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II CHRONICLES 26

King Uzziah!
Excellent beginning but embarrassing end!

A king at sixteen(VERSE 1),
great warrior(VERSES 6,7 & 8),
sincere seeker and a devout follower (VERSE 5),
skilled administrator (VERSE 11),
enthusiastic lover of the soil and agriculture (VERSE 10),
victorious and famous (VERSE 8) and
a technophile (VERSE 15)!

But he was forced to dwell in an isolated house till his
death;
Reason?
Pride, the root cause of all sin! (VERSE 16).
Not willing to stay within the boundary, not ready to listen
to counsel, not hesitating to show the fury against children
of GOD and silently sidelined by Divine act (VERSES 16-20)!

Dear friend,
Not just Uzziah, but many promising servants fell in this subtle
pit and got sidelined; Servants who had humble beginnings in
their faith life, sometimes somehow start assuming themselves
as indispensable in the Kingdom and manipulate anything and
everything to prove that.
After every victory, take time to check and humble yourself in
HIS presence and give HIM glory!
Never allow the enemy to plant a weed of pride in your heart!
GOD is not going to be impressed by your list of achievements
or statistics about your success but only by your humility!

Not just for Uzziah, but for all human beings P G B D!
Yes, Pride Goes Before Destruction!


…….GOD RESISTS THE PROUD,
BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. ( I PETER 5 : 5 )

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WILL AND WISH

I CHRONICLES 17 : 1 – 15

David’s desire to build GOD’s house looked like a
honorable desire but GOD rejected David’s desire!
It was not in the will of GOD!.
What was wrong in his desire?
Was not he thinking about GOD’s glory?
In what way he was inferior to any other king?

The confusion between man’s Godly desires and
the will of GOD!

Even though GOD explained David the reason for
that rejection and HIS will about HIS house, it was
surely difficult to accept that rejection.

Even Moses’ desire to enter the promised land and
Paul’s desire to preach to his own people were not
approved by GOD!

If it is GOD who works in us both to will and to do
for HIS good pleasure (PHILIPPIANS 2 : 12), why
we need to be careful about our desires?. Are we
not having the freedom to take all our holy desires
as HIS will?

Dear friend,
Be clear about one thing; even though our spirit is
regenerated by the HOLY SPIRIT, our mind and body
are still in the fallen state; redemption of our body will
happen when JESUS comes again; but as the carnal
desires and the spiritual desires are always fighting
against each other to control the mind, most of the
desires in us will be having subtle embedding of
carnality even if our desires appears to be holy!

That is why the continuous renewal of mind by the
WORD is so important to prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of GOD. ( ROMANS 12 : 2 ).

Cultivate the art of having holy desires but learn to filter
and find the will of GOD from that holy desires;
Never ignore the regular renewal of mind by the WORD;
Before attempting to find the hidden will of GOD, check
whether you are obeying the revealed will of GOD.

If your desire and GOD’s will are not matching, don’t get
depressed, but help others to fulfill HIS will in their life;
See, even though David was denied the privilege of building
GOD’s house, David took so much pain to collect all the
things for the temple of GOD and to identify the right people
to do the work so that Solomon can easily complete the
assigned work (I CHRONICLES 22 & 23).

Remember, HIS sheep hears HIS voice;
Stay close to HIM so that you can hear HIS voice!


THE ENTRANCE OF YOUR WORD GIVES LIGHT;
IT GIVES UNDERSTANDING TO THE SIMPLE.
( PSALM 119 : 130 )

SUPER STARS

DANIEL 12

Have you noticed?
The only group which is going to shine like stars
forever is the group which is focusing on turning
many to righteousness?( DANIEL 12 : 3 ).
Not to the self-righteousness but to the CHRIST’s
righteousness!

Dear friend,
Don’t get frustrated by seeing the self-styled pseudo
super stars inside and outside the church!
Read the chapter carefully!
It is not saying the charismatic personalities will be
eternal super stars; Even the worship leaders are
not going to be the super stars; What about the
group donating billions for this and that? No, they
are also not given that privilege!
In fact, even the prayer warriors are not mentioned
in that verse!
The only group is that that turn many to righteousness!

Dear friend,
we can pray, give, work tirelessly but if our praying,
giving and working are not having ‘ winning the lost’
as the ultimate aim, we may not be given that privilege
of shining like stars forever!.
Of course, we can have the eternal life but not the privilege
of shining like a star forever!
We have to be careful whenever a person or group tries
to separate discipleship or social work from evangelism!
Wherever we are placed and whatever may be our position
‘ bringing others to righteousness’ should be our heartbeat!

Remember,
The ultimate prayer is praying for the lost soul!
Don’t consider yourself as a prayer warrior, if your prayer is
not bringing many to the LIGHT regularly!
Don’t give your money just to please some personalities and
leaders!
Always check, before giving, whether the recipient’s mission
statement is directly or indirectly linked to soul winning!

GOD send HIS SON to the cross, not to recruit a creamy
group of arm-chair theologians or harm-ear musicians but to
bring many sons to GLORY!
Don’t devalue that BLOOD by compromising your calling!
Don’t just work for GOD but work with GOD!

Be wise! Win souls!( PROVERBS 11 : 30 )
Why run behind a pseudo-star, when you can be a super star?


BUT IT WAS THE LORD’S GOOD PLAN TO CRUSH HIM
AND FILL HIM WITH GRIEF. YET WHEN HIS LIFE IS MADE
AN OFFERING FOR SIN, HE WILL HAVE A MULTITUDE OF
CHILDREN, MANY HEIRS.
…. AND BECAUSE OF WHAT HE HAS EXPERIENCED, MY
RIGHTEOUS SERVANT WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MANY
TO BE COUNTED RIGHTEOUS,….
( ISAIAH 53 : 10 & 11 ).

COSMIC COMEDY

DANIEL 11

Watch the world news for a minute, you will understand
the total depravity of the fallen man; the desire to rule and
control, the urge to rebel and subdue, the schemes to
deceive and trample, the manipulations to manifest and
dominate, … surely the end game tactics are everywhere!

Man assumes that he is omnipotent and tries his best to
establish a name for himself in this fallen world; But he
fails to understand the Kingdom of The Great ‘I AM’ and
HIS grand plan to redeem this world! . HIS foreknowledge,
HIS active involvement in the world history, HIS patience
and HIS power are all ignored by the world!
Result?
Cosmic comedy!
Man tries to play GOD!

Read DANIEL 11.
Establishing kingdoms, fighting against another kingdom,
trusting the might and riches(verse 3& 4), divided kingdoms, uprooted kingdoms, peace agreement( verse 6), betrayal and rebellion, rise of world powers and their vain attempt to exhibit
their power and might( verse 11 ), unexpected stumbling and
the fall of the powerful ( verse 19), economic reforms (verse 20)
and the silent and subtle destruction of the reformer…..
We know it is a prophecy but is it not looking like the current
world affairs?

Read further!
an unassuming person becoming the ruler using his craftiness,
his desire to establish a new world order by crook or by hook,
his lust for power( verse 22 ), his deceptive way of using peace treaty, his novel approaches, his fame ( verse 24 ), his secret
agents in other kingdoms ( verse 26 ), his intense hatred against
the holy covenant ( verse 28 ) and steadily growing opposition to
his authority, ….
As a prophecy, we either try to figure out that person or label
this or that ruler as that person!
Yes, the way he exalt and magnify himself and his blasphemies
against the LIVING GOD will surely indicate the strengthening of
that person by the unholy forces of the deceptive, destructive,dirty
but defeated devil!.

Men who ignored and rejected the redemption plan becoming a
pawn in the hands of the enemy. And that pawn tries to fight
against the ALMIGHTY!
Is it not a comedy?
But there is a tragedy in that comedy!

Yes, the comedy attracts even some of the covenant people and
they forsake the holy covenant!. Sure, they all will get immediate honor from the deceiver (verse 30).
Tasted the covenant but wasted the privileges. What a tragedy!

Failing to understand our calling, as an ambassador of GOD in
this world, will deteriorate our convictions.
Remember, we are called to win some more from the opposite
camp by using the banner of TRUTH and instead if we start appreciating the pleasures of this world, compromise will enter
our inner core and we may also become a pawn in the enemy’s
hand!
The prophecy is given, not to identify that ruler or time but, to
warn us against our compromising lifestyle. We are expected
to understand and instruct many. ( DANIEL 11: 33 ).


PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD SHALL
BE STRONG AND WILL CARRY OUT
GREAT EXPLOITS. (DANIEL 11 : 32 )

HEALTHY HEARTITUDE

DANIEL 10

Daniel was mourning three full weeks!
Partial fasting and persistent praying!
For what?
To humble himself in the sight of the LORD and
to have a clear understanding!

Think about this; a man who served as the Chief administrative
officer for so many decades, a man who was able to interpret
so many dreams and visions, a man who met angels in his
visions as well as in the lion’s den, a man who saw in his vision
the Ancient of Days and the Son of Man, a man who had clear
revelations about the end times and a man who was able to
interpret even the writing on the wall was fasting and praying to
gain more understanding and to humble himself!

A man who excelled in his academics, administration as well
as in his spiritual life throughout his lifetime decided and set
his heart to understand and to humble himself before the LORD!

Fasting not just for one or two days but for more than twenty
one days!
So aged but so thirsty!
Even if his life had many unique achievements he had a holy
dissatisfaction!
To know and understand HIM and HIS plans more and more!

In a world where even a small success in a minor endeavor
makes human beings so proud and haughty, people like
Daniel are rare to see!
Kingdoms changed; kings changed; but Daniel’s prominence
in those kingdoms never decreased; Even then, he set his
heart to humble himself!
Daniel was not dwelling in his past glory but focused on
GOD’s glory!
No wonder the enemy tried his best for twenty one days to
disturb the prayer. ( DANIEL 10 : 13).

Dear friend,
Want to have a settled spiritual life?
Satisfied with the little Bible knowledge?
Feeling proud because of just one revelation?
Still boasting about your ‘ long long ago’ achievement?

Be warned, your contentment should be in the material
things, not in the spiritual things!
Cultivate the art of having holy dissatisfaction in your
spiritual disciplines!
More love, more power, more revelations;
More praying, more sowing, more giving;
More fasting; more thirsting, more filling;

Never allow your track record to deviate you from the track!
Praise GOD for the past achievements but don’t stop there;
Ask for new assignments; new challenges; new domains!

Be honest!
When was the last time you fasted and prayed, not for some
worldly blessings but, to know more about HIS PLANS?

Hey, the angels are waiting to bring the answers from the
THRONE, but where are the Daniels?
Anyone listening?


TAKE HEED TO THE MINISTRY WHICH YOU
HAVE RECEIVED IN THE LORD, THAT YOU
MAY FULFILL IT ( COLOSSIANS 4 : 17 )

THE LAST PAGE

DANIEL 7

A beast like a lion with eagle’s wings may come from
the sea to rule over the land, but we need not fear
because the ANCIENT OF DAYS is seated on the
throne! (DANIEL 7 : 4 & 9)

A beast like a bear may suddenly come with three ribs
in its mouth and may try to devour much flesh but we
need not fear because the ANCIENT OF DAYS is
seated on the throne! (DANIEL 7 : 5 & 9)

A beast like leopard with four wings and four heads may
come with much authority and dominion but we need not
fear because the ANCIENT OF DAYS is seated on the
throne! (DANIEL 7 : 6 & 9)

Whatever may be their power, might or authority, their
dominions will be surely taken away! (DANIEL 7 : 12)

Above all these three, even if dreadful and terrible beast
with ten horns may come and even if the eleventh horn
speaks blasphemous words, we need not fear because
that beast will be destroyed and will be given to the burning
flame! (DANIEL 7 : 11)

And that is not the full story; in fact One like the SON of MAN
came near the ANCIENT of DAYS and received an everlasting
dominion and glory and a kingdom! (DANIEL 7 : 14)

In fact, the fourth beast will speak pompous words against the
MOST HIGH and shall persecute the saints of the MOST HIGH;
Even, for a short time period , the saints shall be given in to his
hand! (DANIEL 7 : 25)
But fear not, his dominion will not last; it will be utterly destroyed;
And the kingdom and dominion shall be given to the people, the
saints of the MOST HIGH! (DANIEL 7 : 27)

It was history and also prophecy!

Dear friend,
Feeling the heat? struggle to endure? thinking of giving up?
Assuming that we are on the losing side?
Attacked from all sides by the enemy?
Yes, for a time, the enemy may act as if he is the winner and
his dominion is everlasting, but remember the everlasting
dominion belongs to the SON of MAN and HIS saints.
Whatever may be the problems and struggles we are facing
in our life, always remember one thing; we are on the winning
side. Yes the end of the warfare is already fixed. Even if we
are not able to see it some times, we all are victors because
of the VICTOR!

Not just DANIEL 7 but even
The last page of the oldest book of the BIBLE, book of JOB,
and the last page of the latest book of the BIBLE, book of
REVELATION clearly and gladly express the great truth that
we all are more than conquerors because of our SAVIOUR!
The everlasting dominion is with the KING of KINGS!
By trusting HIM, have a victorious life!


THEY SHALL SEE HIS FACE AND HIS NAME SHALL
BE ON THEIR FOREHEADS (REVELATION 22 : 4)

LAW MAKER

DANIEL 6

King Darius issued a new decree regarding Daniel’s GOD!
How that happened?
Was it because of processions and petitions?
Was it because of debates and dialogues?
Was it because of hunger strikes and token strikes?

No, it was because of one man’s commitment!

His enemies were so sure about his prayer life that they knew
even if there was a law against his faith, Daniel would be praying!
In fact, even after knowing the new law and the consequent
punishment, Daniel continued his praying as usual.
In fact Daniel’s enemies were not against his prayer but used
that just to entrap him! (DANIEL 6 : 5).

How was it possible for Daniel to pray in such a way that even
his enemies could acknowledge his lifestyle of prayer?
That too with all the administrative responsibilities?

Again, think about the king’s remarks!
After throwing Daniel into the lions’ den, the king said to Daniel
‘May your GOD, whom you worship continually, rescue you’!
Daniel worshiping continually?( DANIEL 6 : 16 ).
How the king knew it?
How much time the king observed Daniel?
Was it possible for an administrator like Daniel to worship GOD
continually?

Further, the next morning the king came near the den and called
out in anguish; but instead of addressing Daniel as his servant,
he strangely called Daniel as the servant of living GOD!
Considering his servant as a servant of the living GOD?
How was it possible for Daniel to get that kind of certificate from
a king? ( DANIEL 6 : 20 ).

Dear friend,
Most of the times we trumpet ourselves as prayer warriors and
worship leaders; we try to prove to the church and to the world
about our power in prayer and talent in worship; stage managed
prayer meetings and camera conscious worship sessions make
so much news everywhere; but let it be told in a hushed voice,
that our nation is yet to see a man or woman who prays and
worships continually and effectively, like Daniel!

Shall we say that the desire of our GOD to change the law of the
land to favor HIS children, seeks and rests on a consistent and
courageous persons like Daniel whose lifestyle of prayer and
worship impacts the enemies and the authorities in a silent and
solid way?

Don’t worry about the number of enemies or the seriousness of
the law that are against us; rather dedicate yourselves to have
a lifestyle of prayer and worship!
In the right time, GOD will use the Daniels, if necessary through
the path of lion’s and angels, to rewrite the law!
Remember, even Daniel was a minority in that land; if GOD
could use his commitment to bring glory to HIS name in all those
120 provinces, why not in our land?
Will you be that Daniel?


THOSE WHO PLANT IN TEARS WILL HARVEST
WITH SHOUTS OF JOY. ( PSALM 126 : 5 ).

PARTIAL DERIVATIVES

DANIEL 5

Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, was slain and
Darius the Mede received the kingdom!
Even though the reason for this was clearly given
in the Book of Daniel, the root behind that reason
was slightly hidden;
Consider the following verses:

1. DANIEL 5 : 2
The king knew about the vessels from the temple of GOD
and the place where they were kept; but he didn’t knew
the history behind that vessels!
He thought about using that vessels but didn’t understand
the proper way to use them or the purpose for which they
were made!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

2. DANIEL 5 : 13.
Daniel served as the chief administrator of Babylon for so
many years, solved so many problems, interpreted so many
of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams and was faithful to that king in
all the assignments; but strangely king Belshazzar recognized
Daniel as a Jew whom Nebuchadnezzar brought from Judah!
Even the Queen knew more things about Daniel!
Even though what Belshazzar told about Daniel was true, in the kingdom of Babylon, that was not the whole truth about Daniel!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

3. DANIEL 5 : 22.
Belshazzar knew about the things happened to his father; his
power and might; his pride and fall; his repentance and his
restoration!
Belshazzar knew from his father’s experience that the Most
High GOD rules in the kingdom of men; But he didn’t know
how to humble himself like Nebuchadnezzar!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

4. DANIEL 5 : 30.
As a king, Belshazzar was supposed to know about his
enemies, but he didn’t know that his enemies were so close!
That very night he got killed.
He knew about the judgement coming on him,as interpreted by
Daniel, but he surely didn’t expect that on the same day!
In fact, he knew how to honor Daniel who interpreted but
didn’t know how to repent and to have a possible escape!
He knew but he didn’t know!
Partial understanding; Superficial grasping!

Leave him, but what about us?
Are we all not having the same problem?
Superficially reading the WORD and not even trying to
grasp what is written?
Know about the Holy things but don’t know how to use
them?
Know about the SON of MAN but satisfied with a partial
understanding of HIS nature?
Know about so many experiences but never learnt to
apply the experiences in a Biblical way?
Know about the coming judgement but not serious about
that and hence postponing repentance and reconciliation?

Remember,
Proper Action depends on proper understanding;
Proper understanding depends on proper studying;
Proper studying depends on proper time spending;

Ignoring the WORD or superficially reading the WORD
just for name sake will slowly corrupt our understanding
and hence the power to apply the WORD in our life!

Take time to be holy!


TEKEL: YOU HAVE BEEN WEIGHED IN THE
BALANCES, AND FOUND WANTING. ( DANIEL 5 : 27 ).

SELFIE

DANIEL 4

Daniel 4th chapter, a selfie of Nebuchadnezzar?
It is doubtful that any book on ‘world history’ would have
this piece of information about that great king!

It may be so easy to take this kind of selfie with so many
dark spots but it needs real courage to like, comment and
share this ‘selfie’ with others; not just with a small group
of friends and followers but with the public! (DANIEL 4: 1).

But his motive is very clear; through this selfie he illustrated
the most important truth ‘The LORD Reigns!’.

We may not be having a great kingdom like Nebuchadnezzar’s
kingdom, but in our little kingdoms most of the times we fail to
acknowledge this fundamental truth!

Even though we claim that we surrender all, we are having so
many peculiar compartments in our kingdom which are not
governed by HIS WORD but by our own wish and will.

Remember, when GOD decided to teach Nebuchadnezzar this
truth, HE permitted the king to go down from the normal human
behaviour and attitude to animal kind of life!

Is not true that we also some times, may be most of the times,
express this kind of animal instincts in our life?
Our abnormal obsession with lust, power or money, our secret
desire to be worshipped, our angry outbursts and unashamed
rationalizations all may not be because of our DNAs or impact
of the generational curse!

Who knows that all the above may be the side effects of our
failure to acknowledge HIS authority in some of our secret
compartments!

Take selfie, not with some costly gadgets, but with the help of
the HOLY SPIRIT in the light of the WORD in the chamber of
solitude!
This selfie is not to impress others by covering the ugly dots
but to confess the dark side to your CREATOR and to forsake
them; To hand over the governance of all the compartments
of your kingdom to the EVERLASTING KING!

Believe, HE is so gentle and loving that he won’t share what
you confessed with others; In fact HE won’t even remember
them but will give you grace!

If you have secret struggles in your behaviour and attitude,
better take selfie; HE is waiting to give you HIS image and
HIS glory!


HOW GREAT ARE HIS SIGNS,
HOW POWERFUL HIS WONDERS!
HIS KINGDOM WILL LAST FOREVER,
HIS RULE THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS.
( DANIEL 4 : 3 )

SHADOWS

DANIEL 3

Have you noticed?
Daniel’s friends were facing a crisis because of 
their faith, but Daniel was not there!

Read that chapter carefully, even the name Daniel 
is not mentioned; We all know that Daniel was number 
one in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom(Daniel 2 : 48 ), but 
when so many threatening things were happening in 
Babylon, some how Daniel was not there!

Where was Daniel?
Being the chief administrator of Babylon, whether he was 
sent on duty to some remote place?

Whether the enemies of Jews used the opportunity to 
take revenge on Daniel’s friends?

We are not having the full picture, but that crisis brings out 
a challenging truth; the truth about shadows!

See, in the first and second chapters of the Book of Daniel, 
his three friends were directly or indirectly shown in the 
shadow of Daniel; Even their promotion was because of 
Daniel’s request! ( Daniel 2 : 49 )

But in the third chapter, the crisis brings out the truth that 
they were not in the shadow of Daniel but in the Shadow 
of the Almighty!

In the first two chapters, the fourth person in their team 
was considered as Daniel, but the test of fire revealed 
that the fourth Person was of Divine nature!

See the consequence!
Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree which prohibited anyone 
to speak anything against the Living GOD!

Compare his response in chapter 2, when Daniel interpreted 
the dream; It was not so strong compared to chapter 3.

How much we all need this kind of test of fire?
Most of us wish to be in the shadows of some men of GOD 
and rests on their faith instead of having a closer walk with 
the Living GOD; If our faith rests on this and that persons, 
when the fire tests us, we can not shine!

Respect all servants of GOD, but remember we all are 
children of GOD and hence expected to have a personal 
faith encounter with GOD.

You may reach some position because of some Daniels, 
but by your faith, you have to prove that you are worthy 
of your calling!

Daniel’s friends proved that! ( DANIEL 3 : 30 ).

Welcome the test of fire!


HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE 
MOST HIGH SHALL ABIDE UNDER THE SHADOW OF 
THE ALMIGHTY. ( PSALM 91 : 1 )

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