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How do we show we are sincere to God?

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“And Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; even out of all cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord [yearning for Him with all their desire]. And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court and said, O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven?” 2 Chronicles 20:4-6

When Jehoshaphat heard that his enemies were mighty and powerful he proclaimed a fast in all Judah, and the people gathered to seek the Lord for help, yearning for Him with all their desire. To show his sincerity to God Jehoshaphat proclaimed the fast.

When we have a problem, it is good to spend extra time with God, perhaps using the time we would spend eating or watching television to pray and seek God’s wisdom. Instead of spending an evening with friends telling them all about our troubles and asking for their advice, use that time to go to God first. These types of actions show that we know hearing from God is vital.

“Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I’ll rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalm 50:15

The Psalmist knew and experienced that God is the only rescuer in his trouble. That faith helped him to turn to God with confidence.

To seek means to pursue, crave, and go after something with all your might. In other words, a person who seeks is like a starving man in search of food to keep himself alive. The process of seeking is that intense.

“Keep on asking, and you receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you”. Matthew 7:7

Dear friends, insistent seeking of God, I am certain, will give peace and prosperity.

My Prayer
Dear God I wish to seek you in my trouble but sometimes my seeking vanes with my frailty. God, You are merciful. Please hold me when I stumble.
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I’m afraid of…whom shall I turn to?

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“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” 2 Chronicles 20:3

The initial reaction of Jehoshaphat, king of Israel, when he heard ‘a great multitude is coming against him from beyond the sea, was fear. This reaction, fear, when we hear bad news or unexpected events happen, is human frailty. All negative situations, like examination, interview, fight, distrust, enmity, death, etc.; invoke fear. And fear is not bad in itself if we treat it in the right way.

What do we do when fear strikes?

  • Look what Jehoshaphat did when he feared. He set himself to seek the Lord; that’s it. When we are afraid seek God. Jehoshaphat was the king of Israel but has no false pretention, no boasting that he was capable of destroying his enemies without anyone’s help, even God. He analyzed the magnitude of his enemy, realized his own frailty and submitted himself to God.

To seek God first of all we have to submit our will to Him and realize God is almighty and we are just human.

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1

  • ‘Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah’. Fasting is a form of penitence. Before seeking the blessing of God Jehoshaphat repented his mistakes and prepared his country to receive the grace of God through penitence. Because he knew that if he submited himself to God he would receive the ultimate protection of God.

Bible anecdotes are simple truths and ways help mankind to lead a peaceful and blessed life.

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Why Cannot I follow thee Now?

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“Peter said unto Him, Lord, why cannot I follow Thee now?” John 13:37

There are times when we cannot understand why cannot do what we want to do. Of course, we assume we know how to do and what’ll happen? But, do we really know the consequences of our panic actions? No.

So what to do?

When God brings the blank space, see that we do not fill it in, but wait. The blank space may come in order to teach us what sanctification means, or it may come after sanctification to teach us what service means. Never run before God’s guidance. If there is the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt-don’t.

In the beginning we may see clearly what God’s will is-the severance of a friendship, the breaking off of a business relationship, something you feel distinctly before God is His will for you to do, never, never do it on the impulse of that feeling. If you do, you will end in making difficulties that will take years of time to put right. Wait for God’s time to bring it around and He will do it without any heartbreak or disappointment. When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move.

Peter did not wait on God; he forecast in his mind where the test would come, and the test came where he did not expect it. “I will lay down my life for Thy sake.” John 13:37 (impulsive reply)

Peter’s declaration was honest but ignorant.

“Jesus answered him….The cock shall not crow, till though hast denied Me three times.” John 13:38 (solicitous reply)

This was said with a deeper knowledge of Peter than Peter had of himself. He could not follow Jesus because he did not know himself, of what he was capable.

Natural devotion may be all very well to attract us to Jesus, to make us feel His fascination, but it will never make us disciples. Natural devotion will always deny Jesus somewhere or other.

Self realization is the key to faith.

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Love Perfected

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“No man has at any time (yet) seen God. But if you love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!” 1John 4:12

Do you know that love is intended to flow to us and then through us? It begins with God’s love for us and is brought to completion when we learn to love one another. Being able to love is a process that I believe God has put in place, and it involves four steps.

First, God gives His love to us.

Next, we accept and receive that love.

Third, we love God in return.

And fourth, we allow God’s love to flow through us to other people.

Thus the love circle is perfected. A continuous flow. Without all four steps, love is incomplete, so let’s look at each one of them a bit more closely.

The first step is God’s love for us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

It all starts with Him, and it begins with the fact that He loves us unconditionally.

The second step is for us to respond to God’s love.

The only proper response is to receive God’s love, knowing it’s something He freely gives, not something we can earn or otherwise secure for ourselves. His love is in us, it is ours, and we will learn that loving ourselves properly is God’s will.

The third step is to give our love to God.

This includes worshipping Him with our life, spending time in His presence, studying and honoring His Word, praying, praising Him, and expressing gratitude to Him. Of course, the ultimate way we show God that we love Him, according to His words, is to obey Him.

“If you love me, keep my commands”. John 14:15

The fourth step in love being perfected in us is to let it flow through our life to the people around us. The spirit of God will lead us and prompt us to do things that will demonstrate love to the people around us.

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God Listens to your voice!

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“I call to you in times of trouble, because you will answer me.” Psalm 86:7

The psalmist gives the assurance. And he is very certain about his faith in God. His unwavering faith steadies his mind and soul.

How to get God’s attention? Simple. Call to God and He will answer you.

There are times in our life that we do not know what to do or whom to call, there are situations in our life where we do not know where to turn or what to say. Remember, turn to God at all these situations and ask for His help. God will certainly answer your call.

Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter His presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored.

“Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me.” John 11:41

Then the Son of God prays, He has only one consciousness, and that consciousness is of His Father. God always hears the prayers of His Son, and if the Son of God is formed in me the Father will always hear my prayers.

Prayer:

Merciful God I believe in You. Wherever and whenever I call You listen to my voice. In my times of trouble and in my joy You are the one I turn to. The believe that I can turn to my God any time for comfort and He listens to my words is my comfort and strength. God keep me in my steadfast love of You.

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The Most Blessed Being!

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“The heavens tell the glory of God”. Psalm 19:1

Have you ever felt that you are not significant? Have you ever thought that you are one among the billions and your being no one counts? Have you ever thought that you are not able to connect with everyone?

You are not alone with these thoughts. People usually find themselves less important, not counted because their names never printed is newspapers or never appeared in television, which are the symptoms of being great or important, according to general belief.

‘The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,

And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,

Awaits alike the inevitable hour.

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.’

Thomas Grey – Elegy written in a country churchyard

If you were the only person on earth, the earth would look exactly the same. The Niagara would still awe the world and The Milford Sound would still have the soothing effect. The sun would still nestle behind the Rockies in the evenings and spray light on the desert in the mornings.

God would not diminish the earth’s beauty one degree, if you were the only person on this globe.

Because He did it all for you!!!

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Our Protection

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God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in time of trouble.” Psalm 46: 1

Ever feel weak and helpless? Turn to Christ, the never failing protector. And He is always there to lift you up in time of trouble. Every day we face new challenges that need prudent steps and calculated risks. Then how will we proceed? Some days life challenges become too much and you feel to get away. You are not alone with this feeling. Jesus did the same. “In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) It is a simple act but the right way to recharge you, you pray and talk to God in your quietness and you will be answered. Understand our helplessness and seek God’s help.

Ever have so many demands that you can’t stop for lunch? Jesus can relate. “He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. (Mark 6:31) There’s no convoluted psychology here to rejuvenate your tired mind, follow Jesus’ simple method of seeking quietness.

Do your friends ever let you down? You are not alone in this plight. When Christ needed help, his friends dozed off. “Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40)

When you turn to Him for help, He runs to you to help. Why? He knows how you feel. He’s been there…..

So go to Him.

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Are You Hearing from God?

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‘Then Moses said to the Lord…’ Exodus 33:12

Throughout the book of Exodus we read these two statements: ‘The Lord said to Moses,’ and ‘Moses said to the people.’

The Lord said to Moses and Moses said to people. Yes, that is the key lesson here. People listen and obey Moses’ words because Moses words are what Lord said to him. Until you have heard from God, what do you have to say to anybody else that’s worth consideration. Moses was aware of his shortcomings and he asked Lord ‘why the Israelites would listen to him?’ God anointed Moses as His spokesperson. Hence before speaking to people Moses always consulted with God. And that made Moses’ words powerful.

When your thoughts and desires are submitted to Lord He will actually think and speak through you. What a privilege! The trouble is, sometimes we want to speak without first consulting God and hearing from Him.

To hear from God first of all we have trust Him unconditionally. Wow! That’s a big ask. When we are children we trust our parents unconditionally but as we grow through different phases of live this unconditional love turns into conditional. And when it becomes conditional the purity the love is lost.

Does God really, really speak to us?

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Be Honest

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…Be careful to do what is right… Romans 12:17

Jeremiah utters, ‘Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay is the man who gains riches by unjust means…in the end he will prove to be a fool.‘ (Jeremiah 17:11) People always tend to find their own justice for their misdeeds. And, instead of looking into themselves, they believe what they say. For example, ‘it is ok to do small mistakes, as long as you’ve no major lapses.’ This self-justification is nothing but an ostrich nature of burying its head in the sand believing nobody can see it. Whether you steal ten cents or a million dollar, you’re still a thief. Every time you break a moral principal it becomes harder, not easier, to act with integrity.

Developing integrity requires constant vigil because every day you face unscrupulous opportunity & dishonest people and it’s hard to keep your head high in the mire of deceit around you.

Then how can you keep your head high?

(1) Keep your promises. When you make a promise you create hope. When you keep a promise you create trust.

(2) Acknowledge your mistakes. When your decisions don’t turn out the way you intend, you owe people an explanation.

(3) Apologize and try to make amends. When your actions hurt others, you need to admit that what you did was wrong and say you’re sorry. This is usually very painful in the moment. But not only is the right thing to do, it can actually shorten the agony and help you to put the incident behind you.

Do you smile when you are alone with God, who can see your innermost secrets or hide your face?

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Road To Peace n’ Prosperity

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“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:37-38

We are living in such a social environment that we are looking at every nook and corner for finding peace, read all sorts of books that our hand can reach dealing ‘how to attain inner peace and prosperity, listen to different kinds of inspirational tapes and discourses and watch numerous documentaries on becoming an instant millionaire.

Whereas the answer is in ourselves.

Go to a secluded place and read Luke’s words loudly until each word flashes in front of you. Read again and after reading each word look at yourself, sincerely analyze your actions and words and ask the question ‘Do I judge others? Do I condemn others? Do I forgive others?’

Your answer will help you to understand yourself.

When we know ourselves we become more aware of our strengths and weaknesses and with this understanding we grow further.

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