! Do not be amazed to see divorce cases increasing day by day among the believers. We are worse than an unbeliever. There is no point of crying after choosing a wrong person…But before choosing, did you seek the face of the Lord? Some of the believers go after big mansions, outward personality, fame, qualifications etc.I am not saying that people with all these are wrong, but if your vision is changed, then you will not pursue the outer appearance…A student who has a vision of becoming a Doctor will not choose Engineering. He knows what he needs to do to become a doctor. So he will take up the course which will lead him to what he desires. Likewise, if you have right vision about your future, you will choose the right thing…Before refusing the greater riches of Egypt, Moses had to see the Invisible One in the burning bush! Walking in wilderness is easy, when you look at the other shore of Jordan. Let us pray like blind Bartimaeus. When he was asked by our Lord “what you want me to do?” He neither asked for a better place to beg, nor to change his situations. He said “Lord, I want to receive sight”. Can you pray such a prayer? “Lord, open my inner eyes and give me a vision to choose the right thing in my life…” Indeed, our choice becomes our destiny! There are many more people from the Bible, about whom I want to share, but I believe this is enough for your edification for the time being. Our destiny is eternity! So let us fix our eyes onto Jesus and walk with Him daily.

May God bless you